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What Next for Mozambique?

What Next for Mozambique?

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent Mozambique’s restaurant main floor dining area, voluntarily closed last year in lieu of opening rooftop dining, will not reopen anytime soon. The Planning Commission last week unanimously denied such a proposal by Zambique Properties, LLC. Architect Marshall Innins devised an elaborate plan to satisfy the city’s parking requirements […]

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Hurricane Devastates Sister City

Hurricane Devastates Sister City

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association President Karyn Philippsen was on a plane returning from England this past Monday just as Hurricane Odile slammed the Baja California peninsula of Mexico, unleashing 125 mile per hour wind and rain on the tourist-thronged resort area. She and 17 other emissaries had just […]

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133, More than A Winding Road

133, More than A Winding Road

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Imagine gathering together eight of your favorite local musicians, each with big talent and often a big personality (some strong and brooding, some strong and loud), most of whom you’ve known a good part of your life, and creating a new band? First, you’ve got to have some bucks […]

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Utility Pole Removal OK’d in Woods Cove

Utility Pole Removal OK’d in Woods Cove

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Karen Klammer calculates that dedicated volunteers put in about 1,000 hours over the past 18 months to obtain the necessary support of 60 percent of Woods Cove property owners to establish an assessment district. Yard signs throughout the area spoke to their diligence in pursuit of undergrounding their utility […]

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Candidates Weigh in on Sustainable Issues

Candidates Weigh in on Sustainable Issues

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Not surprisingly, Laguna Beach’s seven candidates running for City Council paid a lot of lip service to mobility issues and water conservation at a debate hosted by Transition Laguna last week. Despite the candidates’ relative consensus on some basic desirable outcomes in those arenas, the forum did shed light […]

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Political Briefs

Political Briefs

Candidate Kicks Off School Board Campaign Carol Normandin described the reasons for her candidacy for one of the three open seats on the Laguna Beach school board to supporters this past Sunday, Sept. 14. Normandin, who ran an executive search business, spoke about her belief in public education and her eight years helping raise funds […]

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Eight Grader Embarks on a Haiti Mission

Eight Grader Embarks on a Haiti Mission

Sydney Mangus, a Thurston Middle School student, will travel to Cap Haitian, Haiti, on a nine-day medical mission trip with the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Irvine in January. While there, the eighth grader will be responsible for teaching basic first aid and distributing 25 first aid kits. She is hoping for community help with […]

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Laguna Adopts Another Sibling

Laguna Adopts Another Sibling

The Laguna Beach City Council officially adopted St. Ives, England, as a sister city, joining current siblings in Menton, France, and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. An official recognition ceremony took place earlier this month with Mayor Elizabeth Pearson signing a proclamation, which her counterpart, Linda Taylor, will sign in St. Ives. The economy of […]

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Library Spotlights a Favorite Son

Library Spotlights a Favorite Son

The Newport Beach Arts Commission honors California scene painter Rex Brandt on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., which hosts an exhibition of the local resident’s work and a 2 p.m. program and reception. Exhibition curator Gordon McClelland will host the program and a friend will provide information about the work […]

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Concert’s Grace Notes Aim for Inner Peace

Concert’s Grace Notes Aim for Inner Peace

The Healing Touch Ministry of the Neighborhood Congregational Church invites the public to a complimentary 7 p.m. performance of music, dance and meditation by the One Heart, One World music ensemble Saturday, Sept. 27. The concert’s movement and instrumentation is intended to elicit states of peace, balance and inner harmony. Members of the ensemble will be […]

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Each Candidate Deserves Equal Scrutiny

Each Candidate Deserves Equal Scrutiny

Editor, The eruption of outrage regarding Laguna Beach City Council candidate Jon Madison’s questionable educational and career history was like watching the flag come down at the Indy 500: Let the dishing dirt phase of the 2014 Election Games begin! I was informed this week that several public officials thought that I was the “mastermind,” […]

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Utility Pole Removal OKd in Woods Cove

Utility Pole Removal OKd in Woods Cove

Karen Klammer calculates that dedicated volunteers put in about 1,000 hours over the past 18 months to obtain the necessary support of 60 percent of Woods Cove property owners to establish an assessment district. Yard signs throughout the area spoke to their diligence in pursuit of undergrounding their utility poles. Those hours paid off when […]

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Owners Close Big Fish, Hire Hotel Managers

Owners Close Big Fish, Hire Hotel Managers

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy The House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer restaurant in Laguna Beach will close next month, part of a reorganization by Casa Resorts Inc., which also operates other hospitality properties in Laguna Beach and Anaheim. Closing the restaurant and hiring a hotel management company will allow the owners […]