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Merchants Oppose Closing Forest Avenue to Cars

Many downtown merchants left their shops this week to protest at City Hall, expressing their dismay with the proposed 13-day trial closure of a section of Forest Avenue to vehicular traffic in August. Creating a pedestrian mall on Forest between Coast Highway and Glenneyre Street...

Traveller Poet Conveys Place in Words

By Torie Hamilton, Special to the Independent A solo writing trip to Ireland and a gold boat inspired writer and poet Ellen Girardeau Kempler to start a website as a platform of inspiration for writers. After returning from a 2012 trip, Kempler realized the potential for creative...

LBHS Scholarships Hit Record Amount

Four days before tonight’s scholarship awards convocation at Laguna Beach High School, Lynn Gregory was in crunch-time, “buried” under phone calls, getting out last-minute invitations and sending “no” letters to rejected applicants. Of 222 graduating seniors, 114 are receiving...

Guest Column: Poor Hunting

Celia was delivering a baby when most of her community left. The hunting had decreased progressively, they had to leave or starve. Celia was weak herself from inadequate food. She feared for her infant daughter who was small and had some difficulty nursing. Many infants had not...

Fans Return to Applaud Dressler

After 25 years of building an acclaimed student drama program at Laguna Beach Unified School District, Mark Dressler is expected to experience another outstanding showing. More than 150 former students, parents, friends and theatrical associates are planning to attend Dressler’s...

Media Owner Gives Employees a Parting Gift

Ownership of the Laguna Beach Independent newspaper, Laguna Beach Magazine and other publications of Firebrand Media will soon shift to 10 of its employees. Owner Allan Simon, who since 2009 has invested $7 million in expanding the company’s portfolio with new titles, announced...

Green Light

Aliso Creek Back to the Future $1.6 million! That’s what was recently paid for William Wendt’s painting, “The Old Coast Road.” The amount was more than twice the anticipated selling price for this iconic work of art. This brought to mind a color plate I saw long ago of Wendt’s...
Posted On 28 May 2015

Track & Field

Girls 5th at CIF The Laguna girls recorded their best finish in over 30 years in the Southern Section CIF Division IV finals, held Saturday, May 23, at Cerritos College. Breakers competed in Division 4, limited to schools under 1,030 students and had the highest finish for a...

Two Students Win Regional Surf Titles

Double overhead sets created challenging and exciting wave conditions during the National Scholastic Surf Association’s West Coast Regional Championships where two students from Laguna Beach won regional titles May 14-17. Thurston Surf Team rider Kayla Coscino took the title for...

Quakes Continue to Unsettle Nepal

As aftershocks shook the house where he was writing last week, Rabindra Sitaula, program manager for Laguna Beach-based R Star Foundation, sent a progress report about supply deliveries to quake hit villages. Sitaula had just come from Khampur, Bagultar, where he distributed...

Chefs Satisfy a Hunger for Fresh Dining

When Jessica McLeish and Jonathan Pflueger bumped into each other last fall in between volleyball sets at Ninth Street Beach in South Laguna, it didn’t take them long to realize their life experiences provided the right ingredients for a new enterprise. They were about to change...

Pressure Rises to Cut Water Use

Water use in the Laguna Beach County Water District needs to shrink by 24 percent or 200 million gallons over the next nine months in order to comply with statewide mandatory reductions, the first in state history, local water officials announced this week. To meet the mandatory...

College Launches a New Class of Artists

Clouds gave way early in the week to sun, warming graduation ceremonies for the Laguna College of Art and Design class of 2015. Seventy-eight bachelor of arts graduates and 10 earning master’s degrees in fine art rose to accolades from college President Jonathan Burke, sage...

Kudos for Embracing Open Access

Editor Thank you and bravo to Laguna Beach school board members who voted to support a simple act of transparency: providing public video access to school board meetings. Government should be in the sunshine. Everyone behaves better when they know that they are being recorded....

Musings on the Coast

‘Lost’ is Days Away   My daughter Gabby graduated from college in Portland this month and we were at dinner with her friends. At the time, the “kids” were two nights away from their graduation ceremonies and they were done with freaking out. That was three months ago. They also...
Posted On 21 May 2015