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Unnecessary Complexity Over View Rules  Silliness

Unnecessary Complexity Over View Rules Silliness

Editor, Laguna’s famous and unique view sheds of the ocean, islands, hills, and valleys is one of the many things that makes living in Laguna a pleasure and adds dramatically to the value of homes and neighborhoods. Sadly, for a very long time these precious public and private view sheds have been, are being, destroyed […]

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Enforcement Needed Where Entreaties Fail

Enforcement Needed Where Entreaties Fail

Editor, Imagine spending months or years searching for an affordable home in Laguna Beach with a beautiful ocean view. You invite family and friends to enjoy your little piece of paradise, and wake up in awe every morning over this gift. A few years go by. One day you notice that foliage is beginning to grow […]

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Sailing, Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Sailing, Surfing Icon Hobie Alter Dies at 80

Before filmmaker Bruce Brown boarded a plane alongside two surfers to film what would become the 1966 break-out movie “The Endless Summer,” the man credited with devising the modern surfboard elicited a promise. Wear suits and ties to the airport, urged Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who wanted to clean up the sport’s rebellious, beach-bum reputation. The […]

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Warship Games

Warship Games

It was a couple of Sundays ago. It was my seventh day of rest and I was minding my own business on my upper deck. My house looks like an ocean cruise liner. I’m not the original homeowner, but there’s definitely a nautical theme going on here. The house is battleship gray and the upper […]

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Why is Laguna Timid About Curbing View Blocking Trees?

Why is Laguna Timid About Curbing View Blocking Trees?

Editor, I’ve recently moved to Laguna Beach and admit to having no senority in the adversarial subject of the view ordinance.  However, in my current residence, it’s clear (no pun intended) that our ocean view is significantly impaired by tall (as in very tall) growth.  What I’m missing is the benefit owners enjoy in their obstinate retention of trees (including […]

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Bugged by Litter

Bugged by Litter

Editor, I walk a lot and our city is becoming one giant ash tray. I see cigarette butts everywhere. In fact, we’re becoming one giant trash can as well. Can nothing be done to eradicate all the butts and garbage? (Do you know that it takes 30 years for a cigarette to disintegrate in the […]

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Community Foundation Hires a Waterman

Community Foundation Hires a Waterman

Dan Pingaro, director of a nonprofit involved with educating boaters about ocean protection, was hired to serve as executive director of the Laguna Beach Community Foundation, effective this week. “I am beyond excited to be taking on this new role and becoming part of the fabric of the Laguna Beach community,” said Pingaro, who with […]

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The Jewel at Our Feet

The Jewel at Our Feet

By Catherine Cooper Who in Laguna does not love the ocean? Every week thousands of us – residents and tourists alike – stroll the beaches, bathe in the sun, swim or surf, or simply congregate on sea walls and decks to watch an evening’s sunset. The Pacific is like our homing beacon. She rings our city’s western […]

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The Solace of the Sea

The Solace of the Sea

When I turned 60, I took up surfing. This might seem counter-intuitive. A silver haired woman in the line up with the groms while all my friends started knitting or playing cards.  But life as I had known it had imploded, and layering on an oversized challenge seemed oddly logical. I was in a small Mexican fishing […]

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Injured Sea Lion Beats the Odds

Injured Sea Lion Beats the Odds

By Donna Furey, Special to the Independent An unusual patient is recovering at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center: an adult sea lion suffering from great white-shark bite wounds and malnourishment. No one knows how long the sea lion was swimming in the waters off Emerald Bay before a beachgoer called the center on Wednesday, Jan. […]

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Diving Bird Arrives for Winter

Diving Bird Arrives for Winter

In addition to the winter migrants willets and sandpipers, the eared grebes (Podicep nigricollis) have arrived to Laguna. Being the most abundant species of grebe, the smallish bird averages 12 inches in size, has a small dark bill and red eyes.   When it is seen locally, it displays its winter plumage with a dark gray […]

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Replanted Kelp Forest Thrives Offshore

Replanted Kelp Forest Thrives Offshore

Diving 50 feet to the ocean floor off Laguna Beach’s coast was like landing on a desolate, evacuated planet.  There was no sign of life. Not even a lone, drifting kelp spore or a tenacious purple spiny sea urchin to devour it. “When we started, there was nothing there, nothing,” said marine biologist Mike Curtis.  […]

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Coming Uncorked

Coming Uncorked

Change is the trend these days. Fashion changes regularly as manufactures strive to bring something new to shelves each season. In my line of work as an interior designer I am presented with a color forecast regularly. These are the colors expected to be trending. Even politicians often run on a platform of “change.” Some […]

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Giving Voice to Loss

Giving Voice to Loss

Loss has been on the front-burner bombarding many of my clients lately. These losses include not only relationship endings and departures of loved ones but also losses of romantic dreams, impossible expectations, illusions of safety and the loss of a younger self that thought it would always be invulnerable and immortal. Some of the words […]

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Gooseneck Barnacle

Gooseneck Barnacle

For the past two months, we started to experience daytime negative tides, a seasonal phenomenon where the tide becomes low enough to allow tidepool visitors to see organisms that are normally covered in water or inaccessible due to strong wave action.  One of these creatures is the gooseneck barnacle (Mitella polymerus), a crustacean found living […]