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Detox Houses Make Poor Neighbors

Editor, Thank you for the article uncovering the problems detox houses are causing in our town. There are new developments every week (e.g., addict residents entering neighbors’ homes, addict residents harassing young girls, syringes left in gutters, increased crime in the...

Less Than Gentle Nature at Work

Hello Editor, Here is yet another point of view about Laguna’s coyote problem. My home is in Top of the World and is very close to the 3,500-acre greenbelt wild life preserve. The deer and wild rabbit population have been decimated. Spring fawns and even larger deer have...

Outraged Over a City Hall Perk

Editor: Re: City Hall Flexes Its Schedule Our city council, directed by City Manager Pietig, is at it again.  This time, under the guise of “very serious issues with retention and recruits”, they are giving city employees not only pay raises, but 3 day weekends twice...

Public Art Selection Requires Higher Professional Standards

Editor, I am writing today in support of Michael Ray’s editorial in last week’s paper. Before I add my comments I want to fully disclose that Michael is a good friend and an avid collector of mine as well as many other local and regional artists. With that said, I want to come...

A Better Use for $500,000

Editor: This letter was also addressed to the ACLU. So we, the small town of 24,000 people that every night provides shelter and services for 45 homeless people, is not doing enough. Laguna Beach, “the little engine that could,” through city and private financing, is currently...

More Parking Does Not Solve Congestion

Editor, MIG Consulting is the city’s chosen urban planner tasked with assisting the Downtown Specific Plan update. Their recommendations have been published in draft form available from the city website. One of their assignments is this one: “Evaluate parking...

Drone Invades Privacy

Editor, At 8:40 a.m. Sunday morning I was still in bed looking out over our beautiful ocean, village and Catalina when a gold drone hung in front of my house and hung there doing who knows what. I was disgusted, did not move for fear of attracting more peeping. It oozed away...

Recent Votes Lack Compassion

Editor, Apparently our compassion is gone. Coyotes mate with each other for life. They are monogamous. Laguna Beach city government has made them into monsters. With all the extra cash the city government has, why didn’t the city council vote for live traps and relocation...

SONGS and its Leftovers

Editor, The saga of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) is getting yet one more replay in the Jan. 8 issue of The Indy thanks to Marni Magda, another card-carrying member of C.R.A.P. (the Coming Radiation Armageddon Prophets). Now that SONGS is shut down (not...

Village Matters

  Reconsider please… Not enough funds to maintain “The Sunbathers” sculpture? The two semi-abstract figures lounge in Nita Carman Park behind the high school baseball field. They will be “deaccessioned” and removed because the cost to refurbish them was deemed to be too high...

Wisdom Workout

Choosing a President “In what American election is the greatest number of votes cast? The answer is, of course, the presidential election. In what American election is the next greatest number of votes cast? The answer is the annual Miss Rheingold contest. In 1956, the vote...

Taking Stock

Sailing Choppy Seas The stock market’s frustrating search for a bottom seems inconsistent with economic realities. The market is a leading indicator, which might raise concerns that it is predicting a forthcoming recession were not actual economic indicators forecasting the...

Pet Peeves

Countess Confidential I saw “Act 3” at the Laguna Beach Playhouse. I did not see Act 1 or 2. I’ve been living in a cave up near the “L” above the high school. It’s been several years now. I was attracted to the location because I thought it stood for loser, an appellation th...

Imperfect Paradise

Editor, I don’t ever remember being sad on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It is a great reminder to be grateful for the human rights he stood for and to live in a time where I have had the opportunity to get a first class education and live a few steps from breathtaking beaches....

Trapping Contract Betrays Laguna’s Ethos

Editor: I have been peripherally involved with the conversation about coyotes in Laguna Beach for a couple of months and have seen the civil conversation turn into near hysteria. Then I watched City Council vote to continue inhumane trapping and killing, despite the fact that the...