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Arrest Made in Cold-Case Murder

Sixteen years after a woman’s body was discovered in Laguna Canyon, law enforcement investigators early Wednesday, Oct. 8, arrested her son-in-law as the suspect in the cold-case homicide about 7 a.m. as he was about to enter an Aliso Viejo gym. John Edward Gutierrez, 46, who...

Posted On 18 Sep 2014

Supportive Housing Tour Opens Insights

Supportive Housing Tour Opens Insights Editor, On Monday, June 30, I went on an informative, free bus tour that was offered by the Friendship Shelter to illustrate how supportive housing works. Our group traveled to Midway City and Anaheim to see successful models of supportive...

Shouldn’t Everyone Have One?

  Everyone has something to give, but what do they leave behind? A legacy of some kind, perhaps just a moment of kindness. As I was walking by the bus bench near my office I encountered a thin bearded man who I have heard several times ranting about his troubles with the...

Canyon Residents Reject Homeless Neighbors

Tempers flared during the second of three community forums hosted by the Friendship Shelter last week to discuss their permanent supportive housing proposal. Thursday’s meeting targeted the project’s impact on Laguna Canyon, but at the outset many of the 45 or so...

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...

An Ode to Walking in Laguna

Editor, Walking Laguna Beach is fun and it’s the most underrated thing in town to do!  I am 80 and haven’t had a car since 2003. I love taking the big OCTA buses and/or our city “Main Line” buses, subsidized by a generous grant from OCTA, to the patisserie...

Canyon QT

The other day I got a frantic knock on the door. It was too early for pizza, so I ignored it. The insistent knocking continued. I didn’t know Sheldon from the “Big Bang Theory,” so I ignored it some more. There was more knocking, knocking, and knocking. “What,” was my welcom...

Correction:

The article “Council Considers Development Moratorium” in the May 6 edition referred to “LCAD expansion,” in describing many projects in Laguna Canyon. The phrase referred to previous growth by the college and was not intended to imply that   Laguna...

Retelling Art’s Role Saving Open Space

                Under the guise of honoring Orange County’s 100th year and the 150th anniversary of photography, Mark Chamberlain and Jerry Burchfield in 1989 erected a large photographic mural in Laguna Canyon. In truth, their underlying...

Urban Planner Out to Pasture

Three top notch urban design teams and an also ran pitched their visions and credentials to secure the role in shaping Laguna Beach’s development policies in downtown and along Laguna Canyon. The chosen planner is still up in the air. You can tell how faraway the decision is by...

Skepticism of Hano’s Opinions

Editor, I for one have grown tired of Arnold Hano’s pronouncements (“Opponents Exaggerate Actions of Homeless People,” Letters, May 2). Yes, in modern language we are a freaky, open society with a history of great tolerance. After all, on Memorial Day weekend hundreds of...

Concerned About Future Lawsuits

Editor, When the City Council dropped the city attorney from the homeless lawsuit and then signed a settlement agreement, the people were not given proper representation, nor were we given right to understand the legalities of their actions. Now we see story poles in Laguna...

Proposed Development Lacks Foresight

Editor, In response to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center’s concern for the proposed 40-unit homeless shelter in Laguna Canyon next to their facility: I spoke against the artist work/live (as an artist, art educator and former arts commissioner) and against the Big Bend...

Live Work Project Wins Go-Ahead

Louis Longi’s controversial live-work development in Laguna Canyon can proceed.  On a 3-2 vote, Laguna beach’s City Council on Tuesday denied an appeal of the project by a neighborhood organization. Council members Robert Whalen and Toni Iseman voted against the project. The...