rss

Category: Opinion

0
Summer Hibernation Starts

Summer Hibernation Starts

Enjoy what’s left of your off season routine. Last Saturday, June 21, marked the official start of summer and the arrival of tourists. With the economy recovering, this year we can expect more people in town than ever. Additionally, Irvine has been hurriedly producing new homes with “closeness to Laguna Beach” as one of its […]

0
Stores Feed People, Not Cars

Stores Feed People, Not Cars

Editor, On a stroll over to Whole Foods I confirmed it. Once in place and now removed, the public benches, umbrellas, picnic tables are all gone now. The bike rack is stuffed next to a ventilation pump while the parking lot looks staged for Cal Worthington and Channel 5. My car doesn’t eat bananas so […]

0
Canyon Tranquility in Need of Protection

Canyon Tranquility in Need of Protection

Editor, (This letter also went to council members.) The ASL homeless shelter on Canyon Road continues to disrupt the safety of canyon residents on a daily basis as the homeless walk down the canyon road into the city. Unfortunately, homeless often stop in the neighborhoods creating nuisance and safety issues with the residents ability to […]

1
Gift’s Proceeds Provides Seed Money for Park

Gift’s Proceeds Provides Seed Money for Park

Editor, As evidenced in Howard Hills’ recent column (“Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights,” June 20 edition) it appears there is still misunderstanding about the funds the City Council recently allocated toward the purchase of a permanent site for the South Laguna Community Garden Park. He describes the funds as “tax dollars” but a bit […]

1
Heritage Protections Keep Town Character Intact

Heritage Protections Keep Town Character Intact

Editor, I am taken aback by the angry tone of Howard Hill’s article in the June 19 Independent.  “Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights.” As a person who faithfully restored a 1922 historical cottage, I would expect his values to be more in line with those of Ann Christoph.  She has, from what I have […]

0
Misplaced Values

Misplaced Values

Editor, Kill a pigeon or a crab; go to jail. Eat a hamburger; you’re a heartless savage. Kill a cyclist and drive a mile with a caved in windshield before stopping; meh. Another day another fatality. Laguna Beach has garnered the “notorious distinction as the worst among 107 small cities” for pedestrian and cyclist fatalities. […]

0
Say No to Car Deaths

Say No to Car Deaths

Editor, How lovely to drive along the Coast Highway, rays of sun painting the waves, shimmering, the white crests pounding onto the sand. If you are fortunate you may even see a formation of pelicans, gliding on the air, inches above the sea. Their instinct guides them to a safe place. They are unlike us… […]

0
 Are Safer Streets A Political Choice?

Are Safer Streets A Political Choice?

Editor, How do we lower our crash rate for cars, pedestrians and bike riders? Or maybe more importantly, does our town have the political will to do so? We tend to think of our street system as if it’s chiseled in stone, handed down from outer space, as if it is a force of nature. […]

0
Be Prepared for Seduction

Be Prepared for Seduction

  Don’t drive a Tesla . . . unless you’re prepared to be utterly smitten by its features and performance and sticker-shocked at the $100,000 plus price tag. I drove the Model S recently and experienced both shock and awe. As a proud, Volvo-driving, tree-hugger living on the retirement income of a community college professor, […]

0
Whodunit

Whodunit

There’s an art thief amongst us. “Tableaux vivants” are disappearing at rehearsals. “At first we didn’t notice. There’s so many volunteers backstage, the commotion masked the disappearance,” said a tearful high school student. Another supporter chimed in, “And that painting wasn’t the first. We’re taking an inventory now to see how many paintings are missing,” […]

0

Oil for Troubled Waters  American consumers have been unusually restrained over the past five years. The financial crisis shook complacency in reliable real estate investment. It destroyed many jobs, some gone forever. Computers are taking over many functions, boosting business “productivity” but leaving those displaced in the wake. Manufacturing and medical companies are booming but […]

0
Magic in Attitude Adjustment

Magic in Attitude Adjustment

  The festival season officially starts this week. Along with the excitement of the summer activities, comes the pervasive ritual that has been honed to a fine art for many of us who have the privilege to call ourselves locals. The Sawdust Festival preview party marks the first formal opportunity to claim the right to […]

0
Say Uncles

Say Uncles

Years ago, I dated a girl who was law abiding. You expected me to say she was pretty, smart and kind. She was, but law abiding stands out because her family was not. The uncles were cat burglars. One Christmas, she asked for a 35 millimeter camera. Poof, she got one with someone else’s pictures […]

0
Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights

Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights

By Howard Hills After my grandmother Julia Hills passed away in 1963 we bought a new home in Wood’s Cove. Her old cottage above Boat Canyon that we loved was sold and demolished to make way for a church. My wife and kids knew that my sense of loss about my childhood home was one of […]

0
Wistfully Wondering

Wistfully Wondering

  “You too, could have gone down a different path,” I thought to myself. In “The Road Not Taken” Robert Frost muses about different choices and the idea of another chance at a decision, “Yet knowing how way leads onto way, I doubted if I should ever come back.” Still, every once in awhile we […]