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Import a Bit of France this Summer

Import a Bit of France this Summer

Editor, Dear people of Laguna Beach. Are you interested in the French culture? You can become a short-term host family from July 1-21. This is an opportunity to experience another culture. The French participants are eager to know more about the life in California and will give you a taste of Paris, the Riviera, Brittany, […]

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Criticizes Citation as Unfair

Criticizes Citation as Unfair

Editor, I have received a parking citation from Laguna Beach Citation Processing Center, according to the statement of administrative review I am liable and required me to pay the amount of $43 before April 9. I have purchase a parking permit by the ticket machine in which I sent them for proof, but instead it was denied. I will pay it, […]

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City Council In Wonderland

City Council In Wonderland

Editor, If you paid attention to the Laguna Beach City Council and Planning Commission regarding the artist work-live project in the Canyon, you’d swear you stumbled down the rabbit hole in “Alice in Wonderland,” where up is down, large is small and wrong is right. In a sharply divided 3-2 vote, the City Council denied […]

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Conversing with Laguna’s Gregarious Greeter

Conversing with Laguna’s Gregarious Greeter

One of Laguna Beach’s endearing facets involves its greeter. Laguna has had a greeter off and on since the late 1800’s starting with Joe Lucas, a Portuguese fisherman who died in 1908. A greeter who welcomes visitors personally makes their arrival different than other places. Some cities attempt to make you feel welcome with a […]

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A Plea for Help With a Search

A Plea for Help With a Search

Editor, Years ago there was a man who spoke in public comment time at City Council about the homeless housing.  He had been on the board of directors at such a program in San Francisco or somewhere north.  I am interested in talking with him.  Does anyone know how to contact him? Bill Kelley, Laguna Beach The author […]

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Seeking the President’s Help

Seeking the President’s Help

Editor, (This letter was sent to President Obama.) May I please have permission to smoke medical marijuana in my home, which is permissible according to the laws of the great State of California? Last year at this time I was in the psychiatric ward of a hospital for the first time in my life.  Three […]

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Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Editor, Just a friendly observation from one who has been driving Coast Highway since the late ‘70s. Did you know that pelicans cruise the bluffs at 35 m.p.h.? True. I have many times kept pace with these graceful birds while driving our Coast Highway. One exception though; they don’t observe stop lights. Tom Berndt, Laguna […]

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Public Should Vote on View Ordinance

Public Should Vote on View Ordinance

Editor, Last Tuesday’s special City Council meeting on a view restoration and preservation ordinance puts all of Laguna Beach down a very slippery slope (even literally if too many trees are sacrificed) and is our Council’s newest boondoggle. It is unclear whether we will have any further input on this expensive, fiscally unsound, litigious ordinance […]

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Enforcement Needed Where Entreaties Fail

Enforcement Needed Where Entreaties Fail

Editor, Imagine spending months or years searching for an affordable home in Laguna Beach with a beautiful ocean view. You invite family and friends to enjoy your little piece of paradise, and wake up in awe every morning over this gift. A few years go by. One day you notice that foliage is beginning to grow […]

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Mellow Event Deserves a Sequel

Mellow Event Deserves a Sequel

Editor, We want to thank the Sawdust Festival’s board of directors and the city of Laguna Beach’s Planning Commission for agreeing to host the Blue Water Music Festival last weekend on the festival grounds. Rick Conkey and his team, including a large number of community groups and volunteers, deserve congratulations on organizing a mellow, musical […]

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Advocating for Spaces That Foster Creativity

Advocating for Spaces That Foster Creativity

Editor, Laguna Beach enjoys a unique and enviable reputation around the country and, indeed, around the world.  It is known for its beauty, its beach and its history as an inspiring haven for artists.  Laguna Beach is widely regarded as among the top art colonies and has been recognized as such in such leading publications […]

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Defending Town’s Artistic Legacy

Defending Town’s Artistic Legacy

Editor, (The letter also went to council members.) I enthusiastically support Louis Longi’s Laguna Canyon artists live/work project and encourage the City Council to approve the project. In 1929 the Laguna Beach Art Association opened a grand, custom-built gallery designed by the prominent Los Angeles architect Myron Hunt as a place to exhibit and sell […]

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 Dual at Dawn

Dual at Dawn

What’s going on at Pimco? At a place well known for bonds, there appears to be a broken bond between our native sons, Bill and Mohamed. Could they really be breaking up?  It’s too squirrelly to consider. Speaking of squirrelly things, I’ve never seen squirrels in Laguna. That’s good because squirrels don’t like me.  I’m […]

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Stuart Wilson

Stuart Wilson

Stuart Wilson Ph.D., age 80, died Monday, February 24, 2014, in Laguna Beach. Congestive heart failure overtook Wilson in the weeks prior to his death, and in keeping with his wishes, he remained at home among family and friends. He was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, on Feb. 6, 1934, and earned a Ph.D. in […]

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Warship Games

Warship Games

It was a couple of Sundays ago. It was my seventh day of rest and I was minding my own business on my upper deck. My house looks like an ocean cruise liner. I’m not the original homeowner, but there’s definitely a nautical theme going on here. The house is battleship gray and the upper […]