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Turn Indicators Are Not Optional Equipment

Editor, Do people think everyone else driving on the road is psychic? How many of us have gritted our teeth or cursed when someone cuts us off, crosses several lanes to make a right or left, or just suddenly makes a right or left, stops and tries to park, or makes a...

Smoking in Wilderness Areas Demands Attention

Editor, This letter was also addressed to City Manager John Pietig. A short while ago, I spotted several newly planted hinged signs positioned near the entry to the Laguna Wilderness at the north end of Alta Laguna Boulevard. I was hoping these might be a measure taken to address...

Boost Bus Patronage With User-Friendly Outreach

Editor: What is this about “the stigma of riding the bus in a town filled with expensive cars?” Has Laguna become that provincial and nouveau riche? Not everyone in this town drives or wants to drive expensive cars. Our 1988 Camry and our 2002 Saturn feel quite comfortable...

What’s That Smell?

Editor, A foul smell is blowing in from the East as Trump-like rhetoric and personal attacks arrive in the Indy. When someone is losing on an issue, the reaction is often to attack the messenger. Winners stick to the issues in respectful debate. Sure, Billy Fried has the right to...

Village Matters

It’s a Jungle Out There Never before have I heard so many bird conversations in the Torrey pine across the street from us. We have a pair of Cooper’s hawks that must have a nest there. We’ve seen them eating their breakfast of some other fluffy bird on the branches high above our...

Pet Peeves

Divining Water Shtick I don’t believe in coincidence. I just read two Indy articles. One was “Schools Reject Fee Hikes on New Building.” The other one was “Water District Will Raise Rates.” In each article the number 27 appears. The schools are projecting a 27% rise in student...

A Culprit in City Hall’s Talent Drain

Editor, One subject no one brings up in conversation is Laguna Beach city government.  The Indy front-page article (“Turnover at City Hall,” May 6 edition) about key people leaving city hall was a pleasant surprise. How could the city public works director, who supervises about...

Accolades for Chef Alessandro

Editor, The city approaches local businesses to encourage them to install parklets (a sidewalk extension that provides extra space for people using the street to sit, eat, rest, chat, park bikes, strollers etc). Only one business takes up the offer and follows through to...

Perhaps a Zoo Instead?

Editor, If the so highly criticized parklet were repurposed into a petting zoo everyone would be happy. Robert Story, Laguna Beach

School Board Split Over Fee Hike

Editor, “Schools Reject Fee Hike on New Building” (Indy, May 13) suggests our school board “refused to impose a hike on fees,” after “district staff” put the revenue increase for homeowners on the board’s agenda.  But it was the board that set fee hikes in motion last December,...

County Educators Need Lessons in Leadership

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the Orange County Board of Education.) Wow, being a human being can be so tricky. On Wednesday, I attended the controversial OC Board of Education meeting due to a concern that statements by Board President Robert Hammond were...

Regulate Short-term Rentals, Don’t Ban Them

Editor, Since the 1990s, all Laguna Beach homeowners have had the right to apply for an administrative use permit for short-term rentals on their home. The moratorium on acceptance of applications will be lifted at the end of October, and anyone can apply. That has been the law...

The Kibitzer

The Agents of Stasis The Prohibitionists were out in force at the last Council meeting, squelching every parade, including test parklets, short-term rentals, medical marijuana dispensaries, and outdoor lighting at The Ranch. I’ll get to those last two at another time. This column...
Posted On 20 May 2016

Musings on the Coast

The Immigrant I continually have promised myself I will not write about frigging D. Trump. Or think about him. I promised myself and I will keep that promise. Instead I want to discuss my friend at the local cove, George. He is about 50, fit, more than well off, and of a humor...
Posted On 19 May 2016