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Taking Stock

The Fed Points The Way The Federal Reserve under new Chair Janet Yellen continues to shape the financial markets. Its policies persist in those set by her predecessor, Ben Bernanke, who led the recovery from the financial disasters of 2007-2008. New programs of unprecedented...

Drought Forces Goat Furlough

Since little vegetation has grown on hillsides due to the ongoing drought, goats used to thin brush in zones near homes will be moved out of the city to avoid overgrazing and until needed, the city manager’s report says. Police Memorial Installation Approaches Loma Terrace, a...

Taking Stock

Finally, The Uptrend Is Back At last, the market averages pushed through their recent ceilings on increased volume, confirming a resumed uptrend. For several weeks, stocks have advanced on lower volume without conviction, in the manner of someone trying to pad quietly up a flight...

Rewriting Life Stories

You might say Lagunan Kaira Rouda has spent a lifetime reinventing lives – her own as well as others. She moved around during childhood, from the mid-west to points south and west, and she has shifted jobs several times, although not careers. From journalist to copywriter...
Posted On 15 May 2014

Striking a Chord for Good Works

Whenever a crises strikes, the Laguna Beach community’s support for its own surfaces quickly, for flood-stricken neighbors in 2010 or a recent family’s struggle with cancer. The generous bent of passionate residents fuels 225 nonprofits based in or in service to a town of 24,000...

Good for the Soul

By Kimberly O’Brien- Young Sometimes nostalgia can transport us back in time to memories that fill us with joy. Even to days gone by, when life was simpler, before technology and social media dominated the day. Remember that time? Our current generation has no idea of what I...

Eye on Nature: Coyote Caution

By Ellen Girardeau Kempler   In neighborhoods bordering Laguna’s wilderness, there’s a natural echo you often hear when fire engines answer a nighttime call.  The primal, high-pitched yips, yaps, yelps and howls of coyote packs riled by such urban sounds as sirens, alarms...

Eye on Nature: Undersea Forest Revives

By Ellen Girardeau Kempler   With “trees” and a canopy that shelters a colorful variety of species, Southern California’s version of a rainforest grows just off Laguna’s shore.  Environmental groups like Nancy Caruso’s Get Inspired (and many others) have helped restore giant...

Chamber Sets Goals For More Growth

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce more than doubled its membership last year and expects to continue growing with the addition of new programs, its president said this week. Longtime resident, accountant Michael Kinsman, will be installed for...

Art Seen 12/14/12

Artist Paints In Live Demonstration Artist Georgeana Ireland will be painting live at Fingerhut Gallery, 210A Forest Ave. Saturday, Dec. 15, from noon to 3 p.m. For more, visit fingerhuart.com.                 Modern Facelift for a Laguna...

Calling Creative Minds

Fall internship applications for creative marketing agency Young Company, 361 Forest Ave.,  #105, are now available. Though unpaid, interns will learn and practice daily tasks of a marketing specialist, executing jobs such as graphic design, writing and distributing press...

Get the Lowdown on Social Media

Author Mikal Belicove shares his experience and expertise on social media for small business with the Laguna Beach Business Club at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, June 21. The public is welcome to the breakfast meeting at Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Highway. Guest fee is $25. RSVP at...

Checking In

Social Media & Hometown Connections   My last column, “The Changing Face of a Hometown,” brought full circle the power of social media to connect. Friend sent to friends, who sent to friends, who sent to their alumni lists. Lagunans like to stay connected and want to...

Online Bait Luring Patrons in the Door

By Elvira Spektor, Special to the Independent Scores of people out during First Thursday’s Art Walk last month wedged their way into the Thalia Surf Shop as residents and curious tourists united for an evening of photographs, surfboards, and art.   Nick Corores, who owns the...