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Laguna Rides Well

The Laguna Beach High School surf team competed in the Scholastic Surf Series High School State Championships held at Church’s Beach (Trestles) earlier this month. Dante Madrigal and Jake Levine competed in the shortboard contest against San Diguito and Michael Chapman also did...

Shore Scene

Raptors Lured to New Habitat June 1972 is considered the date of the first important victory in the modern environmental movement. That is when DDTwas banned by the EPA because it was shown that using the pesticide led to eggshell thinning in raptors and other birds, including...

Pet Peeves

Skating By I’ve morphed into that old guy my friends and I used to make fun of when we were kids. I tell today’s kids to turn down the music, not to smoke and not to skateboard over the fire hydrant in front of my house. And the kids’ reaction to me is to turn up the music, smoke...

Bring Back the Lagoon

Editor, The Aliso Estuary, a crucial and rare coastal wetland, is set to be restored through a $300,000 grant awarded to the Laguna Ocean Foundation by the California Coastal Conservancy. Over 90 percent of California’s coastal wetlands have disappeared due to developments for...

Kudos for Embracing Open Access

Editor Thank you and bravo to Laguna Beach school board members who voted to support a simple act of transparency: providing public video access to school board meetings. Government should be in the sunshine. Everyone behaves better when they know that they are being recorded....

Landsiedel’s Sour Grapes

Editor, School board member William Landsiedel has never been as passionate about any issue as he was in his failed bid to stop the board’s approval of a live stream podcast of our school board meetings.  Once again Landisedel reveals his true colors…unintentionally....

In Defense of Reimagined Streets

Editor, Michael McFadden, owner of Rock Martin Jewelry on Forest Avenue, wrote a strong letter of opposition to the trial street closures voted in by Council recently. He asked whose idea it was. It was many people, including Mayor Whalen and Councilman Dicterow, who were voted...

Canyon Acres Tour Captures Laguna Character

Editor, I have been a docent for the Laguna Beach Charm House Tour for several years. Last Sunday’s tour of Canyon Acres homes was one of my favorites. In many ways, Canyon Acres epitomizes what is special about Laguna Beach. The natural setting is stunning, with houses nestled...

Tour Reveals a Determined Neighborhood

Editor: “What, me docent?” That was my thought a few years ago when I responded to “gentle persuasion” and agreed to serve as a docent for the Laguna Beach Charm House Tour. And I have to admit that I was surprised to discover that people – Lagunans and out-of-towners alike –...

Recipient Still Aglow Over Award

This letter was addressed to the Arts Alliance. Thank you so much for the wonderful award you gave me on April 12! No award could have meant more to me than “Lifelong Achievement in the Arts” because it included my whole life. And my whole life has been dedicated to...

Is The Greeter a Distraction to Drivers?

Editor, I am amazed that Michael the greeter at Brooks Street has not yet caused a serious accident. His spinning, waving and shouting is a tremendous distraction to Coast Highway drivers approaching a pedestrian crosswalk from both directions as well as turning left into Jack in...

Forest Avenue Closure Will Add to Congestion

Editor, I concur with Michael McFadden, owner of Rock Martin Custom Jewelry, on the issue of closing Forest Avenue (Letters, May 15 edition). The idea is ludicrous from the standpoint of traffic movement.  On any sunny weekend, traffic trying to move from Glenneyre through Forest...

Even Out of Town, Students Exceed Expectations

Editor, I met 20 young people from Laguna Beach last week in New York City. They were wearing the diplomatic hats of Turkey and Madagascar while attending the UNA-USA Model UN Conference in midtown Manhattan. Topics ranged from human rights issues in the Mideast to the...

Guest Column

Ah-ha Anniversaries 50 Years after My Fall; Ten Years Since the Landslide I have experienced several ah-ha moments over the course of my lifetime.  One included “winning” the first draft lottery of the Vietnam War.  Yes, my date of birth, Sept. 14, was the first...

The Slant

Haggen’s Price Pinch Grocery stores are a wonderland. I love them. They have everything you could want or need in one place. A month ago I visited our new grocery store, Haggen, which replaced Albertsons recently. My takeaway from the visit was its unusually high prices. I have...