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Project Meets City Requirements

Editor, I’m writing in regards to John Hamil’s recent column in this publication entitled “Keeping Promises.” His letter was written in a response to a letter I wrote regarding the Long(i) Live-Work-Create project we have designed for local artist Louis Longi in Laguna Canyon. In...

A Preferred Addition to the Canyon

Editor, When we drive through Laguna Canyon we see many bland and unsightly commercial and light industrial structures.  In between are some typical and not so typical Laguna residential charmers… And to make it brief, the proposed artist live-work project, designed by architect...

A Revealing Ratio

Editor, While I was pleased to read in Horst Noppenberger’s “Speaker’s Corner” editorial (Feb. 7 edition) that the prime purpose of the proposed canyon artist live-work apartment complex is to provide affordable living to artists, I was puzzled by the ratio of only eight of the...

Addressing the Town’s Evolving Needs

By Horst Noppenberger Every once in a while, a project comes along which has an opportunity to speak to who we are as a community. The artist live-work project that we’ve designed for local sculptor Louis Longi and the Dornin Investment Group is one of these projects. The...

Artists’ Work-Live Complex Closer to Reality

A 30-unit, 20,000-square-foot, 31-foot-high artists’ work-live complex got its first concrete go-ahead, albeit  with conditions, Wednesday night with four out of five city planning commissioners supporting the project. Commissioners noted that the work-live artists’ residency is...

If not now, When? If not here, Where?

Editor, These simple questions put forth by a Planning Commission member last month encompass the heart of the matter concerning the live/work project proposed along Laguna Canyon Road. They succinctly distill the last seven years of unrelenting compliance on the part of the...

New Shop Aims to Market Laguna

A vacant Forest Avenue storefront will soon transform into a street-level gallery and an innovative bricks-and-mortar e-commerce marketplace for Laguna Beach merchants. The city’s Planning Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved a temporary use permit for One Laguna,...

Soccer Alumni Kick It

Photo by Horst Noppenberger The women’s soccer alumni match was held last week with this year’s varsity players holding on to a 2-1 win.

Boys Qualify for Playoffs

By Horst Noppenberger, Special to the Independent   Laguna Beach High School’s boys soccer team was awarded a wild card berth in the CIF play-offs and played El Segundo at home Tuesday, Feb. 14.   The playoff spot came as a result of a strong finish for the Breakers...

A Win and a Tie for Boys Soccer

By Horst Noppenberer, Special to the Independent   Laguna Beach’s boys varsity soccer team posted a 4-1 victory and a tie last week in the opening games of regular season play.   On Friday, Jan. 13, Laguna won against Calvary Chapel in Santa Ana and tied 2-2 against...

Alumni Still Threading the Field

By Horst Noppenberger, Special to the Independent   A baker’s dozen of former high school soccer players turned out for the annual alumni game, held last week.   Last year’s graduating class was represented by Jon Roberts, Travis Sampson and Christian Albarron; 2010 by...

Breakers Report

Soccer’s Preseason Winning Streak Ends By Horst Noppenberger, Special to the Independent    The boys’ soccer team beat Oxford Academy 4-0 on Tuesday, Dec. 20, fueled by a hat-trick of three goals by Laguna Beach forward Joseph Rousseau.   Earlier though, the team’s...

Breakers Report

Soccer’s Preseason Winning Streak Ends By Horst Noppenberger, Special to the Independent    The boys’ soccer team beat Oxford Academy 4-0 on Tuesday, Dec. 20, fueled by a hat-trick of three goals by Laguna Beach forward Joseph Rousseau.   Last week, though, the team’s...

Boys Soccer Opens Their Season

By Horst Noppenberger, Special to the Independent   Laguna Beach High School’s boys varsity soccer team opened their season Friday, Dec. 2, playing cross town rival Dana Hills Dolphins to a 1-1 tie.   First half action found the surprised Dolphins playing on their heels...