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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 […]

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Hitch a Ride on Radio Caravan

Hitch a Ride on Radio Caravan

By Cathy Lee Taylor, Special to the Independent It’s a typical Saturday morning in Laguna Beach, where both mansions and cottages line the bluffs above the sandy coves. Driving through the main street of this resort destination, one passes hotels on cliffs, distinctive shops, indulgent restaurants and numerous art galleries. Amid the quaintness stands a […]

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Appreciating Cuba’s Art in Many Mediums

Appreciating Cuba’s Art in Many Mediums

By Ed Kaufman, Special to the Independent “Fine art!’ “Salt Fine Art!” The cry resounded throughout the streets of Havana, Cuba, the week of March 10 as our faithful guide Vivianna struggled to tear an intrepid group of art lovers away from one exciting artist after another to help us complete a rigorous itinerary of […]

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Why is Laguna Timid About Curbing View Blocking Trees?

Why is Laguna Timid About Curbing View Blocking Trees?

Editor, I’ve recently moved to Laguna Beach and admit to having no senority in the adversarial subject of the view ordinance.  However, in my current residence, it’s clear (no pun intended) that our ocean view is significantly impaired by tall (as in very tall) growth.  What I’m missing is the benefit owners enjoy in their obstinate retention of trees (including […]

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Inconsistencies in Proposed View Ordinance

Inconsistencies in Proposed View Ordinance

Editor, While I sympathize with people who have lost views, and I applaud Councilman Kelly Boyd for initiating the effort to try to help, and the View Preservation Committee has worked long and hard to come up with as fair and as workable an ordinance as they could, never-the-less there are still a number of […]

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What a Scentsation

What a Scentsation

Editor, Kudos to Sillia Hatzi and her “Scentsational” Garden talk!  (“Inhaling a Scentsational Garden”) Very educational, learned about all sorts of wonderful scented plants and flowers.  Loved the seed packets souvenirs. I encourage all of Laguna to stop by the South Laguna Community Garden, at Coast Highway at Eagle Rock Way.  It’s a scentsation! Suzi […]

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Opposition to Large-Scale Canyon Development

Opposition to Large-Scale Canyon Development

Editor, (This was also addressed to the City Council) It is with great regret that Laguna Canyon Foundation asks you to reconsider the Planning Commission’s 3-2 vote approving the Longi artists live-work development in Laguna Canyon. As a longtime part of Laguna, we strongly support local artists, and all that the arts have done for […]

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Support for Creative Use of Vacant Lot

Support for Creative Use of Vacant Lot

Editor, I hope the City Council supports the Longi artist/live work project on April 1. It will benefit our community in two important ways: First it will provide affordable housing to artists who are the core of our beloved city, and second it will eliminate one of the many vacant lots that are not landscaped […]