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LBPD: Laguna Beach Man Arrested in Aliso Viejo Attempted Murder

By Allison Jarrell | LB Indy On Saturday, April 20, Zachary James McGuinness, 23, of Laguna Beach, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and illegal discharge of a firearm with negligence following reports of a late-night shooting, without injuries, that took place in...

Letter: Adopt a Plant-based Diet This Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22, marking a half century of promoting environmental awareness and calling for protection of our planet. But are we making a difference? Can we do more than reduce, reuse and recycle? Sure! We can adopt a plant-based diet and stop consuming animals. Why the...

Letter: Great News for Laguna Beach Schools

  It is no small task to receive six-year accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Schools (ACS) Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC)/California Department of Education (CDE). Laguna Beach High School achieved this important and valuable milestone. The...


Letter: Trees Are Loved, but They Aren’t Always Practical

Interesting that Mr. and Mrs. MacGillivray are importing a lecturer from Santa Monica to educate us about urban forests—at least it is at city hall rather than a fancy hotel like Village Laguna has been spending money on. The problem is that we...

Letter: In Response to Freidenrich’s Column

  I guess I’m the “Republican friend” Denny Freidenrich asked to respond to his April 12 piece. So here I am. Denny’s piece pointed out political language used at Republican rallies. Firstly, I’d like to point out...

Letter: New Police Cruisers are Ugly

The new black and white police cruisers with huge flags on the side are just plain ugly. Our police chief says they are “traditional.” We have never been a traditional town and the white cars with giant blue letters spelling “POLICE”...




Letter: Not a Fan of New Police Car Design

The following email was sent to the City Council: I’m writing to you regarding the new markings on Laguna Beach police vehicles. Simply put, I’m not a fan. I have several reasons for my lack of enthusiasm. A black and white police vehicle makes...

Letter: From a Patriot in The Villages

So happy to hear you voted to keep those beautiful police cars with American flag artwork. We need to keep our patriotism for our great country. Thank you again. Everyone sang beautifully at meeting.   Toni Johnson, The Villages, Flordia  

Letter: Reconsider Police Car Branding

I would urge the City Council to revisit the matter of how our police vehicles are branded and, therefore, how our Police Department portrays itself to residents and visitors. There are many ways to embrace patriotic sentiment and national pride...

Letter: Village Laguna Lacking Transparency About Tour Proceeds

In her recent letter in StuNews, Ms. Felder, president of Village Laguna, asserted that an ad in StuNews revealing that Village Laguna receives funds generated by the Charm House Tour was placed by a group of developers. This is untrue; I am not a member of Liberate Laguna and I placed the ad...

Letter: Charm House Tour Celebrates Laguna’s History

May is Preservation Month in Laguna Beach, and every year for the last 46 years, Village Laguna has celebrated Laguna’s history with the Charm House Tour. This year, the tour is on Sunday, May 19, and will feature five North Laguna homes, from one of the earliest cottages (1918) through a...

Letter: Charm House Tour Seems Deceptive

Village Laguna’s biggest fundraiser every year is the Charm House Tour. It’s packaged as a benign beautiful way to peek inside some iconic and historic houses in Laguna. In reality, it funds Village Laguna’s political agenda. Right on their website, in the number one position of “Issues that...

Letter: Reinstate All Honors Course Grade-Weighting at LBHS

In February 2016, three out of five Laguna Beach Unified School Board members chose to eliminate honors course grade bumps, with few courses remaining intact. The presentation provided little...

Letter: Stop the No-Bid Trash Racket

Most of us just received a notice in the mail that the city desires to raise our trash rates, usually a tiny blip at the bottom of our property taxes. Yet this dark and dusty fine print has...

Heart Talk

A Sad Use of Privilege We Americans tell ourselves that our society is a meritocracy, and in some instances, this is the case. During my time in the United States Army, I experienced an American...

The Kibitzer

This Aggression Will Not Stand  They are more aggressive than our cop cars. Their garish, neon color makes our black and whites (plus red, white and blue) look like muted Cézanne’s. They have...
Posted On 19 Apr 2019

Wisdom Workout

A Timely Vacation    Sad and Mad desperately needed to get out of town. They poured through brochures highlighting exotic locations until they mutually agreed to visit the land that promised to...

Pet Peeves

Kiss a Frog The City Council just kissed a frog. Frogparking has been hired at $1.61 million dollars to install and advertise a smart parking system that will enable drivers to find and pay for...

Does the Wet Suit You

A Panjandrum’s Panglossian Proposition There are movies about some catastrophic disaster impending and the people in charge aren’t telling the common folks. There’s the risk of panic and...

Finding Meaning

Overwhelming Meaning I did the Palm Sunday marathon, scurrying between Laguna churches as they began their Easter Week. Thanks to a Laguna service starting every half-hour from 7:30 a.m. forward,...

LBHS Lacrosse Coach Arrested on Suspicion of Inappropriately Touching Players

Laguna Beach High School lacrosse coach Robert Sant, 37, of Irvine, was arrested last week for three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with children.

City Hits the Brakes on Electric Vehicle Rentals

Residents of Fairview Street appealed a January vote by Planning Commission to approve the rental of Moke Electric Vehicles, which are similar to golf carts, on the grounds that automotive...

Laguna Student Launches Film Career

Tanaka’s short film “24 Hours” showcases his feelings about the town and its residents. The five-minute piece, which features Laguna locals chasing adventure from sunrise to sunset, was selected...


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