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Here We Go Again

Here We Go Again

Editor, After successfully convincing the Orange County Transportation Authority to shelve the 405 toll lanes proposal, Caltrans is coming in and hopes to use Orange County sales tax revenue to tax us even more. Orange County voters have twice voted for Measure M, the half-cent sales tax, to pay for transportation needs in Orange County. […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

 Leopard Sharks Inhabit Laguna With a range along the coast from Oregon to the Gulf of California, the leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata) is common along Laguna’s coastline.  Often found in shallow inshore waters of rocks, sand, kelp beds and muddy estuaries, it’s mostly seen in warm waters of one to 10 feet. The sleek shark […]

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Fashion Dazzles With Re-Imagined Fabrics

Fashion Dazzles With Re-Imagined Fabrics

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent The sixth-annual Runway Fashion Show at the Festival of Arts astonished spectators with garments re-imagined from used, re-used and recycled items worn by gorgeous, sensuous models. Artist exhibitors, who devised the innovative designs, earned $1,000 prizes in four categories and the People’s Choice Award. The most creative concept […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

The Anomaly: a Blank Slate I read in the Indy that another tattoo parlor opened up.  I wish the young person owner much success. Just from looking around, I think she will be. Everybody is inked. I’m old and not. But I did come close once. My third kid graduated college and I almost got,  […]

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Ways to Save on Dorm Room Essentials

Ways to Save on Dorm Room Essentials

By StatePoint news service. College tuition may be costly, but outfitting your collegiate student with dorm décor, apparel and gear to support a great academic year doesn’t have to be. With care, college students and their parents can make back to school preparations a wallet-friendly experience. The discount experts at Dollar General are offering some […]

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How to Be a Cool Grandmother

How to Be a Cool Grandmother

By Susan Jacob, Special to the Independent In all my life, I never once concerned myself with being cool. The idea held no interest for me. My family and friends would likely testify to the fact that I am in no way cool. The issue that is motivating me at this late date is the […]

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Colleges Pay Heed to Depression

Colleges Pay Heed to Depression

By Jeremy Bamidele, Special to the Independent The recent string of school shootings has inspired school administrators to start taking a closer look at mental illness and the dangers it causes when left unchecked. Mental illness is not static; it progresses with time. We live in an interconnected world; consequently, we do not have the luxury […]

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The Best Show in Town

The Best Show in Town

Editor, One of Laguna Beach’s major hotels is smack in the middle of downtown Laguna.  At a recent meeting of the Planning Commission, the general manager of that hotel objected to a proposed rooftop dining facility across the street because of anticipated noise and loss of privacy. Visitors to Laguna hotels have a wide choice […]

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Cyclists List Fixes for Safer Streets

Cyclists List Fixes for Safer Streets

Editor, We are writing to express our concern about the grave situation with respect to pedestrian and bicyclist safety in Laguna Beach. Nearly all of our trips around town in Laguna are by bike. We do this in order to ease the traffic situation by not adding another vehicle to already crowded roadways as well […]

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Letter Cites Best-Practices Website for Land Planning

Letter Cites Best-Practices Website for Land Planning

Editor, Re: Cathy Bartels’ letter of July 25, “Lets Make Life the Top Priority” “I especially like www.streetfilms.org” Thank you Cathy for giving a plug to one of my favorite reference web sights. Streetfilms produces short films showing how smart transportation design and policy result in better places to live, work and play. The goal […]

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A Prescription for Safe and Happy Riding

A Prescription for Safe and Happy Riding

Editor, I am a bicyclist; a safe one. I realize that if hit by a car, I lose. Look at the picture on the front page of your July 25, 2014 issue: How many bicyclists are in the bike lane and how many are not? Have you ever seen a bicyclist stop for a stop […]

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Running the Hills Instead of the Highway

Running the Hills Instead of the Highway

Editor, As we move through the long days in the heart of summer, we’re also in prime running season.  I’ve enjoyed reading about the summer successes and activities of the Laguna Beach boys and girls cross country teams.  Congrats to Coaches Wittkop and Lalim for their hard work, and pursuit of excellence.  We’re also in […]

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Santa Ana is a Better Location

Santa Ana is a Better Location

Editor, I feel compelled once again to air my disdain on how the ACLU has helped Laguna Beach to roll out the welcome mat for all homeless. After walking by the congregation that panhandles for “your” money this morning, I made my way for coffee at a local service station. There, I encountered a well-known homeless […]

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Would Two-Bits Tame Congestion?

Would Two-Bits Tame Congestion?

Editor, They say we break the record for bicycle and pedestrian deaths for a town our size. If you look in the concrete gutter in front of the “dirty bird,” (Sandpiper Lounge) you’ll see the contractor’s impression indicating Coast Highway was built in 1927. Actually we are being held hostage by an antique highway that […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

Prehistoric Creatures Close-up Chitonsare primitive marine mollusks resembling trilobites whose fossil record can be traced back to the Devonian Period over 400 million years ago. There are over 900 existing species and fossil records for over 400 more extinct species. They have a worldwide distribution and can be found from the rocks in the intertidal […]