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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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Richard Balzer

Richard Balzer

Richard Havlin Balzer passed away on June 12, 2014, in Springfield, Ore., from a bad heart valve. He was born Aug. 25, 1945 in Los Angeles to Carl and Elsa Balzer. Balzer is survived by his son Vaughn Balzer; his grandson Calvin Balzer; his brother Rick Balzer and his niece Shannon Balzer Palmer. Richard, or […]

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Hams Tune in For Emergencies

Hams Tune in For Emergencies

Hams Tune in For Emergencies Laguna Beach’s licensed amateur radio operators (known as hams) intend to participate in Field Day Saturday, June 28, the oldest emergency preparedness exercise in the United States and Canada.  Now, as they have for the past 16 years, the Laguna Beach Emergency Communications Team will operate off the grid using […]

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Personnel File

Personnel File

Visit Laguna Beach Hires From Within Visit Laguna Beach’s eight-year marketing director Ashley Johnson was promoted to succeed Judith Bijlani, the president and chief executive who announced her resignation earlier this year. Johnson’s new title of director of brand marketing and communications allows her to continue to lead destination marketing efforts and oversee day-to-day operations, […]

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Beauty Wins Out

Beauty Wins Out

Keeping Time For the 46th year, the Laguna Beach Beautification Council used its love of beauty to honor outstanding examples in town of creative outdoor beauty. Award criteria included “curbside appeal” in keeping with Laguna’s culture. Commercial businesses, city commissioned art projects and homes were honored with certificates of merit and a presentation during an […]

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Hikers Find Body of Homeless Man

Hikers Find Body of Homeless Man

Two hikers discovered the body of a man described by Laguna Beach police as a member of the local homeless population on a Laguna Coast Wilderness Park trail early Thursday, June 26. The cause of death has not been established and is pending an autopsy by the Orange County Coroner’s Office, said Capt. Jason Kravetz. […]

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Fleeing Bandit Caught Near City Limits

Fleeing Bandit Caught Near City Limits

Police arrested Jose Manuel Jiminez Jr., 26, of Riverside, for attempted robbery and battery south of Crown Valley Parkway about 5:12 p.m. last Tuesday, June 17, suspected of hitting and trying to steal the wallet of a man near a Coast Highway fast-food restaurant. The victim, in back of the restaurant on a break, refused […]

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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 […]