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Free Forest Avenue Today I am departing for that parched, dusty off-grid arts festival known as Burning Man. A lot has been written about it, but words cannot convey the magnitude of the experience. If anything can distill it down to its essence, it’s “a celebration of human...
Posted On 28 Aug 2015

Shore Scene

Newcomer Lurks Amid the Kelp The warmer than usual ocean water we have been experiencing in Laguna is forcing marine life observers to get out their reference books to look up some of the unusual marine life being seen lately. One of the visitors present in our local waters is...

Wisdom Workout

What’s It All About?                There was a comic strip started in the mid-1950s about a character named “Beetle Bailey”. He was a lowly private in the army who got himself into trouble by making naive mistakes. The particular cartoon I am recalling shows Beetle coming...

Pet Peeves

Moving Day I got the word on Saturday, which is my second favorite day of the week, right after Sunday. The PGA calls Saturday, moving day. This refers to the third golf round of four in each tournament. It is the pivotal day that golfers try to move up the leader board to have...

Rental Ban Intrudes on Property Rights

Editor, Thanks to your reporting, I have learned that the City Council intends to ban residential short-term rentals. My husband and I have owned our own home in the village for 10 years. During the summer, we find ways to vacate as much as possible due to the crowds. While away,...

Applause for Short-Term Rental Ban

Editor, Major kudos to our city council for the unanimous vote on short-term rentals! They made the right choice and proved they are a council that can get things. Code enforcement has a green light to move ahead and finish the job and stop all the illegal rentals, and it’s...

ACLU Again Sues Laguna Over its Homeless Policy

Editor, Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig stated in response to the announcement of the second ACLU lawsuit that: “It is very disappointing to be a target of the ACLU given the city’s proven track record of being a leader in providing services to the homeless community.”...

Honor Coutchie by Honoring Law

Editor, There is a false narrative being propounded by both City Hall and its critics that would have people in our town choose sides concerning the death of Laguna Beach Police Officer Jon Coutchie. This entire “debate” is misdirected.  Coutchie died in the line of...

How About Trucking in Recycled Water?

Editor, The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board now allows recycled water for residential irrigation, street sweeping and fire suppression among other uses in a July, 2015 engineering report. Recycled water can be supplied at local fill stations and hauled to...

Thanks to Our Awesome Customers

Editor, Last month, we reported on the June 2013 water-conservation results –collectively you achieved a 31% reduction over June of 2013 usage against a mandated reduction of 24%. The July 2015 figures have just become available and South Coast Water District customers broke...

Board Perk Abuses a Public Resource

Editor: Thursday’s Brian Bromberg concert at the Festival of Arts was a truly fine event. It’s a shame that I couldn’t hear the music because I was pushed off to the side in a plastic chair. Why? Because FOA board members reserved every single table directly in...

Fire Safety: Seeing the Forest for the Trees

Editor, Only trees are being addressed for fire prevention, which is missing the big picture. Vegetation thinning and tree maintenance are critical. But for newer Laguna residents, trees were not the problem in our 1993 fire. It was lack of accessibility to areas by fire trucks,...

Village Matters

Be Bold, Breathe Easy Personalized repairs—that’s what you got at Karl Klass Electric downtown on Forest Avenue. I took my toaster there once and when I picked it up there was a piece of stale toast in one of the slots. “I just wanted to show you it works,” Craig explained. No...

Short-term Rentals Disrespect the Neighborhood

Editor, This letter was also addressed to the City Council. Please respect the city’s general plan and residential zoning restrictions to limit short term lodging to areas zoned for commercial activities. Illegal commercial rentals in residential zones require effective...