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Stand Up Paddle Rules Under Scrutiny

A year-old ordinance regulating commercial stand-up paddleboard operators has yielded frustrations for city enforcement officials and SUP operators alike. The former complain of overtaxed lifeguards and legion code violations, while the latter claim persecution by overzealous...

Pool Builders Call Ban All Wet

Like Laguna Beach, at least 30 other cities and water districts in the state have turned off the tap and prohibited the filling of new swimming pools since the governor called for a mandatory 25 percent cut in water use earlier this year. Builders call the construction bans a...

Special Olympics Torch Lights Up the Town

A 41-person relay team bearing a torch lit 6,900 miles away in Athens, Greece, made its way across a mile of Laguna Beach on Monday. The runners – four athletes and 37 law enforcement personnel drawn from points across the globe — received a warm reception from Mayor Bob...

Schools

She’s Pirouetting Around Dance’s Setbacks

By Masha Goncharova, Special to the Independent  Laguna Beach High School’s new dance director, Lisa Jay, aims for a single goal this year: get the dance program back on track, and she’s doing everything she can to achieve it. With a dance show already in rehearsal, Jay is...

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Readers Invited to Help Children in Cambodia

Editor, I was thrilled with the article on the new Laguna Beach Friendship School (July 31 edition.) If anyone wants to contribute, they can do so through the Rescue Task Force Website rescuetaskforce.org using the notation “Cambodia Schools.” $50 buys a bicycle, $170 sponsors a...

Reader Raises Objections to Streetcar Idea

Editor, A slow moving streetcar with a proposed route on Laguna Canyon down to Ocean Avenue is a critical part of our exit route for those living, working and visiting Laguna. Third Street (with a very steep grade) meets Forest, crosses Ocean and merges onto Laguna Canyon Road or...

Return When the Storm Has Passed

Editor, Clearly the board is aware of the circumstances regarding Ms. Normandin’s absence.  She is still with us and it appears is still involved with running the district but hasn’t been able to make the meetings. To my knowledge there haven’t been any tie...

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