With Dr. Jorge Rubal’s new leadership, Community Clinic remains a safety net in a time of uncertainty

For nearly 50 years the Laguna Beach Community Clinic has been providing excellent and compassionate health care for locals regardless of their ability to pay. That’s not going to change according to Dr. Jorge Rubal, an experienced board-certified family physician who recently assumed the position of CEO and medical director after Dr. Tom Bent retired…

A Force For Change

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent Anne Johnson, the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club woman of the year, came to Laguna Beach because she thought it would be the best place to live out the little time she had left. Diagnosed with lung cancer in 1988, Johnson was told to get her affairs in order.…

Monica Prado is a magician with her mosaic art

By LYNETTE BRASFIELD Photos by Mary Hurlbut In 1979, following her high school graduation, Prado, now a successful ceramicist, visited Chinautla, Guatemala. At that point, she hadn’t focused on a particular profession or chosen a college major. She was on a mission as part of a nonprofit group helping to rebuild a washed-out bridge and…

Childhood obesity is still rising

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