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Workshop Explains Historic Inventory

A workshop about the city’s current historic preservation ordinance, the historic inventory and the impact of the California Environmental Quality Act on historic structures will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15. City Attorney Phil Kohn and consultant Jan Ostashay will be...

Roundabout Comes to Town

  The temporary roundabout at the five point intersection of Los Robles, Catalina, and El Camino Del Mar, which was approved by the City Council last April, is now fully functional. Delineators were also installed as a temporary measure to aid in visibility until drivers get...

Set Out on a Blue Moon Hike

Hike with park staff and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers as the sun sets Friday, July 31, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. and the moon rises over Laurel and Willow Canyons. Observe the changes as day turns to night on a leisurely hike and learn about night wildlife. Hear the last birds’...

Limelight

Life in Laguna during ‘the War’

by Regina Hartley, Special to the Independent The story of Bill Hartley begins in Ontario, Calif., where his father, William Hartley Sr., managed what became the Sunkist packing plant, but from 1911 was the West Ontario Citrus Association. In 1925,William St. was sent to the east...

The Building that Babb Built

By Andy Hedden, Special to the Independent The Babb Building, venerably situated on the corner of South Coast Highway and Thalia Street, was erected in 1936. It has been home to many, commercially and residentially. Buzz about the Babb Building started in its first year in the...

Phoenix Rising: A Brief History of LCAD

By David Randel, Special to the Independent This account of the school that became the Laguna College of Art & Design, prepared to honor its founding 45 years ago by a group of community leaders, would not be complete without mention of several reasons for its success. The...

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Obituaries

Jean Doyle-Clem

Jean Doyle-Clem, a resident of Laguna Niguel and member of El Niguel Country Club for 40 years, has returned home to her father in heaven at the age of 81. No one could ever have been more nurturing, uplifting and loving than she. Children, friends and gardens thrived under her...

John H. Glover King

Jack King was born on June 3, 1928, and passed away quietly in his sleep on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, at the age of 87. King, a lifelong bachelor, is survived by his twin brother, William Thomas Glover King; Tom’s wife Nancy; five nieces and nephews; and 20 great and great-great...

Phyllis Doolittle

Phyllis Eleanor Miller Doolittle passed away on July 30 in Columbus, Ohio. She was 88. Born in Hagerstown, Md., daughter of Margaret Helen Clipp Miller and Jay C. Miller, she graduated from Hagerstown High in Maryland and Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Class of...

Columns

Heart Talk

Two Sheriffs Last Saturday, two men came out to repair my garden fountain. They were on time, friendly, and very knowledgeable. They worked quickly, had the fountain up and running smoothly in no time, and explained how I was using the wrong chemicals in the war against algae....

Guest Column

Nail Polish It started with nail polish. The woman sitting next to me getting a manicure didn’t look like she lived in Laguna. I welcomed her to our city and commented on something benign like her nail polish color. She was from Texas and within a few minutes of talking I...

The Kibitzer

Summer’s Best Arrives Out of Season   Every now and then I’m compelled to blow a big wet kiss to Laguna. Much as I try to resist, it’s involuntary, a compulsion to confess the great joy and gratitude I feel living here. Oh sure, I bitch about how it could be better, but that’s my...
Posted On 07 Sep 2017

Guest Column

Read The Personals   PARROT – Very talkative.  Bella is 11 years old – my treasure. Moving to assisted living facility where no pets are allowed.  She is a wonderful companion but curses and uses foul language nonstop. Free to a good home (lovable – swears like a sailor) ...

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 under...

Pet Peeves

Burnout I wasn’t around to read Indy’s “District Vows to Improve Attendance.” I took the day off to rest my eyes. And no, I didn’t call the Indy office to tell them. So technically, I was playing hooky just like a lot of Laguna students. It’s no big deal. So why did Indy...