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Village Laguna Deserves Gratitude, Not Demonizing

Editor, Now that the election is over, I thought it a good time to clear up a few distortions. According to the local pro big developer and commercial lobby, the real villain in Laguna is…Village Laguna. According to letter writers on the “develop at any cost” side of the...

Winter Fantasy Brims With Holiday Cheer

By Daniella Walsh | LB Indy The tree-shrouded grounds of the Sawdust Festival will wear a holiday glow for the 24th annual Winter Fantasy that begins Saturday, Nov. 22. Established in 1990, the event has drawn a variety of artists eager to sell their wares outside of the summer...

Village Laguna Deserves Gratitude, Not Demonizing

Editor, Now that the election is over, I thought it a good time to clear up a few distortions. According to the local pro big developer and commercial lobby, the real villain in Laguna is…Village Laguna. According to letter writers on the “develop at any cost” side of the...

Public Opinion Shapes the Future of Laguna Canyon, Downtown

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Even as taming congestion and improving road safety became part of the campaign spiel of some City Council candidates, new initiatives to address the issues are underway with a number of opportunities for the public to chime in. A task force to...

Good Causes

Brunch Welcomes Four-Legged Friends Friends of Laguna Beach Dog Park host their annual fundraiser, My Best Friends Brunch, Sunday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tivoli Too!, 777 Laguna Canyon Road. For $25, two-legged folks and their four-legged friends can enjoy brunch,...

Casting Only One Vote, For Hall

Editor, During this campaign, I was surprised to learn that many people don’t know who Michele Hall is or what she’s done for this community. When her maiden name Oliver comes up, she then becomes more recognizable, especially with alumni. It’s not because her actions aren’t...

Merritt Defender Takes a Stand

Editor, The campaign for the Laguna Beach City Council is in full swing and I have serious concerns. I’m concerned that citizen groups and candidates haven’t come together for civil debate about issues that affect all. A steady climb of pedestrian injuries and death for innocent...

Unclear Undercurrent in Candidate’s Statement

Editor: I was surprised by Rob Zur Schmiede’s letter in the Sept. 19 issue of the Indy distancing himself from Village Laguna’s endorsement. Earlier in September, Rob participated in the Village Laguna candidates’ forum. At a members’ meeting after that forum, as has been done in...

Term Limits May Stop Cronyism

Editor: As is now the norm across the country and maybe the world, those aspiring to get into politics and those who want to stay in politics, all stops are pulled and political battles escalates. Our small town is no different it seems. I would like to suggest to the City...

Let Aliso Creek Take Nature’s Path

By Tex Haines Sixty truckloads of sand flush out into the ocean every time the Aliso Creek berm is breached. It is fairly simple math to calculate the volume of sand. It is a truncated pyramid approximately 50 yards at the base, 20 yards across the top, 20 yards wide and three...

Schools Seek Input on Next Principal

The school district began soliciting input from parents and staff about the qualities they envision in a new Laguna Beach High School principal even as recruiting for a successor is underway. The process began with the distribution of online surveys this week, which were sent to...

Shore Scene

 Leopard Sharks Inhabit Laguna With a range along the coast from Oregon to the Gulf of California, the leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata) is common along Laguna’s coastline.  Often found in shallow inshore waters of rocks, sand, kelp beds and muddy estuaries, it’s mostly seen...

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...

Locals Weigh in on Transit Options

About 60 residents and numerous city officials attended a public workshop Tuesday to discuss getting around town and preliminary recommendations for improving the experience of pedestrians, cyclists and riders of public transport. A loose consensus evolved that the city needs to...

Breathe in, Breathe out

“Homeowners association” are words that bring to mind frustrating meetings, uninformed opinions leading groups astray, enforcement of the covenants, conditions and restrictions as well as the pet peeves of board members, snippy and put-upon hired managers. There is often a...