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Archive for July, 2012

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Wholesome Skate Company Supports Animals

Wholesome Skate Company Supports Animals

Noah Sheffler of Rancho Penasquitos presented the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter with a donation check of $136 recently. Sheffler is a member of the longboard skate team sponsored by Holesom, which donates a portion of the proceeds from their slide puck sales to the shelter each month.  The donation is used to fund food and […]

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Obituary: James Willis

Obituary: James Willis

James Belmont Willis Jr., 75, of Laguna Beach, died on July 21, at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach after a long bout with heart disease and emphysema. He was born on Jan. 2, 1937 in Morehead City, N.C., son of James Belmont and Cora Willis. A graduate of North Carolina State University in architecture, his career […]

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Indy Calendar, July 27-August 2 2012

Indy Calendar, July 27-August 2 2012

WEEKEND AT THE FESTIVALS Friday, July 27 TGiF@ FoA, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Pageant of the Masters, The Genius, 8:30 p.m., nightly. 949-494-1145 www.LagunaFestivalofArts.org Jason Feddy, Dave Cross, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Oui, noon-4:30 p.m.; Salty Suites, Annie McQueen, OC Vintage Rock Co., 5:30-9:45 p.m.; Sawdust Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd. […]

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Guards Send a Message to Park Visitors

Guards Send a Message to Park Visitors

Editor: The old line that people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones should apply to the owner of the luxury home adjacent to Montage who has done his best to alienate and harass locals and visitors for the ‘crime’ of trying to enjoy a public park. Anyone who builds a see-through mansion adjacent to a […]

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The Occupy Movement’s Next Target?

The Occupy Movement’s Next Target?

Editor: Occupy Treasure Island Park! The privatizers are at it everywhere (“Clash Over Prying Eyes in a Public Park,” July 20) and it’s time to push back. They, the upper 2 -3% of the wealth holders that control about 60% of the nation’s wealth, are working on two fronts: get rid of public services and […]

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Deception by Omission

Deception by Omission

Editor: As you know, local resident and active community volunteer Gene Felder purchases a weekly advertisement space in your newspaper, in which he regularly communicates his (right-slanted) political views. In this past week’s paper, Mr. Felder published a two-sentence excerpt from a speech President Obama delivered recently.  By editing the full quote cleverly, Mr. Felder […]

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Quashing a Food Critique Reflects on School Leadership

Quashing a Food Critique Reflects on School Leadership

Editor, In response to “Young Food Critic Invokes Backlash” June 29, readers should know this is just another issue where our school district’s leadership should be seriously questioned and challenged. Noah Rosen was spot on with his review of the food quality and nutrition in our schools.  The request to retract his statement violates his First Amendment rights. That alone should be alarming!  Ironically, after conducting a quantitative analysis, the same results were reached. Our district has accepted a $100,000 donation given towards the food nutrition program for improvement of food quality and staff training. However, our union protected food service staff makes $14.82 ‐ $25.52 per hour (excluding performance or length of employment bonuses). Their job descriptions, posted on the school website, includes all the duties, educational requirements and personal qualities that should facilitate in addressing this problem without additional funding. The director of food services should have qualifications to solve this problem.  What are we getting for our money? Have bonuses been granted while our food quality has declined?  If we aren’t receiving these services, shouldn’t they be fired, not have more money spent on them? District leadership seems fearful of the very union that provides employees that should be tackling […]

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Complete Streets Mandates Ignored in Laguna

Complete Streets Mandates Ignored in Laguna

Editor, The Complete Streets Act requires that cities plan (and provide) for a balanced, multi-modal transportation network that meets the needs of all (street users) for safe and convenient travel. The users of these streets include bicyclists, children, seniors, persons with disabilities, motorists, movers of commercial goods, pedestrians, and users of public transportation. Mandates in […]

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Open Letter to Injured Skateboarder:

Open Letter to Injured Skateboarder:

Open Letter to Injured Skateboarder: This letter is to the skateboarder who ran the stop sign Tuesday evening at St. Ann’s going onto Catalina.  First of all, I hope you’re OK – your knee looked pretty bad after you hit the back of my car.  My trim popped back in and the scuffed bumper is […]

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Village Matters: Harvesting Common Purpose

Village Matters: Harvesting Common Purpose

It could seem puzzling that at the low price end of the culinary spectrum we can go to a buffet and have unlimited plates of whatever items we choose, but at the higher price point we may be served only a small exquisitely arranged exhibit of tiny bits. Is it a match between quantity and […]

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Correction

Correction

Correction: Due to incorrectly understood information,  candidate Steve Dicterow’s age was listed incorrectly in “Anticipating Upcoming Elections,” in the July 20 edition. His correct age is 57. The Indy apologizes for the error.

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An Example of Criminal Self-Interest

An Example of Criminal Self-Interest

Editor, Penn State officials lost sight of the fundamental reason for the existence of the higher education system, to educate, when they stonewalled the Sandusky crimes. They didn’t want to bite off the hand that was feeding them — a winning football program. It was a big business and a terrible business decision was made. […]

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A Natural Eye for Art

A Natural Eye for Art

Photos and text by Danielle Robbins Festival of Arts exhibitor Casey Parlette spends daylight hours as a fulltime Laguna Beach lifeguard, dispensing first aid, advising beach-goers and grabbing a float buoy and fins for rescues and preventative contacts. At night, he takes up different tools, carving wood and hammering metals into intricate works of art. […]

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Breakers Return Speed to the Field

Breakers Return Speed to the Field

A speedy backfield was the hallmark of Laguna’s football team last season. Breaker opponents should expect more of the same, with seniors Drake Martinez and Robert Clemons returning to anchor a ground game that racked up more than 5,000 yards. “That’s our strong point, our speed,” said second year head coach Mike Churchill. Joining them […]

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Mothering Heights: The Miss List

Mothering Heights: The Miss List

When I was growing up, I didn’t have any famous female role models. Of course, I wanted to help people like my social worker mother, do everything perfectly like my Aunt Ona, and be on time and classy like my grandmother. As far as someone in the news, it just wasn’t happening. Gloria Steinem spoke […]