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In Defense of Reimagined Streets

Editor, Michael McFadden, owner of Rock Martin Jewelry on Forest Avenue, wrote a strong letter of opposition to the trial street closures voted in by Council recently. He asked whose idea it was. It was many people, including Mayor Whalen and Councilman Dicterow, who were voted...

Canyon Acres Tour Captures Laguna Character

Editor, I have been a docent for the Laguna Beach Charm House Tour for several years. Last Sunday’s tour of Canyon Acres homes was one of my favorites. In many ways, Canyon Acres epitomizes what is special about Laguna Beach. The natural setting is stunning, with houses nestled...

Tour Reveals a Determined Neighborhood

Editor: “What, me docent?” That was my thought a few years ago when I responded to “gentle persuasion” and agreed to serve as a docent for the Laguna Beach Charm House Tour. And I have to admit that I was surprised to discover that people – Lagunans and out-of-towners alike –...

Recipient Still Aglow Over Award

This letter was addressed to the Arts Alliance. Thank you so much for the wonderful award you gave me on April 12! No award could have meant more to me than “Lifelong Achievement in the Arts” because it included my whole life. And my whole life has been dedicated to...

Is The Greeter a Distraction to Drivers?

Editor, I am amazed that Michael the greeter at Brooks Street has not yet caused a serious accident. His spinning, waving and shouting is a tremendous distraction to Coast Highway drivers approaching a pedestrian crosswalk from both directions as well as turning left into Jack in...

Forest Avenue Closure Will Add to Congestion

Editor, I concur with Michael McFadden, owner of Rock Martin Custom Jewelry, on the issue of closing Forest Avenue (Letters, May 15 edition). The idea is ludicrous from the standpoint of traffic movement.  On any sunny weekend, traffic trying to move from Glenneyre through Forest...

Even Out of Town, Students Exceed Expectations

Editor, I met 20 young people from Laguna Beach last week in New York City. They were wearing the diplomatic hats of Turkey and Madagascar while attending the UNA-USA Model UN Conference in midtown Manhattan. Topics ranged from human rights issues in the Mideast to the...

Guest Column

Ah-ha Anniversaries 50 Years after My Fall; Ten Years Since the Landslide I have experienced several ah-ha moments over the course of my lifetime.  One included “winning” the first draft lottery of the Vietnam War.  Yes, my date of birth, Sept. 14, was the first...

The Slant

Haggen’s Price Pinch Grocery stores are a wonderland. I love them. They have everything you could want or need in one place. A month ago I visited our new grocery store, Haggen, which replaced Albertsons recently. My takeaway from the visit was its unusually high prices. I have...

Corrections:

The Laguna Art Museum’s collection includes four paintings by William Wendt, not two as reported in an article in the May 15 edition.   A brief in the May 15 edition incorrectly reported when Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee are due. They must be filed by Tuesday,...
Posted On 21 May 2015

Musings on the Coast

‘Lost’ is Days Away   My daughter Gabby graduated from college in Portland this month and we were at dinner with her friends. At the time, the “kids” were two nights away from their graduation ceremonies and they were done with freaking out. That was three months ago. They also...
Posted On 21 May 2015

Pet Peeves

Skating By I’ve morphed into that old guy my friends and I used to make fun of when we were kids. I tell today’s kids to turn down the music, not to smoke and not to skateboard over the fire hydrant in front of my house. And the kids’ reaction to me is to turn up the music, smoke...

Taking Stock

The Tree in the Forest If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? This philosophical thought experiment reminds me of the muted manner in which the financial media is reacting to stock market averages climbing to new highs. During the past...

Jeweler Opposes Forest Avenue Closure

Editor, I own Rock Martin Custom Jewelry on Forest Avenue.  There has been a lot of chatter going around about closing the west end of Forest Avenue and making it into a promenade type of setting. (“City Experiments With Downtown Street Closures,” May 8 edition.) We have been...

Still Time to Preserve the Canyon

Editor, Regarding the proposed artist live/work project: Entrusted with an invaluable commodity, our open green space, three council members voted to put a large, three-story apartment in one of the barely developed portions of our canyon. Big mistake. Ever hear of the domino...