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Questions the Use of Tax Dollars

Editor, I live on Canyon View and have “no alternate routes” home. Dunning Drive is below me and I fear that Rim Rock is above so I’m sort at ground 0 can’t really go up or down. That said my first question is: Why exactly are we doing this project now in middle...

Firefighters Quickly Douse Shed Blaze

A fire of undetermined origin engulfed a storage shed at the rear of a home at 671 Bayview Place in Laguna Beach’s Temple Hills area Tuesday, Oct. 15, fire officials said. Laguna’s fire department, supplemented by Orange County Fire Authority units, quickly knocked down the...

‘Doc’ Blacketer, Artist-Craftsman, Dies at 96

By Belinda Blacketer, Special to the Independent   Francis LeRoy “Doc” Blacketer, an artist with ties to Laguna Beach’s early settlers, died in Atwater, Calif., on Aug. 30. Born on July 10, 1918, to Lewis Sherman Blacketer and Frances Mae Lovelace Blacketer on a...

Proposed View Rules Go Too Far

Editor, If the proposed view ordinance passes we will turn Woods Cove into the Sawdust Festival South. The proposal states views are always king and that trees, even heritage trees, have to voluntarily genuflect or be decapitated. This policy is wrong. I just bought a home in...

Prowler Evades Police Search

The pilot of a police helicopter circling over Laguna Beach’s Temple Hills neighborhood Monday, Jan. 28, was assisting in an unsuccessful search for a person that acted suspiciously, police said. A white male attempting to hide against a planter in a driveway in the 1700 block of...

A Suggested Temple Hills Pathway Solution

Editor, A small group in Temple Hills would like to build a pathway using the narrow five-foot strips of land that exist adjacent to or bisecting homes in Temple Hills for a pedestrian path for everyday travel and as an emergency exit. The city manager’s report discloses...

An Initiative Without Transparency

Editor, At the polls in November, Laguna Beach residents will be asked to vote upon the parcel tax initiative. This is not an open space initiative as packaged, but a mechanism to bail out taxpayers who, displeased with lots they bought, can now look to other taxpayers to pay the...

Vote No on Temple Hills Bylaws Change

Editor, We urge all residents of Temple Hills to vote “no” on the new Temple Hills Community Association bylaws. Ron Chilcote has been the president of THCA for 40 years. Prior to the December “meeting”, we submitted a motion to amend the bylaws to include democratic voting...

Footpaths Cut Across Neighbors’ Nerves

Footpaths between houses in the Temple Hills neighborhood, designated more than 80 years ago by an early developer, are now dividing neighbor against neighbor. Two groups, the Temple Hills Community Assn. and the Temple Hills Neighborhood Assn., are on opposite sides of the fence...

Petitions Lack of Transparency Raises Skepticism

 Editor,    The secrecy surrounding the parcel tax is very suspicious.  When petition pushers refused to tell possible petition signers what they were signing but instead told them to just sign and read about it when is appeared on the ballot is wrong.   And, when Mayor...

Drivers, Heed Your Responsibility

Editor, While I understand all the folks concerns about safety on the streets of Laguna, it seems evident that much of the debate about safety is one sided. Many people do not drive their cars with other people in mind. We seem to have a ridiculous sense of entitlement around...

Support for Ban on All Steep Streets

Editor,   Whilst I support, in principal, the American ideals of freedom of expression and freedom to pursue one’s own happiness, as a resident of the Park, Temple Hills, Skyline neighborhood, I support a speedboarding ban on those streets.   Both while driving my car...

Lives More Precious Than Thrills

Editor,   Many years ago, my son loved to skateboard down Park and Temple Hills. Then I got the call: an ambulance was taking him to the emergency room – – he had hit and flipped over the barrier at the hairpin turn on Temple Hills. Luckily he didn’t die,...

Ban Speedboarding on Temple Hills

Editor,   I support the potential ban on speedboarding on Temple Hills Drive. I live on Temple Hills Drive, and have seen on many occasions speed boarders flying down the hill at any time of day or night (even laying on their boards!). They cross back and forth over the...

Ban Speedboarding on Temple Hills

Editor,   Speedboarding on Temple Hills Drive is not only dangerous for the skateboarders themselves, but for those of us who live on that street and have to back out of driveways, not being able to see them coming around a curve. It is truly dangerous at the speed at which...
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