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Contributing To a Better World

Contributing To a Better World

Editor, This year’s Earth Day & Kelp Fest event was another successful Laguna happening thanks to all of the teamwork among the community in Laguna and beyond. Transition Laguna skillfully organized music, food and helpful demonstrations of sustainable living while Kelp Fest participants at Main Beach decorated a giant kelp forest surrounded by displays from […]

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Glasses Shop Envisions Eye Aid

Glasses Shop Envisions Eye Aid

Since its establishment in 1974 by master optician Udo Stoeckmann, European Optical, at 1276 S. Coast Highway, has served generations of Lagunans and over its 38 years helped support the charitable efforts of many local groups. Now, daughter Astrid Chitamun, the company’s chief executive, wants to involve the entire community in a year-long initiative, “See […]

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Piecemeal Complete Streets Plan is a Boondoggle

Piecemeal Complete Streets Plan is a Boondoggle

Editor,   When politicians dismantle a grassroots citizen advisory committee and substitute their insider, the result is amateur proposals and misguided leadership demonstrated by these proposals. Here are some comments with a historical context for Complete Streets advocacy in Laguna Beach. Interventions for complete street infrastructure should be placed:  where traffic data indicate they would […]

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Planners Take to the Streets

Planners Take to the Streets

Last Saturday about 60 people from the community as well as some Planning Commission officials surveyed Laguna Beach’s downtown area on foot, trying to form a common vision of potential revisions to a 23-year-old policy known as the Downtown Specific Plan. “You have to have everybody looking at the same thing,” said Planning Commissioner Norm […]

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Friends Read Between the Lines

Friends Read Between the Lines

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   Soldiering on is the way of the Friends of the Laguna Beach Library, who intend to run business as usual while awaiting a redraft of the licensing agreement from the Orange County Public Library that they initially rejected. In a spat fit for a romance novel and a […]

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Beach for Snow

Beach for Snow

By Bette Anderson It’s the end of the year, the traditional time to reflect on the past, good and bad, and plan for the future, to rest your feet on the coffee table and sip a glass of wine, red for Christmas, white for snow. So I ask myself, why did I originally come here […]

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Spinning a Potter’s Wheel for Good

Spinning a Potter’s Wheel for Good

The Sawdust Art Festival is opening its ceramic center in advance of the annual Winter Fantasy show, hosting two groups of local high school and middle school students. The kids intend to create 30 ceramic mugs to sell as gifts for charitable donations. The mugs will be glazed and fired, and then filled with coffee […]

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Marine Activist Nets Nonprofit a Big Donor

Marine Activist Nets Nonprofit a Big Donor

Laguna Bluebelt ocean activist Michael Beanan received Orange County’s first Cox Conserves Hero Award, earning the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition a $5,000 contribution towards its efforts protecting marine life and restoring coastal habitat. The award came from the Trust for Public Land and Cox Communications. While serving as vice president of the South Laguna Civic Association, […]

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Many Reasons to Oppose Measure CC

Many Reasons to Oppose Measure CC

Editor, I have long advocated preserving open space in Laguna Beach, and worked hard as did many Lagunans to “Save the Canyon.” But Measure CC on the November ballot is unworthy of similar support. Critical differences exist between the current measure and the historic canyon purchase. Measure CC will tax Laguna property owners for what […]

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Don’t Be Scammed

Don’t Be Scammed

Editor, Certain power groups in Laguna are scheming to gain control over privately owned vacant lots around town that they call open space. They are using Measure CC to try and get control of all the land and money they can, but at your expense by raising your taxes. Don’t be scammed. The empty lots they […]

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Nuclear Regulators Discuss San Onofre

Nuclear Regulators Discuss San Onofre

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a public meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9 to discuss the status of its oversight of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and respond to questions about current plant issues. The meeting will be held between 6 and 9:30 p.m. at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Hotel, in Dana Point. There […]

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Endorsing Lack of Alignment

Endorsing Lack of Alignment

Editor: Candidates Bob Whalen and Jane Egly remain unendorsed by any of the very partisan groups in town: Village Laguna, the Democratic Club, the Republicans or Taxpayers. Good for them! This places candidates Whalen and Egly right where most of the citizens in Laguna Beach want their council members to be: independent and balanced in […]

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Feeding Souls

Feeding Souls

By Judy Pettigrew, Special to the Independent   Sixty years is a long time to feed people. Ask any Methodist and one of the many things they will tell you about their denomination is that, if you want to feed people spiritually, you also should bring a casserole. That, among other things, is what the […]

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McMurray Fundraising Walk Scheduled

McMurray Fundraising Walk Scheduled

The Don’t Worry Be Happy Foundation has scheduled a 5K-walk fundraiser for William McMurray on Sunday, Aug. 26.  The event will start at 9 a.m. at The Happy Place, the  foundation’s store located at 1042 N. Coast Highway and continue to The Penguin Café and back. The 11-year old son of Penguin Café owners Sabrina […]

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Making Your Vote an Informed One

Making Your Vote an Informed One

Editor, On Nov. 6 we will be exercising our right to participate in the democratic process by voting for not only school board members and city council members, but also for state and national officers.  Good citizens are informed citizens. Making better information available is the goal of the Laguna Beach Branches of AAUW, League […]