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Opposition Surfaces to Aliso Creek Skate Park

Editor: Thank you for running Tom Osborne’s column about the possible restoration of the Aliso Creek estuary.  As one who grew up in Laguna Beach, I feel passionate about our glorious landscape.  It’s been a delight to see such improvements over the last few years as...

Indy Columnist Gains a Fan

Editor, Sometime back I came across an article under the heading “Wisdom Workout” in The LB Indy. It grabbed me and held me in a way that the usual commentary or opinion does not. I started looking forward to each edition of the Indy that published “Wisdom Workout.” I...

Quinn Farnes

Eugene Eldon Quinn Farnes, long-time football coach and math teacher at Laguna Beach High School, passed away peacefully on May 31. He was almost 94. He joined the teaching staff in Laguna in 1948 and retired 33 years later. He leaves his wife of 64 years, Jeanne, and his son...

Inside Out

Pilgrim’s Progress Blocked at the Gate         Death. Mortality. Spring-like thoughts they are not. Spring is about new life, beginnings not endings. Why then such gloomy reflections on death? My younger sister, living in Dallas with a husband and two sons, ages 17 and 18, died...

Carolyn Kolberg

Loving mother, wife, grandmother and friend, Carolyn Kolberg, passed away May 20, 2015, at the age of 70. Born in Los Angeles in 1944, Carolyn moved to Laguna Beach in 1956, with her (now deceased) mother and stepdad June and Dick McKeon. Carolyn attended Thurston Middle School...

Seth Bowen

Seth Watkins Bowen passed away unexpectedly in Aliso Viejo on May 29, 2015. Bowen was a Laguna Beach resident for 19 years. He was 54. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Seth graduated from Nichols School in 1979 and the University of Arizona in 1984 with a degree in finance and accounting...

Guest Column: Poor Hunting

Celia was delivering a baby when most of her community left. The hunting had decreased progressively, they had to leave or starve. Celia was weak herself from inadequate food. She feared for her infant daughter who was small and had some difficulty nursing. Many infants had not...

An Unexpected Return to Her Roots

By Anne Moore, Special to the Independent One never knows where the artistic path will lead. Sometimes it takes you home. Just ask Sunny Kim. The Laguna Beach artist recently returned to her homeland in Korea to present her expressive contemporary paintings at the Seoul Open Art...

Short-Term Rentals Restrictions Trample on Property Rights

Editor, letter was addressed to City Council members: I’ve just read the news articles in the OC Register, Laguna Beach Independent and the Coastline Pilot regarding “short-term rentals.” The City Council is considering whether to continue to allow them or not. Another...

Where Transparency and Politics Collide

Editor, The recent vote on the proposal to install streaming video in Laguna Beach school board meetings has tragically put one of our own in a negative light. Board members voted 3-1 in favor; the lone nay was Bill Landsiedel. Bill is an elected official whose only platform to...

Tired of the Toll Road

Editor, Am I the only one who is tired of being cheated and abused by the toll road? You know, the toll road that was built with New Jersey construction money and was once blocked in Orange County because of a rare bird habitat. But the Laguna fire wiped out the poor little...

Shopper Dissatisfied by Inventory

Editor, I have to agree with Roderick Reed on the prices at Haggen’s (“Haggen’s Price Pinch,” May 22 edition)! I appreciated their wide, uncluttered aisles, but not only were many of the items I normally bought more expensive, but others I bought were no longer available...

Laguna Does Not Survive on Tourists

Editor, I read John Thomas’s commentary in May 22 edition of the Coastline Pilot, “Laguna Does not Survive on Tourists” (his response to David Hansen’s column 5/15), which raises the issue of whether we, the residents of Laguna, are subsidizing the tourists that visit Laguna and...

Guest column

Drought ‘Solutions’ Deserve Closer Scrutiny How do all us water wise Lagunatics feel now? We saved and saved water while our neighbors in Newporsche Beach kept their sprinklers going full blast right up till the end. The result is they must cut back 28% from their profligate...

Pet Peeves

My 15 Minutes The unthinkable happened on April 25. The Orange County Press Club notified me by email that Pet Peeves was a finalist in the Excellence for Journalism Awards. I have never seen the words pet peeves and excellence used in the same sentence. I reread it again. The...