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Realtors Block Sale-Triggered Sewer Inspections

Realtors Block Sale-Triggered Sewer Inspections

Considering options to reduce sewage spills, the City Council rejected a controversial proposal to require home sellers to inspect their own sewer connections with video cameras, a measure opposed by realtors. Instead, they asked city staff to draw up an alternate proposal that might require all property owners to examine their sewer lines with video […]

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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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Sister Exhibits Illustrate Brandt’s Legacy

Sister Exhibits Illustrate Brandt’s Legacy

Laguna College of Art and Design lacks any finished Rex Brandt paintings in its possession, but boasts 80 boxes, many still unpacked, of the artist’s archives. The cache of sketchbooks, textbooks written by Brandt, as well as his brushes and a well-worn easel were donated to the college three years ago by his wife Joan […]

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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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Graduates Share a Final Experience

Graduates Share a Final Experience

The Irvine Bowl at the Festival of Arts grounds was filled to the brim last week when parents, other family members and friends turned out to watch 256 seniors graduate from high school. The sky sparkled with stars, the temperature was mild, rare at the bowl even later in the summer. The high school band, […]

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Disciplined Teacher Plans to Retire

Disciplined Teacher Plans to Retire

High school science teacher Joanie McKnight gave notice that she intends to retire at the end of the school year, her attorney confirmed Tuesday. Even so, she will continue to contest a potentially career-damaging formal reprimand by the school district accusing her of coming to school intoxicated in December, 2010. “She doesn’t want to be […]

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New Parking Options Kick In July 1

New Parking Options Kick In July 1

  Motorists can expect higher parking rates, extended meter hours, and valet parking in a pilot summer parking program that begins  on July 1. The goal of the measures mapped out by Irvine’s RBF Consulting is to reduce downtown traffic congestion by providing drivers with incentives to use cheaper peripheral lots linked to scheduled trolley […]

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Cuts Loom for Tidepool Educators

Cuts Loom for Tidepool Educators

As of August, often the busiest summer tourist month, the tidepools in Laguna Beach’s most popular marine sanctuary will likely be staffed with fewer tidepool educators because of a potential funding shortfall. As part of its mission, Laguna Ocean Foundation took on the responsibility of training and funding tidepool educators several years ago to instruct […]

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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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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 […]