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New Entry in Mom-oir World

Strasser Shares All in Mommy Memoir Teresa Strasser, Emmy-winning television writer, television and radio host, and now author of “Exploiting My Baby: A Memoir of Pregnancy & Childbirth” will attend a special book-signing event at Laguna Beach Books from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on...

Auto Racer Tests His Mettle in Formula 3

Laguna Beach resident and auto racer Michael Lewis completed four successful days of testing with the PREMA Powerteam Formula 3 Italia program in Spain at the Barcelona and Valencia racetracks earlier this month. Lewis recorded excellent times overall, including the fastest times...

Laguna Students to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Two Laguna Beach High School students, Sarah Busic and Karina Parker, have been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall for the 2011 American High School Honors Performance Series this February. Following fall auditions, Busic and Parker were accepted for the Honors Performance...

Goodwill Thrives Among Students

This past holiday season all four public schools made good on the district’s commitment to make community service part of student education. Through various endeavors, students participated in everything from food drives and toy drives, to charity fundraisers and cleaning up the...

SchoolPower Honored for Outreach Efforts

SchoolPower won the Apple Award for Programs and Outreach at the California Consortium of Education Foundations conference held earlier this month. SchoolPower was honored for its outreach program, which included the valuable SchoolPower Student Directory, the newsletter mailed...

Avoiding Underage Drinking on New Year’s Eve

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Orange County/Community Alliance Network is urging parents and adults to host responsible New Year’s Eve parties. According to the 2008 California Healthy Kids Survey, 74 percent of 11th graders and 59 percent of...

Canyon Surrenders to Storm’s Force

Nurseryman Kevin Naughton says the devastation that wrecked his Laguna Gardens Nursery “was unlike other storms” that have come through the canyon. It had all the characteristics of a flash flood, a wall of water that “blew out everything in its path,” he said, including...

Special-Needs Rocker Back in the Spotlight

Scott Siegel, the autistic songwriter and vocalist who leads the Arrest My Sister alternative rock band, is among 11 honorees at the first Genius in Autism Awards, scheduled at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Jan. 10. Siegel’s parents, Laguna Beach residents Leeni and Michael, as...

Tested by a Force of Nature

Editor, This past week has been extremely challenging and has tested our very souls. The mud and floodwaters took our studios, art work and everything we had worked so hard to accomplish. We would like to thank our friends and family who have arrived at our property with a shovel...

Care Demonstrated in a Crises

Editor, On behalf of the homeless people who call the City of Laguna Beach’s Alternative Sleeping Location home, I am writing to express our profound thanks for the quick work and caring approach that the city and the Red Cross took in ensuring appropriate shelter was available...

Ocean Closure is Nonsense

How sad to see all the self-serving silly comments in the Independent article (“Marine Reserve Unsettles the Waters,” Dec. 24) regarding the closing of the Laguna Beach coast to fishing. Closing off this 21 square miles of prime fishing grounds really does nothing but put...

Taking up the Torch

Tiki torches, barbecues, and fire pits banned in Laguna Beach. How absolutely absurd! Our freedom to entertain in the privacy of our own backyards has been reduced to ashes. Building and fire safety codes are formulated over years of research by qualified professional...

Facts vs. Scapegoats

Editor, I agree with Ganka Brown and her call to limit campaign spending for city council elections. How about an ordinance?   Oh yeah, we already have one. In fact, Village Laguna championed one several years ago and the City Council passed a $30,000 spending limit and because...

Bringing Laguna Up to Bike Speed

Editor, In support of “Give Bikes a Route” by Justin Gresh, the new policy for mobility from our Federal Department of Transportation gives equal consideration to pedestrians, bicycles, buses, and private automobiles. Adopting this policy into Laguna Beach’s general plan would be...

Day Without a Bag Was a Hit

Editor, The City of Laguna Beach wishes to thank all of the local volunteers and retail markets for making the Dec. 18 “Day Without A Bag” event a tremendous success. Despite inclement weather, over 1,700 free, recycled, reusable grocery bags were handed out to shoppers by...