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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...

View Committee True to its Intent

Editor, Congrats to the View Restoration Committee for negotiating an agreement between two property owners who have fought for six years over a lost view “View Committee Clears its First Dispute,” July 10.)  I’m glad to see that the process outlined in the ordinance is...

Controversy Over Cuba Continues

Editor, Re: the letter from Katy Moss (“Another Perspective on Cuba,” Letters, July 10) Basically, everything she stated about Cuba is true.  It is a dictatorship. You can be imprisoned for any reason or no reason. It is poor. There is not enough of anything. As a tourist, you...

The Slant

Rethinking the Lorax A generation of people grew up loving Lorax, a Dr. Seuss character. The Lorax “spoke for the trees” and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. The illustrated book and animated movie made those who cut trees into villains. As it was intended,...

Guest Column

Earning Puppy Love Oct. 13, 1997-July 2, 2015 Our dog, Bogart died earlier this month. Rosalie found him tucked in his bed and when he didn’t get up for his morning walk, she ran to wake me.  He looked very peaceful. Still, we cried, but were thankful he died in his sleep in his...

Pet Peeves

Always on the Wrong Side I love the trolleys. Seems like a lot of others do, too. It’s uplifting to see the smiling faces as they pass me by. I’ve come to realize that my place in Laguna is to step aside and allow younger folks, which means everyone else, to climb aboard before...