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The Scouting News

Scout’s Initiative Makes a Splash By Torie Hamilton, Special to the Independent Several residents of the Glennwood House of Laguna Beach are preparing to swim in the Special Olympics and their training was inadvertently made possible by Daniela Lucidi, who graduated from Laguna...

Pageant Pursues Happiness Across Every Era

By Torie Hamilton, Special to the Independent “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and—the pursuit of happiness,” booms narrator Richard...

Merit to Redundancy

Editor, While I understand and sometimes share City Council’s frustration with absenteeism on the Design Review Board, it would appear that the simpler and less draconian solution would be to re-institute the alternate board member system that was in place for many years, and...

Street Closure Needs a More Creative Moniker

Editor, Before the Forest Avenue Closure stirs more panic from motorists, merchants and the petition police, here are execution steps to ensure the event will give us meaningful results. A positive community experience and business receipts will ensure a successful event. Change...

A Plan in Search of a Problem

Editor, I attended a meeting at last week in which the city planner and a consultant presented plans to alter the downtown area. I have a few problems with the Forest Ave. closure. We will lose at least 50 parking spots. I want to support local business, but I am unwilling to...

Already Missing Mark Dressler

Editor, Last Sunday about 150 friends, students, and parents attended a retirement party for Mark Dressler, who has taught theater in the Laguna Beach school district for 25 years. My family started attending his plays long before our kids started high school, and I still see...

A Character’s Absence is Noted

Editor, The silver haired gentleman seen at the chessboard on main beach, occasionally with a pigeon sitting atop of his hat, has returned to his hometown of Lucca, Italy.  Said he was going so see his son in Canada on the way.  Take care, Burt; safe travels.   Duane Allee,...

Laura Holty

Laura Holty passed peacefully in April of 2015. As she told the attending staff, “I have had a wonderful life. I had a career that I loved, a wonderful family, friends and experiences that were amazing for a woman of my time.” That is all true. While her family moved...

Traveller Poet Conveys Place in Words

By Torie Hamilton, Special to the Independent A solo writing trip to Ireland and a gold boat inspired writer and poet Ellen Girardeau Kempler to start a website as a platform of inspiration for writers. After returning from a 2012 trip, Kempler realized the potential for creative...

Rental Fight Echoes an Earlier Battle Over High-Rises

Editor: Billy Fried’s column last week regarding short-term lodging missed the mark.  He claims financial benefits to the owner, citing one renter who purportedly, “makes $30,000 to $40,000 a month in summer” and “does it because she needs the...

Another Round in the Visitors vs. Residents Culture Battle

Editor, I am replying to Billy Fried’s May 29th glowing endorsement of home sharing. Billy, you open your “kibitz” portraying yourself as an open-minded world traveler who supports family, intimacy, and culture but you reveal a disdain for the democratic...

Ideas to Turn a Problem Into Revenue

Editor: I suggest an ordinance to mitigate the short-term rental crisis in Laguna Beach. Such rentals are a right of the property owners, just as those living nearby have the right to the quiet enjoyment of their property. We have a bed tax in Laguna Beach. If the city collects...

Plea to Save Trees

Editor, Please come to the Laguna Beach School Board meeting June 9 at 6 p.m. to stand and speak up for the trees around Laguna Beach High School. Unfortunately many of the older palms, majestic old eucalyptus trees, some probably well over 100 years old, and many other trees...

Christoph’s Plantings Ignore Current Sentiment

Editor, As a professional landscape architect, Ann Christoph, the designer of the slope surrounding the high school baseball field, knew the eucalyptus and California oaks were a sensitive subject. On Fridays, prior to Tuesday’s school board meeting, the agenda for the...

Alternate Ideas Emerge to Lure Downtown Foot Traffic

Editor, What ever happened to the project to fix up the alley behind Forest Avenue?  Wouldn’t that be a better location for parklets and dining, etc. than the front of Forest? Way fewer traffic interruptions, easy pedestrian flow, less rancor in town, and could probably be...