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Musings on the Coast

Surprises Behind Cuba’s Socialist Curtain, Part 2   Jandres Burgos was born in the worst ghetto of Puerto Rico. His father abandoned his family early on. His mother, quite beautiful, became the mistress of the biggest drug lord on the island. Jandres, as a 10-year old, remembers...
Posted On 02 Jul 2015

Dr. C, Please Phone Home

Editor, When she left Laguna in 2014 to become the assistant superintendent of educational services in Palos Verdes, I said Joanne Culverhouse would return someday. Now that Sherine Smith, the Laguna Beach Unified School District superintendent of schools, has announced she plans...

Viewpoint on the View Ordinance

Editor, I see by the two thoughtful letters last week that a few more people are awaking to the destruction of Laguna’s once priceless view sheds by overgrown non-native vegetation. For many long years a group of us have written letters, attended countless meetings, and did a lot...

Growing Trees Now an Ethical Imperative

Editor, It is established science and public policy in California that a global climate disaster is coming, caused by atmospheric carbon, which will make one-third of the species on earth extinct during the lifetimes of the children in Laguna Beach elementary schools. Orange...

Lack of Transparency Leads to Discontent Over Historic Preservation

Editor, Thanks so much to Ann Christoph for her insightful and timely column last week concerning historic preservation. It definitely helps to set straight the misinformation promulgated at City Council and other meetings about the 1982 Historic Resources Inventory and the...

Four-Legged Marauders Are Back and Aggressive

Editor, Today at 3 p.m. I was just leaving my house to go on a work call when I heard my lab and little dog barking. I went into the fenced yard to see a coyote almost ready to attack my dogs! I’m not talking early a.m. or dusk, but 3 p.m. I yelled and chased the coyote...

The Kibitzer

The Dead is Alive and Well Last weekend in San Francisco was an historic event that brought people of all stripes together in sacred union. I’m not talking about gay pride. It was the start of the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well tour; five performances they swear will be their...
Posted On 02 Jul 2015

Village Matters

Seeing Beyond a Label “You should be aware that not all gays feel well represented by Bob Gentry,” a gay politico told me. “Why not?” I responded. It was 1990 or thereabouts and I was a new naïve councilmember. I didn’t know Bob Gentry when I was first elected, except as a...

Taking Stock

Power Stocks Stocks finished the June quarter with a whimper. As the simmering Euro crisis with Greece finally boiled over, markets dipped everywhere and then began coming back when investors realized that most other economies would easily survive the possible failure of the...

Civility on the Streets, Please

Editor, I am a 30-year Laguna Beach resident and would like to add to Leslie Cunningham’s (“Good Driving Reminers Needed,” Letters, June 19) from last week. I am in complete agreement with her assessment. The street I live on is like playing “driving pinball”...

Save the Date: Protest Nuclear Fuel Storage at San O

Editor, Only Pope Francis seems to be speaking out against the deadly dangers of nuclear energy and the nuclear industry. The tower of Babel is a powerful image of human self-destruction under the desire for power. The public must show up and demand that the Department of Energy...

About-Face on Street Closures Due to Lack of ‘Buy-in’

Editor, Making the reasonable argument that laden with packages and waiting on the street she would not take the trolley, Martha Lydick explains why loss of parking on Forest Avenue would force her to shop and/or dine in Fashion Island.  And Laguna merchants themselves have...

Street Closure, a Tax Payer Boondoggle

Editor, Closing Forest and Ocean Avenues to generate business and increase pedestrian use and enjoyment of these two streets was a hot topic. I was shocked at the idea to relocate farmer’s market to Ocean Avenue. The current location is ideal for families (children can wander...

View Rules Favor the Vegetation Violator

Editor, We are so fortunate to have view enforcement in Laguna Beach. The only problem is that we are not sure as to which side is being protected. Recently I contacted the city for some assistance as there is an undeveloped property within 250 feet from our home that has a tree...