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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...

Dichotomy Seems Obvious

Editor, Quote of the year: “South Orange County is not growing.  Laguna Beach, with 24,000 residents, really hasn’t changed much in the last five years.  How are we going to entice more people into the community?” Anthony Teng, dean of the advanced technology...

The Kibitzer

The Real OGs of OC The Newport Beach Film Festival concluded its 17th year, and I salute our neighbors to the north for a job well done. They may not have our scenery or soul, but they have plenty of parking, plus movie screens to exhibit over 350 films from 50 countries. There’s...
Posted On 05 May 2016

Guest Column

Mother’s Day Memories By Sara Nuss-Galles  Mother’s Day was a complicated time in my childhood. My mother had survived World War II in Europe, and she had difficulty taking joy in life. For me, Mother’s Day was an opportunity to heal my mother’s pain and make her happy....

Shore Scene

Secrets of a Special Scallop Although one has not been allowed to remove shells from the beach in Laguna for many years, finding a shell gives one the opportunity to learn about a particular creature in our ecosystem. One of the larger and, at least on the outside, duller shells...

Pet Peeves

Timberrr Under a spreading Eucalyptus tree The village wordsmith stands; The smith, a wimpy man is he, With small and delicate hands; And the muscle of his unused arms Are limp as noodle bands.   His hair is sparse, white, and long His face shows many cheers; His brow is wet...

Taking Stock

Gaining Altitude  Stocks continue their slow climb to altitude. They are fighting persisting headwinds from worries about China, tighter Federal Reserve policies, weak economic growth and collapsing prices of oil and other commodities. The sluggish growth stems back to the...

Wisdom Workout

Growing children is one of the most intuitive, non-linear experiences possible. Being a mother is a heart task. The wheel of love starts its never-ending spin the moment our body chemistry begins to change to accommodate the new guest. Anticipation, excitement, future planning,...