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Local Culture Lost on Ranch Opponent

Editor, I moved to Laguna Beach in 1978 and I love this town. I am 80 years old. A little over a year ago I started golfing at the Ranch golf course with a bunch of locals. It has rejuvenated me. We have lunch and then golf. I got to know all of the staff, Sergio, Jane, Maria,...

Math Article Receives Kudos

Editor, I wanted to thank you for your comprehensive and fair article on the school district common core math pathways “Math Classes Set to Change,” March 13 edition. Great job!   Dee Perry, Laguna Beach The author is a school board member.

Guest Column

Laguna Needs a Skatepark By Michele Hall “The process of getting a skatepark teaches kids in the community valuable lessons about perseverance and that working with their city leaders can be a positive experience.” – Tony Hawke The idea of building a skatepark in Laguna Beach is...

John S. Hedges 1926-2015

  By Jack Casey, Special to the Independent John Hedges, my dear friend from Laguna Beach, left us Saturday, March 14. Although I live across the country in upstate New York, our families have shared much over the past 40 years. His beloved Barbara asked if I would write...

John Horvath

Our beloved son, John Miklos Horvath, who was born April 26, 1969, passed away on March 9, 2015. He leaves behind a son, a sister and her family, and his mother Elizabeth Horvath, a registered nurse. We will never forget him and we will always love him for eternity

Artists Preserve a Culture Under Siege

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent Under the Taliban, Afghan artists were forced to stifle their creativity since even possessing works of art depicting people or animals was considered idolatry and a punishable crime. Now the talents of a group of budding artists, led...

Ask the Expert

Make Your Rooms Bloom Why do we like to look into the homes of others? There is a simple voyeuristic pleasure, of course. Other times we just like to be nosy. Millions of people read magazines like Architectural Digest and watch TV shows such as “MTV Cribs” that keep us and our...

Disregard by Cyclists Stokes Animosity

Editor, Notice the number of mountain bikers that missed or disregarded the “no bikes beyond this point” sign (attached), up on the Carolyn Wood Knoll (also an esteemed member of TOWNA). Social media has dramatically increased the number of bikers using the trails,...

Perhaps a Ghostly Intervention is Necessary

Editor, We are reasonable people. How ironic it is that Mark Fudge, the man who bought Richard Halliburton’s 1930’s reinforced concrete modern house high on a 400-foot hill in South Laguna, is so-unreasonable. The so-called hotel rooms at The Ranch, formerly known as...

Vote Reflects Lowered Expectations for Math

Editor, The Laguna Beach USD Board of Education approved the math pathways after a long meeting of public comment by parents ending in a 4-1 vote. The decision gives students from most other Orange County districts an advantage when applying for colleges and universities. Those...

Historic Homes Give Laguna Character

Editor, The leaders of Laguna Beach saw the tsunami of big money coming toward Laguna.  To protect some small part of our heritage they put in place a list of properties worth saving. Laguna needs a strong heritage committee, otherwise Laguna would lose its charm. Yes, fix them...

Diet Advice for Spring

Editor: I do look forward to spring weather, green grass, and flowers in bloom. The advent of spring is also a great opportunity to turn over a new leaf on our dietary habits. In fact, hundreds of communities welcome spring on March 20 with an observance of the Great American...

Pet Peeves

Wedding Bells Thank goodness I wasn’t invited. I read in the Indy that the first couple married in a civil ceremony by Laguna Beach’s city clerk was on February 19. I had nothing to wear for such a momentous occasion. I’m down to broken flip-flops and ratty board shorts that are...

Beware: Super Lice Are Coming

If you are like me and have a child in the Laguna Beach Unified School District, this past week you received another all too familiar notice that read, “Recently we identified a few cases of head lice at your child’s grade level. Follow exact steps on box of lice shampoo…”...

Rotary Slips By Hobie, 10-9

Intermediate division Little League teams Rotary and Hobie suited up to play in conditions at Riddle Field this past Saturday, March 14. Rotary held off a ferocious comeback by Hobie to come out ahead 10-9 in seven innings. Connor Fink led Hobie with three hits while Paxton...