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Two Hands Make a Difference

Two Hands Make a Difference

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy The Wholistic Caring and Counseling Centre has a name evocative of a bright clean facility with soothing rooms, crisp linens. Maybe if it were in Irvine. The actual building, a combination orphanage, school and crisis center for young mothers in Ruiru, Kenya, is so dilapidated that it brought despair […]

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Local Man Dies in Africa Train Wreck

Local Man Dies in Africa Train Wreck

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy About 60 people diverted their holiday weekend plans for a tribute at the Sandpiper Bar in Laguna Beach to honor their friend William Poovey, who died in a freak accident in Zimbabwe on Friday, July 4. Poovey, 43, suffered fatal injuries when a tourist tram near Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls […]

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Canyon Residents Link Arms

Canyon Residents Link Arms

Several independent neighborhood associations in Laguna Canyon have established an umbrella coalition, the Laguna Beach Canyon Alliance of Neighborhoods Defense Organization (CANDO), to serve as a common advocate for residents who live along Laguna Beach’s principle artery, according to the organization’s website. A flurry of larger-scale development proposals in the past year — from an […]

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Memorial Service Set for Firefighter

Memorial Service Set for Firefighter

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent A memorial service will be held for Mike Herdman, Wednesday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at the Arcadia High School Performing Arts Center, 188 Campus Dr., in Arcadia. The body of Herdman, a firefighter and paramedic with the Arcadia fire department, was found in the Los Padres National […]

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Coastal Panel Ropes Ranch for Another Review

Coastal Panel Ropes Ranch for Another Review

The California Coastal Commission voted Wednesday, July 9, to subject the makeover of the 84-acre Ranch in Aliso Canyon to its review at a future date, temporarily suspending permit approvals granted in May by the Laguna Beach Planning Commission. The commission, meeting in Ventura, found merit in an appeal by Laguna Beach resident Mark Fudge, […]

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Memorial Service Set for Firefighter

Memorial Service Set for Firefighter

A memorial service will be held for Mike Herdman, Wednesday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at the Arcadia High School Performing Arts Center, 188 Campus Dr., in Arcadia. The body of Herdman, a firefighter and paramedic with the Arcadia fire department, was found in the Los Padres National Forest Friday, June 27, almost two weeks […]

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Big Swells Keep Lifeguards in the Water

Big Swells Keep Lifeguards in the Water

City lifeguards along 5.7 miles of Laguna Beach’s coastline had already rescued 944 people over the three-day holiday weekend when the call came in Sunday, July 7, to join a search for a missing lifeguard in Newport Beach. “Lifeguards worked their tails off; they were wet all day,” said Capt. Tom Trager,  physically assisting swimmers and […]

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Outreach Officer Receives Top Cop Award

Outreach Officer Receives Top Cop Award

By Donna Furey | LB Indy   Police Corporal Jason Farris, a community outreach officer assigned Laguna Beach’s homeless population as his beat, was recognized as a Top Cop in an on-field ceremony at Angel Stadium last month. Law enforcement officials from 10 other agencies also received accolades from the Angels organization, all nominated by […]

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Trolley Shuttles Patrons with a Smile

Trolley Shuttles Patrons with a Smile

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent   Over 593,000 riders welcomed the Laguna Beach free summertime trolley last year, and this year, riders are already flocking to the popular service, Ken Fisher, deputy public works director, reported. The service, which rolled out Friday, June 27, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 31, saw a 2 […]

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Jean Paul's Goodies Ends an Era

Jean Paul’s Goodies Ends an Era

Jean Paul Leguy will serve the last cup of his infamous café au lait and the last coveted almond croissant at his eponymous coffee and pastry shop, Jean Paul’s Goodies on Aug. 9, ending a 35-year run and leaving a hole in the morning routine of many locals. With a character some call eccentric and others […]

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Body of Missing Ex-Laguna Man Found

Body of Missing Ex-Laguna Man Found

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent The body of Mike Herdman, a 36-year-old Arcadia firefighter and paramedic, was found in the Los Padres National Forest Friday, June 27, almost two weeks after being reported missing by fellow firefighter and paramedic, Taylor Byars, authorities said. Herdman graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 1996 and […]

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Appeal Seeks to Rein in Ranch Makeover

Appeal Seeks to Rein in Ranch Makeover

The remodel underway at The Ranch, the former Aliso Creek Inn hotel and restaurant in Aliso Canyon, is being challenged as unlawful in a hearing before the California Coastal Commission Wednesday, July 9, in Ventura. If the commission follows the recommendation of its staff, the project would be subject to a de novo review by […]

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Remarks Spark Speculation About School Leader

Remarks Spark Speculation About School Leader

Prior to an annual closed-door performance evaluation with the Laguna Beach school board, the district’s top administrator said during a public session Monday, June 30, that she is not seeking a renewal of her contract. Superintendent Sherine Smith, whose $234,000 a year contract expires in 2016, was unavailable for comment, said her executive assistant, Victoria […]

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Lowdown for Today’s Holiday

Lowdown for Today’s Holiday

  The city sponsored Fourth of July fireworks show begin at 9 p.m. at Monument Point in Heisler Park tonight. That area of the park will be closed all day, Friday, July 4.  At noon, picnickers in the area of Heisler Park from the Rock Bench at Myrtle Street to the Rockpile Beach stairs at […]

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Tragedy Sparks Movement for Safer Streets

Tragedy Sparks Movement for Safer Streets

Billy Fried, Max Isles and Tamara Hlava are fed up with the city’s dearth of safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists. For the trio, the car-on-bike accident that fatally injured 55-year-old Laguna Beach bicyclist John Greg Colvin on North Coast Highway June 17 served as a catalyst. “We were all so outraged that we decided […]