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Web of Rules Should Catch Unreasonable Plans

Web of Rules Should Catch Unreasonable Plans

Editor: Jacques Balzac wrote, “Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.”  Since opening as “as a family steakhouse” almost a decade ago, Mozambique has pushed the envelope at every turn when it comes to city code compliance.  Once viewed as a pesky fly, Woods Cove residents […]

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Weed Abatement of a Different Kind

Weed Abatement of a Different Kind

Editor, The Laguna Beach Police have formed a special unit to tackle unlicensed pot usage. The new unit is code named The Weed Whackers. Their most potent weapon against weed appears to be rubber bullets full of RoundUp weed killer. So many people have been smoking pot at Main Beach the tide got high. So […]

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Story Captures Arts and Science

Story Captures Arts and Science

Editor, Your art critic Daniella Walsh has written a lovely article about me and other artists and scientists in the Sept. 4 issue of the LB Indy, “Stem Cells Star in Marriage of Art and Science.” I was impressed with the author’s ability to capture the essence of both the art and the science with […]

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Be Careful What You Wish For

Editor, This summer has been unusual. The thousands who lovingly watched the Poncho Sanchez concert the last day at the Festival of Arts. Free admission at the Art A Fair the last two days and Jheri St James and the belly dancers celebrating at the Sawdust Festival. Fantastic eight and 10-second waves at one of […]

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Maureen Bober

Maureen Bober

Long time Laguna Beach resident Maureen Bober passed away on Aug. 25, 2014, in Chicago, Ill., after a 15-year battle with cancer. True to form, she surpassed the expectations of the wonderful doctors and nurses at Northwestern’s Prentice Women’s Hospital.  She died without pain, surrounded by her family, and was finally able to find peace. […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Civics Lesson 101 I was a good student most of the time. I raised my hand before answering teacher questions. I did my homework on time. I got good grades. And no I don’t want to be Laguna’s next school principal. I’ve seen what happens to people that do everything right. They have to leave. […]

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Drivers: Stop the Reckless Speeding

Drivers: Stop the Reckless Speeding

Editor, We need a new police chief who will enforce speed limits not only on Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road but on residential streets, too. Let the chips fall where they may. I live near Wesley Drive and while you are reading this letter, drivers are going through the intersection of Coast Highway and […]

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Contributor’s Tale Gains Traction in Kenya

Contributor’s Tale Gains Traction in Kenya

Editor: News from the Indy travels worldwide.  The week following my guest column (“Tales of the Trail”, Aug. 7) on the San Clemente Beach trail, I received an email from the United Nations Environment Programme [UNEP] in Nairobi, Kenya.  This UN Agency directs the worldwide transportation initiative called “Share the Road,” whose main goal is to […]

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Kudos for Letter on the Parking Wars

Kudos for Letter on the Parking Wars

  Editor, Like Meg Monahan, (Council Fails to Rein in Restaurant’s Growth, Aug. 29) I live in the Woods Cove neighborhood, although on the bigger Glenneyre Street. I, too, remember when “we had a very peaceful neighborhood.” “Parked to capacity with resident cars. We all got along and worked together to sort out the parking.” I can […]

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Writer Takes Exception to Simon’s Characterization

Writer Takes Exception to Simon’s Characterization

Editor, I see in this week’s Indy that its owner, Mr. Simon, refers to the city council members who presently hold office as the ” grizzled vets,” (See sidebar, “Candidates Spar, But Vets Deflect Newcomers,” News, Aug. 29 edition)and those seeking to hold office as the “fresh-faced rookies.” Perhaps a visit to the ophthalmologist is […]

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Election Tests Iseman’s Record

Election Tests Iseman’s Record

Editor, It is important in life to have a good exit strategy.  When all the signs say it is time to take a new road in life, we need to read the signals, turn in the right direction, seek new horizons. Mayor Elizabeth Pearson showed us how it is done.  In a dignified way she let […]

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Anti-Smoking Efforts Provide Some Assurance

Anti-Smoking Efforts Provide Some Assurance

Editor: As we enter an even dryer than normal fall and winter, I would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who pressed for increased fines for smoking near Alta Laguna Park, and the surrounding open space. At the top of the list of those to thank is councilperson Toni Iseman, for […]

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Mozambique Enriches the Town

Mozambique Enriches the Town

Editor, As a Laguna Beach resident all of my adult life, I look at Mozambique as an enterprise driven by an ownership that is passionate about giving people what they want in terms of good food, service and quality entertainment. Mr. Lewis in his recent letter to the Indy has confused the word tenacity with […]

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Grateful for Patience by Residents

Grateful for Patience by Residents

Editor, Summer in Laguna means tourists, beachgoers from neighboring communities and the art festivals, all good for our economy. But it also means traffic congestion and resulting annoyances to many locals. On behalf of the artists, board and staff at the Sawdust Art Festival, I would like thank the community for your support this past […]

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The Slant

The Slant

Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Lawyers The look on everyone’s face confirmed it. She looked sad as she said, “Laguna Beach has become Beverly Hills of the beach.” I thought about it for a moment. It does seem that things have changed for a ritzy side since the show “Laguna Beach” spread […]