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Shore Scene

Secrets of a Special Scallop Although one has not been allowed to remove shells from the beach in Laguna for many years, finding a shell gives one the opportunity to learn about a particular creature in our ecosystem. One of the larger and, at least on the outside, duller shells...

Pet Peeves

Timberrr Under a spreading Eucalyptus tree The village wordsmith stands; The smith, a wimpy man is he, With small and delicate hands; And the muscle of his unused arms Are limp as noodle bands.   His hair is sparse, white, and long His face shows many cheers; His brow is wet...

Taking Stock

Gaining Altitude  Stocks continue their slow climb to altitude. They are fighting persisting headwinds from worries about China, tighter Federal Reserve policies, weak economic growth and collapsing prices of oil and other commodities. The sluggish growth stems back to the...

Wisdom Workout

Growing children is one of the most intuitive, non-linear experiences possible. Being a mother is a heart task. The wheel of love starts its never-ending spin the moment our body chemistry begins to change to accommodate the new guest. Anticipation, excitement, future planning,...

Pet Peeves

^ Prince died and we lost a king. His music contribution was greater than any other. It is said that his unpublished work could produce an album a year for the next 100 years. His fans call the place of this work the vault. I keep my unpublished work in a vault, the toilet. I’m...

Laguna Ignores Short-Term Rental Policies of Other Cities

Editor, Thanks to the LB Indy for the eye-opening article about the number of short term rentals in Laguna owned by people who do not live here. This is a highly relevant facet of the whole short-term rental issue that has not had the level of exposure and discussion in Council...

Regulations Should Forbid Absentee Owners

Editor: I am dismayed by the attitude of Lagunans, who want an outright ban on all short-term rentals, home-sharing, and home exchanges.  They seem to be painting anyone who supports these rentals as approving of absentee landlords and greedy people who don’t care about their...

Short-term Rentals, A New Twist on Wealth Transfer

Editor, Subcommittees can be an efficient means to an end.  Being out of the public eye they avoid exposure to embarrassing or unpopular council discussions. A case in point is the recent public meeting regarding short-term lodging that was abruptly ended in favor of a two...

Laguna on Wrong Side of Short-term Rental Debate

Editor, What surprises me most about the debate over short term rentals is that there is any debate at all. There is not one workable model that can be pointed to as a success. All cities report the same litany of predictable problems. They include increased anti-social behavior,...

Village Matters

A Fuss Over Sweet Rewards From the way some of my recent efforts in the kitchen have turned out, you would never guess that I was recognized as my high school’s “Betty Crocker Future Homemaker of the Year.” That was in the days before building self-esteem in students was even...

Trouble in Paradise

Editor, If I may, I’d like to briefly respond to last week’s concerned neighbor regarding the undocumented aliens in our midst, those dreaded eucalyptus trees, and the arborists and the view ordinance and the city council. Whew! Haven’t we already had this conversation? For those...

Heart Talk

Meet, Not Meat I have lived in Laguna Beach since 2001, though many old time residents still consider me new to town. I have tried hard to become a part of the place my heart has embraced. Purchasing things from local artists, taking classes at the Susi Q Center, reading at open...

Ban on Short-term Rentals Protects Neighborhoods

Editor, I believe the Planning Commission had it right regarding the ban on short-term rentals and the Council not voting it in, has it wrong now. I hope at least two other council members will join Rob Zur Schmiede in his view that the ban would protect property values and keep...

How to Split a Cookie Fairly

Editor, When we were very young many of us learned that the fairest way to share a cookie between two people was to let one person split the cookie in two and to let the other person have first choice of the resulting pieces. The cookie breaker had the motivation to be as fair as...

Rebellion Sprouts Over Tree Policy

Editor, At last week’s City Council meeting, our city manager admitted that he and Ann Christoph and one or more members of Village Laguna met to discuss possible changes to city policy on emergency tree issues. Why only them? When two “outside” professional arborists decide that...