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Garden Park Supports Multi-Use

Garden Park Supports Multi-Use

Editor, I would like to clarify two points made by Mr. Hills in an article (“Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights,” June 19). Regarding “investing tax dollars” in allocating funds toward the purchase of a permanent site for the South Laguna Community Garden Park:  Rather than “tax dollars” the funds came to city coffers as […]

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Alternative Suggestion Emerges for Homeless Housing

Alternative Suggestion Emerges for Homeless Housing

Editor, Lorene Auger said on June 27, “since the village entrance has not yet been designed, this permanent supportive housing project could easily be incorporated into the village entrance model.” Our city could consider the city’s newly purchased Christmas tree lot as a site for the homeless shelter. This site is close to the center […]

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Project Enables Uncivil Behavior

Project Enables Uncivil Behavior

Editor, I must finally write this letter to express my frustration and sadness about what is happening in our beloved town.  The homeless problem has literally changed the character and quality of life here.  People are now being accosted on the streets for money, food or whatever.  I have witnessed a homeless man urinating in […]

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Roger Mack Williams

Roger Mack Williams

Captain Roger Mack Williams, 77, passed away peacefully on June 30, 2014, in Georgetown, Texas. Roger “Tosh” was born on Oct. 3, 1936, to parents, Ike O. Williams and Anna Alice Carroll Williams and is a native son of Williamson County, Texas, where his ancestors helped tame the new county and became prominent contributors to […]

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New Appreciation for Laguna’s Pool

New Appreciation for Laguna’s Pool

  Thankfully we have our pool back. The Aqua Fit class dutifully follows our Princess Mermaid, Helen Conroy. She optimistically leads us year after year as we work hard and hardly notice. She inspires us with her wisdom. “We are so lucky to be here. Think how many women are slaves to how they look […]

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Senior Center Moment

Senior Center Moment

  I read in the Indy that the senior center is looking for a younger crowd.  Be careful what you wish for.  Suppose they get what they want.  The demographic goes from 63 to 11. Won’t we have to change the name to the Susi Q Senior Boys & Girls Club? And then, the parking […]

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Festival Nurtures a Family of Artists

Festival Nurtures a Family of Artists

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent Artists credit the Sawdust Festival, the arts and crafts festival whose 48th summer show opens Friday, June 27 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 31, with providing them financial support and creative motivation for an entire year. The entirety of jewelry-maker and 30-year festival veteran Karen Joy’s yearly income […]

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Housing for Homeless Encounters Resistence

Housing for Homeless Encounters Resistence

Editor, The proposed development for a permanent supportive 40 unit housing project to house those mental and/or physical disabled will include those with chronic substance abuse issues since sobriety is neither mandatory nor required for any resident. The disabled were identified as those homeless who are mentally (schizophrenia, bipolar, Tourette syndrome, severely depressed, etc), physically […]

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Homeless Forums Need More Attention

Homeless Forums Need More Attention

Editor, As a college student, I never certainly think of possible issues that are being encountered in Laguna Beach, because let’s face it, it’s a city of paradise and nothing can be wrong with that. But for someone who is just simply passing by and not really paying attention, the homeless seem to be a […]

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Summer Hibernation Starts

Summer Hibernation Starts

Enjoy what’s left of your off season routine. Last Saturday, June 21, marked the official start of summer and the arrival of tourists. With the economy recovering, this year we can expect more people in town than ever. Additionally, Irvine has been hurriedly producing new homes with “closeness to Laguna Beach” as one of its […]

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Stores Feed People, Not Cars

Stores Feed People, Not Cars

Editor, On a stroll over to Whole Foods I confirmed it. Once in place and now removed, the public benches, umbrellas, picnic tables are all gone now. The bike rack is stuffed next to a ventilation pump while the parking lot looks staged for Cal Worthington and Channel 5. My car doesn’t eat bananas so […]

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Canyon Tranquility in Need of Protection

Canyon Tranquility in Need of Protection

Editor, (This letter also went to council members.) The ASL homeless shelter on Canyon Road continues to disrupt the safety of canyon residents on a daily basis as the homeless walk down the canyon road into the city. Unfortunately, homeless often stop in the neighborhoods creating nuisance and safety issues with the residents ability to […]

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Gift’s Proceeds Provides Seed Money for Park

Gift’s Proceeds Provides Seed Money for Park

Editor, As evidenced in Howard Hills’ recent column (“Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights,” June 20 edition) it appears there is still misunderstanding about the funds the City Council recently allocated toward the purchase of a permanent site for the South Laguna Community Garden Park. He describes the funds as “tax dollars” but a bit […]

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Heritage Protections Keep Town Character Intact

Heritage Protections Keep Town Character Intact

Editor, I am taken aback by the angry tone of Howard Hill’s article in the June 19 Independent.  “Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights.” As a person who faithfully restored a 1922 historical cottage, I would expect his values to be more in line with those of Ann Christoph.  She has, from what I have […]