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Updated: Nuclear Waste Storage Tops Off Two Agendas

Post amended Oct. 7: The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously Tuesday, Oct. 6, to grant Southern California Edison a 20-year permit for nuclear waste storage at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which borders Orange County. Officials at Rosemead-based Edison,...

Forum Defines a Super Superintendent

At the first public forum Tuesday to discuss desired qualities in a new school district superintendent, local knowledge of the community received high marks. The desired attributes were suggested by the audience of 30 community members and written on large sheets of paper posted...

Hotels Strive to Gild the Guest Experience

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent Since developers of the first Montage resort built a luxurious craftsmen-style sandcastle in Laguna Beach in 2003, nearby resorts from Newport Beach to Dana Point have been scrambling to compete. Other top-rated ocean view luxury hotels...
Posted On 04 Oct 2015

Paddle Out to Honor a Local Teen

Friends and family plan a paddle out honoring Hunter Schwirtz at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Oak Street Beach lookout and a remembrance celebration throughout the afternoon. Pastor Sumo Sato of H20 Community Church of Huntington Beach said he will lead the service. Schwirtz...

County, Too, Presses to End Homelessness

Updated: Oct. 5, 2015 Two events last week dealing with homelessness tackled the issue, but with different approaches. A group of Orange County leaders, including some from Laguna Beach, met for the first time Thursday, Sept. 24, to discuss a collaboration to end homelessness...

South Coast Highway Businesses Closing Up Shop

Laguna Beach residents are losing some unique local South Coast Highway businesses in 2015, some from economic conditions and others just because ownership feels the time is right to call it a career. “We have been in Laguna Beach for 50 years,” said Arthur and June Fong. “We...

Festival Waits Out El Niño

Planned reconstruction of the interior grounds of the Festival of Arts will take place a year from now, postponed due to an expected wet winter, the board decided recently. “We thought about the delay long and hard,” said Fred Sattler, president of the Festival’s board. With one...

Hotels Check-in to Water Saving

Even before drought struck California, hotel guests routinely entered rooms outfitted with eco-conscious messages, encouraging travelers to reuse towels and forego a daily change of bedding. That turned out to be the easy first step. Now, in addition to asking guests to curb...

Tire Treads Leave Their Mark on Artist’s Inspiration.

One does not hear often about an artist having a passion for tire treads, but Marilyn Pardee is fascinated by them. Not just tire treads, it turns out, but also small car parts found in junk yards that she says, she visits regularly. “Tire tread marks have been my passion. During...

City Council Mulls “Creative Destruction”

As a prologue, to the City Council’s regular convening on Tuesday Sept. 22., the council met in a joint learning session with the Arts Commission to hear updates as well as provide insight and opinion on the city’s Cultural Arts Plan. The commission and council heard updates on...

Protests Put Off Rulemaking on Public Trees

The city’s View Restoration Committee delayed a final decision on a proposed revision to a view ordinance covering 1,000 city trees until Oct. 5. Members of the committee, newly charged with adjudicating claims by property owners over blocked views, said they wanted to consider...

Icon Passes to Next Generation

  After his father’s death, Stefan Andersen resumed hotel management studies and a part-time job as banquet manager at a 450-room Marriott in Denver. He also squeezed in a second job as a chef on a gourmet food truck, rising at 5 a.m. to prep ingredients and packing up at...

City Readies for El Niño

A downpour earlier this week let loose a few rocks and slick roads resulted in an overturned car, but city staff are feverishly preparing for far worse. Consensus among forecasters predict an El Niño, and this iteration of the weather condition could be one of the strongest in...

El Niño Brings Endless Summer

A long stretch of warm ocean water combined with humidity and rare summer rainstorms are creating some unusual winners and losers along the Laguna Beach shoreline, say ocean experts. The balmy water normally found off Baja California, where temperatures are typically higher than...

Officer’s Memory Sparks a Family Affair

On Sept. 11, 2001, as Jon Couchie watched on television as planes obliterated the Twin Towers, he bade his co-workers farewell. “I am going to join the Army,” his mother, Luciana Coutchie, of Laguna Niguel, recalled him telling her. At age 30, Couchie enlisted and two years later...