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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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Locals Weigh in on Transit Options

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 better accommodate the needs of all three groups, and that many people would be […]

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Breathe in, Breathe out

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 hostile audience of homeowners trying to get their “rights” upheld and their neighbors to do […]

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In Defense of Strict Unicorn Leash Laws

In Defense of Strict Unicorn Leash Laws

If it strikes you that I’m being facetious about the dire need for strict unicorn leash laws, then you haven’t been paying attention. You should be afraid of untethered unicorns because they pose a real danger to our Republic; at least that’s what some would have us believe. In a democracy we are responsible for […]

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Mayor Provides a Snap Shot

Mayor Provides a Snap Shot

In her final state of the city address, Laguna Beach Mayor Elizabeth Pearson painted a detailed portrait of the city’s economy and shifting demographics, which is both aging and shrinking. She also drew some eye-opening conclusions about where the town stands today in comparing the most recent 2010 census figures to those of 2000 at […]

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Are City Planners Too Slick for Our Town?

Are City Planners Too Slick for Our Town?

Editor, On the proposed ”ideas” presented (April 16), I felt the concepts were not custom made for Laguna. Having graduated from Laguna High in 1969, I have seen groups and persons who say they ”love” Laguna and have lived or visited for just a year or so… then want to change it! I got a sense […]

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 No Love Match for Court Upgrade

No Love Match for Court Upgrade

  With city officials still refusing to kick in any more money, the school district pushed ahead with plans Tuesday to improve the aging high-school tennis courts with an expensive upgrade for greater longevity. Both school and city officials presented competing versions of how to clean up the courts in a joint-use meeting. Maintaining and […]

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Is Laguna a Destination for the Homeless?

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 care for and provide […]

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Mellow Event Deserves a Sequel

Mellow Event Deserves a Sequel

Editor, We want to thank the Sawdust Festival’s board of directors and the city of Laguna Beach’s Planning Commission for agreeing to host the Blue Water Music Festival last weekend on the festival grounds. Rick Conkey and his team, including a large number of community groups and volunteers, deserve congratulations on organizing a mellow, musical […]

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Experts Explore Turning Drivers into Riders

Experts Explore Turning Drivers into Riders

What would it take to get residents revved up about boarding a bus or calling a driver on demand instead of revving up their own cars? That’s what consultants hired to evaluate the city’s $2.2 million public transit system will now attempt to discover after the City Council on Tuesday approved more funding for Vancouver-based […]

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Hearing Set Over School Accountability Plan

Hearing Set Over School Accountability Plan

The school district set May 13 for a public hearing to collect input from parents, educators, employees and the community as it develops its state-mandated Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The plans must describe the school district’s overall vision for students and actions to improve outcomes for English learners, low-income students, and foster youth, the […]

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Tech Safety Expert Taps Into a Child’s World

Tech Safety Expert Taps Into a Child’s World

Coffee Break is breaking-out of its mold with a free 7 p.m. presentation on children and technology at Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Laguna Beach High School’s Artists’ Theatre. Scott Burnett, owner of Lake Forest’s Integrity Computer Concepts, specializes in online security. The father of four tech-savvy kids, Burnett regularly hosts presentations for private schools, churches, […]

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 Donations, Volunteers Needed for Shared Feast

Donations, Volunteers Needed for Shared Feast

The buffet style Community Thanksgiving takes place at noon on Thursday, Nov. 28, at Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr. Ready to eat turkeys and side dishes are needed; food donations and volunteers for set-up and cleanup are welcomed at 11 a.m. The food and supplies are provided by individuals, churches and community groups. […]

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Fire Ignites a Support System

Fire Ignites a Support System

 By Marion K. Jacobs, Ph.D., Special to the Independent I was among the lucky ones. The fire was coming over Mystic and straight at us on Temple Hills Drive when we evacuated, but thanks to a wind switch later our house was saved. Over the days and weeks following the ’93 Laguna fire, I got […]

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Wanted: Artists, Craftsmakers for Annual Holiday Boutique

Wanted: Artists, Craftsmakers for Annual Holiday Boutique

Laguna Beach High School’s PTA is looking for artists and craftspeople to participate in this year’s annual Holiday Boutique to be held on Dec. 7 in the Laguna Beach High School’s Dugger Gym. Vendors will enjoy five hours of foot traffic drawn not only by the free-admission boutique itself, but by performances by the elementary […]