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Homeless Forums Need More Attention

Homeless Forums Need More Attention

Editor, As a college student, I never certainly think of possible issues that are being encountered in Laguna Beach, because let’s face it, it’s a city of paradise and nothing can be wrong with that. But for someone who is just simply passing by and not really paying attention, the homeless seem to be a […]

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Summer Hibernation Starts

Summer Hibernation Starts

Enjoy what’s left of your off season routine. Last Saturday, June 21, marked the official start of summer and the arrival of tourists. With the economy recovering, this year we can expect more people in town than ever. Additionally, Irvine has been hurriedly producing new homes with “closeness to Laguna Beach” as one of its […]

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Stores Feed People, Not Cars

Stores Feed People, Not Cars

Editor, On a stroll over to Whole Foods I confirmed it. Once in place and now removed, the public benches, umbrellas, picnic tables are all gone now. The bike rack is stuffed next to a ventilation pump while the parking lot looks staged for Cal Worthington and Channel 5. My car doesn’t eat bananas so […]

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Canyon Tranquility in Need of Protection

Canyon Tranquility in Need of Protection

Editor, (This letter also went to council members.) The ASL homeless shelter on Canyon Road continues to disrupt the safety of canyon residents on a daily basis as the homeless walk down the canyon road into the city. Unfortunately, homeless often stop in the neighborhoods creating nuisance and safety issues with the residents ability to […]

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Heritage Protections Keep Town Character Intact

Heritage Protections Keep Town Character Intact

Editor, I am taken aback by the angry tone of Howard Hill’s article in the June 19 Independent.  “Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights.” As a person who faithfully restored a 1922 historical cottage, I would expect his values to be more in line with those of Ann Christoph.  She has, from what I have […]

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Misplaced Values

Misplaced Values

Editor, Kill a pigeon or a crab; go to jail. Eat a hamburger; you’re a heartless savage. Kill a cyclist and drive a mile with a caved in windshield before stopping; meh. Another day another fatality. Laguna Beach has garnered the “notorious distinction as the worst among 107 small cities” for pedestrian and cyclist fatalities. […]

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 Are Safer Streets A Political Choice?

Are Safer Streets A Political Choice?

Editor, How do we lower our crash rate for cars, pedestrians and bike riders? Or maybe more importantly, does our town have the political will to do so? We tend to think of our street system as if it’s chiseled in stone, handed down from outer space, as if it is a force of nature. […]

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Be Prepared for Seduction

Be Prepared for Seduction

  Don’t drive a Tesla . . . unless you’re prepared to be utterly smitten by its features and performance and sticker-shocked at the $100,000 plus price tag. I drove the Model S recently and experienced both shock and awe. As a proud, Volvo-driving, tree-hugger living on the retirement income of a community college professor, […]

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Richard Balzer

Richard Balzer

Richard Havlin Balzer passed away on June 12, 2014, in Springfield, Ore., from a bad heart valve. He was born Aug. 25, 1945 in Los Angeles to Carl and Elsa Balzer. Balzer is survived by his son Vaughn Balzer; his grandson Calvin Balzer; his brother Rick Balzer and his niece Shannon Balzer Palmer. Richard, or […]

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Class Notes

Class Notes

Locals Do Laguna Proud From Afar Laguna Beach residents graduated from Boston University. Madison M. Gordon-Lavaee and Mia L. Malchow, both received bachelor of science in film and television degrees; and Brent M. Donenfeld, received bachelor of science in business  administration and management. Locals Ava L. Burnes, Alexander Monda and Morgan S. Myers were recently […]

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Hikers Find Body of Homeless Man

Hikers Find Body of Homeless Man

Two hikers discovered the body of a man described by Laguna Beach police as a member of the local homeless population on a Laguna Coast Wilderness Park trail early Thursday, June 26. The cause of death has not been established and is pending an autopsy by the Orange County Coroner’s Office, said Capt. Jason Kravetz. […]

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Cuts Loom for Tidepool Educators

Cuts Loom for Tidepool Educators

As of August, often the busiest summer tourist month, the tidepools in Laguna Beach’s most popular marine sanctuary will likely be staffed with fewer tidepool educators because of a potential funding shortfall. As part of its mission, Laguna Ocean Foundation took on the responsibility of training and funding tidepool educators several years ago to instruct […]

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Special Night Captures a Community’s Spirit

Special Night Captures a Community’s Spirit

Editor, As I write my thank you notes to the scholarships I act as liaison to in my role as a director for the LBHS Scholarship Foundation, I am once again struck by the magic of the emotions involved with Honors Convocation. I have been on that board since the mid-80s and never tire of […]

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Incendiary Devices Still Present in Wild Lands

Incendiary Devices Still Present in Wild Lands

Editor, (This was also sent to city officials.) What is it going to take to get the leadership of the city of Laguna Beach to take action? Since hard evidence is needed to substantiate a claim of malfeasance, I submit the photo below to support my assertion that little, if anything, is being done to […]

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Are We Helpless When it Comes to the Homeless?

Are We Helpless When it Comes to the Homeless?

By Howard Hills Homelessness has become yet another topic ironically like the weather, everyone complains about it but no one ever does anything about it. Of course, anything anyone proposes to do about it costs too much, is never enough, and will not solve the problem. Did you ever notice that those who complain the loudest […]