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Stop the Madness at City Hall

Stop the Madness at City Hall

Editor, I am writing with what I think is a viable way to stop some of the madness at city hall.  Our “public servants” working on our dime at city hall harass and abuse the good citizens of our city every time we want to improve our homes or property.  Our applications generate fees and […]

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The Plant Man

The Plant Man

A Night at Design Review “When I am dead, I hope it is said, “His sins were scarlet, but his columns were read.” –with apologies to Hillaire Belloc   One of the pleasures of living in Laguna is greeting friends and acquaintances whilst walking, shopping, or gossiping during happy hour(s) at myriad venues.  Conversations invariably move […]

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Culture Karma

Culture Karma

Culture in a Coffee Cup   Writing is a solitary act so I often work at a café. I frequent several, taking comfort in the white noise of conversation and the familiarity of alternative living rooms. The café culture, perfected by Europeans and promulgated by Starbucks, is integral to social interaction. We chat with friends […]

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Art Seen

Art Seen

Stepping Out for Art Walk   Enjoy an art-filled evening in Laguna Beach Thursday, April 5, featuring a self-guided tour of member galleries, with artist demonstrations and receptions, a special pre-event at City Hall and dance performances.   The event is free to the public and so is the trolley service.   At 5 p.m., […]

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Design Review Criteria Need Updating

Design Review Criteria Need Updating

  Editor, In Laguna Beach there is a project approved by the city’s Design Review Board in my neighborhood, and I am looking again at how this project got the okay. Is everyone turning his or her head away? Once upon a time known for its charm, quaintness, and exceptional neighborhoods, the character of our […]

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Culture Karma

Culture Karma

Where Blue Meets Green   There are times when going back in time perpetuates the future; perhaps one concept that progressives and conservatives might agree on. Now and then.   New Year’s Day, Laguna Beach will become the first city in California to be ringed by blue and green belts. A line only on a […]

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Culture Karma

Culture Karma

Can Gentrification and Preservation Co-exist?   I spent a recent afternoon in Venice Beach. Haven’t been there in years and much seems to have changed. Muscle Beach’s circus performers and bikini-clad roller skaters are still around. But the entire town, particularly the Abbott-Kinney shopping district, which is comparable to our downtown, has gentrified into an […]

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Crowds Converge in Laguna for Santa and Football

Crowds Converge in Laguna for Santa and Football

Summer trolleys will be boarding football fans in downtown Laguna Beach this Friday, Dec. 2, forcing Santa Claus to detour from his usual City Hall destination on Hospitality Night due to overlapping events sure to create traffic congestion in the early evening. Fans attending Laguna Beach High School’s semi-final CIF playoff game against archrival Corona […]

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Shift Change

Shift Change

Friends of firefighters packed City Hall to witness a personnel shift change at the city’s fire department this past Monday. New badges were pinned on seven promoted to various posts and five recruits hired to succeed five recent retirees. Newly promoted Capt. Frank Buckner enjoyed the reception that followed.  

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Culture Karma

Culture Karma

s long as the human race has created art there have been patrons of the arts. From the first patrons of feudal Japan to the Medici of Florence or the Warburgs and Guggenheims of New York, certain families are ubiquitous and generous. Laguna is no exception.

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Workshop Set on Plastic Bag Ban

Workshop Set on Plastic Bag Ban

Public comment is invited at a 10:30 a.m. workshop Wednesday, Oct. 19, at City Hall over the city’s proposed ordinance banning the distribution of plastic carry-out bags to customers.   Comments from owners or managers of local retail and eating establishments in particular are sought. The proposed ordinance would also apply to city-sponsored events or […]

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Wanted for Posterity: Views Erased By Time

Wanted for Posterity: Views Erased By Time

Part 3   In recent weeks, the Indy came to the aid of authors Foster Eubank and Gene Felder in assembling content for the “Then and Now” photo book about Laguna Beach. Readers’ responses to published historical photos aided them in recapturing the identical but contemporary scene.   Now, they seek help in locating specific historic […]

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One Summer Story

One Summer Story

Ode to Yield When I was 17, I went to Newport Beach on a hot summer’s day with my brother.  I threw down my towel, ran straight into the ocean, dove through the surf and started to swim out. I left my brother standing on the sand, feeling a little cocky, like I was showing […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

 Changing the baby with the bathwater   Remember the days when city hall’s offices would close for lunch?  So did Laguna Lumber. I hear that Laguna Lumber would also close for two weeks in the summer to allow its employees to have a summer vacation. And of course, until Ganahl bought it, it was never open […]

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Lights Out on ‘Light Trespass’

Lights Out on ‘Light Trespass’

Ordinance and resuscitation possible for nearly dead cottages The new sewer pump station at the soon-to-be remodeled Main Beach lifeguard headquarters will cost nearly twice as much as anticipated and force the postponement of other sewer projects, the City Council learned Tuesday. The subterranean design edges closer to $4 million as opposed to the earlier […]