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School Board Split Over Fee Hike

Editor, “Schools Reject Fee Hike on New Building” (Indy, May 13) suggests our school board “refused to impose a hike on fees,” after “district staff” put the revenue increase for homeowners on the board’s agenda.  But it was the board that set fee hikes in motion last December,...

County Educators Need Lessons in Leadership

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the Orange County Board of Education.) Wow, being a human being can be so tricky. On Wednesday, I attended the controversial OC Board of Education meeting due to a concern that statements by Board President Robert Hammond were...

Regulate Short-term Rentals, Don’t Ban Them

Editor, Since the 1990s, all Laguna Beach homeowners have had the right to apply for an administrative use permit for short-term rentals on their home. The moratorium on acceptance of applications will be lifted at the end of October, and anyone can apply. That has been the law...

Bridget Sturges Hedges

  Bridget Sturges Hedges passed away April 20, 2016, in her home in Tustin, Calif., at the age of 68. She died of complications from lung cancer that had metastasized to her brain. She went peacefully in her sleep. Bridget was born on Aug. 8, 1947, in Baton Rouge, La. She...

Pet Peeves

Piglet in a Parklet I’m excited about the new parklet on Forest Avenue. Finally, I can park my car inside the restaurant. That was the trade off. Twenty diners now sit outside and bake. My car parks inside and doesn’t bake. These are trade offs that make for a great community....

Young Athletes Prepare for Another Challenge

By George Gore Browne, Special to the Independent Sixteen local athletes who participated in the Orange County Track and Field Championships earlier this month are now preparing for another challenge, the Southern California Championships in Downey, Sunday, June 5. Christopher...

Views Disappear Along With Civility

Editor, I regularly read letters to the editor and particularly feel the on-going frustration of Dave Connell when he writes of view preservation and negotiations with thoughtless neighbors (“Plant a Tree, Block a View,” May 6). Recently we have fallen victim to a neighbor who...

A Plea to Preserve Character

Editor, If I may, I’d like to briefly respond to Dave’s letter (“Plant a Tree, Block a View”) from last week. To begin with, thank you Dave, your point is well taken. I understand that many homes in Laguna have indeed been built with view sheds in mind, and the insensitive and...

Battle Against Zika Endangers Health

Editor, We are in trouble. The OC Vector Control wants to aerially spray our homes, parks, schools and churches with a pesticide that is a known endocrine disruptor, which will mean health complications for over 3 million people, increased cancer, lymphoma, Parkinson’s disease,...

Congestion Tamer: Double-Deck Coast Highway

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the City Council.) Here is a suggestion for the City Council and Caltrans regarding reducing the traffic congestion on Coast Highway in downtown Laguna. That is build a two or four-lane overpass (elevated section) of Coast Highway...

Glad to See A Familiar Face

Editor, Judy and I ran into Barbara Diamond the other day. We were pleased to learn that she is now back in Laguna, but saddened to hear of the tragic passing of her son, whom she tended in his last illness. Barbara has been a long-time friend, and a mentor on all things Laguna –...

West Street Beach Lives On

Editor, If you have L.G.B.T. friends, remind them that  warm weather on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30 will see crowds at one major attraction that continues to make our town unique, the internationally gay beach, West Street in South Laguna. A huge expanse of sand, volleyball...

Following the Money

Pick Your Flavor Don’t you hate it when you are craving ice cream, but all that’s offered is strawberry or vanilla. Well the city of Laguna Beach is about to offer you a selection of flavors. It’s called the 2016 Community Survey and $35,000 in public funds will be spent on...

Guest Column

The Council Has No Clothes We all know the story of the emperor who wears no clothes, but is admired nonetheless by an adoring, trusting public, mesmerized by politicians and their sway over them. That must be the case with our City Council.  We Lagunans generally assume council...