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Treasurer Receives Award for Investment Policy

City Treasurer Laura Parisi announced that the city’s investment policy received the excellence award from the National Association of Public Treasurers. A team of reviewers from the association’s investment policy committee reviewed the city’s policy and determined it met its...

Tournament Pays Tribute to Surf Icon Hobie Alter

  The first annual Hobie Alter Memorial 3-Club Barefoot Golf Tournament will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, May 22, at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. Proceeds will benefit The Hobie Memorial planned for Dana Point. A sculpture depicting Alter leaning from a Hobie cat sailboat is...

Meet the Only Republican in the Race for Governor

John H. Cox, the Republican candidate for governor of California, speaks to Laguna Beach Republicans at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Woman’s club, 286 St. Anne’s Dr. In addition to running for governor, Cox is sponsoring an initiative modeled after the legislative process of...

Limelight

Patriotism Steps Beyond Red, White and Blue

By Charlie Warner, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association float featuring a roller-skating mime and dancers whirling in traditional Mexican costumes won the Grand Marshals Trophy in the 51st Laguna Beach Patriot’s Day Parade. “The Sister...

Art & Nature Raises the Bar

Slender and 10-feet tall, the four-sided posts shone in the sunlight, reflecting the moods of the ocean and hillsides and at evening dramatically mirrored cloud banks and at least one brilliant sunset. Come darkness, they mirrored staccato bursts of light coming from car...

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Obituaries

Douglas Bowler 1940 to 2017

Milton Douglas Bowler, 77, passed away at home April 15, 2017, in Laguna Beach, following his long struggle with lung disease. Doug was born in Pasadena on Jan. 6, 1940. Doug was raised in Hermosa Beach and Newport Beach where he played football at Newport Harbor and Orange Coast...

Catherine Carras

Catherine Maydelle Carras, born Sept. 29, 1925, died May 8, 2017, in Yucaipa, Calif. Kay, as she was called by family and friends, was full of life and vigor through most all her 91 years. She had a magnificent singing voice with opera as her greatest love. During the course of...

Margaret Prickitt

May 4, 1916 – April 3, 2017 Margaret Flora Shomate Prickitt, the beloved mother of John, Joe and Nancy Prickitt, passed away peacefully at The Fountains at Sea Bluffs in Dana Point on April 3, 2017. Margaret, who was born in Bakersfield on May 4, 1916, and lived in Laguna Beach...

Columns

Musings on the Coast

Shark Attack!   By now, you’ve read, seen videos of and heard about great white sharks in the local waters. The papers and TV stations are going nuts. Surely you saw the video of the sheriff’s helicopter looking down at 15 great whites directly off Capo beach. The funniest thing...
Posted On 25 May 2017

Pet Peeves

Driving Miss Ditzy I had a thought after reading Indy’s “Uber, a New Perk for Seniors.” Then I lost that thought. So I reread Indy’s “Uber, a New Perk for Seniors.” Then I remembered that thought. I’m a senior, what’s this article mean to me? Uber and out. Hours later after my...

Wisdom Workout

The Dynamics of Loss Many of us who live here are currently mourning the loss of Stu Saffer who was the original creator of the Laguna Beach Independent and who went on to create the successful on-line newspaper, Stu News Laguna. We are so fortunate here in Laguna Beach to have...

Green Light

What Gets Measured, Gets Managed “Lose five pounds,” my doctor said after this year’s annual physical. I’ve lost them and found them again. Part of my difficulty is that I avoid getting on the scale. Unless I regularly measure my weight, I know I’ll not be able to better manage...
Posted On 18 May 2017

The Kibitzer

Nourish the Neediest  I think about food all the time. My mother’s great pearl of wisdom to me was, “never finish a meal without knowing what your next one will be.” Planning meals and talking about food are her love language. She grew up in New Orleans, where food was second in...
Posted On 18 May 2017

Pet Peeves

Don’t Rescue Me I spend a lot of time perfecting my sedentary lifestyle. At my age, the testosterone is testoster-gone. It’s prudent to live still. Safety first. I’ve explained to my grandchildren that I live in a triangle. One point is my bed before the television. The second...