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Sore Winners and Sour Grapes

Editor, What does it mean when the winner of an election is bitter and resentful, while a candidate who lost is grateful and optimistic? How come spirits were higher at election night gatherings where candidates who lost felt good about the campaign, and toasted with candidates...

Outcome Reflects Candidates Who Look Out for Residents

Editor, Last week’s Indy stated that our election for City Council was “Voters Choose Familiar Names.” While certainly Toni Iseman and Kelly Boyd are familiar names, Rob Zur Schmiede did not start out that way. All three winners ran on their experience, knowledge and...

Pithy Ideas for City’s Traffic Message Boards

Editor, Re: witty traffic-safety slogans I am a physician who has only lived in town for less than two years and already am very motivated to make Laguna even better than it is, which is great already. This was a lot of fun. I got my daughter and my wife into it, and we laughed...

Global-Warming Skeptics Find Common Ground

Editor, This is a response to George Weiss’s letter parroting Tom Osborne’s views in his column “When Ideology Trumps Facts”. Any skepticism of global warming whatsoever and you are branded a right wing heretic, lacking sophistication, critical thinking, and knowledge. You are...

Girls Tennis (18-4, 10-0) SSCIF Division II

Breakers and Troy tied 9-9 last Monday at the Warrior’s campus taking the match victory on games, 79-73. The win sent Laguna to Murrieta Valley this past Wednesday for the semifinal battle with the # 2 ranked Nighthawks. Laguna opened their playoff run with a pair of easy wins...

Boys Sand Volleyball (9-1) League Champions

Breakers completed the post-season sweeping the individual pairs and four-man competition for the Orange County HS Sand Volleyball League last week in Newport Beach: D-I Jack Burgi & Reed Donenfeld (Laguna Beach) defeated Mater Dei  25-17, Edison 25-14, Huntington Beach...

Boys Water Polo (22-6, 5-0) League Champions

Laguna completed their regular season last week with a pair of road games. Laguna defeated Capistrano Valley 17-12 on Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Cougar pool then held off Santa Margarita 8-6 on Saturday at the Eagle pool. As expected Laguna is seeded No. 1 in the playoffs and should...

LBHS Polo Star Signs With Stanford

Stanford University’s women’s water polo program signed six prep standouts to national letters of intent, including Makenzie Fischer of Laguna Beach, head coach John Tanner announced Wednesday. A dozen other Laguna Beach High School student athletes also signed similar letters...

Adding Recycled Water to Canyon Improvements

Editor, Laguna Beach remains the only South County city without a comprehensive, sustainable recycled water program. We need to protect our great park, the Laguna Greenbelt, with adequate routine irrigation and fire suppression systems. Undergrounding utilities in Laguna Canyon...

Wisdom Workout

Time to Make New Choices Intuition has gotten a bum rap over the years. Contrary to popular belief, intuition isn’t a soft, new-age skill. It has a long tradition of consistent use in philosophy, mathematics, business, psy­chology, engineering, linguistics, music, literature,...

Do We Really Lose?


By Steve Erickson Do we really lose when we’ve lost things or people or is it time for a new beginning? A whole life full of things lost. Still seems terrible, no matter what the cost. People dying and you end up crying. Here for a short while, sometimes you can’t...

Pet Peeves

Where Life Happens This column will make me unpopular. What did you say readers? Oh, I’m already unpopular. Good to know. Then there’s no reason to bathe today. I’ve always aspired to Howard Hughes’ life of solitude and uncleanliness. I’ll just hold off on those time weary...

Election Campaigns Contradict Green Slogans

Editor, I left town last week and returned to a bin full of paper that my mail lady deposited on my doorstep upon my return. Never mind she had to lug that around. Very little real mail. I sifted through all the bulk mail from our council candidates who had so much money to spend...

Rising CO2 Levels Undermine Climate Change Skepticism

Editor, This is in response to Stephen Tygh’s letter criticizing Tom Osborne’s article, “When Ideology Trumps Facts”. The only “common sense” response to Michele Hall’s position on climate change is shock as Tom stated. With 97% of atmospheric scientists agreeing that global...

Arts Funding Lacked Unanimous Support

Editor, Sam Goldstein, Karyn Phillippsen and Paul Freeman brought the BID–Business Improvement District–to the Council. The local hotels and motels had agreed to increase their bed tax by two cents. One cent would go to the Visitor’s Bureau (now Visit Laguna) and one...