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Musings on the Coast

‘Lost’ is Days Away   My daughter Gabby graduated from college in Portland this month and we were at dinner with her friends. At the time, the “kids” were two nights away from their graduation ceremonies and they were done with freaking out. That was three months ago. They also...
Posted On 21 May 2015

Pet Peeves

Skating By I’ve morphed into that old guy my friends and I used to make fun of when we were kids. I tell today’s kids to turn down the music, not to smoke and not to skateboard over the fire hydrant in front of my house. And the kids’ reaction to me is to turn up the music, smoke...

Taking Stock

The Tree in the Forest If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? This philosophical thought experiment reminds me of the muted manner in which the financial media is reacting to stock market averages climbing to new highs. During the past...

Jeweler Opposes Forest Avenue Closure

Editor, I own Rock Martin Custom Jewelry on Forest Avenue.  There has been a lot of chatter going around about closing the west end of Forest Avenue and making it into a promenade type of setting. (“City Experiments With Downtown Street Closures,” May 8 edition.) We have been...

Still Time to Preserve the Canyon

Editor, Regarding the proposed artist live/work project: Entrusted with an invaluable commodity, our open green space, three council members voted to put a large, three-story apartment in one of the barely developed portions of our canyon. Big mistake. Ever hear of the domino...

Consider the Benefits of Biking

Editor, May is bike month. Are you bracing yourselves for traffic frustration, delays and auto congestion soon to arrive in our town? Have you considered better alternatives to the automobile for making short trips around Laguna like the municipal bus, the trolley or Uber?...

Is a Skate Park a Priority?

Editor, Can it be that Councilman Steve Dicterow truly believes that the main priority for our village is to build a skate park? Can it be that many citizens believe it is the public’s responsibility to build structures to provide activities for some, but not all, young...

The Kibitzer

Hello Laguna Hi. It’s me. No, you didn’t pick up the wrong paper. It’s the right one. I wrote for those other guys for two years. Can’t say a bad word about them. Good people all. Some excellent writers too. It was just time for something new. Truth be told, I want to support the...

Pet Peeves

Et tu, Brute? While everybody’s attention was on the village entrance, a funny thing happened in the ways of the forum. Norm Grossman was shown the village exit. Norm must have been caught by surprise. He’s been on the Planning Commission for 26 years. That’s a long run. That’s...

Taking Stock

Home On The Trading Range Stocks continue trading in a concise range. The Dow Jones Industrial Average began the year at 17,823, sagged to 17,164 on January 30 and made a record closing high of 18,828 on March 23. It’s currently around 18,250, almost midway between the year’s...

Stop Sign Removal Should be Reconsidered

Editor: Bravo to Kyle Schroeder for his letter regarding the city’s decision to eliminate stop signs on Monterey Drive. I agree that it is one of the worst mistakes our council has ever made. I live in North Laguna and walk Monterey to Linden daily, using the bike lane. I have...

Detouring to the Road Less Traveled

Editor, My grandsons Sam and Peter were visiting from San Jose last weekend. One of our excursions was to the gelato stand downtown. We took the golf cart north on the highway there and south on Glenneyre Street on the way back. When we got to Mountain Road, I went to turn up the...

Many Hands Contributed to Land Deal

Editor, On behalf of Laguna Canyon Foundation, I’d like to express our gratitude to the many individuals and organizations who contributed to the recent preservation of the 150-acre Aliso Canyon property. The property’s significant biological resources and soaring coastal and...

Exhibitor Offers Kudos to Indy Reporter

Editor, Thank you for the great article in the Indy, “Art Tour Offers Intimate Glimpse into Artists’ World,” April 24.  Daniella Walsh wrote a wonderful story and we all appreciate the obvious time and effort she focused on the event. The weekend feels like a success. We have not...

School Board Should Lead Not Follow

Editor, Once again our school board is hiding behind the beleaguered superintendent to defend its abysmal record of failed public school governance. The superintendent’s “Don’t worry, be happy” message from the school district website was featured as a...