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Archive for March, 2012

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Homeless Man Sues City for Discrimination

Homeless Man Sues City for Discrimination

A homeless man and self-taught lawyer last Friday filed a federal lawsuit on his own behalf against the city of Laguna Beach and two officials for cruel and unusual treatment and for discriminating against homeless individuals. The new civil rights suit filed in Federal District Court in Santa Ana alleges current city policies violate the […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Market Rallies Are Not Sell Signals Some investors remind me of animals that have been abused and now resist offers of kindness. A majority of investors surveyed in a recent CNBC poll reported that they mistrust stocks to some degree, as if they had been mistreated. This distrust continues despite stocks being up 65% in […]

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Dream House Comes Closer to Reality

Dream House Comes Closer to Reality

What started as a castle in the air for parents of developmentally disabled young adults in Laguna Beach may soon become a dream house come true, thanks to the efforts of the Glennwood Housing Foundation. Three years in development, the foundation recently hired executive director Shauna Bogert and assistant director Stacie Enmeier to spearhead the […]

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‘Mr. Laguna,’ Harry Lawrence Dies

‘Mr. Laguna,’ Harry Lawrence Dies

Harry Lawrence, nicknamed “Mr. Laguna” for pursuing local beautification efforts such as the Main Beach Park, died Sunday at his home in Laguna Beach. He was 98. A memorial service is set for Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m. at Laguna Presbyterian Church. A private reception will follow. Burial will follow with military honors in […]

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Myriad Venues Offer Easter Services

Myriad Venues Offer Easter Services

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 428 Park Ave.   April 1: Palm Sunday, 8 a.m., with Holy Eucharist; 10:30 a.m. with Holy Eucharist, music and choir. April 5: Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. with Holy Eucharist, music and choir. April 6: Good Friday, noon with Holy Eucharist; 7 p.m. with Holy Eucharist, music and choir. April 8: […]

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A Race to Bring Out the Kid in Everyone

A Race to Bring Out the Kid in Everyone

By Monica Petrova, Special to the Independent   El Morro Elementary’s jog-a-thon, one of the largest PTA fundraisers, is a day filled with dancing and running laps in the school yard and enjoying some well deserved ice cream at the race’s end. It was held on Friday, March 16, and all classes, from kindergarten through […]

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Groms Be Taught, Not Gone

Groms Be Taught, Not Gone

Editor,   Groms will never “be gone”, that is the way God has designed life (“Groms be Gone, Mothering Heights, March 23). Every generation will raise another as we are fruitful and multiply the human race. I am one happy parent of a skateboarder who is growing up like I did, stoked to skate the […]

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Renewing Calls for a Skatepark

Renewing Calls for a Skatepark

Editor, Groms be gone? Really?   As a local father of two boys who both skateboard I always find articles written with such horrifiying accounts of near fatal events with local skateboarders to be taken seriously, but as I wrote many years ago where do these kids go to preform their sport? Dog park? Out. […]

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Seeing Red Over a Signal

Seeing Red Over a Signal

Editor, Emerald Bay’s leadership has railroaded their community, Caltrans and now Laguna Beach’s City Council into accepting a traffic light and a grandiose entrance to Emerald Bay.  They have already spent over $1 million to buy this traffic light that they will pay for because Caltrans does not believe it is necessary. Here we have […]

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Where is the Model for Fire Safety?

Where is the Model for Fire Safety?

Editor, Thank you Ganka Brown for noting the photo of the recent brush fire in Bluebird Canyon, demonstrating the volume of fuel that could go up in flames, along with numerous houses (“A Picture Says a 1,000 Words,” Letters, March 23).   It’s amazing that our city has been successful with some big projects (think of […]

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‘The Best Angels of Our Nature at Play’

‘The Best Angels of Our Nature at Play’

Editor,   I was milling about the lobby during intermission at the LBHS Park Avenue Players’ presentation of “The Sound of Music” on Saturday trying to come to terms with what just happened.   An older gentleman came up to me with a sense of urgency in his eyes. Apparently the same thing had happened […]

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Don’t Miss the Final Weekend

Don’t Miss the Final Weekend

Editor:   The stage production,”The Sound of Music” was the most impressive high school production my husband and I have ever seen in the 42 years we have lived in Laguna, and over the years we’ve seen many.   The voices were magnificent and incredible for youthful performers. Do yourselves a favor and run, do not […]

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A Long-Lived Tree

A Long-Lived Tree

Editor, In the March 16 Indy Letters to the Editor, one caught my eye.   Concern about the iconic paper bark tree in Heisler Park possibly dying.   That tree may be 80 old. As a child my friend and I used to play house with our dolls in the very tree back in 1945 […]

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City’s Transportation Policy: All Talk

City’s Transportation Policy: All Talk

Editor, Notice the automobiles pictured on the cover-page for the city’s Transportation, Circulation and Growth Management Element from roughly circa 1930. Today the maturity and relevance of the element is just as dated.   State government guidelines recommend periodic updates to the General Plan;  the statutes recommend every five years. Our Element has been amended […]

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Kudos for Arts Coverage

Kudos for Arts Coverage

Dear Editor,   I commend the Indy for its outstanding arts reporting.  Daniella Walsh’s recent article “Aerial Photos Reveal Park’s Hidden Mysteries” (March 23) is a case in point.   Ms. Walsh’s well-researched article offers detailed background on Tom Lamb, a Laguna Beach-based artist now showing at the Orange County Great Park.  I like the […]