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Breathe in, Breathe out

“Homeowners association” are words that bring to mind frustrating meetings, uninformed opinions leading groups astray, enforcement of the covenants, conditions and restrictions as well as the pet peeves of board members, snippy and put-upon hired managers. There is often a...

Charm Tour de Force

Opposites attract, right? It certainly explains why my wife and I get along. She exudes charm, optimism, intelligence, empathy and goodwill to all creatures large and small. Enough said about her. Let’s talk about me. Without me she wouldn’t look so good. Remember behind every...

Heaven’s Gate

By Susan Jacob, Special to the Independent Mickey Rooney, born Joseph Yule Jr., was born on Sept. 23, 1920, and died on April 6, 2014. He began his career as a child actor. He performed in over 300 films. Rooney’s personal life was tumultuous. He was married eight times. His...

Portraits From Laguna’s Street People

  Early Memories of the Homeless in Laguna I remember as a kid driving back home to Laguna after a day at the Fun Zone up in Newport.  After dark we rode the auto ferry to Balboa Island, crossed the old bridge into Corona del Mar and headed south on PCH. Looking out the...

Get Over It

     Have you ever tried to water a garden with a leaking hose? The more little holes in the line, the more leakage and less water pressure out of the nozzle. Harboring resentment from past or present slights and disappointments has the same effect on our energy levels. None of...

Volunteers Aid Sea Lion Rescuers

Several El Toro High students helped rescuers from the Pacific Marine Mammal Center extract a malnourished sea lion pup from the rocks at Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach this past Saturday. “The El Toro students were a huge help to us in transporting the pup back over the rocks,”...

Save Laguna, Again!

Editor, In regards to our town, what’s happening to Laguna? Aren’t we supposed to be different, than the rest of Orange County? Seems to me, we are slowly becoming like Newport Beach, big houses and more flashy cars. I love Laguna, always will. However, the way, I see...

Thieves Raid Post Office Boxes

About 15 post office boxes in the downtown branch were pried open or attempted to be pried open sometime during the past weekend, Sgt. Louise Callus said. Possible losses are unclear as “there is no way to know what may have been in the boxes,” she said A tractor-trailer rig...

Monday, Jan. 20

  Vehicle burglary. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 12:59 p.m. A window was smashed and a purse hidden under the seat was stolen from inside a locked vehicle. The purse and its contents was valued at $100. Disturbance. 600 block of S. Coast Hwy. 2:16 p.m. Police will...

Updated: Passenger Dies in Four-Car Pile-Up

An Irvine man died and six other people were injured in a four-car collision in Laguna Beach that resulted in the closure of a section of North Coast Highway in both directions for 10 hours on Sunday, Jan. 26, according to police. The victims, whose injuries ranged from...

Embracing the Technology in a Child’s World

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Technology is changing so fast it’s almost impossible for parents to monitor.  In the past, parents knew the world in which their children were growing up and could guide and protect them accordingly.  This is no longer possible as the...

Streetbeat

Monday, Jan. 13 Property. 100 block of Coast Hwy. 10:43 a.m. Schwinn Clearcreek with basket was cut from the handicap ramp. Traffic stop. 100 block of Coast hwy. 11:34 p.m. A 41-year-old Mission Viejo woman was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail. Tuesday, Jan. 14 Traffic...

Schooling Civilians for Emergencies

The police department is offering free training for people who live or work in Laguna Beach and are interested in joining the Community Emergency Response Team, volunteers ready to assist in case of a disaster. Training will begin on Wednesday, March 19 and concludes with an...

Cyclist Continues His Climb to the Top

While many kids his age huddle over a joystick, trying to reach the next level of the latest video game, 14-year-old Massimo Lucidi can often be found hunched over the handlebars of his carbon fiber racing bike, trying to reach the top of some steep Laguna street. “When it comes...

Embrace ’14 as Your Own Child

Let’s take a moment to formally welcome 2014. The birthing process is over and we’ve brought the new baby home. If you listen closely, you might notice that your mind may be rehearsing its New Year speech. It goes something like this: “A new year is a good thing. It brings...