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Sticking it to Taxpayers Again

Editor, Regarding the news item that a group wants us to pay for more open space for them (“Campaign Starts for Open Space Tax,” April 22). It is outrageous that a group of well-off environmental extremists want to stick the rest of us with a tax increase to satisfy their own...

Green of a Different Sort Underlies Parcel Tax

Editor, Hang on property owners. The folks who stung you for the $20 million bond, which I believe we are still paying down, are about to stick it to you again (“Campaign Starts for Open Space Tax,” April 22). This time for “open space,” with a flat tax of $120 per parcel for the...

Defending Village Laguna’s Stance

Editor,   I’m really tired of all the folks (especially builders and architects) who rail against Village Laguna (“Historic Cottages on Chopping Block,” April 22).  It is true that Village Laguna takes what seems like the far-left position on many projects, but I think that...

Art Appreciation Needs Only an Open Mind, Not an MFA

Editor,   Thanks for the excellent article about Slow Art Day, your writer, Daniella Walsh, really captured the spirit of the day in her article (“Sedate Pace Reveals Artistic Genius,” Arts, April 22).   This was my second year hosting Slow Art Day and I look forward to...

Fences Make the Best Neighbors

Editor,   Laguna Beach is still one of the prettiest places to live in Southern California.  When I moved here 35 years ago, the attraction was the virtual anonymity of South Laguna and the small town environment. A small town where people were polite and cared about their...

Unhappy Constituent

Editor, Peter J. French’s letter to the editor regarding the skateboard fiasco and arrogant City Council and City Hall is one of the best letters I have ever read. (“Skateboard Ban Courts a Challenge,” Letters, April 22) When the city put a parking money machine in Lang...

Local Currents

Social Fabric   “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.” –Alexis de Tocqueville. With Passover and Easter week behind us, the Superbowl Sunday for faith is likely an afterthought for many. I believe that at least the assumption of...

Get Out of the House

Girl Time   When we first found out that I was pregnant, David and I quickly agreed on one thing that puzzled many, especially my mother. We would wait until the baby was born to find out whether he was a he or she was a she.  During my very uneventful pregnancy I really had...

Taking Laguna Out to the Ball Game

Laguna Family Night at Angels Stadium was cooked up by resourceful parents at a neighborhood barbecue as a fun-with-kids outing that also benefited Laguna schools. Now in its third year, the event planned for Saturday, June 11, comes with all the fixings of a full-blown annual...

Host Families Needed for Exchange Students

Homestay is looking for local families to host 16 Japanese high school students from the all-girls Tokyo Aikoku school July 22 to Aug. 10. The 17- and 18-year-olds come from a class of home economics students and future cooks who have studied at least two years of English and who...

Diversity Showcased in Dance Concert

As warmer weather and brilliant sunshine entice the winter-weary from the hearth, Laguna Beach High School’s dance department kicks off spring with “Eleven,” at 7:30 p.m. May 5-7 in the Artists’ Theatre. Audiences will enjoy the quick-paced, diverse showcase of Laguna’s finest...

Parent Workshop on the Newest Teen Threats

Cyberbullying, Sexting and Unwise Social Networking School administrators will outline strategies and resources to help children engage in safe and responsible Internet networking on Monday, May 2 at 6 p.m. in the Laguna Beach High School Library. The district-sponsored Parenting...

Local Composer ‘Scores’ at TV Awards

Laguna Beach resident and budding composer R. Lance Montgomery took top honors in the best composition category at the Television Academy Foundation’s 32nd annual College Television Awards on April 9. Montgomery won for the musical score he wrote that was used in the Brigham...

Bowlers Invite the Public to Try Their Greens

In celebration of their 80th anniversary, the Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club invites the public to join them for “Saturday on the Green,” a day of free lessons and a party-like atmosphere, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at their lawn in Heisler Park, 455 Cliff Drive....

Call Back for Casting Director Workshop

Gallimaufry Performing Arts hosts workshops for actors 16 and older with casting directors on Saturday, April 30, at the Boys and Girls Club, 1085 Laguna Canyon Road.   Toby Guidry will offer auditioning tips on April 30 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.   Registration is $165...