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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...

Why Did Our City Go Rogue Over Coyotes?

Editor, I’m among those saddened and angry about the 13 coyotes our city has exterminated. During our 20 plus years in Laguna, I have loved our random encounters and their midnight howls. But beyond my personal feelings, I’m more concerned that our city leaders made a rash,...

We Must Learn to Co-exist

Editor: It is more than disappointing that our City Council chose to allocate up to $30,000 to Critter Busters to keep killing coyotes (11 so far!). It is a short term, non-solution to a complex issue, and it goes directly against what Laguna stands for. Our city has spent so...

Coyote Habituation Began Long Ago

Editor, With Orange County urban coyote problems more frequently in the news and to get a better understanding of these events, maybe it’s time to take a look at the history/evolution of coyote-human conflicts in Orange County. From the mid 1800’s to the mid 1900’s, as wild lands...

Celebrating Barack Obama

Editor, Seven years ago this week, a group of my Laguna friends and I hosted a black tie inaugural event the evening Barack Obama first was sworn into office. While there was deep concern at the time about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the overall health of the...

‘Reality TV’ Permits More School Board Transparency

Editor, Have you heard about the “angry” and “militant” parents who are so “mean” to the school board?  Well, now you cannot just hear them on an old broken audio tape system, but instead see them in action! It took five years to overcome stiff...

Pot Delivery Rules Interfere With Personal Choice

Editor, It isn’t hard to believe that our Laguna Beach City Council may enact a new city ordinance banning people who have letters from their doctors or hold a current medical marijuana card from calling a marijuana dispensary and requesting a delivery of marijuana to their...

Turning Forest Avenue into a Plaza is But Half the Equation

Editor, Responding to Les Miklosy’s letter to the editor dated Jan. 8 titled “A Better Use of Forest Avenue?” To me what Les is saying is when Forest Avenue is opened as a plaza hundreds of extra potential shoppers show up. People in our town have been talking about converting...

Musings on the Coast

To: All Members of the Laguna Beach City Council Re: Six-month moratorium on choosing or placing public art Background For some time, activists have complained about the quality of public art in Laguna Beach. It is not worthy of us. It does not belong in Laguna Beach; it belongs...
Posted On 21 Jan 2016

Heart Talk

Iowa? New Hampshire? Why Not Laguna Beach? Every four years, we in this part of the country are gripped by a sense of powerlessness and frustration. We must sit idly by as the Iowa caucus, then the New Hampshire primary go a long way, a long disproportional way toward determining...

The Kibitzer

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Ire Councilwoman Toni Iseman opened Agenda Item 22 at the last Council meeting by informing us that Laguna Beach had one of the highest per capita voting support for legalizing medical marijuana back in 1996. It was known as Prop. 215 – the...
Posted On 21 Jan 2016

Taking Stock

Bottoms And Tops Is the stock slump over? Maybe. The market made a remarkable upward reversal on Wednesday after disorganized selling took the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 500 points before buyers finally rushed in, sending the Dow up over 400 points. The next day,...

Clearing Muddy Waters

Editor, Objective reporting is a rarity nowadays. Therefore, I am so indebted to and would like to sincerely thank Tim J. Randall and the LB Indy for its Dec. 24 article, “City Settles Suit Over Water Violations.” Being a water activist both here and in the East for many years, I...

Gratz Responds

Editor, Responding briefly to Mr. Foley’s letter of Jan. 8, the term “redneck” was meant to be disparaging.  As in the syllogism, all redneck’s may be white and Christian, but that does not mean to suggest that all white Christian’s are rednecks. A redneck is one of that small...