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Keep Commerce Out of Neighborhoods

Editor, Please preserve the character of our community. To set the facts straight, those of us who are speaking for the silent majority against short-term rentals in Laguna Beach are not asking for a total prohibition; we only oppose having them in our residential areas.  Keep...

If You Can’t Beat ‘em, Hack ‘em

Editor, A few days ago, Stu News ran an online poll asking, “Do you favor allowing Laguna Beach homeowners to have short term (30 days or less) rentals?” Last Thursday, after the poll had been active for several days, the results were 81% opposed versus 19% in favor.  More than 4...

Dichotomy Seems Obvious

Editor, Quote of the year: “South Orange County is not growing.  Laguna Beach, with 24,000 residents, really hasn’t changed much in the last five years.  How are we going to entice more people into the community?” Anthony Teng, dean of the advanced technology...

Guest Column

Mother’s Day Memories By Sara Nuss-Galles  Mother’s Day was a complicated time in my childhood. My mother had survived World War II in Europe, and she had difficulty taking joy in life. For me, Mother’s Day was an opportunity to heal my mother’s pain and make her happy....

Douglas C. Reilly

Douglas Reilly died peacefully at home in Laguna Beach, after a long illness, at age 62. Doug was born in New York City and spent most of his childhood and his 20s in New Jersey. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Rutgers University, where he also...

Quake Claims New Victims: Child Brides

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent   Fearing that their daughter could be sexually assaulted due to the family’s lack of substantial housing, a 13-year-old’s parents in rural Nepal decided it would be better to marry her off. Child marriages were outlawed in Nepal...

Shore Scene

Secrets of a Special Scallop Although one has not been allowed to remove shells from the beach in Laguna for many years, finding a shell gives one the opportunity to learn about a particular creature in our ecosystem. One of the larger and, at least on the outside, duller shells...

Pet Peeves

Timberrr Under a spreading Eucalyptus tree The village wordsmith stands; The smith, a wimpy man is he, With small and delicate hands; And the muscle of his unused arms Are limp as noodle bands.   His hair is sparse, white, and long His face shows many cheers; His brow is wet...

Locals Ride With Their Heroes

By George Gore Browne, Special to the Independent    Due to the efforts of two local mountain bike brands, Crankbrothers and Troy Lee Designs, local riders have been able to enjoy the rare experience of riding with their heroes. “Being able to ride your favorite local trials...

Updated: Mountain Biker Injured in Cliff Fall  

They scanned the area and by chance looked over the cliff edge. Burridge saw Hukill’s bike lodged in a tree 50-feet below the edge and immediately called 911. 

Pet Peeves

^ Prince died and we lost a king. His music contribution was greater than any other. It is said that his unpublished work could produce an album a year for the next 100 years. His fans call the place of this work the vault. I keep my unpublished work in a vault, the toilet. I’m...

Finally, Gelson’s Opens its Doors

A line of around 200 eager customers stretched down into the underground parking structure, waiting patiently for the Laguna Beach Gelson’s to open for business this past Thursday, April 27.

Laguna Ignores Short-Term Rental Policies of Other Cities

Editor, Thanks to the LB Indy for the eye-opening article about the number of short term rentals in Laguna owned by people who do not live here. This is a highly relevant facet of the whole short-term rental issue that has not had the level of exposure and discussion in Council...

Regulations Should Forbid Absentee Owners

Editor: I am dismayed by the attitude of Lagunans, who want an outright ban on all short-term rentals, home-sharing, and home exchanges.  They seem to be painting anyone who supports these rentals as approving of absentee landlords and greedy people who don’t care about their...