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Short-term Rentals, A New Twist on Wealth Transfer

Editor, Subcommittees can be an efficient means to an end.  Being out of the public eye they avoid exposure to embarrassing or unpopular council discussions. A case in point is the recent public meeting regarding short-term lodging that was abruptly ended in favor of a two...

Laguna on Wrong Side of Short-term Rental Debate

Editor, What surprises me most about the debate over short term rentals is that there is any debate at all. There is not one workable model that can be pointed to as a success. All cities report the same litany of predictable problems. They include increased anti-social behavior,...

Ronald F. Amberg

Ronald Frederick Amberg, 74, passed away on Feb. 27, 2016, in the O’Connor Hospital in Delhi, N.Y. He was born on Sept. 18, 1941, in New York City and grew up in New Hyde Park, Long Island. Amberg lived in Laguna Beach for many years and had many great friends who will sorely...

Yogi Bear

On April 13, 2016, we lost our beloved chow chow, Yogi Bear. He was not just our “only child,” but he was also our best friend and protector. Almost everyone living in North Laguna Beach knew Yogi as he was frequently seen being walked or sitting in the passenger seat...

Trouble in Paradise

Editor, If I may, I’d like to briefly respond to last week’s concerned neighbor regarding the undocumented aliens in our midst, those dreaded eucalyptus trees, and the arborists and the view ordinance and the city council. Whew! Haven’t we already had this conversation? For those...

Heart Talk

Meet, Not Meat I have lived in Laguna Beach since 2001, though many old time residents still consider me new to town. I have tried hard to become a part of the place my heart has embraced. Purchasing things from local artists, taking classes at the Susi Q Center, reading at open...

Ban on Short-term Rentals Protects Neighborhoods

Editor, I believe the Planning Commission had it right regarding the ban on short-term rentals and the Council not voting it in, has it wrong now. I hope at least two other council members will join Rob Zur Schmiede in his view that the ban would protect property values and keep...

How to Split a Cookie Fairly

Editor, When we were very young many of us learned that the fairest way to share a cookie between two people was to let one person split the cookie in two and to let the other person have first choice of the resulting pieces. The cookie breaker had the motivation to be as fair as...

Rebellion Sprouts Over Tree Policy

Editor, At last week’s City Council meeting, our city manager admitted that he and Ann Christoph and one or more members of Village Laguna met to discuss possible changes to city policy on emergency tree issues. Why only them? When two “outside” professional arborists decide that...

Spare Poem Speaks Volumes

Editor, Wowie zowie, what a masterful work! In 33 short lines (“It Rained,” Letters April 15 edition) she got to the essence of what’s really important in life. Others have spent a lifetime and volumes and never get close to what she did. Those few words are the best...

Eating Sustainably

Editor: With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day just around the corner, this is a great time to explore more effective ways of slowing climate change and conserving Earth’s natural resources for future generations. A 2010 United Nation’s report charged animal agriculture...

Guest column

Chop, Chop, Chop: Charoses Traditions   Growing up in Chicago in the 1950s, mine was the only lunch bag that trailed matzo crumbs. On first coming to America we lived in a non-Jewish immigrant neighborhood so I had no friends with whom to compare seder rituals. Despite this,...

Ronald F. Amberg

Ronald Frederick Amberg, 74, passed away on Feb. 27, 2016, in the O’Connor Hospital in Delhi, N.Y. He was born on Sept. 18, 1941, in New York City and grew up in New Hyde Park, Long Island. Amberg lived in Laguna Beach for many years and had many great friends who will sorely...

Barbara Jean Burkhardt Barnett

Aug. 17, 1937-April 2, 2016 Barbara Barnett, a long time resident of Laguna Beach, passed away at home Saturday, April 2, 2016. Barbara was born Aug. 17, 1937, in Middletown, Ohio, to Issac and Bessie Burkhardt. While Barbara was very young her mother passed away and Barbara...

Beverly Blumenfeld

Longtime Laguna Beach resident and Sawdust Festival member Beverly Blumenfeld passed peacefully in her Canyon Acres home on Tuesday evening, April 5. Born on Sept. 3, 1944, in Hornell, N.Y., Bev met her husband Mark in 1963 while she was attending beauty school and he was...