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Show Courtesy to Neighbors and Vendors

Show Courtesy to Neighbors and Vendors

Editor: The recent large crane accident gave me something to think about. What is the responsibility of the homeowner in terms of preventing or mitigating such happenings?  Nobody was prepared, nobody was aware and many people seriously inconvenienced for 30 hours either in their home or they were not able to get into their homes. The […]

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Criticism Should Focus on Commercial Industry not Recreational Anglers

Criticism Should Focus on Commercial Industry not Recreational Anglers

Editor, Re: Sandy Dildine’s letter stating disappointment that people who fish are excited that some bluefin and other game fish are visiting the coast of California. I don’t know, and don’t really care, what excites Sandy or what Sandy eats, but if I did know I would not criticize it unless it was hurting other […]

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More Precautions Needed to Avert Another Disaster

More Precautions Needed to Avert Another Disaster

Editor, A walk up on the Carolyn Wood Knoll and out on the West Ridge Trail this morning revealed that the threat of a wildfire is still a harsh reality.  Cigarette butts strewn about the area provide ample evidence that the problem of smoking in the wilderness areas persists. It seems it is only a […]

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Police Chief Resignation Presents Opportunity

Police Chief Resignation Presents Opportunity

Editor, The front page story about Chief Workman’s departure was yet another surprise for the public from City Hall. We recently wrote to the city manager after hearing rumors he would retire, and suggested it would be important for the city to host an in-depth workshop to hear from the public about police-community relations issues […]

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Keep The Dream Alive

Keep The Dream Alive

Editor: I read with great interest and appreciation Bob Borthwick’s inspiring article, “The Tale of a Trail,” in last week’s Indy on the history of the San Clemente Beach Trail, now considered a model of collaboration. The lessons I learned from it, regardless of what seem insurmountable odds, are to stay optimistic, be flexible and […]

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The Slant

The Slant

What’s Under the Sawdust? What has three acres, over 200,000 visitors and sold at least 15,000 cups of beer and 3,600 glasses of wine last year? It’s Lagunas friendliest art show: The Sawdust. If you have never been or have not been in a while, you should come see what you have been missing. The […]

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Exploring the Backyard Wilderness

Exploring the Backyard Wilderness

Photos and story by Ron Chilcote Above El Morro Elementary School, at Laguna Beach’s northern edge, is a trail access entrance to the upper portion of Crystal Cove State Park. Those who hike the trail that leads up into El Moro Canyon are confronted with a diversion to the south, the Moro Ridge Spur, the […]

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Traffic Rules Seem to Have Changed

Traffic Rules Seem to Have Changed

Editor, My apologies, I must have missed the memo. I wasn’t running late. I guess I was enjoying the view. Perhaps I was also admiring my neighbors’ garden. Even so, if that was you behind me, it was the posted speed limit we were traveling at. Then there was my recent afternoon constitutional. I was […]

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Appeals Should Not Bypass the City Council

Appeals Should Not Bypass the City Council

Editor, Mark Christy and his partners at The Ranch are caught in the grips of an unwarranted Coastal Commission appeal. I served as chairman of the Laguna Beach Planning Commission on May 14, the night The Ranch project was heard. I can attest that only two points questioning The Ranch proposal were raised in the […]

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Requests for Minutia Irritate a Ranch Backer

Requests for Minutia Irritate a Ranch Backer

Editor,   If you could pass this request on to Liliana Roman of the Coastal Commission now that she is empowered somehow to serve as the Hotel & Development Czar of Laguna Beach: In your documentation request of The Ranch owners, you neglected to ask for a map of animal scat on the property. Be […]

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Tour Reveals Ranch’s Assets

Tour Reveals Ranch’s Assets

Editor, “Coastal Commission Halts Ranch Remodel.” A few points come to mind of my recent tour of the Ranch property with Mark Christy. What an amazing property that is there for us all to enjoy. What was once overgrown dilapidated and tangled now shows a renewed vibrancy. Mark is particularly prideful of all of this property’s […]

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Snorkeler Supports Bluefin Ban

Snorkeler Supports Bluefin Ban

Editor, It was disappointing to read in the article “Fish Flourish in Warm Coastal Waters” (Aug. 3) the excitement of Donna Kalez of Dana Wharf Sportfishing over the pelagic visitors from Mexico disturbingly included the critically endangered Pacific bluefin tuna they are catching from their 10 sport fishing boats. Additionally, the bluefin tuna they are […]

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City Workers Fail to Act

City Workers Fail to Act

Editor, While running along lower Cliff Drive, I noticed a huge river of water crossing over Cliff Dr. and dumping into the drain. As I followed the water, I saw two men standing in front of a residence. They were in city uniforms and were driving two city trucks. As I approached, I asked if […]

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Ready for Summer’s Upbeat

Ready for Summer’s Upbeat

Editor: Is it me or a sign of the times?  Between the state’s drought, a massive fruit recall and all the Ebola virus stories, I’m ready to lock myself indoors for the next six months. California is 100 percent in drought.  The broken water main that flooded UCLA last week with 20 million gallons of […]

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Showers Insufficient for Budget Travelers

Showers Insufficient for Budget Travelers

Editor, The article read like we should feel guilty and responsible for the homeless. I’m not from Laguna Beach.  I traveled the west coast the last eight weeks with a friend of mine in a van. Wow, driving the “1″ was the best way to appreciate the coast. Chrys at Greeter’s Corner made our visit […]