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A Proposal for Senior and Low Income Housing

  Editor, When I ran unsuccessfully for City Council, I stated that a government budget was a moral statement regarding what our City Council considers important enough to fund. I want to now present the proposal that building codes can also provide insight to what our...

Pet Peeves

That’s Just Ducky I read in the Indy that the Pacific Marine Mammal Center just received a $3 million donation from longtime Laguna Breach resident, Dr. Martonen. It was one of their largest donations ever.   Dr. Martonen died in January 2014. Described as a quiet man, he stayed...

Wisdom Workout

A Position Change There are times in our lives that become potent turning points once the integration of the experience is completed. My youngest daughter, Sara, and my almost 2-year-old granddaughter, Aroha, came for a much-anticipated visit that started in January and lasted...

Taking Stock

Riding Higher All three major stock averages are competing for new headline highs. Both the broad-based S&P 500 and the Dow 30 closed at record highs within the past week. The financial media credited prospective Federal Reserve actions or, more accurately, lack of actions,...

Musings on the Coast

The Music Teacher I grew up with music. My father could play by ear, fluently, both hands flashing, the piano soaring.   I play, too, albeit not by ear and with less skill. It does not matter. I love it. When the time came, I wanted my kids to be taught, so we found Verla Cole....
Posted On 20 Feb 2015

Why Not Try a Dog-Friendly Beach Year-Round?

Editor, We rescued our Cairn westie mix, Porter, about a year and a half ago and get a big kick out of taking the little guy with us to Laguna’s nice dog park in the canyon.  In town, he loves the many terrific dog-friendly restaurants and hotels including Brussels Bistro, Ocean...

Ideas to Keep Artists Thriving

Editor: A few weeks ago, our mayor, Bob Whalen, gave a well-received talk at the Laguna Canyon Conservancy dinner. His moderate ideas and measured presentation further impressed attendees with the caliber of our newly elected City Council. One thing Mayor Whalen emphasized was...

Why Has No One Intervened?

Editor, There is an elderly Asian woman who sits out on Forest Avenue at night in a wheelchair. She seems clean and warmly dressed.  She holds up a cardboard sign that says, “Please help!”  People give her a lot of money. She is dropped off by a well-dressed man in a Prius or...

More Reasons Than Lent to Give Up Meat

Editor: This Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the desert before launching his ministry. But meat-free Lent is much more than a symbol of religious...

Village Matters

The Real Thing Embodies Local History The Guy Skidmore house known as Stonehenge at 31381 S. Coast Highway was demolished last year after the Coastal Commission denied an appeal by local residents. Nevertheless, this sad and unfortunate loss led us to more discoveries about the...

The Built Environment

Laguna Canyon Remains a Work in Progress Anyone who departs Laguna Beach northward passes through a six-mile stretch of extraordinary natural open space of rolling hills, rock outcroppings, green wetlands and long vistas to Saddleback Mountain, and in the far distance, the snow...

Pet Peeves

You Got Game I read in the Indy with alarm about keeping an eye out for tide pool poachers. Geez. I’ve been up and over these rock formations for years. I had no idea that there were poachers, pilferers and polluters. I’m so dumb I thought I was just taking a walk. Now, that I...

The Grateful Life

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” –Denis Waitley Welcome to the first of what will be a bi-monthly column sharing my thoughts about what’s going on in...

Why Not an Internal Hire?

Editor: We all know Laguna Beach to be a special community here in south OC. As such we have been fortunate to have a police department that understands the nature of Laguna and its citizens. We have been lucky to have a chief who has served this community for decades coming up...

School District Should Adhere to View Ordinance

Editor, The school district has done it again. They created changes within the village on high school property, which affect our views without input from neighbors prior to planting the bank surrounding the baseball field with 80 trees. Half of the trees will grow to be 60-feet...