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Guest Column

Tipi Trials  By Carrie Woodburn, Special to the Independent I am the homeowner with the sweat lodge and tipi. I am saddened and surprised by the negative barrage of commentary and inaccuracy of many public statements. I am not interested in defending myself, or fueling the fire....

Disputing Sweat Lodge Reporting

Editor, Last week’s article (“Sweat Lodge Owner Seeks City Permit,” April 6) by Rita Robinson missed more than a few facts. Sweat Lodge operator Andrew Soliz did not “miss a deadline to submit plans” as reported. He was fined because he erected a 10 foot domed sweat lodge and a...

Sweat Lodge Owner Complies With Local Protocols

Facing a $1,000 fine for missing a deadline to submit plans on his Native American sweat lodge, Laguna Beach resident Andrew Soliz intends to comply with what the city asks as long as he’s able exercise his right to worship as he chooses. Soliz, who has used the sweat lodge for...

Sweat Lodge Concerns Heat Up

The sweat lodge and tipi in Andrew Soliz’s Bluebird Canyon backyard, target of some complaints by nearby neighbors, must meet city building standards or be subject to fines or forced removal, according to city officials. Soliz says the structures at 932 Meadowlark Dr. are sacred...