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Jose Rosales

Jose Rosales was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico, on March 19, 1950. He was one of nine children. He moved to Mexico City in his teens to follow his dream of becoming a public accountant. There, he met his future wife, Leah, and came to Laguna Beach in 1971 where they were married...

Dance Concert Entertains, Delights All Ages

By Christine Fugate, Special to the Independent  “Turning Pointe,” the high school’s spring dance concert, opens tonight, Friday, April 24, at the LBHS Artists’ Theatre. This is the second concert directed by the new program head, Estee Carrizosa. For the first time in over a...

Who Is Next?

Editor, We love drums and music! The high and mighty Laguna Beach city government has apparently ended the monthly full moon drum circle at Aliso Beach, although that is the perfect place for it with legal fire rings, a tunnel to more parking east of Coast Highway and no drumming...

Pool Owners Should Take Measures to Curb Water Usage

Editor, Re: Rosemary Boyd’s letter (in the April 10 edition of the Coastline Pilot) suggesting a pool and spa moratorium, at least during the drought. I don’t see any reason that the city could not mandate pool and spa covers for all existing pools and spas. Yes, it could be...

Heartbroken Over Bad Manners

Editor, Not a bad day; not a good day. Just a normal Sunday morning walk along the city owned parking area between The Art A Fair and the corner of Laguna Canyon Road and Forest Avenue with my Irish terrier Molly. There was more trash, but I couldn’t reach it or i...

Guest Column

 Can We Trust Edison To Keep Us Safe? “One of the most hazardous materials made by man is spent nuclear fuel.” Physicians for Social Responsibility If Edison has its way, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) site will become a nuclear waste dump. We must not let this...

The Built Environment

Public Improvements Take a Step Backwards When I was growing up in the late ‘40’s and ‘50’s, going camping was what middle class families did. We would spend a couple of weeks each year in some wonderful environment, cooking and sleeping under the stars. Even the buildings,...

Pet Peeves

Up the Creek I have a new dog, Poppy. I give credit for this column to my old dog, Pokey. She’s my muse and the canine to blame when you disagree with what I’ve written. Says so at the bottom of every article. Pokey gets a lot of mail. “I can’t believe you had to live with this...

Unified Council Can Tackle a Sustainable Water Supply

Editor, Is this is the leadership team we’ve been waiting for? Kudos Governor Brown for making everyone aware that California is in a deep drought with no end in sight. NASA also released a recent paper stating that California only has one year of water left. Since Laguna...

Try Curbing Water Use by Halting Development

Editor, It seems everyone is talking about how we can conserve water now that Gov. Brown announced a mandatory 25% reduction on urban water use. The four-year drought also has the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to probably impose restrictions of their own....

Kudos for Approving Blue Water Festival

Editor, Thank you to the Sawdust Festival’s board of directors and the city of Laguna Beach Planning Commission for continuing to host the Blue Water Music Festival on the festival grounds. This blend that showcases Laguna’s spectacular natural setting and quality...

Writer Rejects Portrayal of Skateparks

Editor, After reading the letter from Liza Stewart, “No Reason to Match Every Other Town’s Amenities,” I immediately jumped on the computer to write back because her argument was so off point. I grew up here and have traveled around the country to more than 25...

Waves Too Crowded by Surf School Students

Editor, Okay… the surf school lessons at Hakama Reef (between Anita and Thalia Streets) has gotten out of control and will only get worse every summer. I am curious to know whether the city has any plans or thoughts on restricting these surf lessons. Granted, Hakama is a...

In Memoriam

Lynda Brown What a beautiful, caring and loving soul, Lynda Georgina Brown, born April 24, 1946, and left this existence Feb. 14, 2015, after a four year illness caused by the superbug known as “C-Diff.” Originally from England, Brown moved to Laguna in 1979 with her...