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Holden Obituary

Holden Obituary

Melanie Ott Holden passed away at her home on March 31, 2014. Born in Evanston, Ill., on May 12,1938, Melanie moved to Laguna Beach with her family in 1941. Her father was renowned sculptor, Peterpaul Ott. After graduating from Laguna Beach High School, Melanie continued her education in Germany, mastering six foreign languages and working […]

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Pedaling Through Paradise

Pedaling Through Paradise

Laguna Beach is one of the best places in the world to ride a bike. People from all over the world come to ride here. Magazine photographers come to do photo shoots and bike companies test their products here. If you want a great workout coupled with some of the best vistas earth has to […]

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Let’s Go Parking

Let’s Go Parking

You know you are older when going parking has become a problem. In high school, we had a special place to go parking and there always seemed to be enough room for cars, and birds and bees, too.  Now everybody is older and fuzzy about parking with benefits so it is necessary to hire a […]

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Slow Down, Mindful of Life's Preciousness

Slow Down, Mindful of Life’s Preciousness

Editor, Our hearts are broken over the lost of Nina Fitzpatrick. Our sympathy, while heartfelt, is little consolation for her friends and family. We wish it were the case that tragedy was not a prerequisite for learning how precious and fragile life is, but it seems we have a difficult time with this lesson. If […]

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Shelter Worse Than a Natural Disaster

Shelter Worse Than a Natural Disaster

Editor, (This letter also went to the City Council.) First of all we’d like to  thank each and every one of you for your years of commitment, dedication and endless hours of hard work in helping preserve the tremendous attributes that we all love about Laguna Beach. As 45-year residents and homeowners the past 20 […]

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Too Much of a Hurry to Approve Rather Than Improve

Too Much of a Hurry to Approve Rather Than Improve

Editor, Thanks to all who spoke out against the massive Longi project proposal way out in the canyon. The testimony showed clear opposition to the size by organizations and individuals from all over town, despite statements that just a few neighbors object. We didn’t ask for articulation or for rustic siding. All we asked for […]

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View Ordinance Is Expensive to Enforce

View Ordinance Is Expensive to Enforce

  Editor, In my opinion, the main problem with the proposed view preservation ordinance is the high cost associated with trying to enforce it.  I believe a much simpler and more enforceable method would be to enact one stating that no tree may exceed the highest point of the home/structure on the subject property. It […]

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Unnecessary Complexity Over View Rules  Silliness

Unnecessary Complexity Over View Rules Silliness

Editor, Laguna’s famous and unique view sheds of the ocean, islands, hills, and valleys is one of the many things that makes living in Laguna a pleasure and adds dramatically to the value of homes and neighborhoods. Sadly, for a very long time these precious public and private view sheds have been, are being, destroyed […]

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Import a Bit of France this Summer

Import a Bit of France this Summer

Editor, Dear people of Laguna Beach. Are you interested in the French culture? You can become a short-term host family from July 1-21. This is an opportunity to experience another culture. The French participants are eager to know more about the life in California and will give you a taste of Paris, the Riviera, Brittany, […]

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Criticizes Citation as Unfair

Criticizes Citation as Unfair

Editor, I have received a parking citation from Laguna Beach Citation Processing Center, according to the statement of administrative review I am liable and required me to pay the amount of $43 before April 9. I have purchase a parking permit by the ticket machine in which I sent them for proof, but instead it was denied. I will pay it, […]

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City Council In Wonderland

City Council In Wonderland

Editor, If you paid attention to the Laguna Beach City Council and Planning Commission regarding the artist work-live project in the Canyon, you’d swear you stumbled down the rabbit hole in “Alice in Wonderland,” where up is down, large is small and wrong is right. In a sharply divided 3-2 vote, the City Council denied […]

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Conversing with Laguna’s Gregarious Greeter

Conversing with Laguna’s Gregarious Greeter

One of Laguna Beach’s endearing facets involves its greeter. Laguna has had a greeter off and on since the late 1800’s starting with Joe Lucas, a Portuguese fisherman who died in 1908. A greeter who welcomes visitors personally makes their arrival different than other places. Some cities attempt to make you feel welcome with a […]

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A Plea for Help With a Search

A Plea for Help With a Search

Editor, Years ago there was a man who spoke in public comment time at City Council about the homeless housing.  He had been on the board of directors at such a program in San Francisco or somewhere north.  I am interested in talking with him.  Does anyone know how to contact him? Bill Kelley, Laguna Beach The author […]

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Seeking the President’s Help

Seeking the President’s Help

Editor, (This letter was sent to President Obama.) May I please have permission to smoke medical marijuana in my home, which is permissible according to the laws of the great State of California? Last year at this time I was in the psychiatric ward of a hospital for the first time in my life.  Three […]

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Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Editor, Just a friendly observation from one who has been driving Coast Highway since the late ‘70s. Did you know that pelicans cruise the bluffs at 35 m.p.h.? True. I have many times kept pace with these graceful birds while driving our Coast Highway. One exception though; they don’t observe stop lights. Tom Berndt, Laguna […]