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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Hedden For God’s Country

From Bongos To Head Banging To Maxiwhacking By Andy Hedden Originally published in 2005. It all started when my Aunt Pat gave me a set of bongos for my 6th birthday.  They say some people are born to play, and I guess it’s true, because 42 years later I’m still a drummer. I still...

Class Notes

Suds Up to Aid Orphans Students at the Community Learning Center at Top of the World School will hold their fifth annual car wash and bake sale to benefit children at the Door of Faith Orphanage near Rosarito, Mexico, on Saturday, May 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The event...

Stopping a Relic of a Wired World

Editor,   Laguna outdid itself this year for Earth Day with collaboration between the city, Seeds, Transition Laguna, Kelp Fest and others. What a great day and a great turn out. So what a come down to have AT&T telephone directories dumped on our doorsteps. I was extra...

El Morro Students Visit Ocean Institute

Forty-two fifth graders from Laguna Beach’s El Morro Elementary enjoyed a marine mammal cruise from Dana Point’s Ocean Institute dock last week.   Two additional groups of El Morro students were treated this week as well. The students were funded by a donation from Hearts of...