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 Can We Trust Edison To Keep Us Safe? “One of the most hazardous materials made by man is spent nuclear fuel.” Physicians for Social Responsibility If Edison has its way, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) site will become a nuclear waste dump. We must not let this...

The Built Environment

Public Improvements Take a Step Backwards When I was growing up in the late ‘40’s and ‘50’s, going camping was what middle class families did. We would spend a couple of weeks each year in some wonderful environment, cooking and sleeping under the stars. Even the buildings,...

Pet Peeves

Up the Creek I have a new dog, Poppy. I give credit for this column to my old dog, Pokey. She’s my muse and the canine to blame when you disagree with what I’ve written. Says so at the bottom of every article. Pokey gets a lot of mail. “I can’t believe you had to live with this...

Musings on the Coast

   Adventures in Yoga Land As readers of this column may recall, last summer I began taking yoga lessons from a hot young thing named Kyrui Lin. She worked me like a beast and she introduced me to Shavasana, the touchy-feely spiritual thing where your mind wanders into space and...
Posted On 09 Apr 2015

Unified Council Can Tackle a Sustainable Water Supply

Editor, Is this is the leadership team we’ve been waiting for? Kudos Governor Brown for making everyone aware that California is in a deep drought with no end in sight. NASA also released a recent paper stating that California only has one year of water left. Since Laguna...

Try Curbing Water Use by Halting Development

Editor, It seems everyone is talking about how we can conserve water now that Gov. Brown announced a mandatory 25% reduction on urban water use. The four-year drought also has the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to probably impose restrictions of their own....

Kudos for Approving Blue Water Festival

Editor, Thank you to the Sawdust Festival’s board of directors and the city of Laguna Beach Planning Commission for continuing to host the Blue Water Music Festival on the festival grounds. This blend that showcases Laguna’s spectacular natural setting and quality...

Writer Rejects Portrayal of Skateparks

Editor, After reading the letter from Liza Stewart, “No Reason to Match Every Other Town’s Amenities,” I immediately jumped on the computer to write back because her argument was so off point. I grew up here and have traveled around the country to more than 25...

Waves Too Crowded by Surf School Students

Editor, Okay… the surf school lessons at Hakama Reef (between Anita and Thalia Streets) has gotten out of control and will only get worse every summer. I am curious to know whether the city has any plans or thoughts on restricting these surf lessons. Granted, Hakama is a...

Village Matters

Sunday’s very last performance of the Laguna Beach High School’s musical “Bye Bye Birdie” was also the rendition of the last musical production by teacher and director Mark Dressler. He’s retiring after 25 years of building the school’s drama program into an award-winning...

Wisdom Workout

Are You Happy? Given all the holidays when we send wishes for happiness to those we love, let’s delve a little deeper into our personal relationship with happiness. Happiness is a state of mind. How do we get it? What triggers the experience of being happy? What is it about...

Inside Out

Call Him Jeremiah: Laguna’s Homeless Prophet The raw energy of fear spilled out and ran through each diner, making them a cascade of dominos going down for the count. Anastasia Café’s serene Saturday morning vibe morphed into a come-to-Jesus meeting. A massive man with thighs as...

Parks Need to Step Up Protection

Editor, After reading two articles in The Indy about the growing popularity of mountain biking and pedestrian usage in the Laguna Beach wilderness, I feel that it is important that we do much more to manage and preserve this precious, “hard won” natural green belt from overuse...

Visitors vs. Water in Laguna

Editor, Here in Laguna, two critical needs are about to collide. I’m not talking trolley fenders and skateboarders. No, the collision you are about to witness is between the city’s need to attract visitors vs. its need to conserve water. For a glimpse of possible...

Reader Questions Renting Use of Pool, Track

Editor, The City Council and school board need to hold an emergency joint meeting over increasing congestion and inappropriate use at the community pool and high school track. The pool is being inundated by non-residents who fill up both the lanes at the pool and the scarce...