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Film Examines Rx Overdoses

Film Examines Rx Overdoses

The independent documentary “Behind The Orange Curtain,” about the epidemic of teenage prescription drug abuse, will be screened free at the Laguna Regency South Coast Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. An expert panel will be available for questions and answers following the film. In addition, residents can turn in their leftover prescription […]

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Mission Driven to End Cancer

Mission Driven to End Cancer

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent Five years ago, the Orange County branch of Susan G. Komen for the Cure held a breakfast workshop for breast cancer survivors, among them Sol Reyes Roberts of Laguna Beach.  “That was my first entre into that world,” says Roberts, who two years later became a Komen board […]

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Academician Honored

Academician Honored

Laguna Beach resident Richard J. Behl, a professor of geological sciences at California State University, Long Beach, has become the second CSULB faculty member to be named a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA), joining Professor Stanley C. Finney, a 2011 Fellow.  Behl will be recognized at the GSA’s annual meeting in November […]

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Laguna Misses Another Opportunity

Laguna Misses Another Opportunity

In April 2010 the Complete Streets Task Force identified sources of grant funding for building street infrastructure in Laguna Beach and delivered them to the City Council. Identifying funding is the fifth phase of a five-step program to implement Complete Streets policy. It identifies federal funding for civic projects such as bike-lanes, pedestrian zones and transit […]

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Trolley Fleet Enriched

Trolley Fleet Enriched

Laguna Beach received a $318,000 grant for the purchase of three trolleys. The grant, available to all Orange County cities through OCTA, requires a 50 percent match by the recipient which can be identified within the existing budget. The new trolleys will replace those rented each summer to supplement the city’s fleet.

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REI Funding Park Trail Repair

REI Funding Park Trail Repair

A $15,000 grant from outdoor retailer REI will help maintain trails in Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, which borders Laguna Beach. “We have seen a dramatic increase in the park’s use over the past 10 years,” said Laguna Canyon Foundation Executive Director Max Borella, estimating that 200,000 or more hikers, bikers, equestrian and dog […]

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More Trains Roll Out

More Trains Roll Out

Four new weekday Metrolink trips were added between Laguna Niguel and Fullerton at 8:50 and 11:30 a.m. beginning this week, making all stops along the Orange County lines. On weekends, four additional trips will run between Los Angeles and Oceanside along the Orange County lines. The added trains will depart Los Angeles Union Station at […]

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CAP’s Gallery Showcases Diverse Media

CAP’s Gallery Showcases Diverse Media

Community Art Project Gallery presents a curated summer exhibit of 23 artists from Orange County, working in a variety of media, at Wells Fargo Bank, 260 Ocean Ave. The exhibit runs through Sept. 7.  

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Local Organizations Granted

Local Organizations Granted

Impact Giving, an Orange County women’s collective giving organization, distributed six checks totaling $130,000 at its third annual grant awards event last week. Recipients included three local and three international nonprofit organizations working to solve social problems. The three local organizations granted: • Just In Time – $30,000 to provide a safety net of life […]

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New Technology at Mission Hospital

New Technology at Mission Hospital

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Police Conduct Questioned

Police Conduct Questioned

  Editor, I read a letter in the LB Indy last week by Leonard Porto (“Police Tactics Unfairly Pressure Homeless,” Feb. 22) that was both very disturbing and true regarding our unethical police department under the immoral and unethical Chief Paul Workman.   Bravo to Leonard Porto, a homeless resident of Laguna Beach.   We have […]

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eWaste Drive Spares Landfills, Saves Trees

eWaste Drive Spares Landfills, Saves Trees

Surterre Properties collected about 14,096 pounds of electronic waste at their Jan. 14 eWaste drive. Additionally, approximately 6,500 pounds of confidential documents were shredded on site by ProShred, saving about 60 trees. A free service to the public held quarterly in different areas of Orange County, Surterre’s eWaste drives offer community members a chance to […]

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Deadline Nears for Jury Service

Deadline Nears for Jury Service

The Superior Court has received far fewer applications to serve on the Grand Jury than in previous years and urges citizens to apply by Jan. 20 for the upcoming year. Serving provides a unique opportunity to impact the lives of county residents. Jurors review and evaluate county and city agencies, schools, and special districts. Past […]

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Untraditional Indicators Reveal Laguna's Economic Pain

Untraditional Indicators Reveal Laguna’s Economic Pain

Economists who rely on traditional job and consumer price indexes say the recession ended in summer 2010. Other indicators more relevant to Main Street reveal that more local families are still experiencing economic hardship. A telling indicator, for example, comes in family applications for free and reduced lunches for students in Laguna Beach schools, up […]

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Lifting the Curtain on an Epidemic of Youth Drug Use

Lifting the Curtain on an Epidemic of Youth Drug Use

Punked-out, self-taught chef Tyeson Jack Collester had just signed a television contract for a cooking show, “The Hungry Punker,” on the day he died as a result of an accidental drug overdose of morphine on Jan. 19, 2006 in Laguna Beach.   Through her strife over losing a loved child, Collester’s mother Judy Bostwick Kelly […]