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Legal Threats Propel Cycling Safety

Editor, What eight years of community organizing failed to accomplish, the LB City Council decreed at last, “Yea it shall be, yea verily it shall be done!” The long awaited alternative bike-route through Laguna Beach will be completed this month. Every manner of community...

Home for Fiction Readings Earns Applause

Editor, I want to thank Daniella Walsh for writing about the open mic event for writers at Laguna Beach Books and mentioning me in her article about the event, which was published in the Jan. 30 edition entitled, “Book Store Welcomes Spoken Word Readings.” I hope it generates...

Many Thanks to Engine 4 Paramedic

Editor, I want to publically thank the Laguna Beach Fire Department. On Jan. 24, I experienced early morning, severe abdominal pain. The pain was intense, I passed out. My wife immediately called 911. I came to just before the paramedics arrived and, of course, my macho attitude...

Kudos to Contractor Who Leaves No Rubble Behind

Editor, Praise goes to the contractor who replaced the storms drain on Temple Hills Drive.  The crew was highly efficient and courteously managed the traffic with a minimum of delays. Each day the completed section was paved and cleaned up. We are thankful. Peter Weisbrod, Laguna...

Thumbs Up for Music Fest Story

Editor, What a wonderful article Daniella Walsh put together on the Music Festival. Thank you for all your hard work and her excellent journalism. Local coverage is something we take much pride in and your staff’s ability to document and report on the Festival in such a thorough...

The Slant

Something Fishy on Valentine’s Day Every year Valentine’s Day takes me by surprise. Adding to my troubles, I don’t know much about romance. For a long time I thought French kissing was to kiss during a rainbow. My wife and I don’t really celebrate the Hallmark holidays, but each...

Guest Fiction

I Never Signed Up For This By Rina Palumbo Aphrodite walked along Main Beach in the very early morning. She sipped her tea from Zinc and looked over the calm ocean. It was going to be a long day. Her cell phone rang, or, more accurately, blasted Robert Palmer’s...

Soul Surf Series Rides Pendleton’s Church Beach

Under sunny skies with fun, shoulder high surf, the Soul Surf competitors were treated to a classic day of surfing at one of California’s legendary point breaks. The series offers divisions for kids as young as 5 to seniors. Several Camp Pendleton kids participated as...

Out of Chaos, Artist Finds Clarity

By Nadine B. Hoffman, Special to the Independent  When Torrey Cook showed up at her Laguna Beach gallery recently, she was shocked and delighted to find a line outside for the art opening that was still hours away. The solo show, entitled “The Creative Dialectic,” presents the...

Ezat Pakpour

Ezat Babazadeh Pakpour was a warm-hearted woman, known for her strength, endearing stubbornness and unmatchable sense of humor. Never straying from a strong and positive conviction for her beliefs, she never complained about life and could find humor in the most challenging...

Judith Macdonald

Judith Alexandra Macdonald, a long time resident of Laguna Beach, died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, with her two daughters, Rhea Foley and Rebecca Judy, by her side. Born Dec. 2, 1945, in Pasadena, Judy was the newest member of a prominent Pasadena family and was...

Mountain Biking Degrades Public Parks

Editor: “It’s such an exhilarating rush when you fly down hills at top speed,” he said. (“New Sports Team Takes to the Trails,” Jan. 30 edition). Just what our parks and wildlife need: high-speed habitat shredding machines! Where is our educational system going wrong, that...

Historic Eucalyptus, a View Battle Casualty

Editor, Regarding a recent letter to the editor (“Plant Choices Guides by Maintenance, Water Use,” Jan. 23) how much longer must we endure the character assassination of Ann Christoph and the thin thread that our “blame artists” cling to when connecting her to what...

Ending an Impasse Requires People Power

Editor, A 2014 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office asserts that spent nuclear fuel is “an extremely harmful substance if not managed properly” and that “if its intense radioactivity . . . were released by a natural disaster or an act of...

Lack of Vaccinations Raises Risks for the Vulnerable

I am a MemorialCare Medical Group pediatrician, an advocate for children, and a working parent, and like many of you, concerned about the recent outbreak of measles, which appears to have little end in sight. This outbreak which threatens the lives of my children and your...