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New People Lead at City Hall

Editor, Our new mayor, Bob Whalen and new police chief, Laura Farinella, bring enthusiasm to Laguna Beach city government. Friday, March 27, at the Susi Q and Community Center saw two receptions, back to back. At 3 p.m., in the Community Room, Laura Farinella was sworn in and her...

Consider Opening Heart and Home

  Editor, Dear people of Laguna Beach. Are you interested in the French or Spanish culture? You can become a short-term host family from July 6-26 or July 31 to Aug. 20. This is a fun opportunity to experience another culture. The French and Spanish participants are eager to...

Local Culture Lost on Ranch Opponent

Editor, I moved to Laguna Beach in 1978 and I love this town. I am 80 years old. A little over a year ago I started golfing at the Ranch golf course with a bunch of locals. It has rejuvenated me. We have lunch and then golf. I got to know all of the staff, Sergio, Jane, Maria,...

Math Article Receives Kudos

Editor, I wanted to thank you for your comprehensive and fair article on the school district common core math pathways “Math Classes Set to Change,” March 13 edition. Great job!   Dee Perry, Laguna Beach The author is a school board member.

Disregard by Cyclists Stokes Animosity

Editor, Notice the number of mountain bikers that missed or disregarded the “no bikes beyond this point” sign (attached), up on the Carolyn Wood Knoll (also an esteemed member of TOWNA). Social media has dramatically increased the number of bikers using the trails,...

Perhaps a Ghostly Intervention is Necessary

Editor, We are reasonable people. How ironic it is that Mark Fudge, the man who bought Richard Halliburton’s 1930’s reinforced concrete modern house high on a 400-foot hill in South Laguna, is so-unreasonable. The so-called hotel rooms at The Ranch, formerly known as...

Vote Reflects Lowered Expectations for Math

Editor, The Laguna Beach USD Board of Education approved the math pathways after a long meeting of public comment by parents ending in a 4-1 vote. The decision gives students from most other Orange County districts an advantage when applying for colleges and universities. Those...

Historic Homes Give Laguna Character

Editor, The leaders of Laguna Beach saw the tsunami of big money coming toward Laguna.  To protect some small part of our heritage they put in place a list of properties worth saving. Laguna needs a strong heritage committee, otherwise Laguna would lose its charm. Yes, fix them...

Diet Advice for Spring

Editor: I do look forward to spring weather, green grass, and flowers in bloom. The advent of spring is also a great opportunity to turn over a new leaf on our dietary habits. In fact, hundreds of communities welcome spring on March 20 with an observance of the Great American...

Parade Honoree Appreciates Organizers’ Hard Work

Editor, I would like to express my appreciation for the glorious and meaningful Patriots Day Parade on Saturday. It was a time of great rejoicing for me as artist of the year and there’s no place that can match the glory of a parade in Laguna Beach! The weather behaved,...

Laguna Creek Sustains a Connection to Nature

Editor, As a kid growing up in Chicago the only nearby waterway was the infamous Chicago River, a dirty, polluted river that despite sometimes flowing with raw sewage still supported fish, turtles and other wildlife. At about 10 years of age I discovered an unspoiled creek in...

Story Captures Artist’s Spirit

Editor, That was really a great article about Carla (“Artist Finds Satisfaction in a Surprising Medium,” March 6 edition. You put it together so well and brought her spirit to life.  I was just very touched when I read it by both your ability to write it and about Carla’s...

Support for Same-Sex Nuptials Reflect Town History

Editor, Reflecting our history of being an open society, our new mayor Bob Whalen and city council did the right thing when they joined a U.S. Supreme Court brief supporting the right of same sex couples to marry. Internationally listed L.G.B.T friendly West Street beach always...

The Travails of a Dog Owner

Editor, I work in Laguna Beach and my mother is from Laguna. My grandparents still live there and I spend 75 percent of my time in your beautiful town. I work at Valinda’s Art for the Soul. I love reading about the goings on of Laguna Beach in your paper. At the moment my...

Parent Refutes Superintendent’s Message

Editor, This week Superintendent Smith sent a Call Out to all Laguna Beach parents, which does nothing to address the concerns presented in the Feb. 27 Indy article titled “Parents Protest Dumbed Down Math”. This last minute district attempt to communicate with parents the plan...