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National Survey Documents Local Landmarks

Last year, a group of local open space preservationists submitted documents to the National Park Service to include the Laguna Beach greenbelt in the Historical American Landscapes Survey, a national program established by the National Park Service in October 2000 to document...

Schools Respond to Racial Attack

Laguna Beach High School suspended five students this week in the wake of a racially motivated attack against another student even as administrators took steps to start discussions about diversity and inclusiveness, beginning with meetings this week with representatives from O.C....

A Time for Reconciliation

Editor: If history has shown us anything, it’s that all humans fail, sometimes miserably. As a teenager, I behaved despicably, worse than the teens involved in the recent racial incident here in Laguna. Worse because I kept repeating mean-spirited bullying, hurting someone over...


Time to Rise Up

Editor, Seventeen year olds are deep into manhood in most parts of the world, earning food and shelter for siblings and parents. By 17, most girls of the world are mothers by traditional mandate. They lift the weight of womanhood by transporting...

Why Should Staff Needs Take Priority Over Citizens?

Editor, One of the primary functions and responsibilities of City Hall, no matter what city or state, is to service its customers. City Hall is in the business of solving, fixing, directing and mitigating customers’ city related/caused issues,...

Obama Elevates Bird Rock’s Status

President Obama added six sites totaling roughly 6,000 acres to the California Coastal National Monument on Thursday, Jan. 12. The additions to the monument, one of Obama’s last executive orders, included the Orange County Rocks, the...
Posted On 20 Jan 2017

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Patience, Dog Lovers

Editor, I’m sure my dog Oliver would love to join the crowd of dogs protesting the ongoing closure of the dog park depicted in the cartoon you published last week in your “Letters” section! Face it, it’s the only place in the city where dogs can...

Civility From Both Camps, Please

Editor, Billy Fried and Michael Ray’s articles used to be of interest until they followed Meryl Streep’s lead. If I wanted to read a political column I would do so, but it is totally inappropriate for these two columnists to use their...

My Irish Eyes are Smiling

Editor, The opening of Christian O’Reilly’s “Chapatti,” at our Playhouse last Sunday (Jan. 15) was such a fulfilling experience, I have to give a shout out to everyone who loves great theatre. And it is right here. Make room in your schedule to...

High Praise for Clinic’s Symposium

Editor, My hardiest praise to the Laguna Beach Community Clinic and its new medical director, Dr. Jorge Rubal, for the excellent symposium on Navigating Mortality they presented this past Tuesday (Jan. 10) in City Council Chambers. The keynoter, Fay Blix, an elder-care attorney, and the panel...

Defying Utility Dependence

Editor, What if Laguna Beach became a power utility co-op selling electrical power back to So Cal Edison? A small cooperative headed by Solar City (Elon Musk) on Hawaii has done just that selling renewable power back to the Kauai utility company. Impossible for Laguna you say? It wasn’t...

Village Matters

Get Out Your Clipboard Your clipboard, your shovel, your social connections; whatever it takes to make a difference, set things right. That is the message of President Obama’s farewell address, and the theme of the Martin Luther King Jr. gathering at Main Beach this past Sunday. A candlelight...

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Guest Column

Slaying Dragons Apprehension and joy, excitement manifest. Beach boy safari, a wave seeking quest.   Checking the lines at Malibu, County Line and Rincon, too.   Searching, seeking,...

Baby Whale Washes Ashore

The body of a female gray whale less than a week old, but still weighing nearly 1,000 pounds, was recovered by the Pacific Marine Mammal Center early Monday on Main Beach, the rescue center...