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Why isn’t Kelp Cleaned Up?

Why isn’t Kelp Cleaned Up?

Editor, As a long time resident of North Laguna, can someone explain to me the city’s position on the removal of the excessive kelp build up on Main Beach? As a place that prides itself on being a tourist destination, it seems to me that having over half of the city’s central beach covered with […]

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Speaker's Corner

Speaker’s Corner

Laying Out Ranch Plans First and foremost, I’d like to thank the people of Laguna for their overwhelming support of our restoration here at The Ranch at Laguna Beach (Aliso Creek/Ben Browns). Inevitably, while complementing what we’re doing, they offer to help support our efforts and set the record straight on what is (and isn’t) […]

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Speaker's Corner

Speaker’s Corner

Good Schools Deserve Good Management Let’s be clear, in civic affairs it is positive to point out negatives that need to be addressed to preserve overall positive outcomes.  Concomitantly, it is negative to be positive but in denial about negatives impeding optimal results. So it is positive that people are questioning the school board’s recent […]

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Empty Nesters Open Their Homes, Gain Cultural Insights

Empty Nesters Open Their Homes, Gain Cultural Insights

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent   An exchange organization, Compass U.S.A., is still looking for families to host teenage female Japanese students from Tuesday, July 22 until Sunday, Aug. 10 in South Orange County. Though historically few families from Laguna Beach have participated, the organization is trying to change that this year. Each […]

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 Wood Sculptor Refines Nature’s Art

Wood Sculptor Refines Nature’s Art

By M. “Charlie” Ferrazzi Walking into Troy Poeschl’s shop, you don’t know where to look first. It is not because of all the art that is there, but because of the combination of tools, machines and material that can be found all around. Stacks of raw wood, metal, and more; from all this Poeschl produces […]

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Drive-Ins Sans Cars

Drive-Ins Sans Cars

I’m excited about Thursdays. The other days are boring because they don’t have outdoor movie night at the Ranch. Instead, on those non-Thursdays, there’s a never-ending rerun of men lying about their golf scores and handicaps. A Monday golfer says, “Put me down for a three.” His buddy says, “You shot an eight.” A Tuesday […]

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William Powell

William Powell

Retired real estate broker William “Bill” Powell passed away peacefully on July 3, 2014, in his hometown of Shreveport, La. Powell was born Aug. 23, 1929, in Shreveport and lived there until he attended Loyola University in New Orleans. After college, Powell proudly served in the US Coast Guard before moving to Bakersfield, Calif., to […]

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A Glimpse of a Coastal Jewel

A Glimpse of a Coastal Jewel

Photos by Ron Chilcote With the reopening of the Emerald Canyon Trail in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park this month, we figured readers might enjoy a glimpse into what some consider the jewel of the coastal canyons. Emerald Canyon Trail begins at the top of Bommer Ridge, a less than hour’s hike from Laguna Canyon […]

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Father of Nicole Brown Simpson Dies

Father of Nicole Brown Simpson Dies

We are saddened by the death of our beloved husband and father, Louis Hezekiah Brown Jr. Brown, born in Havana, Kan., on Aug. 10, 1923, died July 3, 2014 with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife, Juditha; daughters Wendy, Denise, Dominique and Tanya; sons Rolf and Tracy; and grandchildren and […]

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 Let’s Go Dutch

Let’s Go Dutch

I thought the door was closed on the village entrance project. Then I read there’s a community workshop scheduled to discuss the project for July 16at the village entrance. Above, level and underground parking available next door. I made up the last sentence to see if I could get a rise out of Howard Hills […]

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Grand Jury is Wrong on the Airport

Grand Jury is Wrong on the Airport

By Keith Curry In more than eight years on the Newport Beach City Council, the lesson I have learned is that effective governance involves a continual search for balance between unfettered growth and protection of the quality of life in the community. Too much emphasis on uncontrolled growth leads to traffic, excess density, noise and […]

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Calling for Bold, Brave Action on Restoring View

Calling for Bold, Brave Action on Restoring View

Editor, This letter is for all leaders but in this case is directed to the City Council. History and achievement belongs to the bold and brave, not to the meek and timid. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Churchill, the past and current Tea Party patriots and Minutemen are examples of the bold and brave. Only historians […]

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Patriotism, an Antidote for Partisanship

Patriotism, an Antidote for Partisanship

Editor, Ari, this is causing me a degree of anxiety, but I think I actually agree with everything you wrote in the July 4 piece “Honoring America’s Patriots.” It has always been my view that anyone who owes allegiance to the nation and contributes to its survival and success meets the basic test of patriotism. […]

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Step Up to Save a Local Gem

Step Up to Save a Local Gem

Editor, South Laguna Post Office (conveniently located at 31677 Virginia Way, between Third and Second Avenue) is a true gem, complete with no hassle free parking, a rare find in Laguna Beach. This is the go-to place for stamps, quaint p.o. boxes and a great place to chat with neighbors.  Kwon, the super-friendly lady behind […]

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Don’t Waste Water, Please

Don’t Waste Water, Please

Editor, Living in a community means we as individuals, with individual rights, have a responsibility to the whole when making decisions that affect us all. It may be your right to plant a lawn in the middle of a drought; I’m sure the neighborhood dogs will love it.  But it is completely irresponsible to hose down […]