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‘Meet the Mayor’ Reception This Sunday

The Top of the World Neighborhood Association (TOWNA) will hold its annual “Meet the Mayor” reception on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 3-5 p.m. The reception, where neighbors will be able to meet and provide input to Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen, will be held at the home of Johanna and...

AAUW Inspires Girls to Pursue Science and Tech Careers

  The Laguna branch of the American Association of University Women invites the public to hear Jessica Hubbard, director of programs for the nonprofit organization Girls Inc. Orange County from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Susi Q Community Center, 380 Third...

An Update on the Homeless in Laguna, OC

Dawn Price, executive director of the Friendship Shelter, will give a talk, “Homelessness in Laguna Beach and Orange County: New Challenges and Accomplishments,” at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 429 Cypress Drive. The talk will outline...

Limelight

South Swell Lifts 54th Brooks Contest

A welcome swell with waves of as much as 10 feet provided the engine for the 54th running of the annual Brooks Street Surfing Classic, which took place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-8. Travis Booth, 16, won the pro/am division, the youngest participant to take the contest’s top...

Patriotism Steps Beyond Red, White and Blue

By Charlie Warner, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association float featuring a roller-skating mime and dancers whirling in traditional Mexican costumes won the Grand Marshals Trophy in the 51st Laguna Beach Patriot’s Day Parade. “The Sister...

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Obituaries

Frederick Henry Vickers

Sept. 9, 1937 – Nov. 13, 2018 A 30-year resident of Laguna Beach, Fred passed away with his beloved wife Cathleen at his side. Born in Manila, Philippines, Fred at 12 years old moved to Texas with his family. He remained throughout his life a proud citizen of the U.S. After...

Donald Ingwerson

Donald Ingwerson, a nationally noted education reformer who headed several big-city school districts including the 1.5-million-student Los Angeles County schools, died Nov. 4 at home in Laguna Beach. A depression-era Kansas farm boy who never thought about college until his high...

Elva Irene Ashford

Elva Irene Ashford, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, died on Nov. 5 of complications due to Alzheimer’s in Glendora. Elva Ashford was born on Oct. 3, 1923 to Bernard and Gladys Nuffer in Santa Ana. She grew up in Orange, graduated from Orange High, and then met and married...

Columns

Pet Peeves

Home Sweet Home Laguna Beach took a step forward in reforming its controversial historic preservation list. But the task force forgot to ask first, “Mother may I?” and had to take two steps back.  Now everyone’s home is on the list again under the “exceptional” designation with...

Heart Talk

A Vile Foe Resurfaces Growing up in Orange County in the 1950s and 1960s, I was exposed to plenty of anti-Semitism.                                                                                                                                             “Of course she’s a Jew,”...

Does the Wet Suit You

Pay or Plague Only a prolonged plague would solve Laguna’s persistent parking problems. A new garage near the downtown bowl certainly isn’t going to do it. Nope, that garage is intended to solve a specific problem associated with all the business owners, customers, and employees...

Finding Meaning

Luck of the Irish To honor St. Patrick’s Day, I should tell the story of John Monahan, a son of Ireland no longer with us. I worked for John at a Procter & Gamble plant that used to be in Long Beach. I was starting my career; he was nearing the end of his. He had been a...

Guest Column: What If It Happened in Laguna?

Don’t kid yourself. Last week’s anti-Semitic turmoil in Newport, Corona del Mar and Costa Mesa could have happened here in Laguna. If you need a briefing on what transpired, here is my Reader’s Digest version: A bunch of teens from Newport Harbor, Corona del Mar...

Village Matters

Less Laguna in Laguna? “Less design review and less heritage is what we’re looking for,” pronounced Councilmember Peter Blake at the last council meeting. Less oppressive bureaucracy, less mismanagement, less irritating treatment of the public—absolutely. But not less protection...