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Hearing Set Over School Accountability Plan

Hearing Set Over School Accountability Plan

The school district set May 13 for a public hearing to collect input from parents, educators, employees and the community as it develops its state-mandated Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The plans must describe the school district’s overall vision for students and actions to improve outcomes for English learners, low-income students, and foster youth, the […]

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Tech Safety Expert Taps Into a Child’s World

Tech Safety Expert Taps Into a Child’s World

Coffee Break is breaking-out of its mold with a free 7 p.m. presentation on children and technology at Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Laguna Beach High School’s Artists’ Theatre. Scott Burnett, owner of Lake Forest’s Integrity Computer Concepts, specializes in online security. The father of four tech-savvy kids, Burnett regularly hosts presentations for private schools, churches, […]

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 Donations, Volunteers Needed for Shared Feast

Donations, Volunteers Needed for Shared Feast

The buffet style Community Thanksgiving takes place at noon on Thursday, Nov. 28, at Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr. Ready to eat turkeys and side dishes are needed; food donations and volunteers for set-up and cleanup are welcomed at 11 a.m. The food and supplies are provided by individuals, churches and community groups. […]

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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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Wanted: Artists, Craftsmakers for Annual Holiday Boutique

Wanted: Artists, Craftsmakers for Annual Holiday Boutique

Laguna Beach High School’s PTA is looking for artists and craftspeople to participate in this year’s annual Holiday Boutique to be held on Dec. 7 in the Laguna Beach High School’s Dugger Gym. Vendors will enjoy five hours of foot traffic drawn not only by the free-admission boutique itself, but by performances by the elementary […]

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Wanted: Artists, Craftsmakers for Annual Holiday Boutique

Wanted: Artists, Craftsmakers for Annual Holiday Boutique

Laguna Beach High School’s PTA is looking for artists and craftspeople to participate in this year’s annual Holiday Boutique to be held on Dec. 7 in the Laguna Beach High School’s Dugger Gym. Vendors will enjoy five hours of foot traffic drawn not only by the free-admission boutique itself, but by performances by the elementary […]

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Minding our Business

Minding our Business

The Business of Storytelling On a cul-de-sac off the Canyon Road, bracketed by the Sawdust and Seven Degrees, Laguna’s beloved cooking school and wine center, Laguna Culinary Arts, is also home to the local branch of Dime Stories, where writers, aspiring writers, or anyone with a story that can be told in three minutes, is […]

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Recreation Fees Going Up at School Sites

Recreation Fees Going Up at School Sites

Residents will soon see a hike in fees for some recreation programs as a result of a joint-use agreement adopted by the City Council on Tuesday. The new agreement with the Laguna Beach Unified School District sets terms for the shared use of school athletic facilities, as well as shared funding to renovate the tennis […]

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Shore Scene: The Ocean’s Oxymoron

Shore Scene: The Ocean’s Oxymoron

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler  The California sea hare (Aplysia californica) derives its name from the four protrusions on either side of its head that are suggestive of rabbit’s ears. The slow moving gastropod resembles a giant slug and is typically eight inches long but can reach up to 16 inches.  Colored a mottled […]

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Laguna Shore Scene: A California Hermaphrodite

Laguna Shore Scene: A California Hermaphrodite

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler The California sea hare (Aplysia californica) derives its name from the four protrusions on either side of its head that are suggestive of rabbit’s ears. The slow moving gastropod resembles a giant slug and is typically eight inches long but can reach up to 16 inches.  Colored a mottled […]

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Tree-economics 101: My lost trees = My lost dollars. Who pays?

Tree-economics 101: My lost trees = My lost dollars. Who pays?

Editor, Hold on a minute. With all the subjective talk about trees and views, let’s talk about objective economics. Let’s understand that there is a definable economic component of value to beautiful trees on a property. It’s the difference between a property’s estimated market value with existing trees, and without. This is a “bucket” of […]

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Lawyer on Familiar Turf Helps Resolves View Disputes

Lawyer on Familiar Turf Helps Resolves View Disputes

Where others see irreconcilable differences, Laguna Beach resident and attorney Larry Nokes sees an opportunity to reconcile. Nokes defies the portrayals of litigators in courtroom dramas as either out for blood or hackneyed automatons, and strives to achieve the best outcome for his clients. Even as he ably prepares them for trial, he stresses the […]

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Student Musicians Put It All Together

Student Musicians Put It All Together

Singers and jazz musicians from Thurston Middle School and Laguna Beach High School are putting their talents together in the first-ever combined spring concert in the Artists’ Theatre, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. A celebration of the great variety and shared heritage of American popular songs and jazz standards, the joint program includes spirituals, show […]

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Council Considers Views and Safety

Council Considers Views and Safety

View preservation and public safety received top billing at Laguna Beach’s City Council, which heard testimony Tuesday on progress by a committee drafting a new view ordinance and from staff investigating the addition of video surveillance cameras downtown and at the city’s exit points. Larry Nokes, chair of the view equity committee established in January, […]

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Film Screening Stands Up For Wounded Vets

Film Screening Stands Up For Wounded Vets

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   The Laguna Beach Film Society’s invites the public to attend a special screening of the Oscar-winning movie “The Best Years of Our Lives,” on Thursday, May 23, in recognition of Memorial Day, which falls the following Monday. Actor Michael Hall, who played the son of one of the […]