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Editor, I am a homeowner and full-time resident of Laguna Beach, and am commenting on short-term rentals in our town. I would like to preface my opinion by stating that I have never rented out my home, and have no future plans to do so. Regardless, I was very disturbed at the...

Time to Tap Reclaimed Water

Editor, Why doesn’t Laguna Beach have a citywide reclaimed water system like surrounding cities? Laguna Beach County Water District has no reclaimed water system. Ten million gallons of wastewater are now discharged to the ocean every day from the Coastal Treatment Plant in Aliso...

Officer’s Actions Fall Within Police Protocol

Editor, While on patrol that fateful Saturday night two years ago, Officer Jon Coutchie received a radio report that another officer had observed a vehicle racing through our crowded streets in a reckless manner at high speed. Such drivers are often under the influence of...

Seeing Laguna Through a Cop’s Eyes

Editor, Whether you love them or “not so much,” the Citizen’s Police Academy is a course you should take. I was a graduate of their Spring 2015 class. I had worked for the city so I started the class with a very positive impression of our local police. Others in our class said...

Praise for Elsa Brizzi Comes From Every Corner

Editor, Laguna Beach came together to honor Elsa Brizzi at its annual Woman of the Year event sponsored by the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club. The gala luncheon was decorated by Liz Roger in bright yellow and blue table clothes with yellow sunflowers and blue wild flowers. The...

The Slant

The Last First Day of School Summer is slipping away. The shadows are longer and the days are getting annoyingly shorter. Soon there will be nobody on the road and nobody at the beach. This means another first day of school is approaching. One of my sons will be a senior this...

Musings on the Coast

Battle of the Beaches  I grew up in Corona del Mar and my family had membership in the Balboa Yacht Club where we sailed catboats. My business and non-profit friends tend to reside in Newport. I’ve surfed its shores and played in the vast Irvine Ranch lands where the Pelican Hill...
Posted On 20 Aug 2015

Pet Peeves

Team 33.5   Relay Team 33.5 did it. That’s Team 33.5 Miles Across the Sea. They crossed the Catalina Channel in nineteen hours and 44 minutes. Columbus came in second, followed by Magellan in third and Dora the Explorer in fourth. Team 33.5 could have done the crossing in...

The Kibitzer

Happy Birthday, Buzzkill That tired and fatuous “Happy Birthday” song is about to get its comeuppance. For years I have cringed in restaurants when staff assemble at a nearby table and give a thoroughly depressing rendition of an already fossilized ditty. Nothing can hijack a...
Posted On 13 Aug 2015

Correction:

In the article “Keep Calm and Groom On” in the Aug. 7 edition, prices for dog grooming were reported in error. Baths start at $35; haircuts start at $55. Full grooming can range up to $200 depending on the size and breed of the dog and the condition of their coat.

Guest column

Invasion of the Water Snatchers In the 1956 classic science-fiction film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” a small town is mysteriously overtaken by aliens that have planted emotionless replicas of the town’s inhabitants. This may be as good an explanation as any for what...

Go Slow, Laguna!

Editor, My children, who grew up in Laguna Beach, spent the summer vacation here in July with the grandkids. They noticed the aggressiveness and irritation of so many drivers now. My son thought of a slogan we can use while driving in town: go slow, Laguna! Many small towns in...

Pet Peeves

Survey Says I read with interest the Indy article, “Survey Takes Laguna Art Temperature.” My first thought was, is this an oral or rectal examine? Quite frankly, I’m not a fan of surveys no matter how they are taken. Surveys make me nervous. I always think I’m answering wrong....

Taking Stock

The Breezes Of August The stock market made a strong recovery after sagging for almost two weeks, than plunged again on news that China had devalued its currency. Market followers usually overreact to news and the surprise 1.9% devaluation of the Yuan interrupted a strong rally...

Outreach Fails to Include Absentee Landlords

Editor The Downtown Specific Plan workshop led by MIG Consultants was enlightening, providing an excellent opportunity for public comment.  The public, staff, and a few business owners were present.  However, notably absent groups were the actual owners for major pieces of...