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  Pursuit of Happiness This year’s Pageant of the Masters show is entitled, “Pursuit of Happiness.” My initial reaction was “wow,” they’re doing a show about the 1963 Rockefeller marriage and the pursuit of Happy Rockefeller by the angry spouses and families left behind. But...

Dr. C, Please Phone Home

Editor, When she left Laguna in 2014 to become the assistant superintendent of educational services in Palos Verdes, I said Joanne Culverhouse would return someday. Now that Sherine Smith, the Laguna Beach Unified School District superintendent of schools, has announced she plans...

Viewpoint on the View Ordinance

Editor, I see by the two thoughtful letters last week that a few more people are awaking to the destruction of Laguna’s once priceless view sheds by overgrown non-native vegetation. For many long years a group of us have written letters, attended countless meetings, and did a lot...

Growing Trees Now an Ethical Imperative

Editor, It is established science and public policy in California that a global climate disaster is coming, caused by atmospheric carbon, which will make one-third of the species on earth extinct during the lifetimes of the children in Laguna Beach elementary schools. Orange...

Lack of Transparency Leads to Discontent Over Historic Preservation

Editor, Thanks so much to Ann Christoph for her insightful and timely column last week concerning historic preservation. It definitely helps to set straight the misinformation promulgated at City Council and other meetings about the 1982 Historic Resources Inventory and the...

Four-Legged Marauders Are Back and Aggressive

Editor, Today at 3 p.m. I was just leaving my house to go on a work call when I heard my lab and little dog barking. I went into the fenced yard to see a coyote almost ready to attack my dogs! I’m not talking early a.m. or dusk, but 3 p.m. I yelled and chased the coyote...

Mark Patrick Hanley

Sept. 14, 1962- June 18, 2015. After a long, courageous battle with cancer, Mark Patrick Hanley passed away Thursday, June 18 with his mother, Constance, at his side. Born in Sharon, Penn., Mark was 3 years old when his family moved to Southern California. He attended Laguna...

Alyssa Blair Kennedy Richards

Alyssa Blair Kennedy Richards, 37, died peacefully June 23 with her dad and mom by her side. Loving family and her amazing circle of supportive friends surrounded her with love in the hours and days preceding her passing. Richards loved Laguna Beach intensely and adopted h...

Capturing the Spectacular on Canvas

By Torie Hamilton, Special to the Independent Walk into Trevor Christiansen’s Laguna College of Art and Design studio and your eyes will have a difficult time focusing on one subject. Hanging and leaning on the walls are large painted oil landscapes, theatrical and spectacular in...

Civility on the Streets, Please

Editor, I am a 30-year Laguna Beach resident and would like to add to Leslie Cunningham’s (“Good Driving Reminers Needed,” Letters, June 19) from last week. I am in complete agreement with her assessment. The street I live on is like playing “driving pinball”...

Save the Date: Protest Nuclear Fuel Storage at San O

Editor, Only Pope Francis seems to be speaking out against the deadly dangers of nuclear energy and the nuclear industry. The tower of Babel is a powerful image of human self-destruction under the desire for power. The public must show up and demand that the Department of Energy...

About-Face on Street Closures Due to Lack of ‘Buy-in’

Editor, Making the reasonable argument that laden with packages and waiting on the street she would not take the trolley, Martha Lydick explains why loss of parking on Forest Avenue would force her to shop and/or dine in Fashion Island.  And Laguna merchants themselves have...

Street Closure, a Tax Payer Boondoggle

Editor, Closing Forest and Ocean Avenues to generate business and increase pedestrian use and enjoyment of these two streets was a hot topic. I was shocked at the idea to relocate farmer’s market to Ocean Avenue. The current location is ideal for families (children can wander...

View Rules Favor the Vegetation Violator

Editor, We are so fortunate to have view enforcement in Laguna Beach. The only problem is that we are not sure as to which side is being protected. Recently I contacted the city for some assistance as there is an undeveloped property within 250 feet from our home that has a tree...

Homesteaders Lacked Appreciation for Native Plants

Editor, I never tire of the panoramic vistas of the ocean and the open space behind in and around Laguna – the original scrub vegetation (all of which is captured on many early landscapes in museums).  That all changed when early settlers were told to plant 40 trees if they...