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Pet Peeves

Et tu, Brute? While everybody’s attention was on the village entrance, a funny thing happened in the ways of the forum. Norm Grossman was shown the village exit. Norm must have been caught by surprise. He’s been on the Planning Commission for 26 years. That’s a long run. That’s...

Little League

Breakers Beat Brewers By Manager Steve Kimball, Special to the Independent   The Laguna Beach Breakers Little League team defeated the Laguna Hills Brewers 12 to 7 at Alta Laguna Park on Saturday, May 9. The Breakers dominated the game holding the Brewers to three runs until...

Stop Sign Removal Should be Reconsidered

Editor: Bravo to Kyle Schroeder for his letter regarding the city’s decision to eliminate stop signs on Monterey Drive. I agree that it is one of the worst mistakes our council has ever made. I live in North Laguna and walk Monterey to Linden daily, using the bike lane. I have...

Detouring to the Road Less Traveled

Editor, My grandsons Sam and Peter were visiting from San Jose last weekend. One of our excursions was to the gelato stand downtown. We took the golf cart north on the highway there and south on Glenneyre Street on the way back. When we got to Mountain Road, I went to turn up the...

Many Hands Contributed to Land Deal

Editor, On behalf of Laguna Canyon Foundation, I’d like to express our gratitude to the many individuals and organizations who contributed to the recent preservation of the 150-acre Aliso Canyon property. The property’s significant biological resources and soaring coastal and...

Exhibitor Offers Kudos to Indy Reporter

Editor, Thank you for the great article in the Indy, “Art Tour Offers Intimate Glimpse into Artists’ World,” April 24.  Daniella Walsh wrote a wonderful story and we all appreciate the obvious time and effort she focused on the event. The weekend feels like a success. We have not...

School Board Should Lead Not Follow

Editor, Once again our school board is hiding behind the beleaguered superintendent to defend its abysmal record of failed public school governance. The superintendent’s “Don’t worry, be happy” message from the school district website was featured as a...

Shore Scene

Penny Pinching with Purple Olives Laguna Beach is known for its rocky coves. But those who enjoy our coast from a distance may not realize that the sandy beaches between the rocky points extend out into the ocean and provide a very different environment than that found on the...

Pet Peeves

Stop Signs Stop. Do not read further unless you live on Monterey Street. There are eyes in the sky. So far, Karen M from Brooks, Bob T. from Jasmine, and David R. from Mountain streets are busted for non-stop reading. The literary police are on their way to confiscate your Indys....

Guest Column

What is Common Core? You may be familiar with the term “common core.” There is some debate whether the Common Core State Standards are good or bad and it is helpful to understand how these standards improve student learning and skill acquisition. The California State Standards...

Citizens Speak Truth to Power

Editor, Over the last few weeks, I have seen an increase in honest letters regarding various members of Laguna Beach’s City Council. I want to compliment these brave citizens for stating what many others have known for years regarding our leaders saying one thing and then...

District Accepts the Challenge

Editor, In Laguna Beach Unified School District, we accept the challenge to produce college and career ready graduates who can think deeply, write well, and collaborate on projects. We are proud of our mathematics standards and sequence. Starting at Thurston Middle School next...

Policy Sacrifices Learning for Test Scores

Editor, Common Core testing will start next week. Is LBUSD Board more interested in test scores than students learning? Board member Carol Normandin wrote an email to parents prior to a March board meeting explaining her position on the flawed math pathway approved by the board...

Lead by Example

Editor, Shortly after the California Water Board issued a statewide directive to cities mandating a 25 percent water cut, a new sign sprouted in Old Top of the World Park: “Irrigation Off to Save Water.” Local newspapers and a response to our email from City Manager John Pietig...