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Backlash Builds Against Rehab Homes

Editor, Please consider the dangers to residents that are being caused by detox houses in our community. Rehab is certainly appropriate for people who need such services, but placing them in residential neighborhoods, near families and schools, is totally bad policy. Home owners...

Interim Solution Needed to Regulate Rehab Homes

Editor, We moved to this beautiful town to send our kids to the wonderful schools and live in paradise.  We bought our house on a gorgeous residential street and we chose not to live in a commercial zone. Through no fault of our own, we now live next door to a thriving and very,...

Detox Houses Make Poor Neighbors

Editor, Thank you for the article uncovering the problems detox houses are causing in our town. There are new developments every week (e.g., addict residents entering neighbors’ homes, addict residents harassing young girls, syringes left in gutters, increased crime in the...

Less Than Gentle Nature at Work

Hello Editor, Here is yet another point of view about Laguna’s coyote problem. My home is in Top of the World and is very close to the 3,500-acre greenbelt wild life preserve. The deer and wild rabbit population have been decimated. Spring fawns and even larger deer have...

Outraged Over a City Hall Perk

Editor: Re: City Hall Flexes Its Schedule Our city council, directed by City Manager Pietig, is at it again.  This time, under the guise of “very serious issues with retention and recruits”, they are giving city employees not only pay raises, but 3 day weekends twice...

Public Art Selection Requires Higher Professional Standards

Editor, I am writing today in support of Michael Ray’s editorial in last week’s paper. Before I add my comments I want to fully disclose that Michael is a good friend and an avid collector of mine as well as many other local and regional artists. With that said, I want to come...

A Better Use for $500,000

Editor: This letter was also addressed to the ACLU. So we, the small town of 24,000 people that every night provides shelter and services for 45 homeless people, is not doing enough. Laguna Beach, “the little engine that could,” through city and private financing, is currently...

More Parking Does Not Solve Congestion

Editor, MIG Consulting is the city’s chosen urban planner tasked with assisting the Downtown Specific Plan update. Their recommendations have been published in draft form available from the city website. One of their assignments is this one: “Evaluate parking...

Drone Invades Privacy

Editor, At 8:40 a.m. Sunday morning I was still in bed looking out over our beautiful ocean, village and Catalina when a gold drone hung in front of my house and hung there doing who knows what. I was disgusted, did not move for fear of attracting more peeping. It oozed away...

Recent Votes Lack Compassion

Editor, Apparently our compassion is gone. Coyotes mate with each other for life. They are monogamous. Laguna Beach city government has made them into monsters. With all the extra cash the city government has, why didn’t the city council vote for live traps and relocation...

SONGS and its Leftovers

Editor, The saga of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) is getting yet one more replay in the Jan. 8 issue of The Indy thanks to Marni Magda, another card-carrying member of C.R.A.P. (the Coming Radiation Armageddon Prophets). Now that SONGS is shut down (not...

Dorothy Catherine Scott

Dorothy Catherine Scott passed away peacefully on Jan. 12, 2016, at the age of 95. Scott is survived by her two daughters, Susan Kollmansberger of Laguna Beach and Sherry Scott-Tyler of North Fort Myers, Fla.; two son-in-laws; two granddaughters; and several nieces, nephews,...

Shirley Abel

A special Laguna Beach resident has passed away. Shirley “Shirl” Abel was born March 4, 1927, and died on Jan. 11, 2016, at the age of 88. For the most part of 55 years she lived in and loved Laguna. So many local friends and an extended family will sincerely miss her. She was...

Laguna Wins Another Peak

The Laguna Beach High School surf team took the overall win at Southside Huntington Beach Pier at the third Scholastic Surf Series on Sunday, Jan. 24. Laguna team members surfed well in the six-foot swell pushed by plenty of current and earned slots in the individual competition...

Pet Peeves

Countess Confidential I saw “Act 3” at the Laguna Beach Playhouse. I did not see Act 1 or 2. I’ve been living in a cave up near the “L” above the high school. It’s been several years now. I was attracted to the location because I thought it stood for loser, an appellation th...