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Mission Hospital Prepares for Ebola

In the wake of the disturbing news that two Dallas nurses contracted the deadly Ebola virus after caring for a patient, staff of Mission Hospital Laguna Beach has readiness protocols in place to both protect their personnel and treat a victim of the infection, officials confirmed...

Taking Stock

Great Speculations Quarterly earnings season often brings surprises, some disappointing and others quite rewarding. Apple (AAPL-$569), my largest position, delighted its fans with a 7% profit increase together with increases in its dividend and stock buyback program and a seven...

Taking Stock

Singing The Blues Wall Street almost ignored publication of a new book charging widespread irregularities in high-speed trading. After a brief flurry, the market moved up to new all-time highs on both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Regulators were not so...

Clinic Keeps Pace as Healthcare Evolves

Laguna Beach Community Clinic added a new associate medical director to its roster in Dr. Jorge Rubal, though Rubal is far from new to the clinic. While a medical student at UC Irvine, he completed a rotation in family medicine at the clinic in 2005 and continued to volunteer...

Costs Rising Faster Than Revenue

In summing up Laguna Beach’s proposed $68.5 million annual budget, for the first time involving a two-year projected spending plan through June 2016, City Manager John Pietig tempered the good news about a recovering local economy with a prescription for caution moving forward....

Mission Driven to End Cancer

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent Five years ago, the Orange County branch of Susan G. Komen for the Cure held a breakfast workshop for breast cancer survivors, among them Sol Reyes Roberts of Laguna Beach.  “That was my first entre into that world,” says Roberts, who...

Consider the Source

Editor, I don’t know everything about Congressman Dana Rohrabacher but a couple of recent letters bad-mouthing him using childish insulting terminology pretty well convinces me that Rohrbacher must in fact be a fine gentleman and a competent congressman. Note to Mary Dolphin. ...

Red Ink Excised, Balanced Budget is Approved

By moving money leftover in other city accounts, freezing salaries and trimming costs to cover a third-year deficit, the City Council on Tuesday gave final approval to a balanced general fund budget of $44.9 million for 2011-12. Saying the national economy is not making its usual...