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Laguna Beach Magazine Seeks ‘Influential’ Nominations

Laguna Beach Magazine Seeks ‘Influential’ Nominations Laguna Beach Magazine, a sister publication of the Laguna Beach Independent, is seeking nominations for the city’s top 10 influencers. These individuals will be featured in the magazine’s “Most Influential People” issue,...

Woman’s Club Steps Up to Provide Back-To-School Supplies 

  The newly formed Woman’s Club Charitable Fund, headed by board member Ellie Ortiz, has purchased 125 backpacks and filled them with school supplies for local public school students in need. The purpose of the charitable fund is to fill a gap in the community and...

Firefighters on the Front Lines for Flapjacks

LBPD officers will be serving coffee at the Laguna Beach Exchange Club’s annual Labor Day Pancake Breakfast being held from 7-10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 7, in the picnic area below the corner of Myrtle and Cliff Drives at Heisler Park. The breakfast is the Exchange Club’s...

Limelight

A Catalyst for the Conversion of Laguna’s Coast

    By Jackie Davie Laguna Beach today is well known as a world-class destination for vacationers from around the globe. How Laguna came to have this reputation is tied directly to resort development along its coastline. One of the pioneers of beachfront development was...

Setting the Scene for Art and Architecture

St. Clair Family Norman St. Clair, Laguna’s First Artist  Part 1 By Ann Christoph Artist and architect Norman St. Clair and his descendents played a powerful role in influencing Laguna Beach’s reputation as an art colony and its renowned village character. Norman Boden St....

Don’t Overlook Arch Beach Heights When Looking for Laguna History

By Suzanne Dunn, Special to the Independent When my realtor told me three years ago that my $1 million plus home was a great Laguna Beach starter home, I nearly choked. I wasn’t insulted as you might suspect. I was dumbfounded. Starter home wasn’t in my lexicon 12 years ago when...

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Obituaries

Lew Williams

Llewelyn Lloyd Williams, Jr., also known as Lew, 96 years young, passed on Aug. 12, 2015, surrounded by his immediate family. Lew grew up in Orange and was a 1938 graduate of Orange High School. He also attended Fullerton Junior College and UCLA and remained a huge Bruins fan....

Stephen Lee Runnalls

A former Laguna resident in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, Stephen Lee Runnalls died suddenly from a heart attack on July 7, 2015, in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, where he had lived for more than two years. Born on Jan. 10, 1944 in Los Angeles to Eugene and Gladys Runnalls, Steve grew up...

Michael Schluter

Michael Schluter, of Laguna Beach, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 1, 2015, in Laguna Beach. He was 56 years old. Schluter was born April 12, 1959, in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and is survived by his mother Frances Staar, his sister Corinne Tagliaferro and her husband Louis and his two...

Columns

Green Light

Reading in on Climate Change Intervention Yikes, summer’s almost over, and I’ve read only one of the four books I intended to read cover to cover. I want to bring all four to the attention of readers by sharing a bit about each volume. The book I read front to back was one by...
Posted On 14 Sep 2017

Wisdom Workout

Grace and Grit      Two of my brothers and one of my sisters, their spouses and families have all been directly impacted by the tragedy in Houston. Even the home owned by my parents, plus the neighborhood that holds all my younger siblings’ growing up memories, is five feet...

Guest column

America First: What does that mean and other thoughts on immigration, raising kids and reading   If it is just a conceit to pay the people we hire a living wage, and it may be but I am betting not, we still impact the lives of the people we hire with a single conceit and that...

Village Matters

  We want to hang onto old friends as long as we can, but inevitably they go beyond our grasp or we go beyond theirs. This weekend there was a little gathering for an old friend who had moved on, finding another path in life, and finally dying after a long illness. Those who...

Pet Peeves

First Day I got a real kick out of reading Indy’s “Kindergartners Kick Off the Year at El Morro.” They are so excited to start school. Of course, they don’t know how to read yet. So it will come, as a surprise, when they find out El Morro is Spanish for prison. And prison terms...

Taking Stock

The Rally Broadens The stock market rally continues and its participation has become broader. Technology gains dominated the 2017 market. They are continuing but other sectors are joining in. Medical and biomedical stocks, Real Estate Investment Trusts, homebuilders, aerospace,...