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Critics Should Observe Arts Commission in Action

Critics Should Observe Arts Commission in Action

Editor, I have noticed a recent trend among local pundits to bash the Arts Commission. I am writing this letter to remind people that the Arts Commission holds public meetings at the City Council chambers every second and fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Public comment is not only invited, it is solicited. I […]

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 Expects to Flunk the Principal Survey

Expects to Flunk the Principal Survey

Editor, How could this be? Did you fill out the survey issued by the LBUSD to identify priority qualities for hiring the new high school principal, replacing Dr. Culverhouse? I did, but was flummoxed. Here is the first part: 1) “Select 10 of the most desirable qualities you place priority on”: Pro-active & positive, sense […]

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Project Violates the Ethos of the Canyon

Project Violates the Ethos of the Canyon

Editor, This project is located directly in front of and below our home, where we have lived for the past 20 years. Castle Rock is a rural, small scale neighborhood, with single family residences that have been seamlessly blended into the hillside over the past 70 years. Most of our homes can’t even be seen […]

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He’s a Fan

He’s a Fan

Editor: I am glad that Toni did not take “the last turnoff”.  We need her because she listens to the constituents and gives “quality of life” high priority in her decisions. She has shown concern for the betterment of the community by actually visiting the affected residents (me) on two separate occasions (DRB appeals; and […]

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Weekend Fire Signals the Onset of a Dangerous Season

Weekend Fire Signals the Onset of a Dangerous Season

Editor, The Silverado Fire in Orange County should serve as a reminder of things to come. A weak high-pressure system had driven temperatures up and humidity levels down, which are indicators fall is upon us. This fire grew from hundreds of acres to over a thousand in a very short amount of time. Fortunately we […]

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A Fan Still Dancing in Her Seat

A Fan Still Dancing in Her Seat

Editor, I am still jumping for joy or at least I wish I could jump as high as the dancers of Bodytraffic. The performance my husband and I joyfully witnessed last Friday night by Bodytraffic at the Laguna Playhouse was amazing. The evening started at 6:30 with the co-Artistic Directors Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman […]

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Story Dispels Myths About Stem Cell Research

Story Dispels Myths About Stem Cell Research

Editor, I want to personally thank you for the wonderful art review on The Art of Stem Cells being held at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts (OCCCA) in Santa Ana. Such a glowing review by your art critic, Daniella Walsh, who is held in the highest of esteem by OC artists. The subject […]

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Noel Selby

Noel Selby

Noel Selby, born in Australia in 1936 and a resident of Balboa Island, died on Sept. 2, 2014. He received his law degree from Melbourne University in 1956. Selby excelled in tennis, Aussie Rules football and cricket. He retired from Xerox in 1995 after 30 years in the human resource recruiting department. Selby received a […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Riding Attire   I’m exercised out after reading the Indy article, “Council Puts Wheels in Motion for Bike Safety.” I’m excited that the Council put the pedal to the metal to discover alternate biking routes to Coast Highway. It can’t be soon enough. And then I thought, what if council members, Toni Iseman, Steve Dicterow, […]

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Finding Art

Finding Art

By Susan Jacob I am relatively new in Laguna Beach; I arrived only 20 years ago. I believed that the magnificent background and sea air were behind the incredible artistic community we enjoy. I continue to realize additional depth and diversity in Laguna’s world of art as years go by. I originated from St. Louis, […]

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Salary Story Shows Bias

Salary Story Shows Bias

Editor, With respect to the recent article in the (Aug. 29) LB Indy regarding local non-profits, there are a few significant problems with the reporter’s angle and the overall article I’d like to address. First, while it is of course proper to seek fair and correct compensation in non-profits, the issue is complex and it […]

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Salary Story Provides a Community Resource

Salary Story Provides a Community Resource

Editor: Thanks, Indy, for publicizing the salaries of Laguna’s nonprofit executives (“Top Nonprofit Execs Earn 6 Figure Salaries,” Aug. 29). I assume the salaries you reported were accurate, otherwise the people listed on your chart would have complained by now.  Having said that, here are a few observations from someone who has raised millions of […]

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Speed Cautions Apply to Police Also

Speed Cautions Apply to Police Also

Editor: I read with interest the report, “Inquiry of Officer’s Death Resolves Without Charges”. The officer’s…”Estimated..speed (was)…between 59 and 61 m.p.h.” The investigation (by our police department, I presume), “concludes..that the motorist was primarily at fault, but…”(the officer’s)…speed was a contributing factor”. Why is it not the other way around? Travelling at 60 m.p.h. is […]

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Dreaming of Roads, Cars, Bridges an’ Things

Dreaming of Roads, Cars, Bridges an’ Things

Editor, Let’s start with the premise that we want to keep the Canyon Road as a rural road and the neighborhood as a rural enclave. On that premise, we would envision the road as a meandering, bucolic transit through wildflowers, pedestrian paths with benches, a stream running through it, and with bicycles and trolleys on […]

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Term Limits May Stop Cronyism

Term Limits May Stop Cronyism

Editor: As is now the norm across the country and maybe the world, those aspiring to get into politics and those who want to stay in politics, all stops are pulled and political battles escalates. Our small town is no different it seems. I would like to suggest to the City Council and residents of […]