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Time to Tap Reclaimed Water

Editor, Why doesn’t Laguna Beach have a citywide reclaimed water system like surrounding cities? Laguna Beach County Water District has no reclaimed water system. Ten million gallons of wastewater are now discharged to the ocean every day from the Coastal Treatment Plant in Aliso...

Officer’s Actions Fall Within Police Protocol

Editor, While on patrol that fateful Saturday night two years ago, Officer Jon Coutchie received a radio report that another officer had observed a vehicle racing through our crowded streets in a reckless manner at high speed. Such drivers are often under the influence of...

Seeing Laguna Through a Cop’s Eyes

Editor, Whether you love them or “not so much,” the Citizen’s Police Academy is a course you should take. I was a graduate of their Spring 2015 class. I had worked for the city so I started the class with a very positive impression of our local police. Others in our class said...

Praise for Elsa Brizzi Comes From Every Corner

Editor, Laguna Beach came together to honor Elsa Brizzi at its annual Woman of the Year event sponsored by the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club. The gala luncheon was decorated by Liz Roger in bright yellow and blue table clothes with yellow sunflowers and blue wild flowers. The...

The Slant

The Last First Day of School Summer is slipping away. The shadows are longer and the days are getting annoyingly shorter. Soon there will be nobody on the road and nobody at the beach. This means another first day of school is approaching. One of my sons will be a senior this...

John H. Glover King

Jack King was born on June 3, 1928, and passed away quietly in his sleep on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, at the age of 87. King, a lifelong bachelor, is survived by his twin brother, William Thomas Glover King; Tom’s wife Nancy; five nieces and nephews; and 20 great and great-great...

Pet Peeves

Team 33.5   Relay Team 33.5 did it. That’s Team 33.5 Miles Across the Sea. They crossed the Catalina Channel in nineteen hours and 44 minutes. Columbus came in second, followed by Magellan in third and Dora the Explorer in fourth. Team 33.5 could have done the crossing in...

Local Boy Wins Back-to-Back Titles

By Amy Capelle, Special to the Independent Nine year-old Laguna Beach resident Everett Capelle captured the gold medal in the boys’ 9-10 year-old division 1500-meter race with a time 4:56:70 at the National Youth Outdoor Championships held last month in Lisle, Ill. Everett also...

Beauty, Creativity Abound at Fashion Show

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent The momentous 2015 Festival of Arts Runway Fashion Show will be remembered for breath-taking fashion worth savoring. “Oh,” exclaimed the audience, taken by surprise at the artistry that adorned each of the seven models....

Guest column

Invasion of the Water Snatchers In the 1956 classic science-fiction film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” a small town is mysteriously overtaken by aliens that have planted emotionless replicas of the town’s inhabitants. This may be as good an explanation as any for what...

Go Slow, Laguna!

Editor, My children, who grew up in Laguna Beach, spent the summer vacation here in July with the grandkids. They noticed the aggressiveness and irritation of so many drivers now. My son thought of a slogan we can use while driving in town: go slow, Laguna! Many small towns in...

Pet Peeves

Survey Says I read with interest the Indy article, “Survey Takes Laguna Art Temperature.” My first thought was, is this an oral or rectal examine? Quite frankly, I’m not a fan of surveys no matter how they are taken. Surveys make me nervous. I always think I’m answering wrong....

Outreach Fails to Include Absentee Landlords

Editor The Downtown Specific Plan workshop led by MIG Consultants was enlightening, providing an excellent opportunity for public comment.  The public, staff, and a few business owners were present.  However, notably absent groups were the actual owners for major pieces of...

Rental Regulations Impose on Property Rights

Editor: Re: “Sharing Economy Strikes a Familiar Note” Why so angry? I’m also a working taxpaying resident, and I don’t see why we all can’t just get along? Demonizing all short term rentals (VRBO, Airbnb etc.) as nothing but loud, havoc wreaking party going parade...

Poor Direction in Another School Board Drama

Editor, When an elected official misses over 100 recorded votes and deliberations on 200 agenda items during three consecutive months of absence, we all sympathize with any personal causes beyond that official’s control. But Sam Eidt’s sarcastic commentary on the issues raised by...