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Top Nonprofit Execs Receive 6 Figure Salaries

Top Nonprofit Execs Receive 6 Figure Salaries

By Carisa Carlton, Special to the Independent Many leaders of the most prestigious Laguna Beach nonprofit organizations receive six figure salaries, nearly 25% more than the city’s mean job salary. The top ranking nonprofits aggressively compete for personnel with businesses and government by offering top salaries and benefit plans to key employees. The rankings include […]

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Memory of A Day Past

Memory of A Day Past

  By Arnie Silverman On Sept. 3, 1939, in response to Hitler’s invasion of Poland, England and France, allies of the overrun nations declared war on Germany. That year started out well for me. I managed to get a job as a newsboy. Those were still rough, economic times, and even in D.C. with the […]

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‘Something’s Gotta Give’

‘Something’s Gotta Give’

Editor, I took special notice of your front-page lead photograph of Aug. 22, framing four road bicycles (“roadies”) bound southwest on the Laguna Canyon Road. What needed to be photographed was one of the many weekender, outlaw, wolf-pack, roadie pelotons (groups) of 25, 50, 75 or 100 who come blasting through our town at full throttle. They […]

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Debate Housing for the Homeless Based on Facts

Debate Housing for the Homeless Based on Facts

By Marshall Ininns Several misconceptions about Friendship Shelter’s proposed permanent supportive housing apartments have made their way in to public statements and news coverage recently. It’s important that we remember the facts: The Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL) emergency shelter:  There seem to be many misconceptions about the current program at the ASL on Laguna Canyon Road […]

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Ideas to Remake a Bike-Safe Highway

Ideas to Remake a Bike-Safe Highway

  Editor, I assure you my view will not be popular but it is realistic and will save lives. It’s not politically correct to think what I write below in Laguna. I have biked Coast Highway through Laguna for 30 years. The only way to make the highway safe for bicyclists is widening the highway or making it one lane […]

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 Carve Out a Space for Life

Carve Out a Space for Life

Editor, We’ve got a long way to go. Drive through east side Costa Mesa or downtown Long Beach and there are dedicated and even buffered biking zones.  Here we must jostle along parked cars on Coast Highway while tremendous metal beasts going 40-50 mph bear down upon us. Dropping the deplorable designation as one of the […]

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Citizen Submits Query to Candidates

Citizen Submits Query to Candidates

Editor: The candidate forum scheduled for Aug. 25 invites guests from the audience to ask questions of the candidates for City Council. The moderator of this forum will accept only written questions for our candidates so I have submitted my questions herewith. Will each candidate post their written position paper prior to the election citing […]

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Bare Area Lacks Flood Control Measures

Bare Area Lacks Flood Control Measures

Editor, According to the article (“El Nino Forecasts Propel Storm Readiness,” Aug. 15) the city of Laguna Beach is taking measures for potentially heavy rainfall this winter and therefore averting the danger of local flash floods. “Winter storm preparations are well underway throughout town” However, around the Laguna Beach High School athletic field, bordered by […]

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Who Changed the Parking-Sticker Grace Period?

Who Changed the Parking-Sticker Grace Period?

Editor, Okay, who ordered the targeting of Laguna Beach residents’ parking stickers? For as long as the parking sticker has been available, the grace period to renew has been the month following the expiration, right? Well, I got a ticket for expired meter on Monday, Aug. 26. I went to the Police Department and asked, […]

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Council Fails to Rein in Restaurant's Growth

Council Fails to Rein in Restaurant’s Growth

Editor, First – thank you Randy Lewis for bringing attention to another Mozambique planned expansion (“Enough is Never Enough for Mozambique,” Letters, April 22). I could not be more frustrated with our city council members for the burden they have placed on our neighborhood by continuing to feed the Mozambique monster.  None of our council […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Green with Envy I’m green with envy after reading the Indy article, “A Bond Forged In Salt Water.”  I could never wear those green bathing hats. But the Hales look quite good.  Just to double check, I went to Aliso Creek’s CVS Pharmacy and bought a white bathing cap. They were all out of Shamrock […]

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Photo by Mike Altishin

Photo by Mike Altishin

Consider the Bonita Chiquita Señorita A fish abundantly found in the waters of Laguna Beach is the señorita (Oxyjulis californica).  With its two other locally found relatives, the California sheephead and the rock wrasse, it belongs to the second largest family of marine fishes, the wrasses.  They inhabit the open water around rocky reefs and […]

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An Englishman Abroad… Reflections On Laguna

An Englishman Abroad… Reflections On Laguna

By Richard Grice When I arrived at Laguna Beach, I stood on the high cliffs gazing out across the ocean toward the shadowy outline of Catalina Island. This was the end of the road. The last stop on a journey of classical western culture, which started 2700 years ago when the ancient Greeks founded the […]

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Understanding the Value of Patience During Crisis

Understanding the Value of Patience During Crisis

  The phone rang at 8 p.m. “We need you to go to our client’s office first thing in the morning,” said the insurance agent. “Their CEO was just killed in a plane crash.” I went online and watched horrific TV news coverage of a fiery crash of a private plane at a local airport. […]