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Speaking Up on View Rules

Editor, Re: “Closing in on New View Rules,” April 19 edition. Please: Establish a hierarchy of priorities wherein views are at the top, and trees are nice but definitely less important. Establish an ordinance that is challenge-proof, has teeth, is fair and especially, is...

Lower Park’s Closure Was a Treat

Editor: Laguna could really shine and promote downtown foot traffic for retailers by closing the small portion of Park Avenue behind the library once or twice a month for live music performances and activities like those last weekend.  Kelp Fest/Earth Day brought many of our...

Sea Lion Ills Tied to Over-Population

Editor, Re: “A Second Influx of Sick Animals Arrives,” April 19 edition. The article about sick animals (sea lions) goes in to great detail about no food, etc. I understand the situation to be this if you invite 10 people over for dinner and 40 show up there will not be enough...

A ‘Thank You’ Is In Order

Editor, Just wanted to say a big “thank you” for the wonderful article and photo of our art reception here at The Gallery Q (“Blue Ribbons for Winning Senior Artists,” April 12 edition). Your support is greatly appreciated.   Judy Baker, arts coordinator of...

Objections to an Offensive Ad

Editor, I was looking at your paper, dated April 19, 2013. On page 34, I found an objectionable advertisement by Mr. Felders. I object to this sort of propaganda by a local paper which has a statement that submitted material to be local in nature. This advertisement may...

Village Matters: Match.com for Houses

Who was Nina Koshetz?  This world-famous Russian opera singer performed leading operatic roles in Russia and throughout Europe, and gave concerts accompanied by Rachmaninoff, her lover for a time.  Her dramatic escape from Russia included hiding jewels in her daughter’s diapers....

There is Still Hope for a Big One

Editor, My name is Taylor Mellinger and I have enjoyed growing up as a local and regular visitor of Laguna Beach.  Ever since a young age I would see spear fishermen make their way out into the water and would watch them disappear into the vast blue in awe.  Then in seventh grade...

Save Ocean Avenue’s Trees

Editor, Please, please realize how important and fortunate we all are living in Laguna Beach (specifically referring to Ocean Avenue) to have the beauty and the shade of the lovely old ficus trees. Consider Carmel and the fact the owners and city fathers have proteted and revered...

Budget Analyst Earns District’s Praise

Behind-the-scenes budget analyst Raymond Lee has been selected as the Laguna’s school district’s classified employee of the year. “Ray is a quiet hero in LBUSD,” said Supt. Sherine Smith, who expressed her appreciation for Lee’s contributions. “He works hard, is a team player,...

Raising a Hand for Clean Water

  Students thirsting to help others have organized the Healing Hands Fundraiser, May 2-5, at Laguna Beach’s Transformation at Gallery 1951, 1951 S. Coast Highway. Students from Laguna Beach, San Clemente, and Laguna Hills high schools will be raising money to bring water to an...

Class Notes 4/26/13

Pancake Breakfast Celebrates TLC and BGC The eighth annual Pancake Breakfast, marking the years The Learning Center has been a part of the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach, is Saturday, April 27 at Bluebird Park, 798 Bluebird Canyon Dr. from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $5. The...

Friendships Bind Siblings to Their Passion for Running

Janie and Jack Crawford arrived in Laguna with their parents two years ago. For the freshman Janie, the move from Redmond, Wash., marked a new beginning. For Jack, a junior, it became a refreshing reminder of old beginnings past. Jack already trained with two cross-country teams,...

Street Beat 4/26/13

Customer Robbed Outside a Market A man brandished a kitchen knife and stole a computer from a woman eating lunch outside a north Laguna market on Monday, April 22, about 11 a.m., police said. The suspect fled north in a waiting vehicle and successfully eluded police. The victim...

Gang Members Arrested in Home-Invasion Robbery

Two men who are reputed members of a notorious South Los Angeles street gang were arrested for suspicion of armed robbery in the pistol-whipping last October of occupants of a Laguna Beach home, Laguna Beach police announced Tuesday. Tyrone Lamont Beasley, 21, was arrested at a...