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A Better Location is Needed

A Better Location is Needed

Editor, David Peck’s letter (“Calling Home,” May 16) is intriguing. He recalled the uproar over the initial site proposed for Laguna’s now 25-year-old Friendship Shelter. “We found a potential site in the canyon, in the middle of a light industrial area, held a public meeting, and people came out of the woodwork to object: a […]

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Kids Should be Our Top Priority

Kids Should be Our Top Priority

Editor, The permanent housing shelter that is being considered in the Canyon is an interesting and somewhat controversial subject. In the United States, many of the people living on the streets suffer from serious disabilities, both mental and physical. So many of the homeless could lead more productive lives if provided mental and physical counseling […]

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Answering Homeless Housing Skeptics

Answering Homeless Housing Skeptics

A plan for permanent housing for chronically homeless people who are mentally ill is generating much discussion around town and some pointed letters to the editor. Even so, only about 35 residents showed up at a meeting held last Friday at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, organized by the project’s leaders to address concerns prior to […]

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Striking a Chord to Fill a Safety Net

Striking a Chord to Fill a Safety Net

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent   Local resident Donna LeClair’s recent medical crises galvanized her to find a means to connect with others who are suffering while teaching the rest of the community how to better respond to people in need. Three months ago, something went amiss for LeClair’s 29-year old son, Shawn […]

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Benefits 4/5/13

Benefits 4/5/13

Kudos for Employing the Disabled Laguna Beach’s Montage resort was honored with a “Spotlight Award by the Regional Center of Orange County, which coordinates services for 17,000 residents with developmental disabilities and their families. Last month’s program in Anaheim honors those who have advanced the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. Montage’s general […]

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Glennwood Remodel Busts its Budget

Glennwood Remodel Busts its Budget

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   Unexpected construction costs in a building being revamped as a group home for developmentally disabled young adults has Glennwood Housing Foundation supporters scrambling to bridge a $350,000 shortfall. Upon beginning demolition and reconstruction of a former retirement facility in December, contractors discovered plumbing and electrical systems that were […]

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Makeover Includes Wyland Mural

Makeover Includes Wyland Mural

Marine life artist and Laguna Beach resident Wyland volunteered to dress up the outside dining hall of Laguna’s Glennwood House with a sea mural and the help of 10 future resident candidates, the organization announced this week. Wyland plans to take up his brushes on Jan. 19 at the former retirement home undergoing renovation as […]

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Local Soroptimist Peddles for Best Buddies

Local Soroptimist Peddles for Best Buddies

Doris McQuaid, a member of Laguna Beach’s Soroptimist International, and her husband rode their bikes 100 miles from Carmel to Hearst Castle last month to support Best Buddies, an organization founded by Maria Shriver to support those with emotional and developmental disabilities. The locals designed a polkadot jersey for the event, which Shriver stopped to […]

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Complete Streets Mandates Ignored in Laguna

Complete Streets Mandates Ignored in Laguna

Editor, The Complete Streets Act requires that cities plan (and provide) for a balanced, multi-modal transportation network that meets the needs of all (street users) for safe and convenient travel. The users of these streets include bicyclists, children, seniors, persons with disabilities, motorists, movers of commercial goods, pedestrians, and users of public transportation. Mandates in […]

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Glennwood Begins Capital Fund

Glennwood Begins Capital Fund

The Glennwood House established a fund at the Laguna Beach Community Foundation to assist with its $3.4 million capital campaign to refurbish housing for up to 50 young adults, aged 18-45, who have developmental disabilities. The Glennwood House Foundation purchased a former assisted living facility at Ruby Street and South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach […]