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The Slant

Curmudgeons, Complainers Clog Laguna One of the advantages of living in a small town is that residents have a voice in participatory government. On occasion our city council shows some vision and leadership, which is what we elect them for. Then a group of folks decide they don’t...

Guns 362, Innocents 0

Editor, Between 1984 to the present (June 17, 2015), 362 innocents have been killed in mass shooting rampages in the United States. Incongruously, now that guns can be carried just about everywhere (malls, churches, theaters, government buildings, universities, et. al.), the NRA...

Fresh Faces Add New Stories to Sawdust Festival

By Torie Hamilton, Special to the Independent An excited buzz of the crowd eagerly anticipating entrance into the Sawdust Art Festival grounds for this past Tuesday’s preview night signals a summer ritual that artists and art-enthusiasts alike look forward to. The Sawdust Art...

Michael Allard

Michael John Allard of Laguna Beach passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, June 11, 2015. Michael was born April 18, 1954, at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Orange to John and Tania Allard of Newport Beach. Later the family moved to Corona del Mar, where Mike grew up...

Martin Alper

  Born in Tonbridge, England, Martin Alper’s generous, inquisitive spirit led him around the world in pursuit of professional adventure and personal discovery. Alper’s love of music and fascination with the flamboyance of the ‘60s superstars motivated his first...

Pet Peeves

Roll Call I had a dream the other night… The City Council looked up and noticed people missing. Poof, appointees had disappeared into thin air. “Where are all our appointees?” Nobody knew. Nobody answered. For the first time in Laguna history, the room was silent. The council was...

Tree Beauty Interferes With Beauty of Another Sort

Editor, Thank you for writing your sentiments (in the June 5 edition) regarding the beautiful trees by the high school, along St. Ann’s Drive. We have lived in Laguna for over 30 years and I want to say that I agree with everything you wrote. So many people I know are saddened...

Good-Driving Reminders Needed

Editor, I know I’m not the only one who thinks driving in Laguna has become increasingly akin to maneuvering through a challenging obstacle course. Or worse. Think roulette. Green you win … red, well we know what happens when you lose. I am a hyper-vigilant driver, but I can’t...

The Legal System’s Revolving Door

Editor, Well . . . with seven DUI convictions, it is perfectly understandable why he would flee. (“Multiple Offender Re-arrested,” Streetbeat, June 12.) The problem is that, at least with some medium-smart lawyer (90th percentile), he will soon be out on the street driving with...

Perturbed by Columnist’s View of Cuba

Editor, Why does the Indy subject the children and other citizens of our community to the musings of an Indy columnist perving in Cuba? The glorification and promotion of sex tourism and prostitution in the June 12 column “Surprises Behind Cuba’s Socialist Curtain” is way too...

Forest Closure Endangers Shops

Editor, Our City Councils in the past encouraged us to shop in Laguna Beach so why are they trying to make it impossible to shop here? I do the majority of my shopping in Laguna Beach.  Forest Avenue is a shopping mecca.  I buy my clothes at Duet, Louises, Just Looking,...

Crowds Outstrip Outdoor Venue’s Capacity

Editor, Last night’s capacity audience for Laguna Beach Live!’s bluegrass event at the Ranch had all the signs that Laguna is becoming a bluegrass town. The award winning Lonesome River band entertained an enthusiastic crowd. Many remarked that this was their first bluegrass...

Catherine Siedle

Catherine Paik Siedle, 52, passed away June 11, 2015, with family and friends at her bedside and enveloped in love. She had fought a brave, private and dignified battle with breast cancer for more than three years. She lived with her husband and children in Laguna Beach. She was...

Pet Peeves

Farewell Thank you Michael Ray. This is my farewell after reading your column, “Surprises Behind Cuba’s Socialist Curtain.” I’m off to Cuba. I bought a 1957 Chevy, waterproofed it into a dinghy and expect to land and be met, as you describe, by low cut, skintight mini skirted...

The Scouting News

Scout’s Initiative Makes a Splash By Torie Hamilton, Special to the Independent Several residents of the Glennwood House of Laguna Beach are preparing to swim in the Special Olympics and their training was inadvertently made possible by Daniela Lucidi, who graduated from Laguna...