Historic Venue Hosts Rock Concert PAGE 3 Monks Revisit Church on Healing Mission PAGE 4 | CRIER Breakers Dominate in Cross Country PAGE 20 | SCHOOLS “Our Town-Our Paper” lbindy.com November 1, 2013 | Volume X, Issue 44 PHOtO COuRtESy Of JuLIa BECkER Tackling the Intractable Entrance Horwitz taps common wisdom to find solutions By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Delia Horwitz arrived in Moscow for a scheduled Chamber of Commerce talk with officials from government, banks and businesses only to learn that organizers developed cold feet. They wanted to cancel the event for fear of violence. Her arrival coincided with the now historic financial collapse of 1998 where many Russian fortunes were lost, mistrust flourished and tempers flared. But Horwitz, a specialist in instigating group collaboration, insisted she could help. She led consensus building exercises with each group and trained two participants to use her methods in their subsequent deliberations. In 45 minutes, the 60 participants reached a consensus and came up with an action plan to send to the Duma, the state legislative body, Horwitz said. Laguna Beach’s city officials are Horwitz, page 16 Luci Becker with her chicken Lotus, part of the backyard tour of Laguna Beach homes with chicken coops. Bike Tour Takes in Town’s Happy Hens By Rita Robinson | LB Indy There’s something about collecting eggs from a chicken coop that tugs at our subconscious, a human desire for home, warmth and safety. If you can find an egg in the straw, you can count yourself lucky. Not many people still hold fond memories of collecting fresh, warm eggs in the early morning on the family farm. I’m lucky enough to remember filtered sunlight coming through the slats of the hen house on my grandma’s farm in South Dakota as we went on our treasure hunt from roost to roost. I’d collect eggs with delighted wiggles, she with her deferred smile, and, of course, experienced instruction. Our precious collectibles were always gathered in her ever-present apron. Ah, that was a good summer. And I never wanted to leave. Leave we do, but the memory lives on. To celebrate that feeling of a fine-feathered home, organizers of Laguna Beach’s first Tour de Coop are asking residents and enthusiasts of the homegrown food movement to hop on a bike this Sunday, Nov. 3, and tour 12 chicken coops from the canyon’s acres to hillside urban farms. That’s not a bunch of horse feathers either. Yes, Laguna Beach is going country. The free bike tour, sponsored by SEEDS Arts and Education, starts at 9 a.m. at Anneliese Schools’ Willowbrook campus, 20062 Laguna Canyon Road. Bicyclists can either ride there or drive and ride their bikes from there. Or riders who covet their Sunday snooze tour de coop, page 3 Land Deal May Open ‘Gateway’ for Town’s Entry By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy For the past decade, most residents paid little attention to undeveloped property near the Art-a-Fair grounds at 725 Laguna Canyon Road. If pressed, they might recall purchasing a Christmas tree there, watching brush-clearing goats at work or seeing it overflow with the parked cars of festival-goers in summer. But now that the city of Laguna Beach made a deal to buy the two parcels totaling 3.8 acres, for $5.3 land, page 17 One of the Jones’ hens ruling the roost, also part of the tour.