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Let’s Keep Our Communities Safe

Let’s Keep Our Communities Safe

  “The most dangerous social experiment of our generation.” That is how Newport Beach Police Chief Jay Johnson describes the state “realignment” program to release state prisoners back to local jails and supervised community release. Faced with court-mandated requirements to reduce prison populations, Gov. Jerry Brown and the state legislature enacted AB 109 that mandated […]

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Remembering a Legacy of Gay Bars

Remembering a Legacy of Gay Bars

Editor, For decades, Laguna Beach had a large gay bar on Main Beach and later the Boom Boom Room at the Coast Inn. Luckily a gay man owns our much smaller and only remaining gay bar, the Bounce, and has made recent changes with more improvements coming. When “Pappy” Smith died in the early 1960s, […]

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Questions Arise Over Nyes Place Fuel Trimming

Questions Arise Over Nyes Place Fuel Trimming

Editor, (This letter was sent to Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse and City Manager John Pietig) From a phone conversation with Mr. LaTendresse, I understand that the city has hired consultants to study the issues regarding a proposed fuel modification in the Nyes Portofino area that does not include the hillside property uphill in the 400 […]

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Complaints Over Music are Off Key

Complaints Over Music are Off Key

Editor, Dora Wexell at Seven Degrees has this completely backwards (“Music Fest Wins New Fans,” April 11).  A wedding venue has no business being next door to the Sawdust Festival. Why should the Sawdust Festival have to negotiate? The Sawdust Festival has been here for 50 years. There has always been music. Seven Degrees opened […]

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Questioning Proposed View Rules

Questioning Proposed View Rules

About 150 angry, well-organized people have continued a writing campaign to go after the airspace of their neighbors. They make it look like the new view ordinance law is too lenient. A clever approach. They have attended each meeting while only a few stalwart people who love trees have spoken against the ordinance as too harsh. Right now any uphill […]

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What Supportive Housing Is and Isn’t

What Supportive Housing Is and Isn’t

Editor: As a board member of Friendship Shelter, I’m grateful to Michael and Kimberly Fowlkes for so perfectly illustrating in their letter (“Shelter Worse Than a Natural Disaster,” Letters, April 11) what the proposed permanent supportive housing development at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road will be and will not be. It will be: A place for disabled, chronically homeless […]

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 Marveling at the Danger

Marveling at the Danger

Editor, One student fatality from crossing the street across from her college is tragic beyond belief.  This should never have happened.  (“Student’s Death Revives Safety Questions,” April 11.) I was driving home on Laguna Canyon Road an hour before the accident. One car ahead stopped for pedestrians and the lights were flashing, but visibility was zero. I […]

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Be Aware of Laguna’s Many Distractions

Be Aware of Laguna’s Many Distractions

Editor, Nina Fitzpatrick’s sad and tragic death brings to mind the many pedestrian fatalities and injuries this city has dealt with through the years. This past week, each time I drive through the canyon, the yellow crash scene paint and the ash from the flares remind me that a young, talented, and loved person has […]

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Master of Migration

Master of Migration

Twice each year, thousands of Pacific gray whales closely follow the coast and pass by Laguna Beach. This is the longest seasonal migration known as they travel more than 14,000 miles roundtrip between their winter warm-water breeding grounds in the lagoons of Baja California and their summer cold-water feeding grounds in the Bering Sea and […]

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For Young Pilot, Perseverance Pays Off

For Young Pilot, Perseverance Pays Off

Ryan Raffo, a native of Laguna Beach and 2010 graduate of Laguna Beach High School, has always loved planes. As a child, he “flew” toy jets, imitating the engine sounds. At 12 he got his own flight simulator. His dad, Coleman Raffo, recalls his son’s response to a call for dinner: “I’ll be right there, […]

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LBLL Majors Score Big Win

LBLL Majors Score Big Win

Caden Capobianco drove in the go-ahead run to give team Crescent Bay Advisors the lead in the seventh inning, as they hung on to beat Hobie 5-2 on Wednesday, April 9. Nolan Naess singled to get on base in the seventh. He then went from first to third on a double by Jack Payne. Jack had two extra-base […]

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2+2=5

2+2=5

I have a question.  Please teacher look at me.  I’m raising my hand.  She’s not looking. Don’t despair. I’ll just wave my hand and bounce up and down. Great she sees me. Okay, sure.  I understand. You want me to go to the principal’s office and explain why I was doing calisthenics in math class. […]

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A Modern Passover

A Modern Passover

Passover began as a celebration of spring for the Jewish people; a time for the celebration of life.  With the rabbis it became a commemoration and celebration of a biblical exodus and escape from slavery in ancient Egypt. This familiar story, contained in the traditional Haggadah, a text that sets forth the order of the […]

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Diana Lee Kramer

Diana Lee Kramer

May 6, 1936-April 12, 2014 Diana Lee Kramer, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on April 12, the 56th anniversary of her wedding. She leaves her loving husband, Karl Kramer, three children, two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and an army of beloved family and friends. Diana was born […]