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Lights, Camera, Action Attention Laguna Beach residents. This is your casting call for video fame. Your 15 minutes of stardom has arrived. The police department is testing staff mounted cameras. I’m excited. I’ve begun casing different places to secure my infamy. James Dean said...

LBHS Surfers Continue to Rip in Scholastic Series

The Orange County High School League saw rain, light winds and 3-4 foot waves at Ninth Street in Huntington Beach when the Laguna Beach High School team competed during the third Scholastic Surf competition on Saturday, Jan. 10. Laguna Beach went head to head against S...

Youth Polo Team Takes First

The Laguna Beach Water Polo Club’s under 10 co-ed “A” team brought home a first place medal from the eighth annual Pacific Winter Classic tournament earlier this month at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego. The players are Sai Bassett, Joey Capobianco, Sophie...

Redesign of Beach Access Points Underway

Editor FYI Laguna: Four of the public beach access overlooks are currently proposed to be back pulled to the street, minimized, and the current beach views will be diminished. The existing benches, pathways, overlooks and viewing decks to Thalia, Oak, Mountain, and Agate Streets...

Scofflaw Cyclists Contribute to Unsafe Roads

Editor, The Jan. 9 story about safer streets was primarily about bicyclists, with 25% more mentions of bicycle issues than pedestrian issues. While accommodations for pedestrians are mentioned several times, those mentions primarily involve crosswalks. But pedestrian issues also...

Commission’s Decision Answers Christy’s Critics

Editor, Re: Balanced Bob’s letter. If you had attended the Coastal Commission hearing, you would have heard that the Commission overwhelmingly (9-1) approved the restoration project for The Ranch at Laguna Beach. You would have heard the dismantling of unsubstantiated claims and...

Democracy’s Wheels Finally Turn

Editor, After returning home from Santa Monica to Laguna Beach last Thursday evening, having attended the Coastal Commission hearing on The Ranch, I read with interest the letter submitted by “Balanced Bob” in your Letters section that same day. After reading the words of an...

Trail Supporter Expresses His Position

Editor: On Friday, Jan 9 the Indy published an anonymous letter from “Balanced Bob” regarding The Ranch. Since it is known that I am an advocate for the 19-mile Aliso Creek Corridor Trail, several people have asked me if I wrote that letter. The answer is “No.” I have a history...

Indy’s Headline Show Bias

Editor, The Indy’s created headline “Fictional Tale Antagonizes Reader” for the letter published in the Jan. 9th edition of the Indy, is inaccurate, misleading, and clearly an editorial slant to infer silliness and hostility of a reader reacting to a fairy tale. Editor, in all...

Intolerance to Free Speech Lives

Editor, I applaud you for having the gumption to place my fictional piece on the front page. You may not have foreseen the consequences, but I appreciate that you deemed my perspective worthy enough to be published in a conservative community, at times resistant to reflecting. It...

Push on for Nuclear Fuel Disposal

Editor, Laguna Beach has started the important bipartisan process of facing the U.S. stalemate on where to put nuclear spent fuel that must be guarded for thousands of years due to its deadly radiation. The Laguna Beach resolution passed Dec. 16 and calls for the passage of the...

Hedge Height Policy Is Cumbersome, Expensive

Editor, The new Laguna hedge height claim policy is intended to resolve issues of overgrown hedges that are within front, back, and side “setbacks” in order to protect safety, view or sunlight access. There is no maximum height for hedges under the ordinances. The claimant must...

Galleries Keep Art Walk Alive

Editor, As we begin this year, the First Thursdays Art Walk board would like to remind the community of its free monthly First Thursdays Art Walk events and all the opportunities to see a wide range of art work, meet artists and those involved in the arts locally, while...

Revisiting the Life of Songwriter Irving Berlin

By Christopher Trela | NB Indy He’s created one-man shows about George Gershwin, Chopin, Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein, and Liszt. Now, musician, actor and playwright Hershey Felder returns to Laguna Playhouse with his latest solo show, “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin,” written...

Artist Connects Experiences in Imagery

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent As she travels the world, award-winning artist Martha Fuller opens her mind and her camera shutter to the quirky and the mysterious, connecting seemingly disparate images to create an emotionally expressive memoir. In her sh...