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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

Parade Winners

Winners in the 50th Patriots Day Parade are as follows: Grand Marshal’s Trophy: Pageant of the Masters. President’s Trophy: Laguna Beach County Water District. Band Sweepstakes: Bassett High School of La Puente. Elementary Band: L.B.U.S.D. Elementary School Band. Military Color...

Winning Images Evoke Nature’s Best

Laguna Bluebelt Coalition announced winners in amateur and professional categories in its fifth annual photo contest this week. Local Rich German, known for capturing video of marine mammals from his paddleboard, won in the amateur category with an image of a gray whale’s flukes....

A Jury of Your Piers

By Andy Hedden, Special to the Independent Editor’s Note: With El Nino storms again lashing Southern California piers, we figured readers would enjoy stepping again on the ones built in Laguna Beach. Even in 2011 when the late Andy Hedden revisited them, all were long gone. You...

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Obituaries

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...

Ann Richardson

Ann Caroline Grover Richardson passed away peacefully on October 30, 2018, in the company of her loving husband John and her adoring children, at her home in Laguna Beach, California. Ann was born on May 1, 1937, in Silver Spring, Maryland, to Esther and Wayne Grover. After...

David French

David French, designer craftsman specializing in exotic hardwoods and a 27-year veteran of the Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach, passed away peacefully at his home in Mission Viejo, California on Friday, Oct. 5. David is survived by his wife of 38 years, Denise French, and...

Columns

Wisdom Workout

Transformation vs. Change The first leadership development corporation I worked for had the statement “To Grow and Progress is to Change” on their letterhead. A definition of change is to become different: to exchange, substitute or replace something. Let’s explore...

The Kibitzer

Cage the Rage “Tolerance is about the pursuit of truth—about being able to see the value of another person’s perspective or truth. It’s an acknowledgement of differences, dissent and disagreement—and a choice to coexist peacefully despite our differences, rather than...
Posted On 02 May 2019

Does the Wet Suit You

The Dirty Bird’s Golden Egg Early one morning, a couple of tourists were walking along South Coast Highway. As they passed by the open door of the Sandpiper Lounge, a distinct odor wafted out to greet them. “What is that smell?” one asked. “Dive bar,” replied the other. The...

Finding Meaning

Famous Physicists in Laguna Each week I scan the horizon for a topic about meaning worthy of 500 words in our beloved Indy. Today, it’s the great (and unconventional) physicist and Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman, one of the most interesting of the many interesting characters...

Pet Peeves

May the Force… News outlets across the country pulled our town over to look into our new police cruisers design. We used to have white vehicles with blue lettering. Now we have black vehicles with red, white and blue lettering. Some people like the new look. Others do not. One...

Village Matters

Campaign Promises Some campaign promises are best left unkept. Candidates get a lot of predictable questions and for the most part they give predictable answers. Except for this one. The question at the Laguna Beach Independent forum back in October was, “How do we restore...