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Drinking Rules Doesn’t Equate to Civil Liberties Violations

Editor,   Thinking about the social host ordinance and the related controversy I was inspired to read David Vanderveen’s essay (“Local Currents,” May 25 edition). After reading it I thought of an imaginary dialogue with my own son- as if he were a student caught up in this...

Kudos to Elizabeth Pearson

Editor,   Kudos to Elizabeth Pearson for standing up to bullies like Richard Picheney and his ilk who have cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars that could have been used for important projects like the sewer system instead of old shacks that were nothing but...

Not a Paradise for Transportation

Editor,   Recently the city of Laguna Beach spent $10,000 for a polling firm in Washington DC to compile a citizen survey from a representative sample of residents about community quality of life, service delivery, civic participation and unique issues of local interest....

Nobody But Us

Editor,   Chris Henderson, Laguna’s and my generation’s master skimboarder, was living in Hawaii at the time and he asked a local friend which surfer has the right to the wave.  The guy who gets up first? The one  closest guy to the curl? Who? Iopa Velles looked at him a...

Village Laguna Forgets Ethics

Editors,   Village Laguna: While they are a nonprofit, they are not a charitable nonprofit but a mutual benefit nonprofit. In other words, they exist for the benefit of their members, not for the benefit of the public, according to attorney Bruce Methven. So it should be no...

Village Matters

Beyond the Threshold   If Cornell is any example, Ivy League graduations are impressive with pageantry.  But more than that, all this beauty, color and tradition is reinforcing the importance and significance of the threshold the degree candidates are crossing. One week my...

Streetbeat

Lost hiker found safe Kevin Meehan, 61, of Laguna Beach became separated from friends and lost his way during a Memorial Day hike in the Cleveland National Forest was back home safe thanks to the work of a Riverside County rescue team, City News Service reported. Meehand lost...

Stoked to Carry on Local Surf Tradition

By Kathy Ochiai, Special to the Independent About 100 surfing fans came out on Saturday, May 26 to watch their hometown favorites compete in Laguna Beach’s 11th annual Spring Surfabout at the Thalia Street break. A nice little wind swell popped up overnight and provided the...

Spring Sports Update

All-League Teams Laguna competed in nine sports this spring, capturing five varsity league titles in boys swimming, girls swimming, boys tennis, boys track and field, and boys volleyball. Lower level team titles were earned in jv baseball, jv boys swimming, jv boys tennis, jv...

Take a Hike With the OC Parks

In celebration of National Trails Days, Irvine Ranch Conservancy and OC Parks welcome the public to experience Limestone Canyon at Wilderness Access Day on Saturday, June 2. Attendees will enjoy self-guided access, hiking, biking and equestrian use on designated trails from 9...

Team CBA to Compete for Division Title

By Coby Naess, Special to the Independent   After winning the AAA regular season championships with a 12-3-1 record, Laguna Beach’s Crescent Bay Advisors came back through the losers bracket of the end of season tournament to win four games in a row and beat a tough UPS team...

Student Performers Take a Bow

Local high school senior and comedic actor Elan Kramer won the best actor award Sunday at the annual MACY awards, which recognizes stand-out performances among high school theater productions. Elan’s friends among the Park Avenue Players also picked up an armful of awards,...

Mothering Heights

Not Child’s Play   Somehow parenting seems to be getting more and more worrisome. Not only do we have to ask “do you know where your child is?” but also “do you know what your child is reading on Facebook or Instagram?” For those of you who don’t know about Instagram, it is...