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Caltrans Installs College Signal

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Caltrans began work this week installing a traffic signal on Laguna Canyon Road at the pedestrian crossing where a Laguna College of Art and Design student was fatally injured in April, school officials said Wednesday. Caltrans estimates work will be...

Award Winning Novelist Comes to Laguna

Former actor and television executive Brett Halsey visits Laguna Beach Books, 1200 South Coast Highway, Sunday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. to discuss and sign his fourth novel, “A Grave Misunderstanding,” a dark thriller. The event is free.              ...

HS Principal Takes Position at Palos Verdes Schools

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Saying she took a “significant decrease” in salary, Laguna Beach High School principal Joanne Culverhouse confirmed that she is the new assistant superintendent of educational services at Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. She starts next...

Culverhouse is a Huge Loss

Editor, Just wishing Culverhouse well is not enough. Our School Board’s statements on the departure of the LBHS Principal fail to give expression to the significance of this unexpected change, and the loss it portends for what little continuity and stability there has been...

Arts Students Benefit from Grant

The Festival of Arts was awarded a $2,000 grant by the Festival of Arts Foundation making it possible to host 270 seventh and eighth grade students participating in the Pacific Symphony’s summer arts immersion program, Arts-X-Press. The students enjoyed complimentary hands-on art...

Newcomers Join Race for School Board

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy At the 11th hour deadline, two newcomers officially became candidates for the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Directors, meeting the Orange County Registrar’s Wednesday filing deadline. Carol Normandin will join another first-time...

Taking the Less-Traveled Academic Road

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Last summer, Dean Hodes went with his uncle, a medical doctor in Ethiopia, on his rounds at Mother Teresa’s Orphanage for destitute children in Addis Ababa, the African country’s capital city. The young Hodes fed, played with and started teaching “Simon...

Dancer Stages Her Own Class Reunion

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy “Cats don’t tap anymore, they do choreographeee,” croons legendary singer, actor and dancer Sammy Davis Jr. in a Youtube video, “and chicks don’t kick anymore, they do choreographeee….” And then he breaks into a tap routine anyway just to show...

Ways to Save on Dorm Room Essentials

By StatePoint news service. College tuition may be costly, but outfitting your collegiate student with dorm décor, apparel and gear to support a great academic year doesn’t have to be. With care, college students and their parents can make back to school preparations a...

Colleges Pay Heed to Depression

By Jeremy Bamidele, Special to the Independent The recent string of school shootings has inspired school administrators to start taking a closer look at mental illness and the dangers it causes when left unchecked. Mental illness is not static; it progresses with time. We live in...

Police Veteran Turns in Her Badge

Investigations supervisor Louise Callus retired from the police department on Thursday, July 31, capping a 30-year career with Laguna Beach that began with a temporary summer job in 1984 as an unsworn parking control officer. After getting rehired fulltime that fall, Callus...

Lesser-Known Lessons Motivate School Candidates

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Two candidates for three seats on the Laguna Beach School District board have officially announced their intentions to run for election in November. Dee Namba-Perry, who ran for the same post and lost two years ago, registered as a candidate with the...

Laguna Should Serve as a Beacon for the County

Editor, I have been following the debate regarding the permanent supportive housing proposed by the Friendship Shelter with interest.  First, I feel the project is a definite step in the right direction for both the shelter and the city of Laguna Beach.  I am confident that a...

Class Notes

Local Families Sought to Host Exchange Students The ASSE International Student Exchange Program is seeking local host families for international high school boys and girls 15 to 18 years old for the upcoming high school year or semester.  They are conversant in English and...

Speaker’s Corner

Good Schools Deserve Good Management Let’s be clear, in civic affairs it is positive to point out negatives that need to be addressed to preserve overall positive outcomes.  Concomitantly, it is negative to be positive but in denial about negatives impeding optimal results....