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Lights, Camera, Action Attention Laguna Beach residents. This is your casting call for video fame. Your 15 minutes of stardom has arrived. The police department is testing staff mounted cameras. I’m excited. I’ve begun casing different places to secure my infamy. James Dean said...

Taking Stock

Dividends Beat Bonds Many factors influence the prices of stocks, yet from today’s financial news, one could conclude that they are dominated by the price of oil. Oil prices influence all of us and it makes for more dramatic headlines than announcing that yields declined [again]...

Redesign of Beach Access Points Underway

Editor FYI Laguna: Four of the public beach access overlooks are currently proposed to be back pulled to the street, minimized, and the current beach views will be diminished. The existing benches, pathways, overlooks and viewing decks to Thalia, Oak, Mountain, and Agate Streets...

Scofflaw Cyclists Contribute to Unsafe Roads

Editor, The Jan. 9 story about safer streets was primarily about bicyclists, with 25% more mentions of bicycle issues than pedestrian issues. While accommodations for pedestrians are mentioned several times, those mentions primarily involve crosswalks. But pedestrian issues also...

Commission’s Decision Answers Christy’s Critics

Editor, Re: Balanced Bob’s letter. If you had attended the Coastal Commission hearing, you would have heard that the Commission overwhelmingly (9-1) approved the restoration project for The Ranch at Laguna Beach. You would have heard the dismantling of unsubstantiated claims and...

Democracy’s Wheels Finally Turn

Editor, After returning home from Santa Monica to Laguna Beach last Thursday evening, having attended the Coastal Commission hearing on The Ranch, I read with interest the letter submitted by “Balanced Bob” in your Letters section that same day. After reading the words of an...

Trail Supporter Expresses His Position

Editor: On Friday, Jan 9 the Indy published an anonymous letter from “Balanced Bob” regarding The Ranch. Since it is known that I am an advocate for the 19-mile Aliso Creek Corridor Trail, several people have asked me if I wrote that letter. The answer is “No.” I have a history...

Indy’s Headline Show Bias

Editor, The Indy’s created headline “Fictional Tale Antagonizes Reader” for the letter published in the Jan. 9th edition of the Indy, is inaccurate, misleading, and clearly an editorial slant to infer silliness and hostility of a reader reacting to a fairy tale. Editor, in all...

Intolerance to Free Speech Lives

Editor, I applaud you for having the gumption to place my fictional piece on the front page. You may not have foreseen the consequences, but I appreciate that you deemed my perspective worthy enough to be published in a conservative community, at times resistant to reflecting. It...

Push on for Nuclear Fuel Disposal

Editor, Laguna Beach has started the important bipartisan process of facing the U.S. stalemate on where to put nuclear spent fuel that must be guarded for thousands of years due to its deadly radiation. The Laguna Beach resolution passed Dec. 16 and calls for the passage of the...

Hedge Height Policy Is Cumbersome, Expensive

Editor, The new Laguna hedge height claim policy is intended to resolve issues of overgrown hedges that are within front, back, and side “setbacks” in order to protect safety, view or sunlight access. There is no maximum height for hedges under the ordinances. The claimant must...

Galleries Keep Art Walk Alive

Editor, As we begin this year, the First Thursdays Art Walk board would like to remind the community of its free monthly First Thursdays Art Walk events and all the opportunities to see a wide range of art work, meet artists and those involved in the arts locally, while...

Village Matters

Life is… “Life is just a series of problems that you overcome one by one, and then you die,” says Maggie Smith’s character, Violet Crawley, dowager countess of Grantham in the popular PBS program, “Downton Abbey.” Somehow we can see that it’s so much more, especially as we think...

Correction:

An editing error in a Jan. 2 article incorrectly described writer Anita Razin. She is not a grandmother.   The “Film Documents Laguna Beach from Local’s Lens” in the Dec. 11 edition incorrectly describes how long Douglas Miller has been a Sawdust Festival exhibitor. He has...
Posted On 15 Jan 2015

Taking Stock

Oil On Charted Waters The slightest acquaintance with analyzing price behaviors of stocks invariably brings the inquirer into a world of charts, cyclical analyses and other predicting tools. They come in an amazing variety-from simple records of price movements over time periods...