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Body of Missing Ex-Laguna Man Found

Body of Missing Ex-Laguna Man Found

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent The body of Mike Herdman, a 36-year-old Arcadia firefighter and paramedic, was found in the Los Padres National Forest Friday, June 27, almost two weeks after being reported missing by fellow firefighter and paramedic, Taylor Byars, authorities said. Herdman graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 1996 and […]

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Honoring America’s Patriots

Honoring America’s Patriots

Each July 4 we celebrate Independence Day, the day on which our nation pauses to honor and to extend gratitude for those many great American patriots that served, fought, or died defending and preserving the liberties our founding fathers held sacred.  However, we must also recognize that battles, just as patriots, can take myriad forms. […]

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Questions the Use of Tax Dollars

Questions the Use of Tax Dollars

Editor, I live on Canyon View and have “no alternate routes” home. Dunning Drive is below me and I fear that Rim Rock is above so I’m sort at ground 0 can’t really go up or down. That said my first question is: Why exactly are we doing this project now in middle of summer? When exactly was […]

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A Vote for Free, Creative Spirits

A Vote for Free, Creative Spirits

Editor, I am sure that Laguna Beach Unified School District Superintendent Sherine Smith did not intend to imply that the American Management Association or American business leaders were somehow dictating the LBUSD curriculum of the 21st Century. I’m also sure she didn’t mean to suggest that it was the mission of LBUSD to train a workforce […]

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Public Spaces Belong to the Public

Public Spaces Belong to the Public

Editor,   How wonderful to live in a village whose concerns focus on beautification. I was pleased to learn that the planning commission voted in favor of recommending to our City Council that the Festival of Art’s proposal to renovate their front facade be approved. I assumed that those 15 public parking spaces, lost in […]

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Murals Restore Livability

Murals Restore Livability

It appeared to me that Verizon and Whole Foods Market were planning to convert their shared parking lot into a drive-in theatre and filling the former seating area with sand and a merry-go-round. Then instead of a movie screen on the south grey wall, it got a fresh coat of paint and four very large […]

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Public Funds Should Not Underwrite Private Use

Public Funds Should Not Underwrite Private Use

Editor, As pointed out by one of your alert readers, in my recent Indy commentary (“Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights,” June 19) I incorrectly criticized the City Council for using “tax dollars” to pay for a limited use public garden in South Laguna.  Since the source of public funds to be used for this […]

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Garden Park Supports Multi-Use

Garden Park Supports Multi-Use

Editor, I would like to clarify two points made by Mr. Hills in an article (“Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights,” June 19). Regarding “investing tax dollars” in allocating funds toward the purchase of a permanent site for the South Laguna Community Garden Park:  Rather than “tax dollars” the funds came to city coffers as […]

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Alternative Suggestion Emerges for Homeless Housing

Alternative Suggestion Emerges for Homeless Housing

Editor, Lorene Auger said on June 27, “since the village entrance has not yet been designed, this permanent supportive housing project could easily be incorporated into the village entrance model.” Our city could consider the city’s newly purchased Christmas tree lot as a site for the homeless shelter. This site is close to the center […]

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Project Enables Uncivil Behavior

Project Enables Uncivil Behavior

Editor, I must finally write this letter to express my frustration and sadness about what is happening in our beloved town.  The homeless problem has literally changed the character and quality of life here.  People are now being accosted on the streets for money, food or whatever.  I have witnessed a homeless man urinating in […]

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Roger Mack Williams

Roger Mack Williams

Captain Roger Mack Williams, 77, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2014, in Georgetown, Texas. Roger “Tosh” was born on Oct. 3, 1936, to parents, Ike O. Williams and Anna Alice Carroll Williams and is a native son of Williamson County, Texas, where his ancestors helped tame the new county and became prominent contributors to […]

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New Appreciation for Laguna’s Pool

New Appreciation for Laguna’s Pool

  Thankfully we have our pool back. The Aqua Fit class dutifully follows our Princess Mermaid, Helen Conroy. She optimistically leads us year after year as we work hard and hardly notice. She inspires us with her wisdom. “We are so lucky to be here. Think how many women are slaves to how they look […]

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Senior Center Moment

Senior Center Moment

  I read in the Indy that the senior center is looking for a younger crowd.  Be careful what you wish for.  Suppose they get what they want.  The demographic goes from 63 to 11. Won’t we have to change the name to the Susi Q Senior Boys & Girls Club? And then, the parking […]

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Festival Nurtures a Family of Artists

Festival Nurtures a Family of Artists

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent Artists credit the Sawdust Festival, the arts and crafts festival whose 48th summer show opens Friday, June 27 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 31, with providing them financial support and creative motivation for an entire year. The entirety of jewelry-maker and 30-year festival veteran Karen Joy’s yearly income […]

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