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Project Helps Preserve Character Slipping Away

Project Helps Preserve Character Slipping Away

Editor, Growing up in Laguna Beach, and having the perspective of living elsewhere for periods of time, I have been able to see the changes to our wonderful home in ways someone who has never left may not notice. It is with this perspective I whole-heartedly endorse building the artist live work space that is […]

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Learning to Love Mass Transit

Learning to Love Mass Transit

Editor, Re: keyless commute, (Feb. 15 edition) Hello, I’m from Long Beach and visit Laguna Beach maybe twice a month, but use Orange County Transit Authority bus system to visit the Neighborhood Congregational Church. It is so interesting how to use public transportation and leave the car at home, saving on car insurance by not driving. […]

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Concert Series Spans Genres and Generations

Concert Series Spans Genres and Generations

    Gabriel Kahane lives in Brooklyn, but lately the composer’s native city, Los Angeles, fills his waking thoughts. So much so that Kahane composed “25 Addresses in Los Angeles,” a series of songs based on the diverse architecture, populace and vibe that captured his imagination. Commissioned by the Laguna Beach Music Festival and the […]

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Fire Risks Fuel New Safety Measures

Fire Risks Fuel New Safety Measures

Red flag fire-danger warnings will usher in a new challenge along the narrow, twisting streets of Laguna Beach’s Diamond Crestview neighborhood: a temporary no-parking ban and the risk of being towed. To better ensure that fire engines will not be impeded by parked cars, the City Council adopted a pilot program to test limited parking […]

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Dentist Puts Down His Own Roots

Dentist Puts Down His Own Roots

By Donna Furey, Special to the Independent A year ago as Dr. Alex Kalmanovich walked about downtown Laguna Beach, as he does with his wife Polina and their baby daughter most weekends, he received a phone call. A local dental practice was for sale. In the market for his first practice, he’d already kicked the […]

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Some Scene

Some Scene

                                The Irvine Museum opens “California Scene Paintings: 1920s-1970s,” a special exhibition from Jan. 18 to May 8, guest curated by Gordon T. McClelland. Part of the larger Regionalist art movement of the 1930s-1970s era, California Scene Painting–a term first […]

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Film Maker Discusses His Work

Film Maker Discusses His Work

The next Laguna Art Museum artist conversation series focuses on Los Angeles artist Richard Kraft, who talks about his new body of work on Sunday, Dec. 15, 1-2 p.m. His work installed in the museum’s lower level features 10 films with idyllic scenes of nature side by side with urban views of Los Angeles, New […]

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Art Seen 10/25/13

Art Seen 10/25/13

Museum Takes the Initiative Laguna Art Museum’s first annual Art and Nature initiative, Nov. 7-10, is complemented by three nature-themed exhibitions, two of which open with a reception on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6-9 p.m. Work by Los Angeles-based artists Adam Silverman and Richard Kraft will be on display until Jan. 19. Tanya Aguíñiga’s exhibition, […]

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John A. Garau

John A. Garau

On Thursday Aug. 23, 2013, we lost our father and our community lost one of its most unique characters and longtime citizens, John Aurelio Garau.   When Dos Equis XX created the “Most Interesting Man in the World” campaign they could have easily taken from Garau’s adventures because in many ways he was the most Interesting […]

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A Rescue Who Turns Heads

A Rescue Who Turns Heads

By Joe Cockrell, Special to the Independent I love dogs. I’ve had a canine companion for most of my adult life, including an Australian Shepard named Libby that I rescued five years ago. In 2012, I was recruited to move to Southern California from my native Iowa for a position in higher education. With such […]

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Minding Our Business: French Fashion on Forest

Minding Our Business: French Fashion on Forest

Extra! Extra! A new shop in Laguna Beach shares its marquee with Beverly Hills, New York, and Ibiza, Spain, the epicenters of design and hardly the centers of shabby chic. Robins Jeans is a whole new sort of shop on Forest Avenue. Shabby? Decidedly not. Chic? Oh yes. The retailer joins the ranks of Anastasia, […]

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Why Not Allow a Decision by the Majority?

Why Not Allow a Decision by the Majority?

Editor, One of the interesting things about living in Laguna is the bubble mentality that so many of the residents seem to cling to, especially regarding parking. There was an article about Laguna in the Los Angeles times in 2004 which I saved.  At that time there were approximately 24,000 residents, but about 3 million […]

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Ficus Reconsidered

Ficus Reconsidered

Editor: I thought that some background on the trees planted in our downtown area might be of some interest to you and your readers.  Not sure if anyone “alive” knows some of the background. Decades ago a major force in Los Angeles was a women named Mrs. Valley Knudsen. She was a supporter of planting […]

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An Invitation to a Treasure Hunt

An Invitation to a Treasure Hunt

Wolfgang Bloch, Sandra Jones Campbell, Jorg Dubin, Tony DeLap, David Milton, Tom Swimm, Jacques Garnier and the Bartels family are but a few of the contemporary local artists donating works to the annual Laguna Art Museum Art Auction taking place on Feb. 9. The live auction tops a week of previewing by prospective buyers and […]

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Neal F. Amsden, M.D., Nov. 14, 1927 – June 13, 2012

Neal F. Amsden, M.D., Nov. 14, 1927 – June 13, 2012

Neal Amsden was born on Nov. 14, 1927 to Clifford N. and Mabel H. Amsden in Los Angeles. He attended Fairfax High School in Los Angeles and went on to USC as an undergraduate and graduated from USC’s Keck School of Medicine in 1953. Amsden was issued a California medical license on June 30, 1953.  […]