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Council Puts Wheels in Motion for Bike Safety

Council Puts Wheels in Motion for Bike Safety

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Just three weeks after about 200 cyclists and pedestrians rallied at City Hall advocating safer passage through town, city officials seem poised to act. At their meeting last week, Council members approved new bike racks and signage at the Pepper Tree parking lot and also agreed to officially endorse […]

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El Nino Forecasts Propel Storm Readiness

El Nino Forecasts Propel Storm Readiness

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Due in part to higher-than-normal ocean temps, monsoon weather normally blocked by the mountain ridges managed to cross into Southern California this summer. The resulting thunderstorms created lightning that killed a man in Venice Beach in July and flash floods that claimed the life of a motorist and destroyed […]

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A Bond Forged in Salt Water

A Bond Forged in Salt Water

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy With blowing rain lowering air temperatures to 50 degrees, Laguna Beach residents Thomas Hale and his daughter Faith, wearing only swim suits, literally shook with cold while aboard a boat bobbing in choppy, black seas under the Golden Gate Bridge last Saturday, Aug. 9. When they finally plunged into […]

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Newcomers Join Race for School Board

Newcomers Join Race for School Board

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy At the 11th hour deadline, two newcomers officially became candidates for the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Directors, meeting the Orange County Registrar’s Wednesday filing deadline. Carol Normandin will join another first-time contender, Annette Gibson, and two other candidates in vying for three positions available on the […]

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Madison Leads in Campaign Donations

Madison Leads in Campaign Donations

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Restaurant owner Jon Madison so far leads the pack of Laguna Beach City Council candidates with $45,923 in campaign cash as of July 31. Planning commission member Robert Zur Schmiede comes in second with $27,554, followed by incumbent Kelly Boyd at $16,116, and Michele Hall, who reported $2,109 in […]

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Jean Paul Gets in a Final Word: Goodbye

Jean Paul Gets in a Final Word: Goodbye

Even before its doors opened, a sizeable crowd lined up outside Jean Paul’s Goodies in North Laguna last Saturday, Aug. 9, mourning the final hours of a Laguna Beach institution and commiserating over an alternate source of caffeine and camaraderie. After 35 years and several competitors, Jean Paul Leguy turned in the key to the […]

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Church Blesses Scout’s Benches

Church Blesses Scout’s Benches

Church member Brantlee Griffith, who built three courtyard benches for the Neighborhood Congregational Church for his Eagle Scout service project, will be honored Sunday, Aug. 17, at the 10 a.m. worship service. “I wanted the benches to reflect the community. One uses skimboards for the back of the bench to recognize the surf culture, and […]

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Benefits and Benefactors

Benefits and Benefactors

Home Raffle Keeps Ocean Institute Afloat Tickets are available for the 10th annual Laguna Beach Gold Coast Million Dollar Home Raffle benefiting the Ocean Institute of Dana Point, a non-profit dedicated to ocean preservation through education. The grand prize winner, selected on Nov. 8, may choose between a Laguna Beach home and $1 million in […]

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Eye on Nature

Eye on Nature

No Butts About It: Earth Day is Everyday By Ellen Girardeau Kempler By the time you read this, Earth Day 2014 will be history. The now-annual observance that started in 1970 has become a touchstone for campaigns around a host of causes from water conservation to land preservation, bees to whales, rainforests to wetlands. Many […]

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Terry Kyne

Terry Kyne

Terry Kyne, 83, a longtime Laguna Beach resident, passed away on June 7, 2014, surrounded by his family at his home in Dana Point. Born in London, England, Kyne began his successful career in television as a young man at the British Broadcasting Corporation. He briefly joined the Royal Navy before returning to the BBC. […]

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Memorial

Memorial

Maureen Rose Olsen (“Mauri”) June 29, 1966 – Aug. 16, 2013 Not a day goes by that we do not think of you Mauri – your empathy, generosity and unconditional love, your way of making everyone feel special, your sense of humor, your big beautiful blue eyes. You continue to inspire us. You are deeply […]

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Exploring the Backyard Wilderness

Exploring the Backyard Wilderness

Photos and story by Ron Chilcote Above El Morro Elementary School, at Laguna Beach’s northern edge, is a trail access entrance to the upper portion of Crystal Cove State Park. Those who hike the trail that leads up into El Moro Canyon are confronted with a diversion to the south, the Moro Ridge Spur, the […]

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Two People Hit in Separate Accidents

Two People Hit in Separate Accidents

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Two pedestrians were injured in two separate vehicle collisions on Coast Highway within the last seven days, police said. In neither instance were drivers cited. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, a 14-year-old Laguna Beach boy suffered moderate injuries when struck by a southbound pickup while crossing Coast Highway on a […]

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Two People Hit in Coast Highway Accidents

Two People Hit in Coast Highway Accidents

Two pedestrians were injured in Laguna Beach in two separate Coast Highway collisions within the last seven days, police said. In neither instance were drivers cited. On Tuesday, Aug. 12, a 14-year-old Laguna Beach boy suffered moderate injuries while crossing Coast Highway on a skateboard when struck by a southbound pickup, police said. Seconds earlier, […]

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New Chief Climbs Aboard at Height of Fire Season

New Chief Climbs Aboard at Height of Fire Season

Edward Valdez stepped into the position of Laguna Beach fire division chief and fire marshal this week, a post vacant since December when Dan Stefano left to become chief of the Costa Mesa Fire Department. The responsibilities of a fire division chief include enforcing the California Fire Code and overseeing inspections of every business in […]