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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...

Dissent Over Stop Sign Removal

Editor, I regret my vote for our Mayor Bob Whalen. I live in North Laguna, just like him. On April 22, my neighborhood received notice that the city council wanted to remove all the stop signs on the half-mile stretch of Monterey between Linden and High Streets. The meeting was...

Praise for Police Chief Hire

This letter was addressed to City Manager John Pieteg. Thank you for your hiring of Laura Farinella as our new chief of police. I attended the recent meet and greet for Chief Farinella at the Woman’s Club. Chief Farinella was intelligent, engaging, articulate, and...

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...

The Slant

Fade to Yellow Of course it is old school. Of course it informs. Of course it is dependable, factual and reflects the human condition. And of course not enough people pay attention to it. This is the way it is today. Anyone who expects journalism to be thriving is a dreamer or a...

Obituary

Thomas Robert Judy Dr. Thomas Robert Judy died peacefully on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at the age of 90. Born in Centerville, Iowa, on July 26, 1924, Judy spent his childhood in the Midwest before he was swept away to Laguna Beach, where the glistening Pacific Ocean offered...

Obituary

Marc Ernest DuQuette Marc Ernest DuQuette was born on July 23, 1942, in Long Beach. DuQuette served in the U.S. Army Infantry, Army Reserve, and the Nebraska
National Guard, receiving an honorable discharge in December 1967. During the 1960s and ‘70s, DuQuette lived in Costa Mesa...

Laguna Loses Elegant Grand Dame

By Eric Jessen, Special to the Independent Celine Theresa Konzal Milne, who for several decades managed the venerable Marion Milne Real Estate Company with her beloved husband, Lloyd, was laid to rest alongside her sisters, Delores and Marian, at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery...

Obituary

Paul Donald Zehner November 23, 1928- April 18, 2015 Paul Donald Zehner was called home by Our Heavenly Father at the age of 86. Zehner was a retired electrical engineer, a strong leader in his church, a husband, father, brother and friend to many. He will be forever missed and...