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Taking Stock

The Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer The stock market beat goes on. Rumors of Greece defaulting on government debt scare investors and stocks then dip. Rumors that its debt problem will somehow be restructured send the market back up. After a couple of these zigzags, stocks...

Rental Fight Echoes an Earlier Battle Over High-Rises

Editor: Billy Fried’s column last week regarding short-term lodging missed the mark.  He claims financial benefits to the owner, citing one renter who purportedly, “makes $30,000 to $40,000 a month in summer” and “does it because she needs the...

Another Round in the Visitors vs. Residents Culture Battle

Editor, I am replying to Billy Fried’s May 29th glowing endorsement of home sharing. Billy, you open your “kibitz” portraying yourself as an open-minded world traveler who supports family, intimacy, and culture but you reveal a disdain for the democratic...

Ideas to Turn a Problem Into Revenue

Editor: I suggest an ordinance to mitigate the short-term rental crisis in Laguna Beach. Such rentals are a right of the property owners, just as those living nearby have the right to the quiet enjoyment of their property. We have a bed tax in Laguna Beach. If the city collects...

Plea to Save Trees

Editor, Please come to the Laguna Beach School Board meeting June 9 at 6 p.m. to stand and speak up for the trees around Laguna Beach High School. Unfortunately many of the older palms, majestic old eucalyptus trees, some probably well over 100 years old, and many other trees...

Christoph’s Plantings Ignore Current Sentiment

Editor, As a professional landscape architect, Ann Christoph, the designer of the slope surrounding the high school baseball field, knew the eucalyptus and California oaks were a sensitive subject. On Fridays, prior to Tuesday’s school board meeting, the agenda for the...

Alternate Ideas Emerge to Lure Downtown Foot Traffic

Editor, What ever happened to the project to fix up the alley behind Forest Avenue?  Wouldn’t that be a better location for parklets and dining, etc. than the front of Forest? Way fewer traffic interruptions, easy pedestrian flow, less rancor in town, and could probably be...

Let’s Stay Out of Backyards, Bathrooms

Editor, When Gov. Brown announced mandatory water cut backs, he was asked “will the state favor one type of water use over another, should one crop get water versus another, should one form of personal consumption be favored over another?” His response was “That’s a Big Brother...

Opposition Surfaces to Aliso Creek Skate Park

Editor: Thank you for running Tom Osborne’s column about the possible restoration of the Aliso Creek estuary.  As one who grew up in Laguna Beach, I feel passionate about our glorious landscape.  It’s been a delight to see such improvements over the last few years as...

Indy Columnist Gains a Fan

Editor, Sometime back I came across an article under the heading “Wisdom Workout” in The LB Indy. It grabbed me and held me in a way that the usual commentary or opinion does not. I started looking forward to each edition of the Indy that published “Wisdom Workout.” I...

Village Matters

Miracle or not; the Dilemma of the Jacaranda Just lying here all weekend, it was a quiet Memorial Day, no sun, no beach-goers, lovely coolness. My leg swollen and black and blue, typing on the computer while keeping my leg high, trying to get the swelling down. When the mind is...

Inside Out

Pilgrim’s Progress Blocked at the Gate         Death. Mortality. Spring-like thoughts they are not. Spring is about new life, beginnings not endings. Why then such gloomy reflections on death? My younger sister, living in Dallas with a husband and two sons, ages 17 and 18, died...

Guest Column: Poor Hunting

Celia was delivering a baby when most of her community left. The hunting had decreased progressively, they had to leave or starve. Celia was weak herself from inadequate food. She feared for her infant daughter who was small and had some difficulty nursing. Many infants had not...

Taking Stock

Here Comes June, Here Comes The Economy The economy contracted during the first quarter. The Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, which accurately predicted this disappointing first quarter, just updated its forecast for the current second quarter to a 1.1% increase in GDP. This doesn’t...

Short-Term Rentals Restrictions Trample on Property Rights

Editor, letter was addressed to City Council members: I’ve just read the news articles in the OC Register, Laguna Beach Independent and the Coastline Pilot regarding “short-term rentals.” The City Council is considering whether to continue to allow them or not. Another...