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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...

The Slant

Greetings and Prayers for Gelson’s Déjà vu — the feeling that you have already experienced something that is actually happening for the first time. Under the glare of the Walmart style fluorescent lights I ambled along. The clank of carts, smell of freshly hosed down...

Trump Rally Steals the Show

Ranger, the Laguna Beach police dog purchased with funds raised by the Woman’s Club, waited patiently in a van as his handlers prepared to demonstrate the dog’s abilities for his patrons on Thursday, April 28. Unfortunately, the featured performer that members and guests lined up...

Monique Huguette Pitz

  The Pitz, McConnell, O’Keefe, Verpaelst and Fallou families are sad to announce the passing of their beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, Monique Huguette Pitz. Monique was born in Hull, Canada, on Jan. 27, 1936. She passed away on May...

Pet Peeves

Hold It You’ll just have to hold it until we figure out which bathroom you can use. Readers shouldn’t bother raising their hand for permission to go, either. Nobody goes until we flush out an answer. Holding it includes bullies out there. There’s an emergency moratorium on giving...

Beloved Preschool Teacher to Retire

By Amantha Writer, Special to the Independent After 28 years of teaching preschool, Mandy Writer will be retiring soon from Laguna Presbyterian Church’s preschool. She is the instructor with the most longevity among the current staff and began in 1985 at the behest of its former...

A Record Number on the Field

By George Gore Browne, Special to the Independent  Fifty local youth participated in the annual Orange County Track and Field Championships recently, the highest participation by Laguna Beach athletes in 25 years. Nearly a quarter of the team earned top-four finishes in various...

85 Years Young

The club, which hosts its annual open house from 10 – 3 on Saturday, May 7, celebrated its 85th anniversary last month.

A Pitiless Approach

I am puzzled by the report that Laguna’s police department will be using a golf cart to round up homeless people found sleeping on the beach between the hours of 1 to 5 a.m. because “..people who walk in the early morning hours don’t like the nuisance issues and eyesore of people...

Golf Cart Hides But Doesn’t Solve Homelessness

Editor, Did your reporter take time to talk with any of the people who are now going to get their free ride to somewhere each morning (wherever somewhere is) to get even a single chapter of those life stories? Imagine how they got here and what they dream of for their future?...

‘Making Them Invisible to the Thoughtless’

Editor, It appears from Rita Robinson’s front page story, (“Police Golf Cart Will Round Up Homeless,” in the April 29, 2016, edition that our police chief, clearly not channeling Abraham Lincoln, believes that our poor, disabled and un-housed citizens are an eyesore that...

School Board Candidate Earns a Backer

Editor, Thank you Mr. Hills.  I’m thrilled that you are running for a seat on the Laguna Beach Board of Education.  Over the last year and a half, I have attended many board meetings and heard you speak on many issues of importance to our school district.  Initially, I was...

Plant a Tree, Block a View

Editor, In Mace Morse’s letter last week, “Trouble in Paradise” (Letters, April 28), he made many good points but made one major error. That was that people believe they can build a house in the hills of Laguna and then demand that everything between them and the ocean must go....

Keep Commerce Out of Neighborhoods

Editor, Please preserve the character of our community. To set the facts straight, those of us who are speaking for the silent majority against short-term rentals in Laguna Beach are not asking for a total prohibition; we only oppose having them in our residential areas.  Keep...

If You Can’t Beat ‘em, Hack ‘em

Editor, A few days ago, Stu News ran an online poll asking, “Do you favor allowing Laguna Beach homeowners to have short term (30 days or less) rentals?” Last Thursday, after the poll had been active for several days, the results were 81% opposed versus 19% in favor.  More than 4...