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Defending a Laguna Legacy

Defending a Laguna Legacy

It was not a dark and stormy night, but it was night and I was here on my sofa with my laptop in May of 2012 and an unexpected message came up on my email, “Hello Ann, I read one of your articles recently, regarding Stonehenge in Laguna Beach. My family and I were shocked […]

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 Look Who’s in the Line Up

Look Who’s in the Line Up

Incumbent Dana Rohrabacher, representative for Laguna Beach and the 48th Congressional district who faces re-election in November, will be a guest on KX.OneLaguna.com beginning at 11 a.m. this Saturday, March 29. Listen-in live to hear the congressman’s conversation with “Perspectives” host Dr. Ari Grayson. Call-in or email the host ([email protected]) to ask Rohrabacher questions about […]

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Shell Hunters Harming Limpet Population

Shell Hunters Harming Limpet Population

So named because the inside of the empty shell is glossy and colored with a dark and light silhouette that is supposed to resemble an owl, the Owl Limpet (Lottia gigantea) is the largest member of the order patellogastropoda, the true limpet group found in North America.  A mollusk that is found in the mid […]

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Lewis Returns to American Racing

Lewis Returns to American Racing

Laguna Beach resident Michael Lewis returned to race tracks in his home country to compete this season in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge. He earned two top-8 finishes at the Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., on March 13 and 14. Lewis started Race 1 on the outside of row four. At the wave of the […]

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Parents Receive a Pep Talk

Parents Receive a Pep Talk

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Award-winning speaker and therapist Liz Jorgensen urged parents of teens to revive the collaborative and collective parenting environment that began when their children were young when they shared tips and strategies. This open, supportive environment is missing during the teen years when the stakes are so much higher, […]

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Schools’ Facilities Director Retires

Schools’ Facilities Director Retires

Ted Doughty, director of facilities for Laguna Beach schools for the past two years, will retire, effective June 30, the district announced Monday. Doughty’s retirement reflects continuing turnover among the district’s top ranks, which have included recent departures by the assistant superintendent and  directors of technology and human resources. Doughty has worked for 40 years […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Where Newport Got It Right If you have not yet seen the new Newport Beach Civic Center, go.  It is a delight.  More, it is a statement: this is the new Newport Beach, a place where giant international companies like Pimco call home. It is sophisticated and modern. The center contains more than the new […]

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Basking in a Spiritual Blessing

Basking in a Spiritual Blessing

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent On an outdoor stage, in a small, poor, dusty village in central India, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, one of the world’s most renowned and beloved spiritual leaders, got a close up, personal glimpse of Laguna Beach’s generous spirit. In January, the Dalai Lama visited Norgyeling, a […]

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No Bull: Bovine Corralled in Body Shop

No Bull: Bovine Corralled in Body Shop

In a spray booth at Beach Cities Auto Collision in Laguna Canyon rests a rare breed. Not a Ferrari or a Porsche or even a humble Volkswagen, but the unlikeliest of would-be conveyances, a 400 pound, nine-foot long sculpture of a  bull, ready for the drive to Austin, Tex. Created by Laguna Beach sculptor Cheryl […]

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View Rules Need Revision Again

View Rules Need Revision Again

Editor, I urge, more like beg, you to vote no on the current final draft of the view ordinance.  This ordinance does nothing to protect the wonderful views in Laguna Beach. If the irresponsible neighbor who refuses to trim his trees is allowed to negate the new ordinance by withholding his consent, then what has […]

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Who Cut Down the Tree Ordinance?

Who Cut Down the Tree Ordinance?

Editor, What has happened to our view ordinance with “teeth” in it?  It seems to have completely fizzed out and fallen apart in favor of the stubborn tree people. After fighting this thing for nearly a year and a half with great hope for a resolution that would favor our spectacular view sheds we are […]

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Is Legislating Neighborliness Possible?

Is Legislating Neighborliness Possible?

On May 13, 1997, I read the following letter to the City Council.  Since then these issues have become much worse. The view ordinance, as proposed, has no teeth in it!  I don’t see how the City Council can be in favor of it. Since it does not address the problem of view obstruction of existing […]

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Surely a Compromise Exists

Surely a Compromise Exists

I am writing to you regarding the proposed Longi live/work project in Laguna Canyon.  I am appealing to you today as a Laguna Beach real estate professional, a board member of the Laguna Canyon Foundation and as a passionate admirer of all things beautiful about Laguna Beach. I have been following the progression of the […]

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Large Development Will Mar Laguna’s Gateway

Large Development Will Mar Laguna’s Gateway

I am writing in opposition to the proposed artist live work building in Laguna Canyon. I support the arts and embrace the history of Laguna being an artist’s colony. However, the true village entrance to our beautiful city is Laguna Canyon and the proposed Longi development is a monstrosity at 36 feet high. This building will destroy the rural […]

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Concern Over Canyon Development

Concern Over Canyon Development

Editor, My name is Andrew Cmiel and I am a long term resident of the Laguna Beach area, I am also president of a local club Friends of Laguna Canyon, with a membership of over 200. Our club’s primary interest is to enjoy the beauties of Laguna Canyon, engage in hikes, nature walks and other […]