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Lack of Transparency Leads to Discontent Over Historic Preservation

Editor, Thanks so much to Ann Christoph for her insightful and timely column last week concerning historic preservation. It definitely helps to set straight the misinformation promulgated at City Council and other meetings about the 1982 Historic Resources Inventory and the...

Four-Legged Marauders Are Back and Aggressive

Editor, Today at 3 p.m. I was just leaving my house to go on a work call when I heard my lab and little dog barking. I went into the fenced yard to see a coyote almost ready to attack my dogs! I’m not talking early a.m. or dusk, but 3 p.m. I yelled and chased the coyote...

Mark Patrick Hanley

Sept. 14, 1962- June 18, 2015. After a long, courageous battle with cancer, Mark Patrick Hanley passed away Thursday, June 18 with his mother, Constance, at his side. Born in Sharon, Penn., Mark was 3 years old when his family moved to Southern California. He attended Laguna...

Alyssa Blair Kennedy Richards

Alyssa Blair Kennedy Richards, 37, died peacefully June 23 with her dad and mom by her side. Loving family and her amazing circle of supportive friends surrounded her with love in the hours and days preceding her passing. Richards loved Laguna Beach intensely and adopted h...

Capturing the Spectacular on Canvas

By Torie Hamilton, Special to the Independent Walk into Trevor Christiansen’s Laguna College of Art and Design studio and your eyes will have a difficult time focusing on one subject. Hanging and leaning on the walls are large painted oil landscapes, theatrical and spectacular in...

Civility on the Streets, Please

Editor, I am a 30-year Laguna Beach resident and would like to add to Leslie Cunningham’s (“Good Driving Reminers Needed,” Letters, June 19) from last week. I am in complete agreement with her assessment. The street I live on is like playing “driving pinball”...

Save the Date: Protest Nuclear Fuel Storage at San O

Editor, Only Pope Francis seems to be speaking out against the deadly dangers of nuclear energy and the nuclear industry. The tower of Babel is a powerful image of human self-destruction under the desire for power. The public must show up and demand that the Department of Energy...

About-Face on Street Closures Due to Lack of ‘Buy-in’

Editor, Making the reasonable argument that laden with packages and waiting on the street she would not take the trolley, Martha Lydick explains why loss of parking on Forest Avenue would force her to shop and/or dine in Fashion Island.  And Laguna merchants themselves have...

Street Closure, a Tax Payer Boondoggle

Editor, Closing Forest and Ocean Avenues to generate business and increase pedestrian use and enjoyment of these two streets was a hot topic. I was shocked at the idea to relocate farmer’s market to Ocean Avenue. The current location is ideal for families (children can wander...

View Rules Favor the Vegetation Violator

Editor, We are so fortunate to have view enforcement in Laguna Beach. The only problem is that we are not sure as to which side is being protected. Recently I contacted the city for some assistance as there is an undeveloped property within 250 feet from our home that has a tree...

Homesteaders Lacked Appreciation for Native Plants

Editor, I never tire of the panoramic vistas of the ocean and the open space behind in and around Laguna – the original scrub vegetation (all of which is captured on many early landscapes in museums).  That all changed when early settlers were told to plant 40 trees if they...

Challenging Road Design’s Focus on Speed Rather Than People

Editor, In a report to the Laguna Canyon Task Force the recommended action to improve the Laguna Canyon corridor is to move more traffic faster as illustrated by five roadway design alternatives A-E. The consultant justifies these alternatives by the traffic analysis on page 24...

The Slant

Curmudgeons, Complainers Clog Laguna One of the advantages of living in a small town is that residents have a voice in participatory government. On occasion our city council shows some vision and leadership, which is what we elect them for. Then a group of folks decide they don’t...

Guns 362, Innocents 0

Editor, Between 1984 to the present (June 17, 2015), 362 innocents have been killed in mass shooting rampages in the United States. Incongruously, now that guns can be carried just about everywhere (malls, churches, theaters, government buildings, universities, et. al.), the NRA...

Fresh Faces Add New Stories to Sawdust Festival

By Torie Hamilton, Special to the Independent An excited buzz of the crowd eagerly anticipating entrance into the Sawdust Art Festival grounds for this past Tuesday’s preview night signals a summer ritual that artists and art-enthusiasts alike look forward to. The Sawdust Art...