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Firefighters Ignite Spark of Love

Firefighters Ignite Spark of Love

This year marks the 20th anniversary of firefighters’ Spark of Love toy drive and Laguna Beach’s fire stations are participating in the collection. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off through Dec. 24 at all four stations: 501 Forest Ave., 285 Agate St., 2900 Alta Laguna Blvd. and 31646 Second Ave. Firefighters also collect referrals […]

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Fumes From Fireplaces Worse Than Fire Pits

Fumes From Fireplaces Worse Than Fire Pits

Editor, Why must it always be too little too late for this town? I do believe Laguna Beach can do better than always following Newport Beach’s lead. The new startling discovery for the townsfolk is bad air from “fire pits” (“Cleaner Fire Pits May Burn in Laguna,” Nov. 29). I wasn’t aware we had any! […]

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Cleaner Fire Pits May Burn in Laguna

Cleaner Fire Pits May Burn in Laguna

Wood-burning bonfires at Aliso Beach in South Laguna may be a thing of the past as fire pits up the coast switch to cleaner-burning propane or natural gas. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, two contracts to install clean-burning fire pits for public use are being considered for beaches from Corona del […]

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The Mason and the Potter, United by Clay

The Mason and the Potter, United by Clay

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent In the current “Adam Silverman: Clay and Space” exhibit at Laguna Art Museum, a mason and potter blended their talents to create a sensory installation that wraps viewers in the artistic expressions of both. To view Silverman’s textured and organic pottery fired in the pits at Aliso Beach, […]

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Departures Leave Openings at Fire Department

Departures Leave Openings at Fire Department

Two longtime employees of Laguna Beach’s fire department will leave next month, City Manager John Peitig announced. Division chief and fire marshal Dan Stefano, who joined Laguna Beach as a reserve firefighter in 1995 and became a full time firefighter in 1997, will become fire chief for the city of Costa Mesa, effective Dec. 2. […]

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A Tale of Two Kitties

A Tale of Two Kitties

Indy readers provide the best chance for giving two cats a chance to live out their nine lives. Local resident Rachel Uchizono’s Savannah cat, Bubsy, went missing last Friday, Nov. 15, around Bluebird Canyon, and she seeks the public’s help in her safe return. The four-footed creature with the markings of a bobcat fled from […]

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Village Matters: A Message From the Sky

Village Matters: A Message From the Sky

It was the day after the 1993 fire. There were fragments blowing in the wind. Half burned pieces of paper, part of someone’s life, fluttered down like sooty snowflakes.  In the parking lot behind my office, I picked up one of them. There it said, “Reason” in large type. It was part of a headline. […]

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American Legion Hosts Veterans Day Celebration

American Legion Hosts Veterans Day Celebration

The Laguna Beach Police Color Guard posted the colors to start off the Veterans Day celebration hosted by the Veterans and Ladies Auxiliary of the Laguna Beach American Legion Post held at their Legion Post on Monday, Nov. 11. Mayor Kelly Boyd, a veteran, attended the event, while Laguna Beach City Council member Steve Dicterow […]

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Live-Work Project Erodes Canyon’s Character

Live-Work Project Erodes Canyon’s Character

Editor, Please come to the Planning Commission meeting Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. and express your views about the planned 30-unit apartment style housing project that looks like a dormitory right in the middle of our rural, primarily residential, neighborhood. This part of the canyon has a few businesses that were grandfathered in when we […]

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Redefining Art Inspired by Nature

Redefining Art Inspired by Nature

Sunbathers who languidly make squiggles in the sand rarely draw much attention. Not so for Jim Denevan, a land artist whose work elevates the beach-goer’s favorite pastime with huge circles, squares, even a cross and other shapes. These, carefully delineated to create a sense of light and dark, comprise Denevan’s oeuvre, which inevitably draws a […]

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Landscape Experts Debunk Conventional Wisdom

Landscape Experts Debunk Conventional Wisdom

With the 20-year anniversary of Laguna Beach’s firestorm as the backdrop, fire safety expert Richard Halsey recently described a scenario that runs counter to the popular lore. “The most volatile fuel is the home,” he said, not the vegetation around it. A properly landscaped yard with well-maintained trees and shrubs can serve as a sponge […]

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Fire Ignites a Support System

Fire Ignites a Support System

 By Marion K. Jacobs, Ph.D., Special to the Independent I was among the lucky ones. The fire was coming over Mystic and straight at us on Temple Hills Drive when we evacuated, but thanks to a wind switch later our house was saved. Over the days and weeks following the ’93 Laguna fire, I got […]

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Fire's Unforeseen Side Effects

Fire’s Unforeseen Side Effects

“It doesn’t take long to replace the material things,” said Frank Bower, who watched his Tahiti Street home go up in flames during the 1993 fire in the company of firefighters, crippled without an adequate water source. But rebuilding his life proved more difficult. Emotional damage can’t be swept up and carted away like the […]

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Stirring the Ashes

Stirring the Ashes

By Anthony Kaufman, Special to the Independent No one was sure what started the blaze that had ravaged this beachside community. I would interview those I knew who had lost their homes and look for a compelling story. I would please my East Coast editor with the tale of a little girl who saved her […]

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Is Laguna Safer Today?

Is Laguna Safer Today?

Some conditions remain unchanged since a devastating wildfire swept through Laguna Beach on Oct. 27, 1993, a $528 million disaster that consumed or damaged 441 homes and cost no human lives, but continues to influence city policy. The sun continues to bake the town’s south-facing slopes, making them drier and more vulnerable to fire’s spread. […]