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Safety Should Be a Top Priority

Editor, For more than eight years since the baseball field was reoriented (moving home plate from the southwest corner to the northwest corner), the residents of St. Ann’s Drive and Wilson Street have been continually bombarded by baseballs: not a dozen, but hundreds and...

Let’s All Pay Attention Out There

Editor, I would like to send my apologies to the woman and her dog, that I did not see, crossing Mermaid Street along Glenneyre, that I almost hit. I’m sorry I didn’t see you. I feel really bad about it, but I really didn’t see you. This situation is serious in Laguna Beach....

Improve Street Safety With Lighting

Editor, Why is Glenneyre deserted after dusk? It seems people do not use that street because it is dark and prefer the Coast Highway or other streets. I have heard that this street has the most pedestrian accidents in town. Recently while driving on Glenneyre and crossing Park...

Deploy Technology to Learn Traffic’s Origin

Editor, According to City Manager John Peitig, “it’s going to get worse.” The Laguna Canyon Road Task Force was assembled to identify the best options and reach consensus on how to calm traffic, balancing citizens’ desires to maintain the canyon’s...

A Proposal for Senior and Low Income Housing

  Editor, When I ran unsuccessfully for City Council, I stated that a government budget was a moral statement regarding what our City Council considers important enough to fund. I want to now present the proposal that building codes can also provide insight to what our...

Pet Peeves

That’s Just Ducky I read in the Indy that the Pacific Marine Mammal Center just received a $3 million donation from longtime Laguna Breach resident, Dr. Martonen. It was one of their largest donations ever.   Dr. Martonen died in January 2014. Described as a quiet man, he stayed...

Why Not Try a Dog-Friendly Beach Year-Round?

Editor, We rescued our Cairn westie mix, Porter, about a year and a half ago and get a big kick out of taking the little guy with us to Laguna’s nice dog park in the canyon.  In town, he loves the many terrific dog-friendly restaurants and hotels including Brussels Bistro, Ocean...

Ideas to Keep Artists Thriving

Editor: A few weeks ago, our mayor, Bob Whalen, gave a well-received talk at the Laguna Canyon Conservancy dinner. His moderate ideas and measured presentation further impressed attendees with the caliber of our newly elected City Council. One thing Mayor Whalen emphasized was...

Why Has No One Intervened?

Editor, There is an elderly Asian woman who sits out on Forest Avenue at night in a wheelchair. She seems clean and warmly dressed.  She holds up a cardboard sign that says, “Please help!”  People give her a lot of money. She is dropped off by a well-dressed man in a Prius or...

More Reasons Than Lent to Give Up Meat

Editor: This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert before launching his ministry. But meat-free Lent is much more than a symbol of religious...

The Built Environment

Laguna Canyon Remains a Work in Progress Anyone who departs Laguna Beach northward passes through a six-mile stretch of extraordinary natural open space of rolling hills, rock outcroppings, green wetlands and long vistas to Saddleback Mountain, and in the far distance, the snow...

Pet Peeves

You Got Game I read in the Indy with alarm about keeping an eye out for tide pool poachers. Geez. I’ve been up and over these rock formations for years. I had no idea that there were poachers, pilferers and polluters. I’m so dumb I thought I was just taking a walk. Now, that I...

The Grateful Life

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” –Denis Waitley Welcome to the first of what will be a bi-monthly column sharing my thoughts about what’s going on in...

Ceramic Artist Richard White Dies at 63

By Bolton Colburn, Special to the Independent Richie White, a well-known contemporary ceramic artist and professor at Saddleback College’s Art Department, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at his home in San Clemente. Former students, peers, friends and family flocked to the campus in...

Why Not an Internal Hire?

Editor: We all know Laguna Beach to be a special community here in south OC. As such we have been fortunate to have a police department that understands the nature of Laguna and its citizens. We have been lucky to have a chief who has served this community for decades coming up...