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SchoolPower Honored for Outreach Efforts

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 to all district families, and the Dodgeball Tournament. “We realized that even though SchoolPower has been around […]

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Avoiding Underage Drinking on New Year’s Eve

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 ninth-graders across Orange County report that it is easy to get alcohol, which is reported to be the most abused substance among local youth.

The organization offers parents the following guidelines to keep teens safe and prevent underage drinking:

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Canyon Surrenders to Storm’s Force

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 100-pound statues and a cinder block wall that toppled intact.

Indeed, Naughton’s property, once filled with garden accessories, ceramic pots and healthy greenery at the corner of Laguna Canyon and Raquel roads, this week looked like it had been in the path of a steamroller and a tornado.

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Special-Needs Rocker Back in the Spotlight

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 well as the band, signed on early to support fundraising […]

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Tested by a Force of Nature

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 in their hand: Bob Bonn, […]

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Care Demonstrated in a Crises

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 for our residents during the recent flooding.   […]

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Ocean Closure is Nonsense

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 a lot of people out of work, damage our tourist industry, and ruin a great sport and cut off the source of healthy food for a lot of people.

Comments from those supporting the ocean closures like, “I want to see kelp beds” is ridiculous. Fishing does not damage kelp beds. Kelp comes and goes with water temperature, sunlight, red tides, etc. Other comments like, “I want to see big giant fish,” are equally silly. Guess what? Big fish eat little fish. We already have big predator fish out there including giant black sea bass (fully protected), white sea bass (must be very large and limited to one fish), sharks, and occasionally transient barracuda and yellowtail. Yes, man is a transient predator too, but hook and line fisherman, following Fish & Game regulations, only have a minor impact.

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Taking up the Torch

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 fire safety authorities. And who wrote this amendment to the city of Laguna Beach fire code? I inquired with our City Council, building department, city clerk, and city manager about who authored this piece of legislation. Answer was: we don’t know.

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Facts vs. Scapegoats

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 of our First Amendment rights the limit needed […]

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Bringing Laguna Up to Bike Speed

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 the first step to bringing bike lanes to Laguna. If adopted, approved and […]

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Day Without a Bag Was a Hit

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 volunteers from organizations including Laguna Ocean Foundation, Zero Trash […]

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Clutter Less, Inspire More

Clutter Less, Inspire More

By Ann Christoph   It’s piled here in my living room — all the notes and documents for my unfinished South Laguna history book project, the souvenirs from the Japan trip, still not organized. At the office are other notebooks and files; for jobs, product literature, Laguna Beach issues…The Pearl Street historical house appeal we […]

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Help Pours Out for Growers

Help Pours Out for Growers

Growers First, a Laguna Beach-based nonprofit helping improve the livelihood of 687 family coffee farmers in 20 villages in Honduras and Mexico, expects to double the number of families they serve next year due mostly to local supporters. Contributors from professionals to students have all contributed their talents to helping these family farmers find hope […]

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Tour Renovated Presbyterian Church

Tour Renovated Presbyterian Church

There will be a free, half-hour, docent-led tour of the recently renovated Laguna Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Forest Avenue and Second Street, beginning at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 2. Learn about the history and architecture of the church, including acts about design elements, its foundation and its Spanish mission style sanctuary. The […]

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Clinic Adds Up a New Year Wish List

Clinic Adds Up a New Year Wish List

Even as clientele turn to the Laguna Beach Community Clinic for help with acute and chronic health needs, clinic fundraisers hopes that others in the community might consider a clinic gift to fund vital services. $25 purchases 500 exam room gloves; $50 will provide 5,000 alcohol wipes to assure cleanliness; $100 will provide one Rhogam […]