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A Character’s Absence is Noted

Editor, The silver haired gentleman seen at the chessboard on main beach, occasionally with a pigeon sitting atop of his hat, has returned to his hometown of Lucca, Italy.  Said he was going so see his son in Canada on the way.  Take care, Burt; safe travels.   Duane Allee,...

Laura Holty

Laura Holty passed peacefully in April of 2015. As she told the attending staff, “I have had a wonderful life. I had a career that I loved, a wonderful family, friends and experiences that were amazing for a woman of my time.” That is all true. While her family moved...

Traveller Poet Conveys Place in Words

By Torie Hamilton, Special to the Independent A solo writing trip to Ireland and a gold boat inspired writer and poet Ellen Girardeau Kempler to start a website as a platform of inspiration for writers. After returning from a 2012 trip, Kempler realized the potential for creative...

Rental Fight Echoes an Earlier Battle Over High-Rises

Editor: Billy Fried’s column last week regarding short-term lodging missed the mark.  He claims financial benefits to the owner, citing one renter who purportedly, “makes $30,000 to $40,000 a month in summer” and “does it because she needs the...

Another Round in the Visitors vs. Residents Culture Battle

Editor, I am replying to Billy Fried’s May 29th glowing endorsement of home sharing. Billy, you open your “kibitz” portraying yourself as an open-minded world traveler who supports family, intimacy, and culture but you reveal a disdain for the democratic...

Ideas to Turn a Problem Into Revenue

Editor: I suggest an ordinance to mitigate the short-term rental crisis in Laguna Beach. Such rentals are a right of the property owners, just as those living nearby have the right to the quiet enjoyment of their property. We have a bed tax in Laguna Beach. If the city collects...

Plea to Save Trees

Editor, Please come to the Laguna Beach School Board meeting June 9 at 6 p.m. to stand and speak up for the trees around Laguna Beach High School. Unfortunately many of the older palms, majestic old eucalyptus trees, some probably well over 100 years old, and many other trees...

Christoph’s Plantings Ignore Current Sentiment

Editor, As a professional landscape architect, Ann Christoph, the designer of the slope surrounding the high school baseball field, knew the eucalyptus and California oaks were a sensitive subject. On Fridays, prior to Tuesday’s school board meeting, the agenda for the...

Alternate Ideas Emerge to Lure Downtown Foot Traffic

Editor, What ever happened to the project to fix up the alley behind Forest Avenue?  Wouldn’t that be a better location for parklets and dining, etc. than the front of Forest? Way fewer traffic interruptions, easy pedestrian flow, less rancor in town, and could probably be...

Let’s Stay Out of Backyards, Bathrooms

Editor, When Gov. Brown announced mandatory water cut backs, he was asked “will the state favor one type of water use over another, should one crop get water versus another, should one form of personal consumption be favored over another?” His response was “That’s a Big Brother...

Opposition Surfaces to Aliso Creek Skate Park

Editor: Thank you for running Tom Osborne’s column about the possible restoration of the Aliso Creek estuary.  As one who grew up in Laguna Beach, I feel passionate about our glorious landscape.  It’s been a delight to see such improvements over the last few years as...

Indy Columnist Gains a Fan

Editor, Sometime back I came across an article under the heading “Wisdom Workout” in The LB Indy. It grabbed me and held me in a way that the usual commentary or opinion does not. I started looking forward to each edition of the Indy that published “Wisdom Workout.” I...

Quinn Farnes

Eugene Eldon Quinn Farnes, long-time football coach and math teacher at Laguna Beach High School, passed away peacefully on May 31. He was almost 94. He joined the teaching staff in Laguna in 1948 and retired 33 years later. He leaves his wife of 64 years, Jeanne, and his son...

Inside Out

Pilgrim’s Progress Blocked at the Gate         Death. Mortality. Spring-like thoughts they are not. Spring is about new life, beginnings not endings. Why then such gloomy reflections on death? My younger sister, living in Dallas with a husband and two sons, ages 17 and 18, died...

Carolyn Kolberg

Loving mother, wife, grandmother and friend, Carolyn Kolberg, passed away May 20, 2015, at the age of 70. Born in Los Angeles in 1944, Carolyn moved to Laguna Beach in 1956, with her (now deceased) mother and stepdad June and Dick McKeon. Carolyn attended Thurston Middle School...