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Historic Eucalyptus, a View Battle Casualty

Editor, Regarding a recent letter to the editor (“Plant Choices Guides by Maintenance, Water Use,” Jan. 23) how much longer must we endure the character assassination of Ann Christoph and the thin thread that our “blame artists” cling to when connecting her to what...

Ending an Impasse Requires People Power

Editor, A 2014 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office asserts that spent nuclear fuel is “an extremely harmful substance if not managed properly” and that “if its intense radioactivity . . . were released by a natural disaster or an act of...

Village Matters

Ask not… President Kennedy’s famous inspirational message applies at a small scale here in Laguna too. How could we be more blessed? A lovely historic village by the sea. Twenty three thousand of us have the privilege of living here out of all of the people in the whole world!...

Taking Stock

The Bumpy Road to Investment Returns Stocks are taking the bumpy road to investment progress. Their price volatility softened during the last half of 2014 but returned in February to a familiar zigzag pattern. The S&P 500 was up 11% for 2014 so these ups and downs need not...

Lack of Vaccinations Raises Risks for the Vulnerable

I am a MemorialCare Medical Group pediatrician, an advocate for children, and a working parent, and like many of you, concerned about the recent outbreak of measles, which appears to have little end in sight. This outbreak which threatens the lives of my children and your...

Shore Scene

Tide Pools Bloom With Sea Flowers Peering into Laguna tidepools, one often comes across what resembles a large, green, petaled flower. In fact, the Starburst sea anemone (Anthopleura sola) is not a flower nor even a plant, but actually a predatory marine animal that is related to...

Pet Peeves

Montage Checkout I was a witness. I was standing in line to check out at the Montage. The guy in back of me settled his hotel bill and bought the place for $360 million. Everyone behind him got free stays. Unfortunately, I was before him and had to pay for my room, plus an extra...

Backyard Fruit Pickers Available to Help

Editor, As all transplants know, the first winter snow storm is heavenly, but the next 10 are less so. So it is with harvest time in many of Laguna’s residential orchards. What a joy frolicking through oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes or apples. What a feeling of pride...

Keeping Alive the Memory of Another ‘L’ Keeper

Editor, I refer to your article on our famous ‘L’ on the hill (Jan. 23 edition), but I’d like to add one small postscript. The name of Dave Gibbs, who lived up there. Dave and I made many trips up and down that mountain until, as a result of radiation and chemo,...

Unimproved Walkways Inconvenience Those on Foot

Editor, While cyclists worry about their three feet of space, we pedestrians sometimes worry about even two feet or at least enough to avoid having to walk sideways on “sidewalks” no bigger than paths between Moss Street and Nyes Place adjacent to southbound Coast Highway. I met...

View Preservation Policy is Cumbersome and Expensive

Another example of bad policy by the Laguna City Council is the view preservation policy. This new policy is intended to protect prior views, including hedges that are not within the front, rear, and side “setbacks”. There is no maximum height for hedges under the policy. It...

The Slant

Where the sidewalk ends. Laguna Beach is one of the greatest places on earth to live as long as you don’t walk or ride a bike. Laguna Beach is one of the only local coastal cities that put pedestrians and bicyclists so egregiously in danger. Our streets are set up for cars and...

Correction

An article in the Jan. 23 edition about improvements at the high school, “Tennis Courts, Pool Improvements Get Go-Ahead,” incorrectly described the type of landscaping planted and landscape architect Ann Christoph’s relationship to the project. Christoph designed the landscaping...

Wisdom Workout

My Global Girls  The International Terminal at LAX was crowded with those of us waiting for the next wave of arriving passengers. I kept my eyes glued on the sloping walkway as the top-heavy carts of passengers, freed from customs, made their way up the ramp. My youngest...

Pet Peeves

Banana Peel I’ve been fascinated by Indy readers reaction to the web-published guest column, “Ban the Bananas.” The author, Mindaugas Gedaudas, claims that radiation from spent fuel rods is no more lethal than if you stuck 50-80 million bananas in your ear. So far, I’m up to 125...