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A ‘Circuitous’ Path Leads to Arts Commission

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent As a metalworker, glassblower, landscape architect and lighting designer, Carmen Salazar’s experiences as an artist span across varied terrain. Describing her career path as “circuitous,” Salazar’s pursuit of many...

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...

Cheryl Kinsman Lauded as ‘Woman of the Year’

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent Nine outstanding women were nominated to be the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club 2014 “Woman of the Year,” and when the members’ votes were tallied, the woman selected was long-time resident and community champion, Cheryl Kinsman. Despite her...

View Properties Add Value to Neighboring Homes

Editor, Thursday, the City Council held a meeting to present and discuss their latest version of a badly needed view preservation restoration ordinance.  The meeting was well attended, mostly by citizens who have had their precious view sheds destroyed by neighbors with overgrown...

Permanent Supportive Housing Ill-Advised in Flood Plain

Editor, It saddens me that the Friendship Shelter and City Council have created a situation in opposition to complete support for both preservation of Laguna Canyon and those in great need. Respectfully I must choose preservation of natural resources, wildlife habitats and open...

Council Considers a Temporary Halt to Canyon Development

A public hearing to discuss a possible moratorium on development projects in Laguna Canyon, originally scheduled for a special City Council meeting to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, will likely now take place Tuesday, June 3, the city manager says. Any so-called urgency...

Intrigued by a Roadside Shrine

Editor, On the side of El Toro Road where the weedy tree branches and tall grasses grow and the narrow lanes should really not lead to a stoplight at the freeway’s entrance but continue into some wild plain, there used to be a short white cross with the name Duff carved...

Signaling for Slower Speed Limits

As expected, city officials formally opposed a Caltrans proposal to hike speeds on portions of Laguna Beach’s primary artery, Coast Highway. In addition, Laguna’s City Council last week requested that the state agency evaluate the need for a painted crosswalk on the highway...

Homeless Need Caring

Editor: At the City Council meeting about the proposal for homeless housing I was appalled and astounded at the multitude of negative remarks that I heard from well-respected townspeople and business owners who had witnessed such atrocious behavior from many of our homeless. I...

Concerned About Future Lawsuits

Editor, When the City Council dropped the city attorney from the homeless lawsuit and then signed a settlement agreement, the people were not given proper representation, nor were we given right to understand the legalities of their actions. Now we see story poles in Laguna...

Rely on Respected Veterans

Editor, I didn’t get a chance to speak at the last City Council hearing regarding permanent supportive housing and I think of all of us who’ve been serving meals at the ASL for four-plus years that also did not get to speak… For more than 20 years, Friendship...

Kids Should be Our Top Priority

Editor, The permanent housing shelter that is being considered in the Canyon is an interesting and somewhat controversial subject. In the United States, many of the people living on the streets suffer from serious disabilities, both mental and physical. So many of the homeless...

Delicate Planning for Change

It’s all happening very fast. It’s as though collectively we have decided we are going to run out of time to change. There are so many projects in the works that the city manager and City Council have set up monthly meetings of an urban planning coordinating committee to provide...

Is Laguna a Destination for the Homeless?

Editor, Is the city of Laguna Beach looking to become the number one destination for homeless people in Orange County? I am compassionate and want to help Laguna Beach residents that have lost their way or have a mental illness, but I do not believe our city has an obligation to...

Political Calendar

The public is invited to a sunset reception and $95 per person fundraiser with City Council candidate Rob Zur Schmiede on Thursday, May 1, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the La Casa Del Camino Rooftop Lounge, 1289 S. Coast Highway.