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Laguna, Randomly Observed

Editor, Some random thoughts about our great town as we close out July and head into the hot season: I enjoy using the neighborhood shuttles, and wish they ran on Sundays and after 6, and not just because we are inundated with drunk drivers. Taxi vouchers are nice, but Uber is...

Job Cuts Offend a Former Customer

Editor, The $2.49 avocados are not the reason I will never shop at Haggen again. The reason is I will never again see Charlie’s big smile as he bags my groceries and helps me to my car. For 12 years, he has been a fixture at the store, as one of the people that make Laguna...

Woman’s Club Honors Bilingual Educator

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent When Elsa Brizzi remembers how her third graders of different ethnicities, speaking different languages, connected with each other in one of the first bilingual education classrooms in the nation, her eyes get misty. “It w...

Shore Scene

  Snails Find Home in a Tube Deposited by the tides, a common find along Laguna’s eight-mile shore are broken off pieces of light colored irregularly curled, coiled and twisted tubes. Looking like homes for worms, the shells are actually a vermetid gastropod, a type of...

Pet Peeves

Photosynthesis   Some subjects are off limits. I avoid topics that I know next to nothing about. Indy readers disagree. They say my columns prove that I know nuthin’ about nuthin’. So I’ll revise my opening statement. I avoid all topics and write only nonsense. However, this...

Access Road Proves Inaccessible to Fire Engines

Editor, As the recent fire broke out in the canyon, I cruised up Poplar Street to see if I could see the fire. Myself and approximately 20 others observed a fire truck trying to navigate up the fire road behind the Pageant of the Masters to access the fire. The truck was no match...

City Memorial is Misplaced

Editor, Laguna Beach police Officer Jon Coutchie’s death was a terrible accident, but the young man driving the truck and his family have been dragged through the mud while LBPD has created the image of a fallen officer as a hero, further driving a stake into the situation....

Historical Memory Has Gone Missing

Editor, I just read in the skatepark article that Lang Park is back on the table as a possible location. Can this be true? Our little park which languished for years after the school shut down as a city dump and staging site, where neighbors fought to preserve as a much as they...

A Suggested Skate Park Site

Editor, There has been far too much dithering about skateboard parks over the past 25 years with stifled imagination displayed to get something accomplished.  The imagination part is integrating land and projects to provide multiple uses within the city’s ability and jurisdiction...

Parklet Idea Misses the Point

This letter was address to council members. On June 16 the City Council unanimously approved two parklets proposed by the city’s Downtown Specific Plan consultant over the objections of nearly everyone who spoke on this agenda item. Your original plan to identify locations in the...

Buyout Bagging Trouble

Editor, National media are widely reporting that Albertsons is suing Haggen, accusing the grocer of fraud in failing to pay more than $36 million as part of the sale of 146 grocery stores.  One of those stores is in Laguna Beach. When Haggen came to Laguna, it promised...

Envisioning a ‘Streetcar Named Desire’

Editor, In 1948 play “Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams received the Pulitzer Prize for drama. In 1951, the American film debut was selected for historical preservation.  Laguna Beach now has the opportunity to own its first streetcar with a thoughtful approach given...

Pet Peeves

Poetry Runoff Whew. I read in the Indy that the first case of an offending tree obstructing the skyline has been settled. Only a few details remain. There appears to be one tree house found in the tree, whose origin remains unknown, but may be eligible for the Heritage list. And...

‘Orange Sunshine’ Explores an Often Forgotten Era

By Richard Chang, Special to the Independent Books lead to movies all the time, but it’s rare when a book inspires an art exhibition. That appears to be the case with the newest group show at Coastline Art Gallery in Newport Beach. “Orange Sunshine and the Mystic Artists,...

Clearing a Way to Tap Recycled Water

Editor, (This letter was addressed to the City Council also.) We ask that the city and water district plan for a reclaimed water distribution system within the Laguna Beach County Water District area, to be implemented as soon as possible. Now that the Driftwood open space...