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Still Time to Preserve the Canyon

Editor, Regarding the proposed artist live/work project: Entrusted with an invaluable commodity, our open green space, three council members voted to put a large, three-story apartment in one of the barely developed portions of our canyon. Big mistake. Ever hear of the domino...

Consider the Benefits of Biking

Editor, May is bike month. Are you bracing yourselves for traffic frustration, delays and auto congestion soon to arrive in our town? Have you considered better alternatives to the automobile for making short trips around Laguna like the municipal bus, the trolley or Uber?...

Is a Skate Park a Priority?

Editor, Can it be that Councilman Steve Dicterow truly believes that the main priority for our village is to build a skate park? Can it be that many citizens believe it is the public’s responsibility to build structures to provide activities for some, but not all, young...

The Kibitzer

Hello Laguna Hi. It’s me. No, you didn’t pick up the wrong paper. It’s the right one. I wrote for those other guys for two years. Can’t say a bad word about them. Good people all. Some excellent writers too. It was just time for something new. Truth be told, I want to support the...

Kenneth Watkins

Kenneth Ray Watkins surrounded by family peacefully passed away at his home in Shingle Springs, Calif., May 2, 2015. Kenny was born May 25, 1925, in Laguna Beach. His youth was spent in Laguna Beach and it was love of the ocean and of country that caused Kenny in 1943 to leave...

Pet Peeves

Et tu, Brute? While everybody’s attention was on the village entrance, a funny thing happened in the ways of the forum. Norm Grossman was shown the village exit. Norm must have been caught by surprise. He’s been on the Planning Commission for 26 years. That’s a long run. That’s...

Little League

Breakers Beat Brewers By Manager Steve Kimball, Special to the Independent   The Laguna Beach Breakers Little League team defeated the Laguna Hills Brewers 12 to 7 at Alta Laguna Park on Saturday, May 9. The Breakers dominated the game holding the Brewers to three runs until...

Stop Sign Removal Should be Reconsidered

Editor: Bravo to Kyle Schroeder for his letter regarding the city’s decision to eliminate stop signs on Monterey Drive. I agree that it is one of the worst mistakes our council has ever made. I live in North Laguna and walk Monterey to Linden daily, using the bike lane. I have...

Detouring to the Road Less Traveled

Editor, My grandsons Sam and Peter were visiting from San Jose last weekend. One of our excursions was to the gelato stand downtown. We took the golf cart north on the highway there and south on Glenneyre Street on the way back. When we got to Mountain Road, I went to turn up the...

Many Hands Contributed to Land Deal

Editor, On behalf of Laguna Canyon Foundation, I’d like to express our gratitude to the many individuals and organizations who contributed to the recent preservation of the 150-acre Aliso Canyon property. The property’s significant biological resources and soaring coastal and...

Exhibitor Offers Kudos to Indy Reporter

Editor, Thank you for the great article in the Indy, “Art Tour Offers Intimate Glimpse into Artists’ World,” April 24.  Daniella Walsh wrote a wonderful story and we all appreciate the obvious time and effort she focused on the event. The weekend feels like a success. We have not...

School Board Should Lead Not Follow

Editor, Once again our school board is hiding behind the beleaguered superintendent to defend its abysmal record of failed public school governance. The superintendent’s “Don’t worry, be happy” message from the school district website was featured as a...

Shore Scene

Penny Pinching with Purple Olives Laguna Beach is known for its rocky coves. But those who enjoy our coast from a distance may not realize that the sandy beaches between the rocky points extend out into the ocean and provide a very different environment than that found on the...

Pet Peeves

Stop Signs Stop. Do not read further unless you live on Monterey Street. There are eyes in the sky. So far, Karen M from Brooks, Bob T. from Jasmine, and David R. from Mountain streets are busted for non-stop reading. The literary police are on their way to confiscate your Indys....

Guest Column

What is Common Core? You may be familiar with the term “common core.” There is some debate whether the Common Core State Standards are good or bad and it is helpful to understand how these standards improve student learning and skill acquisition. The California State Standards...