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Canyon Residents Reject Homeless Neighbors

Canyon Residents Reject Homeless Neighbors

Tempers flared during the second of three community forums hosted by the Friendship Shelter last week to discuss their permanent supportive housing proposal. Thursday’s meeting targeted the project’s impact on Laguna Canyon, but at the outset many of the 45 or so canyon residents who showed up seemed more interested in opposing its location in […]

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Schools Just Average for Computer Use

Schools Just Average for Computer Use

Laguna public schools are average when it comes to computer collaboration in the classroom, according to a survey of students and teachers by the school district’s new technology director. And Mike Morrison said it’s his job to change that. More students need to use computers to collaborate on projects more often and to communicate with […]

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Guards Hook a New Home

Guards Hook a New Home

The entire Laguna Beach City Council was present to cut the ribbon last Friday on the city’s $7 million lifeguard headquarters, a more than year-long construction project at the north end of Main Beach initiated in 1999 and redesigned six times. “This building will allow employees to be more effective and accessible,” Chief Kevin Snow […]

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Festival Nurtures a Family of Artists

Festival Nurtures a Family of Artists

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent Artists credit the Sawdust Festival, the arts and crafts festival whose 48th summer show opens Friday, June 27 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 31, with providing them financial support and creative motivation for an entire year. The entirety of jewelry-maker and 30-year festival veteran Karen Joy’s yearly income […]

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Senior Center Looks For a Younger Crowd

Senior Center Looks For a Younger Crowd

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent Residents over 55 are the fastest growing demographic in Laguna Beach, and the volunteers and staff of the Susi Q senior center are trying to cater to them and bring in younger participants. The median age of local residents reported on the 2010 U.S. Census was 49.4, six […]

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Ex-Laguna Man Missing in Ventura

Ex-Laguna Man Missing in Ventura

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent A search is currently underway in the Los Padres National Forest for Mike Herdman, a 36-year-old off-duty Arcadia firefighter and paramedic. Herdman graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 1996 and his family still resides in town, though he has been with the Arcadia fire department since 2007. […]

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Bicyclist Dies in Crash With Car

Bicyclist Dies in Crash With Car

A 55-year-old Laguna Beach bicyclist died Tuesday, June 17, in a Santa Ana hospital due to injuries suffered in a 6:56 p.m. crash with a vehicle near Emerald Bay, police said. The fatality is the third in three months in Laguna Beach, making 2014 one of the most dangerous in years for pedestrians and cyclists. […]

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Master Gardener Shares His Knowledge

Master Gardener Shares His Knowledge

  What do master gardeners do? What are the benefits of square foot gardening? Mark Fierle, master gardener and certified square foot gardening teacher, will answer these questions and more at a 9 a.m. get- acquainted meeting between Transition Laguna members and gardeners in the South Laguna Community Garden, Saturday, June 21, at Eagle Rock […]

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The President Rolls Through Town

The President Rolls Through Town

The buzz about a presidential visit started building in the North Laguna neighborhood around Ledroit Street last Thursday when temporary “no parking” signs sprouted in yards. The signs warned residents their vehicles risked being towed if not removed from the streets by 5 a.m. Saturday, June 14. Up until President Barack Obama’s motorcade swept towards […]

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Ex-Laguna Man Missing in Ventura

Ex-Laguna Man Missing in Ventura

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent A search is currently underway in the Los Padres National Forest for Mike Herdman, a 36-year-old off-duty Arcadia firefighter and paramedic. Herdman graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 1996 and his family still resides in town, though he has been with the Arcadia fire department since 2007. […]

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Obama Talks to UCI Grads

Obama Talks to UCI Grads

President Barack Obama challenged graduates at UC Irvine to fight cynicism and climate change during his commencement speech at Angel Stadium on Saturday, fueling them with the inspirational word that defined his 2008 presidential campaign and resonated with youth who helped sweep him into office. “Cynicism is a choice,” Obama said. “Hope is a better […]

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10 Boys Cared at Honors Convocation

10 Boys Cared at Honors Convocation

Before this group of philanthropists gave away $3,500 in scholarships, they were out on the grass, shirttails flying, neck- and bowties askew, working up a little sweat and messing up fresh haircuts.  They were playing “Catch 500” with a tennis ball. Less than an hour later, they were debuting as the youngest group of scholarship […]

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Scholars Awarded

Scholars Awarded

The scholarships awarded to Laguna Beach High School’s 2014 graduating seniors are as follows, in alphabetical order: A Dream for the Future’ Scholarship $10,000.00 Aria Askaryar Andrew Landsiedel Anya Miller Taylor Romatoski Alexzandra Segall Stephannie Zarate A Good Sportsman Scholarship $3,500.00 Jordan Hartman Tyler Metez Grant Wilhelm A. H. Robertson Memorial Scholarship $500.00 Hannah Martin […]

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Lessons Learned From Housing Homeless People

Lessons Learned From Housing Homeless People

By Dawn Price During the past few months our proposal to permanently house Laguna’s most vulnerable homeless people has sparked a lively community conversation.  At the same time, some important work at Friendship Shelter has proceeded, largely unnoticed. Well known is the fact that, along with our development partner, Jamboree Housing, we are proposing to […]

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2014 Laguna Beach High School Athletes of the Year

2014 Laguna Beach High School Athletes of the Year

  Makenzie Fischer Female Athlete of the Year 2014 SSCIF D-I Girls Water Polo and Orange County Player of the Year.                           Noah Blanton Male Athlete of the Year First Team All CIF in Basketball, First Team All-Orange County in Volleyball Photos courtesy […]