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View-Protecting Ordinances Remain Too Costly

Editor, Probably one of the most understated letter titles ever “Hedge Height Policy is Cumbersome, Expensive” (Jan. 9 edition) was attached to Louis Lee’s fine letter last week about the city hedge ordinance. The hedge height policy, like the view preservation ordinances (past...

Plant Choices Guided by Maintenance, Water Use

Editor: I sincerely hope that the Beautification Council will take heed that we do not need any more eucalyptus trees in this town, especially in areas where the city has to maintain them. The cost to  trim and keep out of harms way has been and will continue to b...

Musings on the Coast

An Act of Resistance Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by a James Earl Ray. My father’s name was James David Ray. The last name is common. There are a lot of Rays running around out there. About a week after MLK’s assassination, I visited my...

Cycling Legend Partners With Tire Maker

Laguna local and mountain biking champion Hans Rey agreed to a deal with Hwa Fong, which makes 300 different types of bicycle tires. Rey will help Hwa Fong research, develop and market its Duro brand with his 30 years of experience as an extreme athlete and professional mountain...

Bridget Graney

Bridget C. Graney, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach and Dana Point, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, Jan. 13. She was 91 years old. Born and raised in County Mayo, Ireland, “Bridie” spent more than four decades running an in-home day care in Laguna Beach....

Pet Peeves

Lights, Camera, Action Attention Laguna Beach residents. This is your casting call for video fame. Your 15 minutes of stardom has arrived. The police department is testing staff mounted cameras. I’m excited. I’ve begun casing different places to secure my infamy. James Dean said...

LBHS Surfers Continue to Rip in Scholastic Series

The Orange County High School League saw rain, light winds and 3-4 foot waves at Ninth Street in Huntington Beach when the Laguna Beach High School team competed during the third Scholastic Surf competition on Saturday, Jan. 10. Laguna Beach went head to head against S...

Youth Polo Team Takes First

The Laguna Beach Water Polo Club’s under 10 co-ed “A” team brought home a first place medal from the eighth annual Pacific Winter Classic tournament earlier this month at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego. The players are Sai Bassett, Joey Capobianco, Sophie...

Redesign of Beach Access Points Underway

Editor FYI Laguna: Four of the public beach access overlooks are currently proposed to be back pulled to the street, minimized, and the current beach views will be diminished. The existing benches, pathways, overlooks and viewing decks to Thalia, Oak, Mountain, and Agate Streets...

Scofflaw Cyclists Contribute to Unsafe Roads

Editor, The Jan. 9 story about safer streets was primarily about bicyclists, with 25% more mentions of bicycle issues than pedestrian issues. While accommodations for pedestrians are mentioned several times, those mentions primarily involve crosswalks. But pedestrian issues also...

Commission’s Decision Answers Christy’s Critics

Editor, Re: Balanced Bob’s letter. If you had attended the Coastal Commission hearing, you would have heard that the Commission overwhelmingly (9-1) approved the restoration project for The Ranch at Laguna Beach. You would have heard the dismantling of unsubstantiated claims and...

Democracy’s Wheels Finally Turn

Editor, After returning home from Santa Monica to Laguna Beach last Thursday evening, having attended the Coastal Commission hearing on The Ranch, I read with interest the letter submitted by “Balanced Bob” in your Letters section that same day. After reading the words of an...

Trail Supporter Expresses His Position

Editor: On Friday, Jan 9 the Indy published an anonymous letter from “Balanced Bob” regarding The Ranch. Since it is known that I am an advocate for the 19-mile Aliso Creek Corridor Trail, several people have asked me if I wrote that letter. The answer is “No.” I have a history...

Indy’s Headline Show Bias

Editor, The Indy’s created headline “Fictional Tale Antagonizes Reader” for the letter published in the Jan. 9th edition of the Indy, is inaccurate, misleading, and clearly an editorial slant to infer silliness and hostility of a reader reacting to a fairy tale. Editor, in all...

Intolerance to Free Speech Lives

Editor, I applaud you for having the gumption to place my fictional piece on the front page. You may not have foreseen the consequences, but I appreciate that you deemed my perspective worthy enough to be published in a conservative community, at times resistant to reflecting. It...