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Postcards to Capture Global Hopes for Peace

Postcards to Capture Global Hopes for Peace

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach-based arts nonprofit TIMOTCA (The International Museum of Twenty-first Century Art) hopes to display panels of postcards created by children from around the world at various locations in September, according to the charity’s founder, Ed Solomon. Children from around the globe send in postcards to the […]

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Riders Vow to Push for Bike Safety

Riders Vow to Push for Bike Safety

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent A swarm of 200 to 300 cyclists rode en masse from Heisler Park in Laguna Beach to the Newport Coast Sunday, July 20, in memory of John Colvin and Debra Deem, both Laguna Beach cyclists who died after being struck by motorists on Coast Highway. The sobering demonstration […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Hey Buddy Hey buddy, whaddaya say? I think there’s something wrong with my hearing. My ears are on the fritz. Don’t roll your eyes at me readers. This is the place to tell you. It’s Pet Peeves. I complain here. Old people are expected to talk about their ailments. We have nothing else, but the […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

Prehistoric Creatures Close-up  Chitonsare primitive marine mollusks resembling trilobites whose fossil record can be traced back to the Devonian Period over 400 million years ago. There are over 900 existing species and fossil records for over 400 more extinct species. They have a worldwide distribution and can be found from the rocks in the intertidal […]

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Susan Bollingmo

Susan Bollingmo

Susan Bollingmo was born Aug. 2,1940, and died July 15, 2014, from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Formerly married to Daniel Weston, she was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Known for her gracious ways of loving and caring for others, she will be remembered for her many acts of kindness. A successful single mother prior […]

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Anne Haynes Price Fike

Anne Haynes Price Fike

Former Laguna Beach resident and well-known psychotherapist with the Saddleback Pediatric Medical Group, Dr. Anne Haynes Price Fike, died on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at her home at Brethren Hillcrest Homes in La Verne. She was the only child of George Nash and Mildred Haynes and was born on May 31, 1936, in Bassett, Va. […]

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Let’s Make Life the Top Priority

Let’s Make Life the Top Priority

(This was also addressed to council members.) Editor: I want to share this safe bike transportation program that the OCTA has developed for cities. It’s so clever. Check:  octa.net/BikeShare I would also like to add my voice for separate bike lanes with a barrier from cars. NYC has changed beautifully. Check:  Street Films.org (Google ‘Street Films’ to […]

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Resume the Quest for a Public Trail

Resume the Quest for a Public Trail

  Editor, I, like many of my Laguna Beach friends and neighbors, was extremely disappointed to learn that the Planning Commission approved the redevelopment plans of the new owners of Aliso Canyon golf course without taking any action to create a pedestrian/bicycle trail connecting Laguna to the water district road leading to Aliso Viejo.  Such […]

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Christy’s Predicament Points to a Larger Issue

Christy’s Predicament Points to a Larger Issue

Editor: Only the cold hearted could read Mark Christy’s plan for his special property without feeling extra sympathy for him. (“Laying Out Ranch Plans,” July 17, 2014). What is most striking, beyond his unquestionable sincerity and optimism, is the tangled web of boards and commissions that have a say in the way he sees fit […]

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Merritt Restates His Position

Merritt Restates His Position

Editor, Since the LB Indy publication of my ”commentary” last week I have been inundated with responsive emails. They are evenly split and some very menacing in regard to a construed idea that I don’t seek improvement[s] at the old Ben Brown’s and golf course at Aliso Creek…now called the Ranch. I truly support re-models […]

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Ranch Re-review is Unwarranted

Ranch Re-review is Unwarranted

Editor, The Coastal Commission’s review of The Ranch remodel appears to be a reaction of other city actions and approvals. In recent example, the city approval of the 30-unit Laguna Canyon Road housing project was new development and square footage that clearly should’ve had an EIR for traffic conflicts and approximate 300 vehicle trip turning movements into […]

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She’s a Ranch Fan

She’s a Ranch Fan

Editor, I am a fan and support Mark Christy for his vision and action in his restoration of Ben Brown’s Aliso Creek Inn. Thank you, Mark! for all you are doing for Laguna business (visitors, hotel and golf), conserving the natural site and Laguna Beach historic traditions, providing a local home for visual and performing arts and opening a great local venue for […]

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Pantry Door is Always Open

Pantry Door is Always Open

Editor, Last week, one of our favorite shoppers at the Laguna Food Pantry reappeared after being gone for quite a while.  When I asked where he’d been, he said that he had found a little part-time work. “But still, why didn’t you come in on one of the days you weren’t working?” “Because I didn’t […]

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Laguna Should Serve as a Beacon for the County

Laguna Should Serve as a Beacon for the County

Editor, I have been following the debate regarding the permanent supportive housing proposed by the Friendship Shelter with interest.  First, I feel the project is a definite step in the right direction for both the shelter and the city of Laguna Beach.  I am confident that a positive and workable development will result from this […]

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With Character Intact, a Strong Economy Will Follow

With Character Intact, a Strong Economy Will Follow

Editor: The final paragraph in the July 18 Indy story about the selection of the urban planner is most provocative.  Bob Chapman is quoted as suggesting that visitors (rather than residents) carry more weight in deciding the future of our town.  We all want our businesses to thrive and our visitors to have a good […]