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Artist Sculpts Portraits of a Novel Dimension

Artist Sculpts Portraits of a Novel Dimension

Squinting her eyes and turning her head this way and that, artist Jessica de Stefano is studying her subject, a dark-haired woman grateful she need not sit frozen like statuary. Slowly, a likeness of Carrie Angland emerges, carved from polymer clay that de Stefano paints and fires in porcelain at home. “In my mind I […]

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The Best Show in Town

The Best Show in Town

Editor, One of Laguna Beach’s major hotels is smack in the middle of downtown Laguna.  At a recent meeting of the Planning Commission, the general manager of that hotel objected to a proposed rooftop dining facility across the street because of anticipated noise and loss of privacy. Visitors to Laguna hotels have a wide choice […]

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Cyclists List Fixes for Safer Streets

Cyclists List Fixes for Safer Streets

Editor, We are writing to express our concern about the grave situation with respect to pedestrian and bicyclist safety in Laguna Beach. Nearly all of our trips around town in Laguna are by bike. We do this in order to ease the traffic situation by not adding another vehicle to already crowded roadways as well […]

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Letter Cites Best-Practices Website for Land Planning

Letter Cites Best-Practices Website for Land Planning

Editor, Re: Cathy Bartels’ letter of July 25, “Lets Make Life the Top Priority” “I especially like www.streetfilms.org” Thank you Cathy for giving a plug to one of my favorite reference web sights. Streetfilms produces short films showing how smart transportation design and policy result in better places to live, work and play. The goal […]

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A Prescription for Safe and Happy Riding

A Prescription for Safe and Happy Riding

Editor, I am a bicyclist; a safe one. I realize that if hit by a car, I lose. Look at the picture on the front page of your July 25, 2014 issue: How many bicyclists are in the bike lane and how many are not? Have you ever seen a bicyclist stop for a stop […]

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Running the Hills Instead of the Highway

Running the Hills Instead of the Highway

Editor, As we move through the long days in the heart of summer, we’re also in prime running season.  I’ve enjoyed reading about the summer successes and activities of the Laguna Beach boys and girls cross country teams.  Congrats to Coaches Wittkop and Lalim for their hard work, and pursuit of excellence.  We’re also in […]

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Santa Ana is a Better Location

Santa Ana is a Better Location

Editor, I feel compelled once again to air my disdain on how the ACLU has helped Laguna Beach to roll out the welcome mat for all homeless. After walking by the congregation that panhandles for “your” money this morning, I made my way for coffee at a local service station. There, I encountered a well-known homeless […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

Prehistoric Creatures Close-up Chitonsare primitive marine mollusks resembling trilobites whose fossil record can be traced back to the Devonian Period over 400 million years ago. There are over 900 existing species and fossil records for over 400 more extinct species. They have a worldwide distribution and can be found from the rocks in the intertidal […]

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Big Changes in Small Packages

Big Changes in Small Packages

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent A duo of innovations hit the downtown this month with the Planning Commission’s approval of a temporary use permit for a cottage foods storefront on Beach Street and the introduction of Forest Avenue’s first social robot. Micheau Folse’s Lightning Bolt Foods, currently operated out of her home in […]

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Riders Vow to Push for Bike Safety

Riders Vow to Push for Bike Safety

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent A swarm of 200 to 300 cyclists rode en masse from Heisler Park in Laguna Beach to the Newport Coast Sunday, July 20, in memory of John Colvin and Debra Deem, both Laguna Beach cyclists who died after being struck by motorists on Coast Highway. The sobering demonstration […]

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The ‘Waterman’ Tradition Continues

The ‘Waterman’ Tradition Continues

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Nineteen-year-old Chris Garau graduated with honors from San Juan Hills high school and soon will be competing in the water polo Junior Olympics. This summer is his first as a rookie Laguna Beach lifeguard, stationed on Main Beach. But lifeguarding and community service in Laguna Beach are a tradition […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

Prehistoric Creatures Close-up  Chitonsare primitive marine mollusks resembling trilobites whose fossil record can be traced back to the Devonian Period over 400 million years ago. There are over 900 existing species and fossil records for over 400 more extinct species. They have a worldwide distribution and can be found from the rocks in the intertidal […]

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Let’s Make Life the Top Priority

Let’s Make Life the Top Priority

(This was also addressed to council members.) Editor: I want to share this safe bike transportation program that the OCTA has developed for cities. It’s so clever. Check:  octa.net/BikeShare I would also like to add my voice for separate bike lanes with a barrier from cars. NYC has changed beautifully. Check:  Street Films.org (Google ‘Street Films’ to […]

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Resume the Quest for a Public Trail

Resume the Quest for a Public Trail

  Editor, I, like many of my Laguna Beach friends and neighbors, was extremely disappointed to learn that the Planning Commission approved the redevelopment plans of the new owners of Aliso Canyon golf course without taking any action to create a pedestrian/bicycle trail connecting Laguna to the water district road leading to Aliso Viejo.  Such […]

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Merritt Restates His Position

Merritt Restates His Position

Editor, Since the LB Indy publication of my ”commentary” last week I have been inundated with responsive emails. They are evenly split and some very menacing in regard to a construed idea that I don’t seek improvement[s] at the old Ben Brown’s and golf course at Aliso Creek…now called the Ranch. I truly support re-models […]