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Everyone Deserves Road Access

Everyone Deserves Road Access

I have been a resident for 40 years and ride my bike three days a week. I have been knocked down by an inattentive driver. I couldn’t disagree more with Dave Connell (“Bike Fun for Some Impinges on Others,” Letters, Sept. 26). He points out that this has to do with “political correctness or environmental […]

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Appalled at Lack of Outside Input in Principal’s Selection

Appalled at Lack of Outside Input in Principal’s Selection

Editor, I saw the announcement in the local newspapers that a committee was being formed to help and advise in the selection of a new principal at Laguna Beach High School. I thought that this was where I could help but upon calling the district office was informed that the citizens would all be parents […]

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Election Sharpens Scrutiny of School Superintendent

Election Sharpens Scrutiny of School Superintendent

Editor, As a mother with children in our school district, I was looking forward to the first Coffee Break presentation by our district’s administration, but was dismayed to hear our school superintendent, Sherine Smith, give yet another boring power point presentation – Twenty-One Trends for the 21st Century. Within five minutes attending parents were either mentally […]

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Homeless Volunteer for Depot Clean Up

Homeless Volunteer for Depot Clean Up

Editor, If you’ve ever been by the bus station on Broadway in Laguna Beach, you’ve  probably noticed how dirty it is. It is one of the filthiest places in town. Trash and debris litters the ground. Cigarette butts, candy wrappers, food containers, plastic utensils, Styrofoam, paper and even hypodermic needles can be found in the bushes and flower beds. The benches are stained and look like they’ve never been cleaned. The […]

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Vigilance in Wildlands is Paying Dividends

Vigilance in Wildlands is Paying Dividends

Editor, This morning, I was very pleased to see that the surveillance camera is now in place on the Carolyn Wood Knoll.  The camera…plus the LBPD cruiser parked at the end of Alta Laguna appear to have had an impact on after-hour visitation to the Knoll. This morning there were far fewer cigarette butts on […]

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Writer Sees Influence in No-Parking Vote

Writer Sees Influence in No-Parking Vote

Editor: On Sept. 25 I attended a PTC meeting because of the fate of two valuable legal parking spots located on an easement (3.5 feet of dirt) on our street. The city had sent out the legal letter notifying homeowners of the meeting and options. Basically, the homeowner does not want anyone parking on the easement located […]

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 The Slant

The Slant

Slapped Down Do you remember being 16? Just a few weeks into having a driver license, dreaming about what your dream car could be? I wanted a back and gold Firebird just like I’d seen in the “Smokey and the Bandit” movie. I also fantasized cruising the streets in a Ferrari 308. Red. That was […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

Black Footed Beach Thief With its red bill tipped in black and its black legs and webbed feet, the Heerman’s gull (Larus heermanni) is one of the most easily recognizable seagulls found in Laguna. Often seen on the beach congregating with other species of seagulls, the bird is considered a medium sized gull at approximately […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Lucky Numbers or Not Many people believe in numbers. Some folks are afraid of the number 13. Others dread the number four. Then there are lucky numbers, like 21, in Blackjack. In Laguna there are seven candidates running for three seats for city council. Is this lucky or unlucky? It’s unlucky for four candidates who […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Bad News And Good News Stocks began the third quarter with a Fourth of July bang and ended it with a whimper. The averages crested at new highs in mid-August, then slipped back, finally ending the quarter up 1% on both the Dow Jones Industrials and the S&P 500. Even that modest gain disappeared on […]

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Only Public Outcry Can Reverse Spent Fuel Plans

Only Public Outcry Can Reverse Spent Fuel Plans

Editor, Last October in a letter to the Indy, “Without Oversight for Spent Fuel,” I explained the just revealed SCE plans to leave 1,632 tons of deadly spent fuel at San Onofre until the federal government came to take it away. In that year of meetings, policies have not improved; they have gotten worse. This Aug. 26, […]

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Bike Fatalities Marginalized Compared to Cop’s Death

Bike Fatalities Marginalized Compared to Cop’s Death

Editor, It has been three months since John Colvin’s fatal-hit-and-run in Emerald Bay. In an email from his wife Joan, I’ve learned she still has no accident report from the LBPD. Following three separate motorcades, last month the LBPD reminded us again of our dedication to the sculpture memorial “Eternal Legacy” for fallen motor officer […]

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Bike Fun for Some Impinges on Others

Bike Fun for Some Impinges on Others

Editor, What ever happened to common sense? Oh yeah, it was destroyed by political correctness and environmental extremism. The latest example of this is the designating of portions of our badly needed, over-crowed roadways just so some folks can ride their bikes around. As each new rule to make life easier and safer for these recreational […]

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Endorsement Does Not Threaten Candidate’s Independence

Endorsement Does Not Threaten Candidate’s Independence

Editor, Rob Zur Schmiede is concerned that Village Laguna’s support of his candidacy along with Toni Iseman’s might be interpreted to mean that they were running as a slate. We want to clarify that our support does not create a slate. Village Laguna is recommending two candidates for Laguna voters to support. It does not […]

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Preserving a Truer Heritage

Preserving a Truer Heritage

Editor, Elections are not decided by letters to the editor, but it’s a window into hearts and minds. Lamentably, some express a surprising intolerance for spirited but good-natured pluralism, perhaps our truest heritage. A varied civic culture is the tapestry into which our town’s character is woven.  Pray we never become a village that covets […]