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Club Commissions Economic Impact Study

For every dollar invested in a Boys & Girls Club, there is a return on investment of $10 in community benefit, according to a study commissioned by the Boys and Girls Club of America and conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and School of...

Club Extends Hours for Parents Night Out

The Boys and Girls Club’s Canyon branch will host a fun-filled night for children 5 and up from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, March 25. The cost is $20 dollars for members and non-members and dinner and a movie is included. To reserve a spot contact Valerie Navarrete at the Club’s Canyon...

Short-Term Lodging Ban Up for Discussion

A new ordinance prohibiting short-term vacation rentals will be discussed at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, by the city Planning Commission in Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. The commission will consider a draft ordinance that proposes a prohibition on short-term-lodging in...

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

William David Stallone

August 31,1943 – October 18, 2015 William (Bill) David Stallone was born Aug. 31, 1943, in Berkeley. He was delivered by his father Jasper, a general practitioner, with the help of forceps to cut short a long labor. (His mother joked that she was never again the same.) He...

Larry Delaney

Larry Davis Delaney passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 at his home in Whitefish, Mont., surrounded by family.  He was born Sept. 24, 1938, in Little Rock, Ark., to Evelyn P. Morgan and Charles Mims. For those who knew him, Delaney was “the most interesting m...

Donald Edward Charhut

Donald Edward Charhut, 83, a former long-time resident of Laguna Beach, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at Saint Camillus Center in Stamford, Conn., after a brief illness. Don was born Sept. 8, 1932, in Chicago, Ill., and was the second of three sons born to Genevieve...

Columns

Just for Laughs

Read the Personals FARM CO-OP will allow you to grow your own fruits and vegetables on your own plot. We have several people in our communal property enjoying growing their own farm-to-table nutritious edibles.  Take advantage of our good earth.  No pot growers please! ...

Village Matters

Gone Fishin’ We missed him when he was gone for just a few days on one of his fishing or camping trips.  Now we’ll have to make do without him forever. Morrie Granger died suddenly on Monday, April 9.  We are left wondering how we will cope without his daily visits with Rocky,...

Taking Stock

The Waiting Game J.P. Morgan, when asked what the stock market would do, gave a very accurate prediction, “It will fluctuate.” Despite endless showers of advice and tips, that remains the wisest forecast today. The only differences now are widespread participation that has...

Guest Column

Make America Great By Ensuring Access to Health Care   The story of my American Dream began later in life. I spent many years in Ohio working for a major airline. Like many companies hard hit by the recession, my unit was closed and my co-workers and I laid off. I accepted a...

Finding Meaning

Well Done, Good Reverend           When the county first paved a single-lane road down Laguna Canyon in 1915, life picked up in the art colony.  Laguna Presbyterian was founded two years later.  Today’s senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. Jerry Tankersley, has served nearly half the time...

Does the Wet Suit You

Winners and Losers Judge David Carter’s promise of 30 nights in a motel and a caseworker rings hollow, like the old promise of 40 acres and a mule. It isn’t going to change a thing. Look at the response to the actions to help the homeless prompted by his efforts. The County of...