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Access Road Proves Inaccessible to Fire Engines

Editor, As the recent fire broke out in the canyon, I cruised up Poplar Street to see if I could see the fire. Myself and approximately 20 others observed a fire truck trying to navigate up the fire road behind the Pageant of the Masters to access the fire. The truck was no match...

City Memorial is Misplaced

Editor, Laguna Beach police Officer Jon Coutchie’s death was a terrible accident, but the young man driving the truck and his family have been dragged through the mud while LBPD has created the image of a fallen officer as a hero, further driving a stake into the situation....

Historical Memory Has Gone Missing

Editor, I just read in the skatepark article that Lang Park is back on the table as a possible location. Can this be true? Our little park which languished for years after the school shut down as a city dump and staging site, where neighbors fought to preserve as a much as they...

A Suggested Skate Park Site

Editor, There has been far too much dithering about skateboard parks over the past 25 years with stifled imagination displayed to get something accomplished.  The imagination part is integrating land and projects to provide multiple uses within the city’s ability and jurisdiction...

Parklet Idea Misses the Point

This letter was address to council members. On June 16 the City Council unanimously approved two parklets proposed by the city’s Downtown Specific Plan consultant over the objections of nearly everyone who spoke on this agenda item. Your original plan to identify locations in the...

Buyout Bagging Trouble

Editor, National media are widely reporting that Albertsons is suing Haggen, accusing the grocer of fraud in failing to pay more than $36 million as part of the sale of 146 grocery stores.  One of those stores is in Laguna Beach. When Haggen came to Laguna, it promised...

Envisioning a ‘Streetcar Named Desire’

Editor, In 1948 play “Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams received the Pulitzer Prize for drama. In 1951, the American film debut was selected for historical preservation.  Laguna Beach now has the opportunity to own its first streetcar with a thoughtful approach given...

Pet Peeves

Poetry Runoff Whew. I read in the Indy that the first case of an offending tree obstructing the skyline has been settled. Only a few details remain. There appears to be one tree house found in the tree, whose origin remains unknown, but may be eligible for the Heritage list. And...

‘Orange Sunshine’ Explores an Often Forgotten Era

By Richard Chang, Special to the Independent Books lead to movies all the time, but it’s rare when a book inspires an art exhibition. That appears to be the case with the newest group show at Coastline Art Gallery in Newport Beach. “Orange Sunshine and the Mystic Artists,...

Clearing a Way to Tap Recycled Water

Editor, (This letter was addressed to the City Council also.) We ask that the city and water district plan for a reclaimed water distribution system within the Laguna Beach County Water District area, to be implemented as soon as possible. Now that the Driftwood open space...

It Takes a Village to Keep its Elders

Editor, As a resident of Laguna Beach for over 40 years, I was so glad to hear about the survey on senior housing needs (“Survey Assess Housing Needs of Seniors,” July 3 edition).  I am a nurse practitioner specializing in gerontology and have seen so many seniors throughout...

Laguna, A Soot Free Town

Editor: After the El Toro military airport was closed all commercial airplanes adjusted their route to fly directly over Laguna Beach. Their exhaust, which rained on our town contained seven carcinogens: benzene, hexane, toluene, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde,...

Useless ‘Lyptus Speaks Out

Editor, My name is Hugh. Hugh Calyptus. I come from Australia. Actually, I was abducted from Australia and abandoned here in Laguna Beach.  But don’t get me wrong, I love it here in beautiful Laguna.  It has all those marvelous “view sheds” and other fantastic...

Eucalyptus Battles Straddle the Globe

Editor, In a recent letter to editor, another South Laguna resident made some sweeping statements (some out of context to the issue in Laguna) about planting trees helter-skelter in Laguna. Laguna is considered a high-risk fire area by our own city, county, state, fire...

Expect to Pay Dearly to Restore Views

Editor, The View Restoration Committee had their first case in seven months under this new policy (“View Committee Clears its First Dispute,” July 10 edition), which says something about the policy’s usefulness. In order to complain about an overgrown hedge (or tree), the...