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Historic Landmark Deserves Preservation

Historic Landmark Deserves Preservation

Editor, The future of the historic sewer digester tower will be under discussion at the village entrance workshop on July 16. The restoration and reuse of the tower and the building attached to it (which now houses Police Department records) have been part of the village entrance project from the beginning, but the current concept […]

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New Lifeguard Station Lacks Parking

New Lifeguard Station Lacks Parking

Editor, How come the lifeguards are able to park on the sand (flood basin) at Coast Highway/ Broadway blocking visitors first awesome view of our beach? The first thing we see when entering into Laguna Beach is basically a parking lot for lifeguards. As I type, there are three pick-ups there now. Is this the […]

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High Praise for Hard-working Lifeguards

High Praise for Hard-working Lifeguards

Editor, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the Laguna Beach lifeguards for a job well done! In Laguna, the Fourth of July weekend is most likely the busiest and most crowded weekend of the whole year. I was down at Main Beach and the crowds were wall to wall! […]

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If You Build It, Will They Come?

If You Build It, Will They Come?

Editor, Marilyn Evans’ letter to the editor (“Project Enables Uncivil Behavior,” July 4, 2012) is right on target. In that letter, she tied growing uncivil homeless behavior to the slow degradation of our most beautiful community. The city should take seriously her eloquent plea to reconsider the plan to build housing for 40 homeless. Simply stated, […]

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Supportive Housing Tour Opens Insights

Supportive Housing Tour Opens Insights

Supportive Housing Tour Opens Insights Editor, On Monday, June 30, I went on an informative, free bus tour that was offered by the Friendship Shelter to illustrate how supportive housing works. Our group traveled to Midway City and Anaheim to see successful models of supportive housing for homeless people who struggle with mental illness and […]

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Let’s Resurrect the Old 133

Let’s Resurrect the Old 133

Editor: In light of Laguna’s disproportionately high number of vehicle-caused deaths involving cyclists and pedestrians, why can’t we take one small step now to separate vehicles from road bikes and pedestrians by opening the old 133 road for cyclists and walkers? Ellen and Roger Kempler, Laguna Beach  

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Cyclists Disobey Rules of the Road

Cyclists Disobey Rules of the Road

Editor, Your front page article, “Tragedy Sparks Safe Street Crusade” was excellent. As a homeowner along Monterey Drive in the North Laguna “tree streets” we walk our dogs and tend our gardens while doing so in the lane carved out on the right side of the street. No parking is allowed there and there are […]

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Reset Speed Limits to Safer Levels

Reset Speed Limits to Safer Levels

Editor, As a frequent visitor to your city, I’m finding each visit seems to coincide with some horrific accident. Last September, I believe, a motorcycle patrolman had been recently struck and killed on the Coast Highway. In April, I read the news of a young college student who was struck down in a crosswalk on […]

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Body of Missing Ex-Laguna Man Found

Body of Missing Ex-Laguna Man Found

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent The body of Mike Herdman, a 36-year-old Arcadia firefighter and paramedic, was found in the Los Padres National Forest Friday, June 27, almost two weeks after being reported missing by fellow firefighter and paramedic, Taylor Byars, authorities said. Herdman graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 1996 and […]

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Honoring America’s Patriots

Honoring America’s Patriots

Each July 4 we celebrate Independence Day, the day on which our nation pauses to honor and to extend gratitude for those many great American patriots that served, fought, or died defending and preserving the liberties our founding fathers held sacred.  However, we must also recognize that battles, just as patriots, can take myriad forms. […]

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Questions the Use of Tax Dollars

Questions the Use of Tax Dollars

Editor, I live on Canyon View and have “no alternate routes” home. Dunning Drive is below me and I fear that Rim Rock is above so I’m sort at ground 0 can’t really go up or down. That said my first question is: Why exactly are we doing this project now in middle of summer? When exactly was […]

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A Vote for Free, Creative Spirits

A Vote for Free, Creative Spirits

Editor, I am sure that Laguna Beach Unified School District Superintendent Sherine Smith did not intend to imply that the American Management Association or American business leaders were somehow dictating the LBUSD curriculum of the 21st Century. I’m also sure she didn’t mean to suggest that it was the mission of LBUSD to train a workforce […]

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Public Spaces Belong to the Public

Public Spaces Belong to the Public

Editor,   How wonderful to live in a village whose concerns focus on beautification. I was pleased to learn that the planning commission voted in favor of recommending to our City Council that the Festival of Art’s proposal to renovate their front facade be approved. I assumed that those 15 public parking spaces, lost in […]

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Murals Restore Livability

Murals Restore Livability

It appeared to me that Verizon and Whole Foods Market were planning to convert their shared parking lot into a drive-in theatre and filling the former seating area with sand and a merry-go-round. Then instead of a movie screen on the south grey wall, it got a fresh coat of paint and four very large […]

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Public Funds Should Not Underwrite Private Use

Public Funds Should Not Underwrite Private Use

Editor, As pointed out by one of your alert readers, in my recent Indy commentary (“Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights,” June 19) I incorrectly criticized the City Council for using “tax dollars” to pay for a limited use public garden in South Laguna.  Since the source of public funds to be used for this […]