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Archive for May, 2013

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Personnel File 5/31/13

Personnel File 5/31/13

Clinic Doc Honored Dr. Tom Bent, medical director of the Laguna Beach Community Clinic, has been recognized as educator of the year  by the California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. Bent’s leadership in family medicine, his excellence as a clinician, and his teaching skills were cited by the group as the reasons for this tribute.

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Cat Needs a Home

Cat Needs a Home

A cat found lonely and crying at 2 a.m. recently in Bluebird Canyon is in need of a home. The cat lover who took the feline in has had him neutered and given current shots, but cannot keep him and would like to find a permanent indoor home for him. “He is as affectionate as […]

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Eye on Nature: A Flowering Invader

Eye on Nature: A Flowering Invader

By Ellen Girardeau Kempler   California’s original gold arrived long before the prospectors.  Each spring, tall swaths of European black mustard cover the Golden State’s coastal wilderness in bright blooms. According to many sources, starting in the 1630s the Spanish padres  scattered mustard seeds to mark their 600-mile trail from mission to mission along California’s […]

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Indy Calendar May 31-June 6, 2013

Indy Calendar May 31-June 6, 2013

Friday, May 31 All-Star “Music Matters” Jam, 5-10 p.m., The Cliff Restaurant, 507 S. Coast Hwy. 949-494-1956   www.thecliffrestaurant.com/events. General admission $25, $60 preferred seating, $100 for VIP experience. Tickets available by calling 949.573-8624, or emailing: [email protected] “The Crucible,” 7:30 p.m., LBHS Artists’ Theatre, 606 Park Ave. 949 497-7769. Also 6/1; 6/2 at 2:30 p.m. Sawdust […]

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Finding Fault in a Headline

Finding Fault in a Headline

Editor, Re: a letter to the editor from Elizabeth Pearson that appeared in the paper April 19 edition. The letter had a title “Ruling Clears Pearson to Vote on Village Entrance.” Did Pearson add that title “Ruling Clears Pearson to vote on Village Entrance” or did the LB Indy? It is incorrect.  She has not […]

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A New Vision for Laguna

A New Vision for Laguna

Editor, At last we’re getting a new vision for Laguna brought to us by the view ordinance and anti-skateboard park folks that will give us the sterile environment we have long craved. The problem is they haven’t gone far enough, but let’s first start with a review of what has been proposed so far for the […]

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Keeping our Historic Trees

Keeping our Historic Trees

Editor, Beautiful old historic public trees went the way of the chainsaw. City staff said it was needed due to maintenance costs, and liability issues.  I’d like to suggest that the problem isn’t the trees. The problem is the way we deal with our trees in the public space. Anyone who has successfully grown anything from […]

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Weighing in for the ‘Silent Majority’

Weighing in for the ‘Silent Majority’

Editor, I moved to Laguna Beach 26 years ago taken by the overall striking beauty and nonconformity of the city. Surrounding cities, to me, were too uniform and manicured. I bought a house in South Laguna, in large part, because of the large pine tree in the front yard and a good view of the […]

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Undergrounding and or Village Entrance?

Undergrounding and or Village Entrance?

Editor, Both of these possible projects are important to residents of Laguna Beach. Which one do you feel is the most important? City-wide undergrounding of utilities or the village entrance park and parking structure. If Laguna Beach city government is gong to spend $30 to $50 million dollars on a new village entrance park and […]

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From Stately to Nondescript

From Stately to Nondescript

Editor, I wish to add my voice to the chorus of those who bemoan the devastation currently occurring on Ocean Avenue. As many others have said, eliminating established, stately trees from our city streets will result in making Laguna Beach look like any other nondescript Orange County suburb. One doesn’t need to be an expert to […]

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Pet Owners Take Heed

Pet Owners Take Heed

Editor, Laguna Beach and its environs have long had a coyote problem, but until this morning I didn’t truly believe my pets were at risk. If this letter can serve as a wake-up call for even one unsuspecting or doubting pet owner, it will have been worth writing. Yesterday (Memorial Day) at 8 a.m., my […]

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Smoke Free, The Way It Should Be

Smoke Free, The Way It Should Be

Editor: I think it’s about time the Laguna Beach City Council follow suit with neighboring communities and sister cities when it comes to protecting its residents against secondhand smoke. Over a year ago, our neighbor Laguna Woods, passed a law preventing smoking on balconies and common property where smoke travels in others units. The beach […]

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Thumbs Up for Story on Student

Thumbs Up for Story on Student

Editor, Thank you for doing that article on Jack Winter (He’s Setting a Self-Taught Standard,” May 24).  I just saw it on the website, and it was fantastic.  I sent it to all the referenced parties as well (I even sent it to my wife). I appreciate your accuracy and professionalism. Thank you again.   […]

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Well-deserved recognition

Well-deserved recognition

Editor, Thanks so much for the wonderful article (“DAR Recognizes Graduates,” May 24 edition); it means a lot to the kids and their parents to have their names in the paper. What an enthusiastic group we had this year. They really deserved it.   Lori Savit, Laguna Beach

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Skeptical About the Need for Surveillance Cameras

Skeptical About the Need for Surveillance Cameras

Editor, The whole idea of public video surveillance cameras in Laguna Beach is quite disturbing (“Council Considers Views, Safety,” May 24 edition) It can be abused by the police — not necessarily as a tool to solve crime after it has happened, but rather as a “fishing expedition.” It can intimidate the public, including tourists. […]