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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 […]

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Bicyclist Dies in Coast Highway Accident

Bicyclist Dies in Coast Highway Accident

A 55-year-old Laguna Beach bicyclist died Tuesday, June 17, in a Santa Ana hospital due to injuries suffered in a 6:56 p.m. accident with a vehicle near Emerald Bay, police said. Cyclist John Greg Colvin was traveling northbound on the right side of Coast Highway when for an unknown reason he was struck by a […]

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10 Boys Cared at Honors Convocation

10 Boys Cared at Honors Convocation

Before this group of philanthropists gave away $3,500 in scholarships, they were out on the grass, shirttails flying, neck- and bowties askew, working up a little sweat and messing up fresh haircuts.  They were playing “Catch 500” with a tennis ball. Less than an hour later, they were debuting as the youngest group of scholarship […]

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Scholars Awarded

Scholars Awarded

The scholarships awarded to Laguna Beach High School’s 2014 graduating seniors are as follows, in alphabetical order: A Dream for the Future’ Scholarship $10,000.00 Aria Askaryar Andrew Landsiedel Anya Miller Taylor Romatoski Alexzandra Segall Stephannie Zarate A Good Sportsman Scholarship $3,500.00 Jordan Hartman Tyler Metez Grant Wilhelm A. H. Robertson Memorial Scholarship $500.00 Hannah Martin […]

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Lessons Learned From Housing Homeless People

Lessons Learned From Housing Homeless People

By Dawn Price During the past few months our proposal to permanently house Laguna’s most vulnerable homeless people has sparked a lively community conversation.  At the same time, some important work at Friendship Shelter has proceeded, largely unnoticed. Well known is the fact that, along with our development partner, Jamboree Housing, we are proposing to […]

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Locals Weigh in on Transit Options

Locals Weigh in on Transit Options

About 60 residents and numerous city officials attended a public workshop Tuesday to discuss getting around town and preliminary recommendations for improving the experience of pedestrians, cyclists and riders of public transport. A loose consensus evolved that the city needs to better accommodate the needs of all three groups, and that many people would be […]

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Volleyball Tournament Revives Heritage

Volleyball Tournament Revives Heritage

The 59th annual Men’s Laguna Open volleyball tournament last weekend “was deep with talent and saw some of the biggest crowds since the national sponsor money days of the 80s and 90s when the prize purses were much larger,” said organizer Kirk Morgan. Since he took over running the tournament in 2012, Morgan has been […]

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Pipeline Repairs Steam Drivers, Merchants

Pipeline Repairs Steam Drivers, Merchants

Merchants in South Laguna and southbound commuters both are suffering from the consequences of emergency pipeline repairs in Coast Highway that are expected to last another week. To lessen weekday afternoon congestion that has generated a two-mile long back up to Nyes Place, traffic control officers will now be on the scene daily waving cars […]

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Council Rejects Building Moratorium

Council Rejects Building Moratorium

In response to fears of runaway development along Laguna Canyon, the City Council weighed imposing a building moratorium, but ultimately instead called for public workshops to better define existing planning guidelines. Forty-three people pled their case Tuesday before the Council, with roughly half seeking a halt on development and the other half asking that, moratorium […]

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Two Lives Unbury Local Treasures

Two Lives Unbury Local Treasures

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Lucille McElroy, 92, and Sylvia Dolby, 85, can tell stories about Laguna Beach before it was beset by parking problems, astronomical rents or crowded beaches. Even so, their own stories are equally remarkable, revealing women of determination. Sylvia Dolby, who lost her right leg below the knee several years […]

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New Rules Clear a Path to Better Views

New Rules Clear a Path to Better Views

The City Council unanimously passed a view ordinance last week, 15 months after then Mayor Kelly Boyd selected a committee to devise a law enforceable by city code. Despite the committee’s efforts to incorporate suggestions from proponents and critics, some residents continue to think the ordinance is too weak, with parameters that exclude guest houses […]

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Budget Windfall Benefits Police and Garden

Budget Windfall Benefits Police and Garden

The South Laguna Community Garden Park and the Laguna Beach police department both scored victories in claiming newly available revenue in the city’s coffers this week. Runner ups in a budget workshop Tuesday included marine protection, fuel modification, traffic control and emergency radio service. The City Council will hold a second public hearing at a […]

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It’s No Mystery, Volunteers Keep the Pageant Going

It’s No Mystery, Volunteers Keep the Pageant Going

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent The annual Pageant of the Masters production lures its audience from great distances, but its volunteer cast members generally are from close to home. They include Luke Pacheco, 12, of Laguna Beach, in his third consecutive year in the summer show that opens July 6 and which was […]

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New Planner to Lead Development Department

New Planner to Lead Development Department

The former deputy community development director for Rancho Palos Verdes, who supervised its view restoration services, was hired to lead Laguna Beach’s community development department. Greg Pfost (pronounced Post), will be responsible for supervising planning, zoning, building, and code enforcement services, City Manager John Pietig announced last week. In Palos Verdes, which served as the […]

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Paltry Turnout for Primary Election

Paltry Turnout for Primary Election

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Just 17 percent of registered voters showed up or mailed a ballot in this week’s primary election, where the most popular two candidates for state and national posts regardless of party will compete against one other in the November general election. Laguna Beach local Neel Kashkari, a former Treasury […]