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Emotional Plea Does Not Change Facts

Editor, The CHP carefully examines all evidence and conducts a thorough investigation into traffic deaths involving police officers. The CHP investigative report determined no evidence existed to support LBPD Officer Coutchie had cause to be speeding the night of his death. I...

Misgivings Over Police Memorial

Editor, Our police department provided speculative remarks to the concerned citizens of Laguna Beach regarding the death of Officer Coutchie. The speculative assertions made by police did not pass the smell test after the CHP investigation had formally been concluded, case closed...

Considerate Bus Driver Earns a Fan

Editor, This is a from my heart. Thank you to the driver of the Laguna Beach Transit bus who called me last Thursday morning around 8 a.m. to ask me if I have a little brown doxie. He saw my little dog, Cricket, wandering on Cress Street and knew she was one of those who was an...

Sea Photo Reception Makes a Splash

Editor, Over 80 artists, photographers and ocean supporters celebrated the Laguna Bluebelt’s fourth annual photo contest winners at the Susi Q Gallery “What Do You Sea” reception last Thursday. Everyone there appreciated the power of photography and art to move us to take action...

Readers Invited to Help Children in Cambodia

Editor, I was thrilled with the article on the new Laguna Beach Friendship School (July 31 edition.) If anyone wants to contribute, they can do so through the Rescue Task Force Website rescuetaskforce.org using the notation “Cambodia Schools.” $50 buys a bicycle, $170 sponsors a...

Reader Raises Objections to Streetcar Idea

Editor, A slow moving streetcar with a proposed route on Laguna Canyon down to Ocean Avenue is a critical part of our exit route for those living, working and visiting Laguna. Third Street (with a very steep grade) meets Forest, crosses Ocean and merges onto Laguna Canyon Road or...

Guest Column

Revisiting the Offshore Oil Drilling Fight By Denny Freidenrich Thirty years ago this month, I received the call of a lifetime. I was asked to coordinate public opposition to offshore oil drilling along the Orange County coastline. Mind you, these were the go-go days of the...

Phyllis Doolittle

Phyllis Eleanor Miller Doolittle passed away on July 30 in Columbus, Ohio. She was 88. Born in Hagerstown, Md., daughter of Margaret Helen Clipp Miller and Jay C. Miller, she graduated from Hagerstown High in Maryland and Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Class of...

Pet Peeves

Teachers Lounge As a student many years ago, I always wondered what went on in the teachers lounge. It was off limits to students and that just made the mystery more enticing to me. Hormonally overloaded at the time, I envisioned a place of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. I dearly...

Trailblazing Social Ecologist Changed Treatment of Juvenile Delinquents

  Margot R. Carlson, a long-time Laguna Beach resident, died July 23, 2015, after a brief illness. Carlson, 85, held the role of executive director of Community Service Programs since 1986 and continued to support victims, shelter children, counsel families, and educate...

Return When the Storm Has Passed

Editor, Clearly the board is aware of the circumstances regarding Ms. Normandin’s absence.  She is still with us and it appears is still involved with running the district but hasn’t been able to make the meetings. To my knowledge there haven’t been any tie...

Coutchie Went in Harm’s Way to Protect Others

Editor, I respectfully differ with the letter published in the July 24 edition regarding LBPD Officer Jon Coutchie’s tragic death in the line of duty. Officer Coutchie was indeed a hero, deserving of our profound gratitude and respect.   He was responding with appropriate urgency...

Lonesome Death of Sandra Bland

Editor, Living in our small town by the sea, headlines about nation-wide breakdown of police-community relations may seem like a big city problem.  Yet, the recent arrest and jailhouse death of Sandra Bland in Texas, after she failed to signal a lane change, hits close to home....

The Tune ‘Sharing Economy’ Strikes a Familiar Note

Editor, The marketing name for it is the “sharing economy,” but a popular country song from a few years back (about a cowboy’s divorce) better describes just how the “sharing economy” works when it comes to controversial short-term transient rentals like Airbnb, VRBO, and others....

‘Sunshine’ Exhibit Reveals Local Art History

Editor, On Saturday, I attended the “Orange Sunshine” art show, which was reported in your July 24th issue. The show is a documentation of a mid century, Laguna Beach art venue central to and made famous by a satellite countercultural movement. It was attended by what...