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Live Like Lu

Editor, On Monday, March 2nd around 4:30 p.m., it was time for my little dog, Lulu, and I to head down Thalia Street for an end of the day beach walk. Lulu knew that when the shadows grew longer and the light more golden, walk time was near. Rousing from slumber, shaking an old...

Mary Jo Mancuso

Laguna lost a bright star and true Laguna original on March 1 with the passing of Mary Jo Mancuso. She would have been 80 on March 6. Mancuso was actively and energetically involved with a host of causes and organizations dating back to 1969, when the family first moved to...

Deirdre Naughton

Deirdre Carmel Ann Naughton, fashion maven and former Hollywood costume designer, passed away in Los Angeles on Feb. 27. She was 63. Naughton, who was always referred to as Dee, was a long time Hollywood resident. Born on Friday the 13th in the West of Ireland, she lived...

Pet Peeves

Dumbed Down I read in the Indy that many parents are upset about upcoming curriculum changes. They say these changes will dumb down middle school math. Geometry is being eliminated as a separate subject. Oh the horror. Middle school kids are devastated. I can tell because the...

Thurston’s Surfers Place Second

The Thurston Middle School surf team came in second place to San Clemente’s Shorecliffs team at the third Scholastic Surf Series contest at Oceanside Pier on Saturday, Feb. 21. Thirteen Thurston students made the finals. The highlight of the contest was in the girls...

Safety Should Be a Top Priority

Editor, For more than eight years since the baseball field was reoriented (moving home plate from the southwest corner to the northwest corner), the residents of St. Ann’s Drive and Wilson Street have been continually bombarded by baseballs: not a dozen, but hundreds and...

Let’s All Pay Attention Out There

Editor, I would like to send my apologies to the woman and her dog, that I did not see, crossing Mermaid Street along Glenneyre, that I almost hit. I’m sorry I didn’t see you. I feel really bad about it, but I really didn’t see you. This situation is serious in Laguna Beach....

Improve Street Safety With Lighting

Editor, Why is Glenneyre deserted after dusk? It seems people do not use that street because it is dark and prefer the Coast Highway or other streets. I have heard that this street has the most pedestrian accidents in town. Recently while driving on Glenneyre and crossing Park...

Deploy Technology to Learn Traffic’s Origin

Editor, According to City Manager John Peitig, “it’s going to get worse.” The Laguna Canyon Road Task Force was assembled to identify the best options and reach consensus on how to calm traffic, balancing citizens’ desires to maintain the canyon’s...

A Proposal for Senior and Low Income Housing

  Editor, When I ran unsuccessfully for City Council, I stated that a government budget was a moral statement regarding what our City Council considers important enough to fund. I want to now present the proposal that building codes can also provide insight to what our...

Pet Peeves

That’s Just Ducky I read in the Indy that the Pacific Marine Mammal Center just received a $3 million donation from longtime Laguna Breach resident, Dr. Martonen. It was one of their largest donations ever.   Dr. Martonen died in January 2014. Described as a quiet man, he stayed...

Why Not Try a Dog-Friendly Beach Year-Round?

Editor, We rescued our Cairn westie mix, Porter, about a year and a half ago and get a big kick out of taking the little guy with us to Laguna’s nice dog park in the canyon.  In town, he loves the many terrific dog-friendly restaurants and hotels including Brussels Bistro, Ocean...

Ideas to Keep Artists Thriving

Editor: A few weeks ago, our mayor, Bob Whalen, gave a well-received talk at the Laguna Canyon Conservancy dinner. His moderate ideas and measured presentation further impressed attendees with the caliber of our newly elected City Council. One thing Mayor Whalen emphasized was...

Why Has No One Intervened?

Editor, There is an elderly Asian woman who sits out on Forest Avenue at night in a wheelchair. She seems clean and warmly dressed.  She holds up a cardboard sign that says, “Please help!”  People give her a lot of money. She is dropped off by a well-dressed man in a Prius or...

More Reasons Than Lent to Give Up Meat

Editor: This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert before launching his ministry. But meat-free Lent is much more than a symbol of religious...