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Youngsters Compete for Top Rides

The local Soul Surfing School will sends its team to compete Saturday, Jan. 21 at Church Beach, located at Camp Pendleton. Spectators and competitors are able to enter the military base and park in a designated area near the competition site, said the school’s Brandon Phillip...

Pet Peeves

Banana Peel I’ve been fascinated by Indy readers reaction to the web-published guest column, “Ban the Bananas.” The author, Mindaugas Gedaudas, claims that radiation from spent fuel rods is no more lethal than if you stuck 50-80 million bananas in your ear. So far, I’m up to 125...

Paula Jean Brown

Oct. 8, 1946 –Dec. 23, 2014 Paula Jean Brown was a gentle, generous soul: lover of animals, children, travel, satire, fashion and literature. She was born and raised in San Gabriel, Calif., and graduated from San Gabriel High School. Subsequently she attended the University of...

Author’s Story Perpetuates Stereotyping

Editor, Stereotypes are unfair and should be avoided. People should be judged by their own actions, not by the perceived characteristics of the group to which they belong. Certainly it is terrible that Muslims were attacked back in 2001, as well as other groups who were mistaken...

View-Protecting Ordinances Remain Too Costly

Editor, Probably one of the most understated letter titles ever “Hedge Height Policy is Cumbersome, Expensive” (Jan. 9 edition) was attached to Louis Lee’s fine letter last week about the city hedge ordinance. The hedge height policy, like the view preservation ordinances (past...

Plant Choices Guided by Maintenance, Water Use

Editor: I sincerely hope that the Beautification Council will take heed that we do not need any more eucalyptus trees in this town, especially in areas where the city has to maintain them. The cost to  trim and keep out of harms way has been and will continue to b...

Musings on the Coast

An Act of Resistance Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by a James Earl Ray. My father’s name was James David Ray. The last name is common. There are a lot of Rays running around out there. About a week after MLK’s assassination, I visited my...

Cycling Legend Partners With Tire Maker

Laguna local and mountain biking champion Hans Rey agreed to a deal with Hwa Fong, which makes 300 different types of bicycle tires. Rey will help Hwa Fong research, develop and market its Duro brand with his 30 years of experience as an extreme athlete and professional mountain...

Bridget Graney

Bridget C. Graney, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach and Dana Point, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, Jan. 13. She was 91 years old. Born and raised in County Mayo, Ireland, “Bridie” spent more than four decades running an in-home day care in Laguna Beach....

Pet Peeves

Lights, Camera, Action Attention Laguna Beach residents. This is your casting call for video fame. Your 15 minutes of stardom has arrived. The police department is testing staff mounted cameras. I’m excited. I’ve begun casing different places to secure my infamy. James Dean said...

LBHS Surfers Continue to Rip in Scholastic Series

The Orange County High School League saw rain, light winds and 3-4 foot waves at Ninth Street in Huntington Beach when the Laguna Beach High School team competed during the third Scholastic Surf competition on Saturday, Jan. 10. Laguna Beach went head to head against S...

Youth Polo Team Takes First

The Laguna Beach Water Polo Club’s under 10 co-ed “A” team brought home a first place medal from the eighth annual Pacific Winter Classic tournament earlier this month at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego. The players are Sai Bassett, Joey Capobianco, Sophie...

Redesign of Beach Access Points Underway

Editor FYI Laguna: Four of the public beach access overlooks are currently proposed to be back pulled to the street, minimized, and the current beach views will be diminished. The existing benches, pathways, overlooks and viewing decks to Thalia, Oak, Mountain, and Agate Streets...

Scofflaw Cyclists Contribute to Unsafe Roads

Editor, The Jan. 9 story about safer streets was primarily about bicyclists, with 25% more mentions of bicycle issues than pedestrian issues. While accommodations for pedestrians are mentioned several times, those mentions primarily involve crosswalks. But pedestrian issues also...