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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 […]

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Brooks Surf Contest Opens Registration

Brooks Surf Contest Opens Registration

The waiting period for the 50th Brooks Street Surf Contest has begun. The surf contest, touted as “the oldest surfing classic in the world,” is open to Laguna Beach residents only. Event age groups range from youth (boys 13 and under, girls 15 and under) through to senior masters (40-49). Register at the city’s Community […]

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His Talents Go Beyond Theater

His Talents Go Beyond Theater

Elan (“EJ”) Kramer, the Laguna Beach High School senior who just landed the best actor award at the 42nd annual MACY Awards last week, displays extraordinary talent on stage. But the secret to his success, it seems, lies in a well-rounded character, limitless passion and strong work ethic. Musicality runs in the family, so EJ’s […]

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Student Musicians Rock the House

Student Musicians Rock the House

Three of the school district’s instrumental groups brought home first place trophies at a recent regional music competitions. The LBHS Wind Ensemble won first place and unanimous superior ratings from the judges at the “Music in the Park” competition held in conjunction with California’s Great American Theme Park in San Francisco, April 26-28. Last week, […]

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Getting to Know Allan Mansoor

Getting to Know Allan Mansoor

By Jean Ardell This is the third in a series of columns about the candidates running for the 74th Assembly District. Next week I’ll offer my reflections on the three candidates and my opinions on the needs of the 74th.   Allan Mansoor, a Republican, is the declared incumbent, although the 74th is a newly […]