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Scare Tactics Lead to Track Closure

Editor: The Laguna Beach Unified School District has closed the high school track and field to the public during school hours.  If you are angry or upset about this decision, please do two things: 1.      Show up at 6:15 p.m. sharp for the March 8 school board meeting to register...

Pharmacist Goes Above and Beyond

Editor, Over the top and beyond the call. That is how Billy, at Laguna Sunset Drugs, handled my insurance problem. My insurance company had exasperated me, and Billy unselfishly took the time to straighten the problem out. Thank goodness for special people like Billy and...

Winged Natives Disregard Fishing Rules

Editor, On Tuesday, Feb. 22, a day that will live in infamy, my wife and I watched helplessly as hundreds of violators of the marine preserve plucked hundreds of fish from the ocean a short distance from the beach. When they were sated they came ashore and rested on the rocks...

More Nonsense From Eco Extremists

Editor, Once again I see a long propaganda piece in the Independent’s Letter section trying to justify the unneeded and costly Marine Life Protection Act (“Public Gains From Support for Marine Hearings,” Feb. 18). The whole MLPA fiasco is nothing but more environmental extremism...

Club Thrives Thanks to Local Support

Editor, I am writing to thank and congratulate the Laguna Beach community for its incredible support of the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach in 2010. Thanks to over 500 donors and many more participants at our special events, we raised more than $1.2 million for the club. In...

LTKA Takes on SNAG

Editor, Nothing has reminded me quite so much of H. L. Mencken’s quote on Puritanism, which is, “The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy,” as in the SNAG group. How about a new group, LTKA, Leave The kids Alone? I am old, old and helped our kids build some of...

Skateboarding, the Freedom to Take Risks

Editor: To the speed boarding side: Speed boarding is dangerous. Asking politely to have permission to do something stupid is even dumber than whatever you were going to do in the first place. Now you’re dumb twice. Just go do it. Pay the fines. Wear a ….. Never mind. To the...

A Novel Idea; Slow Down

Editor, Are you interested in improving the quality of life in Laguna? How about this? In the UK, there is a very successful campaign called “20’s Plenty for Us.” This campaign seeks to create a blanket speed limit of 20 mph in all residential areas. In cities...

Unmasking a Toy Icon

Editor, I am broken hearted after reading Eric Jessen’s letter of Feb. 18 exposing Ken and Barbie as being brother and sister (“Putting Ken and Barbie in Perspective”). When I think of all their dates, their engagement, their lavish wedding where every doll and stuffed...

‘Quiet Zone’ Ruling Sets a Precedent

Editor, You would think that insuring the quality, safety, and tranquility of our neighborhoods would be one of the most important duties of a City Council member.  Somehow, for reasons not clear to me, Mayor Iseman, Councilwoman Pearson and Councilman Boyd believe that the late...

Village Matters

Let’em Play with the Big Kids By Ann Christoph Is there a little kids playground at City Hall? Are some of the players puttering around in the sandbox while the rest are in the big leagues, getting respect and being on television? I think yes, the city committees may be in the...

Green Light

Saving Seals by Saving the Sea Recently my wife and I attended a fundraiser for Laguna Beach’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center. The event featured a showing of the MacGillivray Freeman film “Coral Reef Adventure,” followed by local resident and film director Greg MacGillivray...
Posted On 24 Feb 2011

Innovative Surgeon Leads Mission’s Doctors

Neurosurgeon Farzad Massoudi, M.D., has been nominated by his peers to be Mission Hospital’s new chief of staff serving through December 2011. Massoudi will oversee policies and procedures set forth by the medical executive committee and will be responsible for the...

Community Datebook

Assistance Grants Request Due Today Today, Friday, Feb. 25, is the last day to submit applications for the Community Assistance Grant program for the current fiscal year. Applications must be delivered to the community services department at 515 Forest Avenue, by 5 p.m. The grant...

Club Members Get a Taste of the Sea

To improve understanding of the ocean and its creatures, the Ocean Institute’s Adopt-a-Class recently visited members the Boys & Girls Club with its visiting classroom.