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Archive for March, 2013

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Capping Her Career by Fulfilling a Dream

Capping Her Career by Fulfilling a Dream

One of the best female swimmers in Laguna Beach High history, Andrea Reigel (’09) realized her life-long dream when she competed in four events for the UCLA Bruins at the NCAA championships last Thursday through Saturday in Indianapolis. “I’m really happy with how my career ended,” she said,  “I feel like I reached my potential […]

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Council Endorses Village Entrance

Council Endorses Village Entrance

Laguna Beach’s City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to move forward with a $35 million multi level parking structure and park for the town’s village entrance, despite concerns raised by dissenting member Toni Iseman about costs. More than 30 people addressed the special meeting in Council Chambers, which was filled to capacity. Council members Elizabeth […]

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Dog Attacks Ailing Sea Lion

Dog Attacks Ailing Sea Lion

Former astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabriel Giffords, pulled away his daughter’s dog that had attacked a sea lion pup last Saturday, March 23, on Goff Island Beach below Laguna Beach’s Montage resort. Onlookers attempted to distract the 65-pound American pit bull mix by hitting it with a stick, according to […]

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Rescuers Extract Injured Bike Rider

Rescuers Extract Injured Bike Rider

A 32-year-old bike rider, injured when losing control on a steep trail above Laguna Canyon Road about 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, March 24, was extracted for emergency treatment by helicopter about an hour later, fire officials said. Firefighters hiked in from the Big Bend portion of the roadway to reach the downed cyclist on the […]

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Linking Strings to Future HS Orchestra

Linking Strings to Future HS Orchestra

After a half-year of playing a string instrument in third grade, novices are left in the lurch with no bow to turn to until high school. That will change next fall with the addition of a strings section to the elementary and middle schools’ regular music curriculum, a step towards the district’s goal of developing […]

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Summoning Beach Girl Vibe

Summoning Beach Girl Vibe

By Andrea Primer, Special to the Independent   Laguna Beach fosters many sorts of entrepreneurs, allowing for creative and eclectic ideas to prosper into full-blown businesses. Native Jessica Watson is the latest to tackle her lifelong dream, opening a boutique, The Shop, at 1020 S. Coast Highway earlier this month. Watson with the help of […]

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Grant May Extend Trolley Service

Grant May Extend Trolley Service

To take advantage of a potential $3.7 million windfall in county transportation funding, Laguna Beach’s City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to apply for a grant that could expand the city’s popular free summer trolley service to weekends in six post-summer months. The windfall comes via the countywide Measure M half-cent sales tax that funds various […]

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Reviving Plans for a Village Entrance

Reviving Plans for a Village Entrance

The village entrance project to beautify the area between Forest Avenue and the festivals and put in a parking structure has been on and off the table for so long that many have given up on it. “We have been romanced and courted for too long,” said George Nelson, owner of the downtown gift store […]

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Safety Rules on the Way for Stand Up Paddlers

Safety Rules on the Way for Stand Up Paddlers

Testimony about potential hazards due to the surge of companies offering stand-up paddling lessons on local beaches prompted the City Council on Tuesday to approve developing an ordinance covering safety, insurance and liability rules related to companies providing instruction for the sport, sidestepping a call to also ban mobile operators. Complaints stemming from the impacts […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Don’t Fight The Fed Stocks continue to flirt toward new highs on the Dow Jones Industrials. A record on the broader S&P 500 hangs only a few points above its recent levels. The economic recovery remains fragile after the Congress stumbled into across-the board spending cuts through its spineless sequester and raised taxes Nearly all […]

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Musing on the Coast: My Life As An Extra

Musing on the Coast: My Life As An Extra

The assistant director, Howell, was herding us into place.   It was not easy because 80 percent f the cast and crew were Spanish-speaking.  Howell did not speak Spanish, so as he yelled, a translator followed with his own Spanish yell, like an echo. We were in Uruguay, which is sandwiched between Argentina and Brazil and […]

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Arts Activist Earns Top Marks from Educators

Arts Activist Earns Top Marks from Educators

Last Saturday, Laguna Beach resident Nancy Lawrence pitched in readying this year’s Color it Orange show, filling two galleries at the Laguna College of Art and Design. It’s a sure sign of spring, when Orange County students from K-12 get to show off their best works, selected by their teachers for the art competition founded […]

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Getting Out 3/22/13

Getting Out 3/22/13

Bluewater Film Celebrates Blue Belt The Laguna Beach Film Society’s final screening in its documentary film series focusing on ocean awareness will be of “Coral Reef Adventure” on Friday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at the Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr. The film by Oscar-nominated filmmaker and local resident Greg MacGillivray follows a 10-month […]

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Art Seen 3/22/13

Art Seen 3/22/13

Capital Crime$ Ends in Sale to Highest Bidders The Capital Crimes mixed media exhibition at Laguna Beach’s BC Space Gallery will end with the “indictments” being sold to the highest bidder. Prospective buyers may visit the gallery, 235 Forest Ave., from 2 to 5 p.m. through Saturday, March 23, though bidding will continue on line […]

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Personnel File 3/22/13

Personnel File 3/22/13

New Position Emerges, Is Filled Crystal Cove Alliance has hired Jackie McDougall as vice president of development, a new position in which McDougal will direct membership, major gifts and grants programs and the gala held each fall on the bluffs at Crystal Cove State Park. McDougall, a longtime resident of neighboring Laguna Beach, will work […]