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Pet Peeves

Spring is Here It’s that time of year again. The crocuses push their way up for the first sign of spring. The second sign, the deer eat them. “Honey, is spring here?” “Not yet. No crocuses. Just deer.” In Laguna, the first sign of spring is different. “Honey, is spring here...

‘Mormon’ Preaches a Musical Gospel

By Christopher Trela | NB Indy It’s irreverent, controversial and outrageously funny. It’s also been hailed by the New York Times as “the best musical of the century.” The winner of nine Tony Awards including best musical, “The Book of Mormon” is one of the biggest blockbuster...

Praise for Abandoning Coyote Trapping

Editor, I attended the Living with Wildlife community meeting last week and am happy to report that Laguna Beach’s Animal Services Division announced their partnership with California Fish & Wildlife’s Wildlife Watch program. This management plan, which emphasizes greater...

Let’s Welcome a New Superintendent

Editor, It’s the public’s right to question methods employed by our school board and the search firm it hired, but the board soon will choose a superintendent.  Once it does, we owe it to students and parents to look over the horizon to the future for our schools. The biggest...

Cultural Arts Plan Receives Unfavorable Review

  Editor, Village Laguna appreciates that the cultural arts plan has provided the opportunity and forum for focusing on the artistic life of our community. Unfortunately, the plan’s recommendations seem to be almost solely based on opinions expressed in a community survey in...

Guest column

Loophole Undermines City’s View Rules My name is Joseph Risi and I am the owner of 1283 Skyline. A very unfortunate incident has occurred which shines a light on the disparity that exists with the city ordinances regarding view protection. The DRB is involved, as well as...

Pet Peeves

Laguna Checkout There was a knock on the door. “Candy-gram.” No response from inside. Then another knock followed by a second “Candy-gram” greeting. The hotel guest wasn’t buying it. “Go away,” the guest yelled. It was a standoff. Hours passed by. Noon checkout came and went and...

Friendly Audience Cheers ‘Greeter’ Film

By George Gore Browne, Special to the Independent As guests arrived on the red carpet for the debut of the independent “Greeter Documentary,” they had the chance to meet the star of the show. Michael Minutoli, Laguna Beach’s current greeter, pedaled his famously photographed...

Racer Earns Back-To-Back Wins

By Meredith Burns, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach native Michael Lewis swept both races of the Pirelli World Challenge on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., last weekend, March 12 and 13. In Rounds 3 and 4, Lewis led every lap and took the overall victory in each race,...

Illegal Construction in the Creek Overlooked by Longi’s Critics

Editor, If Julie Hamilton and Jackie Gallagher are so concerned about Laguna Creek, why do they ignore all the other violations that are very clear when visiting the site? I shared a document (detailing other violations along Laguna Creek) with Norm Grossman when he was a zoning...

Beu’s Departure Will Be a Loss

Editor, I am very saddened to hear that Rev. Beu will be leaving the Congregational Church. He has been such a breath of fresh air for Laguna Beach. To me he represents a true Christian, actually a holy person and good human being that truly ministers to all people who walk...

Why Have Deer Disappeared?

Editor: I haven’t seen deer in my backyard for at least a couple of years now.  They used to be common. Others in Laguna are telling me the same story.  I still see a few hoof prints on some trails but there are many trails, for example in Rimrock Canyon, where the telltale...

Chastised Writer Knows the Power of Words

Editor, I like Billy Fried and his columns that tackle local issues. But his latest column, “The Great Skateboard Diaspora,” made my stomach hurt. He wrote that because our community does not have a skateboard park, “our kids will now know what it’s like to be a Syrian refugee,...

Sympathy for Skateboard Refugees (Not)

Editor, I applaud the recent article, “The Great Skateboard Diaspora,” for bringing to our attention the inhumane treatment of Laguna’s skateboard refugees. Our teenagers forced out of their homeland, without a skate park to call their own, risk the great...