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Grand Jury is Wrong on the Airport

Grand Jury is Wrong on the Airport

By Keith Curry In more than eight years on the Newport Beach City Council, the lesson I have learned is that effective governance involves a continual search for balance between unfettered growth and protection of the quality of life in the community. Too much emphasis on uncontrolled growth leads to traffic, excess density, noise and […]

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Senior Center Moment

Senior Center Moment

  I read in the Indy that the senior center is looking for a younger crowd.  Be careful what you wish for.  Suppose they get what they want.  The demographic goes from 63 to 11. Won’t we have to change the name to the Susi Q Senior Boys & Girls Club? And then, the parking […]

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Police Crack Down on Park Smokers

Police Crack Down on Park Smokers

Undercover Laguna Beach police officers issued five citations to people found smoking Saturday, June 21, in the drought-parched open space known as the Carolyn Wood Knoll, near Alta Laguna Park. Since law enforcement officials believe smokers are lighting up during darkness, officers also cautioned numerous others in the Aliso and Wood Canyon Wilderness Park about […]

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Housing for Homeless Encounters Resistence

Housing for Homeless Encounters Resistence

Editor, The proposed development for a permanent supportive 40 unit housing project to house those mental and/or physical disabled will include those with chronic substance abuse issues since sobriety is neither mandatory nor required for any resident. The disabled were identified as those homeless who are mentally (schizophrenia, bipolar, Tourette syndrome, severely depressed, etc), physically […]

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A Post-Script to The Tell

A Post-Script to The Tell

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent A charred scrap of The Tell, the 636-foot-long photomural assembled in Laguna Canyon in 1989, looks like an excavated piece of earth, with jagged, discolored edges and flaps of completely faded photos peeling off its surface. This remaining section the installation created by Mark Chamberlain and the late […]

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Supportive Housing Reduces Homelessness

Supportive Housing Reduces Homelessness

Editor, Now that the City has determined that a moratorium on development in Laguna Canyon is not necessary, it is again time to focus on a plan that will eventually result in the building of permanent supportive housing to help address the issue of homelessness in Laguna Beach. Research completed by the National Alliance to End […]

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Video Surveillance on Alta Laguna Drive

Video Surveillance on Alta Laguna Drive

The Fire Department will install a new camera at the north end of Alta Laguna Drive to help law enforcement officials document and investigate criminal activity in the area, such as smoking, use of open fires, or access to the wilderness park outside normal hours of operation. The camera, will eventually provide real-time images to police […]

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Council Rejects Building Moratorium

Council Rejects Building Moratorium

In response to fears of runaway development along Laguna Canyon, the City Council weighed imposing a building moratorium, but ultimately instead called for public workshops to better define existing planning guidelines. Forty-three people pled their case Tuesday before the Council, with roughly half seeking a halt on development and the other half asking that, moratorium […]

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Keep Streets Free for Fire Engines

Keep Streets Free for Fire Engines

Editor: I remember a place filled with smoke, locked in the small room, arms outstretched, touching hot surfaces, trying to find the door, and then pulling on it with strength fueled by fear, terror. Screams of the other tenants. But the fire had begun on the bottom floor, and the flames were rising upward, like tentacles […]

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Fire Danger Requires Smoking Crackdown

Fire Danger Requires Smoking Crackdown

Editor, I have lived in the Top of the World area for 35 years. Evacuating my home during the devastating 1993 fire was one of the most traumatic events of my life. That event left me psychologically scared and hyper-aware of the possibility of something like that happening again. The severe drought conditions this year […]

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Denuding Slope Part of a Bigger Plan

Denuding Slope Part of a Bigger Plan

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Clearing landscaping along the southwest corner of the Laguna Beach High School field last week was intended to push ahead a plan to re-landscape the area, a school official said this week. Although there is no new landscape plan in hand, preliminary renderings from Valley Crest Landscape Company of […]

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A Terrifying Lesson

A Terrifying Lesson

Editor, One fact is made abundantly clear by the events of Columbine, Aurora, Sandy Hook, Boston, Santa Monica, and now Isla Vista. Anyone bent on wrecking havoc in this country is free to do so with impunity; there is zero risk of return fire. The shooter can go where he wants, do what he wants, […]

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Paving the Way to TOW

Paving the Way to TOW

The end of the road may finally be in sight, both figuratively and literally, for pedestrians and cyclists seeking a smooth path between the hilltop communities of Arch Beach Heights and Top of the World. The City Council on Tuesday directed staff to explore a combination of two options to develop a path across a […]

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Questions Arise Over Nyes Place Fuel Trimming

Questions Arise Over Nyes Place Fuel Trimming

Editor, (This letter was sent to Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse and City Manager John Pietig) From a phone conversation with Mr. LaTendresse, I understand that the city has hired consultants to study the issues regarding a proposed fuel modification in the Nyes Portofino area that does not include the hillside property uphill in the 400 […]

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2+2=5

2+2=5

I have a question.  Please teacher look at me.  I’m raising my hand.  She’s not looking. Don’t despair. I’ll just wave my hand and bounce up and down. Great she sees me. Okay, sure.  I understand. You want me to go to the principal’s office and explain why I was doing calisthenics in math class. […]