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Cyclists Peddle to Battle Alzheimer’s

Cyclists Peddle to Battle Alzheimer’s

Laguna Beach bike enthusiast Max Isles and friend Ryan O’Malley will set out Tuesday, Sept. 2, with a goal of pedaling 500 miles in five days to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Association. Both cyclists have close family members that have suffered from Alzheimer’s and dementia and hope their join effort raises awareness and funds […]

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Candidates Set Out Their Vision for Laguna

Candidates Set Out Their Vision for Laguna

Seven candidates vying for three seats on the Laguna Beach City Council together faced a public audience Monday during the first of several candidate forums planned prior to the Nov. 4 election. While no candidate proved willing to become the standard bearer around a single paramount cause, several candidates said if elected they intend to […]

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LCAD Wants Do Over of Union Vote

LCAD Wants Do Over of Union Vote

By Daniella Walsh/LB Indy On July 15 of this year, Laguna College of Art and Design president Jonathan Burke acknowledged in an e-mail to staff that the college’s part-time and adjunct instructors had voted to join the Local 721 Service Employees International Union. Voters provided ballots on July 11. It was a close vote. According […]

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Long Distance Runner Takes A Leap of Faith

Long Distance Runner Takes A Leap of Faith

Donna Furey| LB Indy South county resident, Dennis Yang, 39, will be out of the blocks on August 25 starting his Great Reading Run 2014. He intends to run a carefully planned 11,000 course around the perimeter of the country through 35 states, beginning and ending in Santa Monica. The 18-month trip will follow a […]

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 LCAD Purchases Parking Lot to Save Open Space

LCAD Purchases Parking Lot to Save Open Space

By Daniella Walsh/LBIndy “They took paradise and made it a parking lot….” goes a line in Big Yellow Taxi, a song performed by Joni Mitchell, decrying shrinking natural environments. The Laguna College of Art and Design has given the classic a contemporary twist by buying and thus preserving the parking lot adjacent to its visual […]

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Putting the Brakes on Laguna Canyon Road

Putting the Brakes on Laguna Canyon Road

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Described as the most significant issue in the city and one that will be challenging to resolve, solutions to an “overly congested” Laguna Canyon Road will be vetted by an 18-member task force over the next three months at a cost of $100,000, as approved by the City Council […]

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HS Principal Takes Position at Palos Verdes Schools

HS Principal Takes Position at Palos Verdes Schools

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Saying she took a “significant decrease” in salary, Laguna Beach High School principal Joanne Culverhouse confirmed that she is the new assistant superintendent of educational services at Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. She starts next Thursday. After a week’s vacation in Hawaii, the well-liked principal said Wednesday she’s […]

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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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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 […]

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Taking the Less-Traveled Academic Road

Taking the Less-Traveled Academic Road

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Last summer, Dean Hodes went with his uncle, a medical doctor in Ethiopia, on his rounds at Mother Teresa’s Orphanage for destitute children in Addis Ababa, the African country’s capital city. The young Hodes fed, played with and started teaching “Simon Says” to a few 7- and 8-year-old blind […]