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^ Prince died and we lost a king. His music contribution was greater than any other. It is said that his unpublished work could produce an album a year for the next 100 years. His fans call the place of this work the vault. I keep my unpublished work in a vault, the toilet. I’m...

Laguna Ignores Short-Term Rental Policies of Other Cities

Editor, Thanks to the LB Indy for the eye-opening article about the number of short term rentals in Laguna owned by people who do not live here. This is a highly relevant facet of the whole short-term rental issue that has not had the level of exposure and discussion in Council...

Regulations Should Forbid Absentee Owners

Editor: I am dismayed by the attitude of Lagunans, who want an outright ban on all short-term rentals, home-sharing, and home exchanges.  They seem to be painting anyone who supports these rentals as approving of absentee landlords and greedy people who don’t care about their...

Short-term Rentals, A New Twist on Wealth Transfer

Editor, Subcommittees can be an efficient means to an end.  Being out of the public eye they avoid exposure to embarrassing or unpopular council discussions. A case in point is the recent public meeting regarding short-term lodging that was abruptly ended in favor of a two...

Laguna on Wrong Side of Short-term Rental Debate

Editor, What surprises me most about the debate over short term rentals is that there is any debate at all. There is not one workable model that can be pointed to as a success. All cities report the same litany of predictable problems. They include increased anti-social behavior,...

Village Matters

A Fuss Over Sweet Rewards From the way some of my recent efforts in the kitchen have turned out, you would never guess that I was recognized as my high school’s “Betty Crocker Future Homemaker of the Year.” That was in the days before building self-esteem in students was even...

Trouble in Paradise

Editor, If I may, I’d like to briefly respond to last week’s concerned neighbor regarding the undocumented aliens in our midst, those dreaded eucalyptus trees, and the arborists and the view ordinance and the city council. Whew! Haven’t we already had this conversation? For those...

Heart Talk

Meet, Not Meat I have lived in Laguna Beach since 2001, though many old time residents still consider me new to town. I have tried hard to become a part of the place my heart has embraced. Purchasing things from local artists, taking classes at the Susi Q Center, reading at open...

Ban on Short-term Rentals Protects Neighborhoods

Editor, I believe the Planning Commission had it right regarding the ban on short-term rentals and the Council not voting it in, has it wrong now. I hope at least two other council members will join Rob Zur Schmiede in his view that the ban would protect property values and keep...

How to Split a Cookie Fairly

Editor, When we were very young many of us learned that the fairest way to share a cookie between two people was to let one person split the cookie in two and to let the other person have first choice of the resulting pieces. The cookie breaker had the motivation to be as fair as...

Rebellion Sprouts Over Tree Policy

Editor, At last week’s City Council meeting, our city manager admitted that he and Ann Christoph and one or more members of Village Laguna met to discuss possible changes to city policy on emergency tree issues. Why only them? When two “outside” professional arborists decide that...

Spare Poem Speaks Volumes

Editor, Wowie zowie, what a masterful work! In 33 short lines (“It Rained,” Letters April 15 edition) she got to the essence of what’s really important in life. Others have spent a lifetime and volumes and never get close to what she did. Those few words are the best...

Eating Sustainably

Editor: With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day just around the corner, this is a great time to explore more effective ways of slowing climate change and conserving Earth’s natural resources for future generations. A 2010 United Nation’s report charged animal agriculture...

The Kibitzer

No Pot Monopolies When I read the full ballot Initiative to overturn the city’s prohibition on medical marijuana dispensaries, sponsored by locals Corey Aufhammer and Elizabeth Toomey, all I could think of was, “what were they smoking?” Did they really believe that on the...
Posted On 21 Apr 2016

Guest column

Chop, Chop, Chop: Charoses Traditions   Growing up in Chicago in the 1950s, mine was the only lunch bag that trailed matzo crumbs. On first coming to America we lived in a non-Jewish immigrant neighborhood so I had no friends with whom to compare seder rituals. Despite this,...