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Canyon Residents Object to Project’s Size

Canyon Residents Object to Project’s Size

Editor, (A similar version went to City Council members.) We are in favor of artist work live uses in our neighborhood. We are opposed to the use of the artist work live concept we’ve always supported being co-opted and used to promote a 30-unit apartment building and industrial workspace. We are opposed to a new […]

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Do Artists Merit Special Consideration?

Do Artists Merit Special Consideration?

Editor, This project, proposed by Louis Longi and the Dornin Investment Group, will not fulfill the proposed advantage it claims will be achieved. There are many disadvantages of the proposal. It is already clear that the Council members of the city of Laguna Beach realize the intrusiveness of the proposed development as they assisted the […]

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Project Sets a Development Precedent

Project Sets a Development Precedent

Editor, Laguna Beach is such a unique community, and our uniqueness is what makes us such a desirable place to live and for tourists to visit. We have raised our family here and seen so many things happen for the good. Consider our purchase of the main beach commercial properties and our development of our […]

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LBUSD and LagunaTunes Make Music Together

LBUSD and LagunaTunes Make Music Together

Editor, I want to thank the LBUSD for helping LagunaTunes Community Chorus resolve a scheduling problem with the Artists’ Theatre. The size of our chorus and popularity of our concerts has grown to the point where St. Mary’s Church is no longer a viable venue for our performances. Despite following proper application protocol procedures in […]

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Bugged by Litter

Bugged by Litter

Editor, I walk a lot and our city is becoming one giant ash tray. I see cigarette butts everywhere. In fact, we’re becoming one giant trash can as well. Can nothing be done to eradicate all the butts and garbage? (Do you know that it takes 30 years for a cigarette to disintegrate in the […]

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One Village Helps Another

One Village Helps Another

Editor, This January while visiting Norgyeling Tibetan Settlement, Bandara, India, I was acknowledged by His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the work I have done for my home village. But as I stood on stage beside His Holiness receiving his blessing before my fellow villagers and many others, I was really representing all of you. […]

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The Promise

The Promise

It seems that one of the major league baseball teams is giving away a baseball glove to every kid 14 and under who attends the opening season game. Now let’s not delude ourselves.  No kid is going to win a fielding award with that glove. In fact, you’ll be lucky if it lasts a complete […]

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Shell Hunters Harming Limpet Population

Shell Hunters Harming Limpet Population

So named because the inside of the empty shell is glossy and colored with a dark and light silhouette that is supposed to resemble an owl, the Owl Limpet (Lottia gigantea) is the largest member of the order patellogastropoda, the true limpet group found in North America.  A mollusk that is found in the mid […]

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Good for the Soul

Good for the Soul

By Kimberly O’Brien- Young Sometimes nostalgia can transport us back in time to memories that fill us with joy. Even to days gone by, when life was simpler, before technology and social media dominated the day. Remember that time? Our current generation has no idea of what I speak. I would venture to say that […]

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Parents Receive a Pep Talk

Parents Receive a Pep Talk

By Kate Rogers, Special to the Independent Award-winning speaker and therapist Liz Jorgensen urged parents of teens to revive the collaborative and collective parenting environment that began when their children were young when they shared tips and strategies. This open, supportive environment is missing during the teen years when the stakes are so much higher, […]

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Inconsistencies in Proposed View Ordinance

Inconsistencies in Proposed View Ordinance

While I sympathize with people who have lost views, and I applaud Councilman Kelly Boyd for initiating the effort to try to help, and the View Preservation Committee has worked long and hard to come up with as fair and as workable an ordinance as they could, never-the-less there are still a number of questions […]

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Basking in a Spiritual Blessing

Basking in a Spiritual Blessing

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent On an outdoor stage, in a small, poor, dusty village in central India, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, one of the world’s most renowned and beloved spiritual leaders, got a close up, personal glimpse of Laguna Beach’s generous spirit. In January, the Dalai Lama visited Norgyeling, a […]

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Tennis Anyone

Tennis Anyone

My neck hurts. I’ve been watching the back and forth volley regarding resurfacing the tennis courts. The baseline-to-baseline action has been fast and furious. Many Laguna spectators have given up altogether and have switched to the lawn bowling action in Heisler Park.  “Much easier on my neck muscles,” reports a disavowed tennis spectator.  A few, […]

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Foliage as Invasive as Cancer

Foliage as Invasive as Cancer

Editor, Cancer is an interesting disease; you cannot just trim it away and hope for the best. It requires a doctor with expertise. I say this as I perceive the new version of a proposed ordinance is like a map for not dealing with a cancer in this city. Vegetation that is going viral is putting […]

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View Rules Need Revision Again

View Rules Need Revision Again

Editor, I urge, more like beg, you to vote no on the current final draft of the view ordinance.  This ordinance does nothing to protect the wonderful views in Laguna Beach. If the irresponsible neighbor who refuses to trim his trees is allowed to negate the new ordinance by withholding his consent, then what has […]