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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Riding Attire   I’m exercised out after reading the Indy article, “Council Puts Wheels in Motion for Bike Safety.” I’m excited that the Council put the pedal to the metal to discover alternate biking routes to Coast Highway. It can’t be soon enough. And then I thought, what if council members, Toni Iseman, Steve Dicterow, […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Peace of Mind in Stressful Times   The tragedy of 9/11 sits in the background at the start of each September. The daily newscasts inform us of all the threats worldwide. Then there are the personal challenges we each face. Bombardment of outside threats that we have no power to alleviate creates a context of […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Old Pilots and Bold Pilots Apple (AAPL-$100) kicked off the fall stock season with a trio of new products. Its new iPhone expands the screen and the iWatch shrinks it. Apple will sell millions of these to people who didn’t know that they really wanted them until this week. The iPay system is less dramatic […]

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Finding Art

Finding Art

By Susan Jacob I am relatively new in Laguna Beach; I arrived only 20 years ago. I believed that the magnificent background and sea air were behind the incredible artistic community we enjoy. I continue to realize additional depth and diversity in Laguna’s world of art as years go by. I originated from St. Louis, […]

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Salary Story Shows Bias

Salary Story Shows Bias

Editor, With respect to the recent article in the (Aug. 29) LB Indy regarding local non-profits, there are a few significant problems with the reporter’s angle and the overall article I’d like to address. First, while it is of course proper to seek fair and correct compensation in non-profits, the issue is complex and it […]

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Salary Story Provides a Community Resource

Salary Story Provides a Community Resource

Editor: Thanks, Indy, for publicizing the salaries of Laguna’s nonprofit executives (“Top Nonprofit Execs Earn 6 Figure Salaries,” Aug. 29). I assume the salaries you reported were accurate, otherwise the people listed on your chart would have complained by now.  Having said that, here are a few observations from someone who has raised millions of […]

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Speed Cautions Apply to Police Also

Speed Cautions Apply to Police Also

Editor: I read with interest the report, “Inquiry of Officer’s Death Resolves Without Charges”. The officer’s…”Estimated..speed (was)…between 59 and 61 m.p.h.” The investigation (by our police department, I presume), “concludes..that the motorist was primarily at fault, but…”(the officer’s)…speed was a contributing factor”. Why is it not the other way around? Travelling at 60 m.p.h. is […]

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Dreaming of Roads, Cars, Bridges an’ Things

Dreaming of Roads, Cars, Bridges an’ Things

Editor, Let’s start with the premise that we want to keep the Canyon Road as a rural road and the neighborhood as a rural enclave. On that premise, we would envision the road as a meandering, bucolic transit through wildflowers, pedestrian paths with benches, a stream running through it, and with bicycles and trolleys on […]

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Term Limits May Stop Cronyism

Term Limits May Stop Cronyism

Editor: As is now the norm across the country and maybe the world, those aspiring to get into politics and those who want to stay in politics, all stops are pulled and political battles escalates. Our small town is no different it seems. I would like to suggest to the City Council and residents of […]

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Incumbent is Unencumbered by Job Responsibilities

Incumbent is Unencumbered by Job Responsibilities

Editor, The real story as to why Elizabeth Pearson isn’t running for City Council this election year has nothing to do with dignity, or being a class act as Howard Hills says in his letter to the editor (Aug. 5) but has everything to do with a condition of her employment with the Pacific Chorale.   […]

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Measuring Candidates on Fire Safety, Housing the Homeless

Measuring Candidates on Fire Safety, Housing the Homeless

Editor:  When evaluating the candidates for the council election this fall we need to pay particular attention to their positions on preventing a fire like the one that burned about 350 homes in Laguna Beach in 1993. That was a real disaster and we seem to be on a path to repeat it. The fire was […]

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The Town Needs the Next Generation of Stewards

The Town Needs the Next Generation of Stewards

Editor, Toni Iseman recently demanded intensification of enforcement under new parking restrictions for construction workers, ostensibly to protect parking and road use rights of neighbors living near building or remodeling project sites. Yet, a week later Iseman held a gala fundraiser in a residential neighborhood that left driveways blocked and roadways congested by luxury cars […]

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Web of Rules Should Catch Unreasonable Plans

Web of Rules Should Catch Unreasonable Plans

Editor: Jacques Balzac wrote, “Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.”  Since opening as “as a family steakhouse” almost a decade ago, Mozambique has pushed the envelope at every turn when it comes to city code compliance.  Once viewed as a pesky fly, Woods Cove residents […]

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Weed Abatement of a Different Kind

Weed Abatement of a Different Kind

Editor, The Laguna Beach Police have formed a special unit to tackle unlicensed pot usage. The new unit is code named The Weed Whackers. Their most potent weapon against weed appears to be rubber bullets full of RoundUp weed killer. So many people have been smoking pot at Main Beach the tide got high. So […]

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Story Captures Arts and Science

Story Captures Arts and Science

Editor, Your art critic Daniella Walsh has written a lovely article about me and other artists and scientists in the Sept. 4 issue of the LB Indy, “Stem Cells Star in Marriage of Art and Science.” I was impressed with the author’s ability to capture the essence of both the art and the science with […]