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SEEDS Offers Filmmaking Workshop

SEEDS Offers Filmmaking Workshop

Aspiring filmmakers, ages 8-15, who want to produce content for YouTube can learn the skills of storytelling, camera movement, acting, directing and editing in a day long  workshop on Sunday, Dec. 8. The 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. workshop will be held at the Willowbrook Campus of the Anneliese School, 20065 Laguna Canyon Rd. The […]

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Council Rescinds Earlier Decision; Approves Entrance with No Structure, No Debt

Council Rescinds Earlier Decision; Approves Entrance with No Structure, No Debt

The Laguna Beach City Council ended an increasingly volatile standoff with opponents to a previously approved village entrance project when they voted unanimously Tuesday night (4-0, with Mayor Kelly Boyd absent) to pursue instead a much-scaled back concept that notably dispenses with a parking garage structure and will incur no debt. The move came at […]

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Broken But Not Shattered

Broken But Not Shattered

West African Healer Brings True Intimacy to Laguna Beach Eight people formed the Ash Circle.  A man, an alcoholic, was one of the spokes.  His wife, her turn to speak, told him how his anger and criticisms cut her so deeply over the years that she no longer bleeds. Suppressed anger is the result of […]

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Path Opens to Town Entry Without a Car Garage

Path Opens to Town Entry Without a Car Garage

Laguna Beach’s City Council reversed course Tuesday, conceding a willingness to abandon a controversial proposal to build a four-story parking garage next to City Hall and remove the largest sticking point over the long-debated plan to beautify the town’s canyon gateway. The concession comes in the wake of an unexpected land deal adjacent to the […]

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Speaker’s Corner: Dancing the Tango With City Council

Speaker’s Corner: Dancing the Tango With City Council

On Nov. 12, Delia Horowitz will be the facilitator for the city’s workshop regarding the village entrance. (“Tacking the Intractable Entrance,” Nov. 1 edition.) It would be best if we could all come to the workshop with an open mind and genuinely contribute from a place of trust. However Council history regarding the village entrance […]

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Tackling the Village Entry Dispute

Tackling the Village Entry Dispute

Horwitz taps common wisdom to find solutions Delia Horwitz arrived in Moscow for a scheduled Chamber of Commerce talk with officials from government, banks and businesses only to learn that organizers developed cold feet. They wanted to cancel the event for fear of violence. Her arrival coincided with the now historic financial collapse of 1998 […]

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A Walmart-sized Parking Entry

A Walmart-sized Parking Entry

Editor, Translating flat design drawings into how a final development project will feel, inside and out, is often challenging for clients. As a design professional I often search for similar size structures to help convey the size, mass, and scale of the finished project. When friends asked about the size of the proposed parking structure […]

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Keeping Student Health a Priority

Keeping Student Health a Priority

To help educators address the prevention of alcohol and other drug use by students, teachers and coaches recently attended a workshop with Dr. Bill Beacham, executive director of the Center for Drug-Free Communities, the school district announced in a statement. The so-called first responder training was developed based on an assessment in 2008 with staff, […]

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Few Citizens Join Budget Review

Few Citizens Join Budget Review

Few surprises surfaced in the public workshop held Tuesday as Laguna Beach’s city staff presented a proposed two-year budget, outlining estimated expenditures of $68.5 million for the coming fiscal year and of $67.6 million for the following year. City Council members largely endorsed staff recommendations for use of a $1.1 million windfall in the general […]

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Costs Rising Faster Than Revenue

Costs Rising Faster Than Revenue

In summing up Laguna Beach’s proposed $68.5 million annual budget, for the first time involving a two-year projected spending plan through June 2016, City Manager John Pietig tempered the good news about a recovering local economy with a prescription for caution moving forward. Revenue sources that account for most of the $48.5 million general fund […]

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What Gives Laguna Its Character?

What Gives Laguna Its Character?

Does Laguna Beach’s charm arise from its architecture? Its geography? Its people? Does it matter what views pedestrians have as they make their way around town? What kind of trees should line the streets? Should policies be set to make improvements? Ideas on Laguna’s “village character” and how best to define and preserve the views […]

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Planners Take to the Streets

Planners Take to the Streets

Last Saturday about 60 people from the community as well as some Planning Commission officials surveyed Laguna Beach’s downtown area on foot, trying to form a common vision of potential revisions to a 23-year-old policy known as the Downtown Specific Plan. “You have to have everybody looking at the same thing,” said Planning Commissioner Norm […]

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Fostering Aspiring Playwrights

Fostering Aspiring Playwrights

“Women need delusion; men need something new.” So goes a line in Neil Simon’s play “Chapter Two,” currently on stage at Laguna Playhouse. While some audience members might think: “I wish I’d said that,” others might want more, wondering perhaps, what it would take to write a play that someone would want to see, perhaps […]

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How to Reuse Discards Outside

How to Reuse Discards Outside

What can you reuse in your home that might live a second life in your garden? Come find out at a workshop offered Saturday, Jan. 19, in the South Laguna Community Garden, 10 a.m. at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway. Horticulturist and Laguna Nursery owner Ruben Flores will give innovative tips on re-use, giving a […]

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Awakening Creativity

Awakening Creativity

By Monica Petrova, Special to the Independent   Internationally recognized artist Deborah Paswaters’ inspiration comes from life and its ever-changing patterns.  She shares her creativity through various mediums, including sculpture, collages and painting. Much of her work can be seen on canvases displayed in galleries or at her studio in Laguna Beach.  Often related to […]