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Some Leap!

Some Leap!

Summer campers observed a pair of humpback whales leaping out of the water and waving their flukes about two miles offshore Laguna Beach on Tuesday. The Ocean Institute in Dana Point offers whale-watching trips for school children during the week and for the general public on weekends onboard its RV Sea Explorer, said spokesman Jim […]

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Trafficking Expert Describe Modern Day Slavery

Trafficking Expert Describe Modern Day Slavery

“What Human Trafficking Looks Like in Orange County and What We Can Do” is Sandra Morgan’s talking point at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Ave. The public is invited to hear Morgan, the director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice who has served served […]

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Police Veteran Turns in Her Badge

Police Veteran Turns in Her Badge

Investigations supervisor Louise Callus retired from the police department on Thursday, July 31, capping a 30-year career with Laguna Beach that began with a temporary summer job in 1984 as an unsworn parking control officer. After getting rehired fulltime that fall, Callus stayed in that position three years and then retreated indoors to work four […]

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Conservation Stalls Deeper Water Cutbacks

Conservation Stalls Deeper Water Cutbacks

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Thanks to the conservation policies of the two water districts supplying Laguna Beach, residents may not feel as keenly the impact of recently mandated statewide curbs on outdoor water use. Prompted by dire drought conditions, the state Water Resources Control Board last week adopted several emergency water-saving regulations, setting […]

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Passionate Pleas Preserve Historic Building

Passionate Pleas Preserve Historic Building

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Residents overwhelmingly supported the preservation of Laguna’s historic sewer digester building last week during a workshop on the proposed village entrance at the corner of Forest Avenue and Laguna Canyon Road. The City Council wanted public input on four issues that underpin the direction of improvements for the area […]

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Big Changes in Small Packages

Big Changes in Small Packages

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent A duo of innovations hit the downtown this month with the Planning Commission’s approval of a temporary use permit for a cottage foods storefront on Beach Street and the introduction of Forest Avenue’s first social robot. Micheau Folse’s Lightning Bolt Foods, currently operated out of her home in […]

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Lesser-Known Lessons Motivate School Candidates

Lesser-Known Lessons Motivate School Candidates

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Two candidates for three seats on the Laguna Beach School District board have officially announced their intentions to run for election in November. Dee Namba-Perry, who ran for the same post and lost two years ago, registered as a candidate with the Orange County Registrar’s office last week and […]

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Postcards to Capture Global Hopes for Peace

Postcards to Capture Global Hopes for Peace

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach-based arts nonprofit TIMOTCA (The International Museum of Twenty-first Century Art) hopes to display panels of postcards created by children from around the world at various locations in September, according to the charity’s founder, Ed Solomon. Children from around the globe send in postcards to the […]

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Riders Vow to Push for Bike Safety

Riders Vow to Push for Bike Safety

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent A swarm of 200 to 300 cyclists rode en masse from Heisler Park in Laguna Beach to the Newport Coast Sunday, July 20, in memory of John Colvin and Debra Deem, both Laguna Beach cyclists who died after being struck by motorists on Coast Highway. The sobering demonstration […]

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The ‘Waterman’ Tradition Continues

The ‘Waterman’ Tradition Continues

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Nineteen-year-old Chris Garau graduated with honors from San Juan Hills high school and soon will be competing in the water polo Junior Olympics. This summer is his first as a rookie Laguna Beach lifeguard, stationed on Main Beach. But lifeguarding and community service in Laguna Beach are a tradition […]

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	Food Pantry Gets A Windfall

Food Pantry Gets A Windfall

Laguna Board of Realtors’ Charitable Assistance Fund surprised Laguna Food Pantry chair Andy Siegenfeld with a $12,000 check at an awards presentation last month, far surpassing the grant amount requested. “We were overwhelmed with the generosity of this grant,” said Siegenfeld. “It gives us an enormous boost that will help us meet our operating costs, […]

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Garden Welcomes a Potluck Party

Garden Welcomes a Potluck Party

The South Laguna Community Garden Park welcomes garden lovers to its annual summer garden festival and potluck from 4-7 p.m., Sunday, July 27, at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway. There will be live music by Tony Bisson and friends. Donations welcome toward a permanent garden. Information at SouthLaguna.org/garden.   Commissioner Examines Drug Court’s Effectiveness […]

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Personnel File

Personnel File

Public Relations with a Side of Yum Laguna local Melinda Morgan Kartsonis, founder of Morgan Marketing and Public Relations, is a member of the Public Relations Society of America. Morgan-Kartsonis has donated more than $100,000 worth of pro bono work to many organizations, including Human Options, The American Cancer Society, Share Our Strength, and St. […]

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Concerts Enliven Club Scene for Kids

Concerts Enliven Club Scene for Kids

For the second year in a row, Laguna Beach Live! is bringing outdoor summer concerts to the Boys and Girls Club.  Guitarist Matt Quilter and drummer Lee “Kix” Rybacek kicked off the twice monthly series, performing surf classics while accompanied by club members on percussion instruments and found-object drum sets. “These summer concerts are a […]

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Susan Bollingmo

Susan Bollingmo

Susan Bollingmo was born Aug. 2,1940, and died July 15, 2014, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Formerly married to Daniel Weston, she was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Known for her gracious ways of loving and caring for others, she will be remembered for her many acts of kindness. A successful single mother prior […]