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Category: Letters

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Corrections:

Corrections:

In the June 20 article, “The President Rolls Through Town,” the name of UC Irvine Prof. James L. McGaugh was spelled incorrectly.   A book signing by Liz Fenton and Lisa Stein took place last week at Laguna Beach Books, not Laguna Art Museum.   A battle of the bands contest to win a recording […]

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Correction McKnight:

Correction McKnight:

The article “Disciplined Teacher Plans to Retire” in the June 20 edition imprecisely attributed facts from a lawsuit filed on behalf of Joanie McKnight to her attorney, James Guziak, rather than from the court record itself. A statement that McKnight refused to submit to a sobriety test was misattributed to Guziak, rather than court records, […]

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Stores Feed People, Not Cars

Stores Feed People, Not Cars

Editor, On a stroll over to Whole Foods I confirmed it. Once in place and now removed, the public benches, umbrellas, picnic tables are all gone now. The bike rack is stuffed next to a ventilation pump while the parking lot looks staged for Cal Worthington and Channel 5. My car doesn’t eat bananas so […]

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Canyon Tranquility in Need of Protection

Canyon Tranquility in Need of Protection

Editor, (This letter also went to council members.) The ASL homeless shelter on Canyon Road continues to disrupt the safety of canyon residents on a daily basis as the homeless walk down the canyon road into the city. Unfortunately, homeless often stop in the neighborhoods creating nuisance and safety issues with the residents ability to […]

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Gift’s Proceeds Provides Seed Money for Park

Gift’s Proceeds Provides Seed Money for Park

Editor, As evidenced in Howard Hills’ recent column (“Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights,” June 20 edition) it appears there is still misunderstanding about the funds the City Council recently allocated toward the purchase of a permanent site for the South Laguna Community Garden Park. He describes the funds as “tax dollars” but a bit […]

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Heritage Protections Keep Town Character Intact

Heritage Protections Keep Town Character Intact

Editor, I am taken aback by the angry tone of Howard Hill’s article in the June 19 Independent.  “Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights.” As a person who faithfully restored a 1922 historical cottage, I would expect his values to be more in line with those of Ann Christoph.  She has, from what I have […]

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Misplaced Values

Misplaced Values

Editor, Kill a pigeon or a crab; go to jail. Eat a hamburger; you’re a heartless savage. Kill a cyclist and drive a mile with a caved in windshield before stopping; meh. Another day another fatality. Laguna Beach has garnered the “notorious distinction as the worst among 107 small cities” for pedestrian and cyclist fatalities. […]

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 Are Safer Streets A Political Choice?

Are Safer Streets A Political Choice?

Editor, How do we lower our crash rate for cars, pedestrians and bike riders? Or maybe more importantly, does our town have the political will to do so? We tend to think of our street system as if it’s chiseled in stone, handed down from outer space, as if it is a force of nature. […]

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Where Were You 20 Years Ago?

Where Were You 20 Years Ago?

Editor, The Orange County Register’s June 17 edition declares that on June 17, 1994, “the entire country followed a white Bronco” with a celebrity passenger, a former resident now known as inmate 1027820 residing at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. For nostalgia’s sake, I was compelled to write. Are we better off 20 years later […]

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Special Night Captures a Community’s Spirit

Special Night Captures a Community’s Spirit

Editor, As I write my thank you notes to the scholarships I act as liaison to in my role as a director for the LBHS Scholarship Foundation, I am once again struck by the magic of the emotions involved with Honors Convocation. I have been on that board since the mid-80s and never tire of […]

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Incendiary Devices Still Present in Wild Lands

Incendiary Devices Still Present in Wild Lands

Editor, (This was also sent to city officials.) What is it going to take to get the leadership of the city of Laguna Beach to take action? Since hard evidence is needed to substantiate a claim of malfeasance, I submit the photo below to support my assertion that little, if anything, is being done to […]

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Learn the Facts Firsthand on Housing the Homeless

Learn the Facts Firsthand on Housing the Homeless

Editor, Everything I know firsthand from my 40 years as a resident of Laguna and as a Friendship Shelter board member for more than 15 years was confirmed Sunday night, June 15 by an episode of “60 Minutes.” Anderson Cooper’s piece shows dozens of communities in this country providing housing for their most vulnerable homeless […]

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Correction

Correction

On Friday June 21 Rick Springfield will be at Laguna Beach Books to promote his new book, Magnificent Vibration.  We incorrectly called the book Magnificant Vibration in our June 13 edition.

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Corrections:

Corrections:

The article “Aspiring Doctor Disembarks for India Again” in the June 6 edition misprinted the email address for the UCLA student, Alia Manetta. Her correct email address is: [email protected]   The article “Council Rejects Building Moratorium” in the June 6 edition refers to “a 40-unit artists live work project.” It is a 30-unit project.  

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Thanks for Supporting Artists

Thanks for Supporting Artists

Editor, I want to express my gratitude to the Laguna Beach Independent for taking seriously its role to both examine and support the art community of our town. Recently, I was a part of the initial “Art Along the Coast” studio tour. The Indy recognized that it was a different type of exhibition than had been […]