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Trailblazing Social Ecologist Changed Treatment of Juvenile Delinquents

  Margot R. Carlson, a long-time Laguna Beach resident, died July 23, 2015, after a brief illness. Carlson, 85, held the role of executive director of Community Service Programs since 1986 and continued to support victims, shelter children, counsel families, and educate...

Return When the Storm Has Passed

Editor, Clearly the board is aware of the circumstances regarding Ms. Normandin’s absence.  She is still with us and it appears is still involved with running the district but hasn’t been able to make the meetings. To my knowledge there haven’t been any tie...

Coutchie Went in Harm’s Way to Protect Others

Editor, I respectfully differ with the letter published in the July 24 edition regarding LBPD Officer Jon Coutchie’s tragic death in the line of duty. Officer Coutchie was indeed a hero, deserving of our profound gratitude and respect.   He was responding with appropriate urgency...

Lonesome Death of Sandra Bland

Editor, Living in our small town by the sea, headlines about nation-wide breakdown of police-community relations may seem like a big city problem.  Yet, the recent arrest and jailhouse death of Sandra Bland in Texas, after she failed to signal a lane change, hits close to home....

The Tune ‘Sharing Economy’ Strikes a Familiar Note

Editor, The marketing name for it is the “sharing economy,” but a popular country song from a few years back (about a cowboy’s divorce) better describes just how the “sharing economy” works when it comes to controversial short-term transient rentals like Airbnb, VRBO, and others....

‘Sunshine’ Exhibit Reveals Local Art History

Editor, On Saturday, I attended the “Orange Sunshine” art show, which was reported in your July 24th issue. The show is a documentation of a mid century, Laguna Beach art venue central to and made famous by a satellite countercultural movement. It was attended by what...

Laguna, Randomly Observed

Editor, Some random thoughts about our great town as we close out July and head into the hot season: I enjoy using the neighborhood shuttles, and wish they ran on Sundays and after 6, and not just because we are inundated with drunk drivers. Taxi vouchers are nice, but Uber is...

Job Cuts Offend a Former Customer

Editor, The $2.49 avocados are not the reason I will never shop at Haggen again. The reason is I will never again see Charlie’s big smile as he bags my groceries and helps me to my car. For 12 years, he has been a fixture at the store, as one of the people that make Laguna...

Woman’s Club Honors Bilingual Educator

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent When Elsa Brizzi remembers how her third graders of different ethnicities, speaking different languages, connected with each other in one of the first bilingual education classrooms in the nation, her eyes get misty. “It w...

Shore Scene

  Snails Find Home in a Tube Deposited by the tides, a common find along Laguna’s eight-mile shore are broken off pieces of light colored irregularly curled, coiled and twisted tubes. Looking like homes for worms, the shells are actually a vermetid gastropod, a type of...

Pet Peeves

Photosynthesis   Some subjects are off limits. I avoid topics that I know next to nothing about. Indy readers disagree. They say my columns prove that I know nuthin’ about nuthin’. So I’ll revise my opening statement. I avoid all topics and write only nonsense. However, this...

Access Road Proves Inaccessible to Fire Engines

Editor, As the recent fire broke out in the canyon, I cruised up Poplar Street to see if I could see the fire. Myself and approximately 20 others observed a fire truck trying to navigate up the fire road behind the Pageant of the Masters to access the fire. The truck was no match...

City Memorial is Misplaced

Editor, Laguna Beach police Officer Jon Coutchie’s death was a terrible accident, but the young man driving the truck and his family have been dragged through the mud while LBPD has created the image of a fallen officer as a hero, further driving a stake into the situation....

Historical Memory Has Gone Missing

Editor, I just read in the skatepark article that Lang Park is back on the table as a possible location. Can this be true? Our little park which languished for years after the school shut down as a city dump and staging site, where neighbors fought to preserve as a much as they...

A Suggested Skate Park Site

Editor, There has been far too much dithering about skateboard parks over the past 25 years with stifled imagination displayed to get something accomplished.  The imagination part is integrating land and projects to provide multiple uses within the city’s ability and jurisdiction...