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Justice, Decency and Mutiny   “No code can cover all contingencies. We cannot put justice aboard our ships in books. Justice and decency are carried in the heart of the captain, or they be not aboard.” –Captain Bligh’s court-martial judge, “Mutiny on the Bounty.” It...

An Admitted Juvenile

Editor:   In response to Steve Klumb (“Respecting Beliefs,” Letters, Oct. 29), he questioned me as to what I hoped to accomplish with my “courageous” desecration of the bible.  My answer is that the bible in reality is just a book, words printed on paper and nothing...

Seriously, Election Day Paving?

Editor, Just wondering: What rocket scientist chose to approve a schedule to pave Wesley Drive, the only access to one of Laguna’s polling places, on election day? Between the school traffic trying to juggle cars in and out without a parking lot, people trying to go to the church...

3,000 Votes for Change

Editor, Believe it or not, 2,781 Lagunatics voted for Patrascu. You know something is wrong with city government and the Laguna Beach City Council when almost 3,000 citizens vote for an unknown city council candidate, Mr. Patrascu. I drove to Pasadena yesterday and saw only three...

Teacher’s Suspension, Kid’s Day Off

Editor, This may seem an unusual subject to be discussing in the local paper, but what the heck! My 13-year-old son was recently suspended from Thurston Middle School for making an inappropriate remark about a classmate. I assure you, I am in no way trying to minimize or condone...

Village Laguna Exerts Undue Influence

Editor, I read with great interest last week’s letter by Village Laguna board member Cindalee Penney-Hall comparing me to Stalin for pointing out gross irregularities in the voting process for the Design Review Board (“Academic Interference,” Letters, Nov. 5). The letter is...

Don’t Flip-Flop on Skateboarding Rules

Editor, Re:  “Skateboarding Rules Wipeout,” Nov. 5 It is very welcoming to read the clear and informed comments of Police Chief Paul Workman regarding the authorization of skateboarding bans on certain streets by California Vehicle Code Section 21967. Many hillside streets in...

City Policy Undermines a MerchantCity Policy Undermines a Merchant

Editor,   Today, I passed by my favorite pizza place -Pizza Lounge – and what I saw has me feeling anger and sadness. I love that place. The pizza is fresh and unusual, the staff and owner are so kind and genuinely seem interested in their patrons. The salmon wrap-wow!...

Breakers Shock Mesa, 21-14

  Chris Paul returns to set school scoring record  Laguna won their first conference game of an injury battered season with a surprising 21-14 victory over Costa Mesa (3-6, 2-2) at Estancia’s Scott Field last Friday night. Chris Paul returned to action playing only offense...

Toy Robot Builders Stand Up to Rivals

Local students mixed robotics and LEGOs to bring home two top trophies from the first Orange County LEGO League Robotics Competition in Irvine this past weekend. Team LEGOna Beach is having its second year of success with Thurston students Michael Beu, Jack Fast, and Michael...

Sweets En Route to U.S. Troops

Nearly 400 pounds of Halloween candy collected by the Laguna Beach Parents Club was packaged up and shipped to Afghanistan this week, according to Jill Fletcher-Espinola, the club’s co-president. It took 11 boxes to contain 384 pounds of candy and four dozen hand-written cards...

The Write Stuff

Painter, Teacher, Writer: a Career Progresses   Polymath. The dictionary defines this as a person with expertise in several areas of knowledge and ability. It seems an apt term to apply to Laguna resident Andrew Winer. He has been a working painter, with regular shows in New...

Compiling the Literary Legacy of Local Authors

In the wake of recent tributes to Laguna Beach High School alumni, Sam Totten, of the class of 1967, envisions yet another, but one that serves as a literal source of inspiration to current students. Totten proposed adding books published by or about Laguna Beach High School...

Signal Battle Reaches Road’s End

The long-debated installation of a traffic signal at the main entrance to Laguna Beach’s largest gated community comes before the county planning commission at 1 p.m.  Wednesday, Nov. 10. Installation of a half-light at Emerald Bay’s main entrance would allow residents and...

False Start on Skateboarding Rules

Laguna’s police chief says a proposal to treat skateboarders like bicyclists in an attempt to rein in fast-charging downhillers conflicts with state laws and must be revised. Since state laws define skateboarders as pedestrians, Police Chief Paul Workman says a draft ordinance on...