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Correction:

Correction:

The article “Madison Leads in Campaign Donations” in the Aug. 15 edition noted that Mayor Elizabeth Pearson made a campaign contribution to Jon Madison, based on the candidates’ financial disclosures for the period ending June 30. The disclosed documents omitted to indicate that Pearson also made a donation to the campaign of incumbent Council member […]

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Understanding the Value of Patience During Crisis

Understanding the Value of Patience During Crisis

  The phone rang at 8 p.m. “We need you to go to our client’s office first thing in the morning,” said the insurance agent. “Their CEO was just killed in a plane crash.” I went online and watched horrific TV news coverage of a fiery crash of a private plane at a local airport. […]

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Culverhouse is a Huge Loss

Culverhouse is a Huge Loss

Editor, Just wishing Culverhouse well is not enough. Our School Board’s statements on the departure of the LBHS Principal fail to give expression to the significance of this unexpected change, and the loss it portends for what little continuity and stability there has been in stewardship of our public schools. A more honest acknowledgment that […]

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Enough is Never Enough for Mozambique

Enough is Never Enough for Mozambique

Editor, Apparently, enough is never enough for Mozambique. As a 25-year Woods Cove resident, area residents and I have witnessed firsthand the brazen and unrelentless fashion in which Mozambique restaurant has pushed its agenda into the city. Self-described as a “family steakhouse with jazz music” when it opened almost a decade ago, Mozambique continues to […]

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Views on Transportation Workshop

Views on Transportation Workshop

Editor, Good luck to those who plan to attend the next transportation workshop next week. I will not be among them. I attended last time, along with several others who hoped that ideas from all residents would be welcome. But those of us who wanted to focus on resident concerns were by and large ignored […]

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Realtors Support Ranch Restoration

Realtors Support Ranch Restoration

Editor, The Ranch at Laguna Beach, formerly Aliso Creek Inn, is in the midst of an environmentally sensitive restoration project that was appealed to the California Coastal Commission. Resolution of this type of appeal can take months or years. It could force unwarranted long-term delays or literally stop the sale, renovation or construction of any […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

Peeping at a Prickly, Purple Pincushion Who would suspect that a prickly, purple pincushion looking thing we see on the rocks would hide a beautiful pale green shell that we find rolling in the waves? This is the test (external skeleton) of the purple sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus) that remains after its death. The animal […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Big Boomer It was a bad day at the office. Well, his moving office to be exact. I read with interest the Indy article, “Crane Rescue Reveals Another Fissure.” My eyes aren’t so good and I thought I read, “Crantz Rescue Reveals Another Fissure.” Imagine my relief when my wife hit me upside the head, […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Unsolicited Opinions Advice giving is becoming a runaway habit in our society. I suspect it is on the rise in direct proportion to the decline of a general code of accepted behaviors that fall into the old-fashioned category of manners and politeness. Since our local political campaigns are starting to gear up, this might be […]

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A Rude Awakening

A Rude Awakening

Editor, Our family has had our family home in Laguna Beach since 1956 and in the canyon area for the past 44 years. On June 5, we were awakened at 3:30 a.m. in the morning by thunderous pounding and knocking. We first thought earthquake, until we heard cussing and screaming. My son answered the door […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

The Rally Of Summer  For the third time in the past twelve months, the stock market slid into a downtrend and then, after dipping around five percent, rallied and resumed a confirmed uptrend. It’s like contemporary swimming pools with a maximum depth of five feet, making it easier to avoid getting in over your head. […]

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Show Courtesy to Neighbors and Vendors

Show Courtesy to Neighbors and Vendors

Editor: The recent large crane accident gave me something to think about. What is the responsibility of the homeowner in terms of preventing or mitigating such happenings?  Nobody was prepared, nobody was aware and many people seriously inconvenienced for 30 hours either in their home or they were not able to get into their homes. The […]

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Criticism Should Focus on Commercial Industry not Recreational Anglers

Criticism Should Focus on Commercial Industry not Recreational Anglers

Editor, Re: Sandy Dildine’s letter stating disappointment that people who fish are excited that some bluefin and other game fish are visiting the coast of California. I don’t know, and don’t really care, what excites Sandy or what Sandy eats, but if I did know I would not criticize it unless it was hurting other […]

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More Precautions Needed to Avert Another Disaster

More Precautions Needed to Avert Another Disaster

Editor, A walk up on the Carolyn Wood Knoll and out on the West Ridge Trail this morning revealed that the threat of a wildfire is still a harsh reality.  Cigarette butts strewn about the area provide ample evidence that the problem of smoking in the wilderness areas persists. It seems it is only a […]

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Police Chief Resignation Presents Opportunity

Police Chief Resignation Presents Opportunity

Editor, The front page story about Chief Workman’s departure was yet another surprise for the public from City Hall. We recently wrote to the city manager after hearing rumors he would retire, and suggested it would be important for the city to host an in-depth workshop to hear from the public about police-community relations issues […]