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Community Support Helps Teen Thrive

In kindergarten, Jake Dameshek was often overwhelmed. According to his mother, Kimberly O’Brien-Young, her autistic son frequently needed his twin brother, Sam, to calm him down. O’Brien–Young loved the bond between her boys, but she also wanted Jake to work toward independence.

Environmentalists Push for City to Uphold Paris Accords

Local environmental activists expect to spend the next few weeks advocating for an endorsement by Laguna Beach Mayor Toni Iseman to join with mayors from 347 other cities nationwide to sign resolutions to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement.
Posted On 23 Jul 2017

Democratic Field Grows More Crowded

In declaring his Democratic candidacy for the 48th District seat this week, Kotick said Orange County and the nation seem unprepared to take advantage of changes transforming work places that are confronting a shortage of skilled labor


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Will Old Remedy Solve Modern Housing Crisis?

Updates to a state law that went into effect Jan. 1 are meant to combat the shortage and encourage Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), also known as “granny flats,” on residential properties.

Musings on the Coast

No one wants Laguna to become like Corona del Mar. CdM has been ruined by McMansionization. This never will happen in Laguna. Our Design Review Board (DRB) makes sure of that. The DRB has complete authority over the size, design, colors, height...
Posted On 20 Jul 2017

Village Laguna’s Track Record Reflects its Values

Editor: Since when are ad hominem attacks on an opponent an acceptable form of debate or responsible journalism?  Two letters in last week’s Indy come to mind.  One from Jay Rousseau and the second from Ganka Brown. Jay Rousseau accuses Village...


Village Laguna and its Leaders Practice Transparency

Editor, Re: the letter “Village Laguna Critic Piles On” in the July 14 edition. The letter was filled with untruths about Johanna Felder and Village Laguna. There are no secrets about Village Laguna, as a non-profit organization, or how...

One CVS Is Enough

Editor, The atmosphere of our downtown changes its look and feel from the early morning, afternoon to the late night hours.  Our downtown and Main Beach become a loitering place for the homeless late at night. The last thing residents need...

Trolleys Need Better Speaker System

Editor, Yesterday I got on a blue “coastal route” trolley at the bus terminal that stops at all regular stops but ends at Mission Hospital. It was crowded and as is the case with many trolleys, the loud speaker system didn’t...

Heart Talk

Friends Don’t Let Friends I never ask for a senior discount at the movies. Not wanting to announce to those in line behind me that I am well, old, I pay extra for pride’s sake. One afternoon, dressed in my newest Tommy Bahamas and with just the right amount of hair product, I waited...

New Leader Joins Congregational Church

Neighborhood Congregational Church announced this week that Rev. Rodrick Echols, a new spiritual leader, has stepped up to the pulpit and began his duties May 15. Born and raised in Memphis, Tenn., Echols’ professional life includes pastoral care, leadership development, communication,...

Buddhist Nun Returns to Laguna

Local Tibetan Buddhist study group, Gonpo Ludup will again host Australian nun Robina Courtin for two events at Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr. Tickets for a public talk, Happy Living, Happy Dying on Friday, Aug.11 from 7-9 p.m. and a weekend workshop entitled Preparing...

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Laurentina (Laury) Anna Detrick

Dec. 22, 1944 – July 15, 2017 Laury Detrick, a longtime resident of Laguna Beach, passed away after a year long battle with lung cancer. She leaves a son Gregory and grandchildren who live...

Wisdom Workout

Service Nurtures Loyalty for Local Merchants George Weiss wrote a letter to the editor last week that shared pertinent research and also let us know that CVS has as their motto: “Lead with...

Pet Peeves

Time Traveler Husband Synchronicity is creepy. The concept first introduced by the analytical psychologist Carl Jung holds that events are meaningful coincidences, if they occur with no causal...

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