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Archive for August, 2013

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LBHS Sports Update: Girls Volleyball Competes in Top Division

LBHS Sports Update: Girls Volleyball Competes in Top Division

Coach Raul Papaleo’s era opened with a fifth place finish in the elite division at the fourth annual Queens Court Tournament played last weekend at Anaheim’s American Sports Center. The two-day tournament shows that the Breakers will be in the Division IA title race and can compete with the other So Cal top teams. Laguna […]

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Schools Prepare for Opening Day

Schools Prepare for Opening Day

While students anticipate the leisure days of summer in June, the school district’s facilities department gears up for its busiest time. When students return next week, their handiwork will be in evidence, said the district’s construction director Ted Doughty, Jr. These include water-saving irrigation repairs and improvements at all four school sites, athletic field improvements […]

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Street Beat 8/30/13

Street Beat 8/30/13

Suspected Prostitute Arrested in Laguna’s HIP District The owner of a massage business operating in one of Laguna Beach’s busiest commercial areas was arrested for suspicion of prostitution on Friday, Aug. 23, police said. Angel Liu, 49, of Rowland Heights, who police said operated Relaxbar at 1276 S. Coast Highway, was charged with the misdemeanor […]

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Laguna Dance Festival Promises to Defy Gravity

Laguna Dance Festival Promises to Defy Gravity

He appears on stage slowly, his movements precise and slightly exaggerated to focus the audience’s attention on his presence. Then the stage blacks out. Somewhere in the corner of one’s vision, the dancer moves with dizzying speed, making perhaps scores of leaps in mere seconds. They register briefly in one’s perception as if the dancer […]

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Suspected Prostitute Arrested in Laguna’s HIP District

Suspected Prostitute Arrested in Laguna’s HIP District

The owner of a massage business operating in one of Laguna Beach’s busiest commercial areas was arrested for suspicion of prostitution on Friday, Aug. 23, police said. Angel Liu, 49, of Rowland Heights, who police said operated Relaxbar at 1276 S. Coast Highway, was charged with the misdemeanor offense as a result of an undercover […]

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Exploring Tactics to Get Around Laguna With Ease

Exploring Tactics to Get Around Laguna With Ease

Before the year’s end, motorists near Laguna Beach High School may get the chance to roll through the town’s first traffic-easing roundabout thanks to a City Council vote Tuesday. Combined with another decision to award a contract for development of a mobility plan for Laguna Beach, the council took steps forward in complying with the […]

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Questions Arise Over Labor, Entrance Costs

Questions Arise Over Labor, Entrance Costs

A demand by administrators of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (Calpers) to raise retirement contributions from employers as much as 50 percent over the next seven years has already been factored into city budget planning and labor negotiations, according to the city manager. Without first determining the financial impact of Calpers’ looming hike in […]

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Changing Lives, Making a Difference

Changing Lives, Making a Difference

By: Christine Carpenter, Special to the Independent There’s selfless acts happening around you; more than you may think. Marla Hodes and her brother-in-law, Dr. Rick Hodes, are proof of that. Dr. Hodes, a CNN Hero, has spent 30 years volunteering in Ethiopia, dedicating his time to helping children. This selflessness was inspiration behind Laguna Beach […]

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Leaving the Strands Behind

Leaving the Strands Behind

After nearly 30 years, the owners of The Bead Shop, one of Laguna Beach’s two long-lived stores for beads and jewelry-making, are moving on. The sale of the shop is still in limbo, but Peggy Smith and her husband George Harney, who helps run the store, are moving together to Port Angeles, Wash. “I just […]

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South Laguna's Trees Lose Heritage Standing

South Laguna’s Trees Lose Heritage Standing

An attempt to clarify the murky status of a list of mature South Laguna trees culminated with the City Council deciding Tuesday against extending to them the city’s special heritage designation, which confers certain preservation protections. The 3-1 vote, with Council member Toni Iseman dissenting and Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson absent, dashed the hopes […]

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Musing on the Coast: Why Not an Entry With Pizzaz?

Musing on the Coast: Why Not an Entry With Pizzaz?

Since nearly everyone I know is weighing in on the proposed new village entrance, so will I. But first a note on my qualifications: I am a property developer.  I know how to build parking structures and I know about soil problems.  My opinion about such matters is educated. I am told the new village […]

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Pet Owners Schooled on Scaring Off Coyotes

Pet Owners Schooled on Scaring Off Coyotes

“Never turn your back on a coyote,” warned Laguna Beach resident Mona Roberts. She should know. In the year since her Lhasa apso Tally was grabbed from the deck of her Dunning Drive home by a coyote, Roberts has become a self-taught expert on coyote behavior and she’s spreading the word. Roberts shared her painful […]

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A Long-lived Home for Late Bloomers

A Long-lived Home for Late Bloomers

  As daughter of renowned illustrator Ben Stahl, Gail Stahl predictably would inherit a predisposition for ink. Instead she worked 25 years as a special education teacher before taking up brushes herself. Now 78 and a 17-year member of the Quorum Gallery artist cooperative, she is currently its senior artist. Composed of 12 artists working […]

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Getting Out

Getting Out

Stars’ Shimmer Along With Car Winner   Multiple Grammy winner and two-time Academy Award nominee James Ingram and actress and former resident Heather Locklear will host the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters’ season-ending gala and car give-away on Saturday, Aug. 24. Since the festival began, patrons have purchased tickets in the hopes […]

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Injecting a Spiritual Pigment on Canvas

Injecting a Spiritual Pigment on Canvas

Entering Laguna Beach’s Floating Cloud Gallery or artist Wai-Sin Tong-Darbonne’s summer location, at Booth #42 at this year’s Festival of Arts, might change one’s life view, according to the artist. Viewers recognize the artist’s loving nature and her passion for life while gazing at her paintings, which many describe as a visual meditation. Some have […]