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Trolleys Often Too Full

Editor, I would like to give a big shout-out to Thomas Toman, deputy director of public works,  for giving me and others the opportunity to share our concerns regarding potential changes to the trolley system, which were intended to benefit the residents of South Laguna. The test...

Kudos to Iseman for Halting Tree Cutting

Editor, It sickens me that some folks in O.C and Laguna have never seen a tree they didn’t want to cut down. I got word that Ms. Iseman, with your un-relenting action drove to the sight of the tree-butchering near the Lumberyard and intervened; and stopped the destruction of more...

Continuing the Conversation about Autism

Editor, I think this is a good time to keep the conversation open about autism, after all it wasn’t too long ago when people didn’t talk about it at all. So what happens after the pediatrician tells a family their child may have autism? The County Regional Center comes to one’s...

Maintenance in Paradise

Editor, To the chagrin of many we began construction of underground utilities on Laguna Canyon road this past Monday. As the LB Indy put it:   “Just when you thought it might be safe to venture out in your vehicle again, another major road project in Laguna Canyon begins...

Outdoor Merchandise Rules Inconvenience Customers

Editor, I went to fill my gallon jug at Ralph’s last week, and the machine was gone! As were all the potted plant racks outside near the entrance. I was told the city would not allow sales of items displayed outside the store. I can understand the city not wanting items...

Village Matters

What Bad Thing is Next? Have you seen the YouTube video that is going viral in Laguna where a fictitious version of Hitler finds out that the reopening of Third Street has been delayed once again? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WE-pM2Ygk2c The dreaded dictator has been...

Pet Peeves

What a Gas Trump’s campaign manager was charged in Jupiter, Fla., for simple battery. The difference between simple battery and complex battery is the difference between simple car divorces and Elon Musk divorces that are complex batteries that have far greater charges and go on...

Arts Plan Relies Too Heavily on City Subsidies

Editor, My main concern with the proposed cultural arts plan is the almost total reliance in the plan on funding from the city. I counted. The plan uses the term “fund” or “funding” 68 times. It is, in essence, a 41-page request for virtually unlimited funds to come almost...

Senior Revels in a Thurston Tradition

Editor, On Wednesday, March 23, one of my wonderful neighbors by the name of Max Suh, a sixth grade student at Thurston Middle School, invited me to attend a gathering being held at the middle school. It was the third day of this event. What happened with a host of sixth grade...

Bombings in Brussels

Editor, My good friend and neighbor, Bill S., travels to Brussels every six weeks for business. As soon as I heard the news about last week’s bombings, I called to see if he was okay. Thankfully, he was in Boston, not Europe. Not surprisingly, Bill told me, “Denny, I know...

Some Pointers on Etiquette

Editor, Take the gum out of your mouth. Stand up straight. Look the person squarely in the eye. Give them a firm handshake You are not that important. Quit speeding and pushing the envelope. Wait your turn at stop signs. Humility is the attitude. Come on guys, we all need more...

Ticketing Unfairly Targets North Laguna

Editor, As a long time property owner in North Laguna (Poplar Street) I was surprised to recently learn that there has existed for some years a city parking policy that I can only characterize as placing an unfair financial burden on the residents of North Laguna, myself...

The Kibitzer

Fix the Traffic First I’m amazed that the big news everyone is talking about is the new cultural arts plan, and not the zen crushing gridlock we’re experiencing. It’s an exciting plan, full of worthy goals, but can we please put a moratorium on new projects, or even the study of...
Posted On 31 Mar 2016

Taking Stock

Change For A Quarter  Stocks wrung in the New Year with the worst 10-day start in market history. Those gloomy days followed a disappointing year that ended with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down two percent. Many investors are overly influenced by the most recent market...

Wisdom Workout

April Fool’s Day The custom of setting aside a day for the playing of pranks on friends is recognized everywhere. In one famous prank from 1957, the BBC broadcast aired a film in their current affairs series showing Swiss farmers picking freshly grown spaghetti, in what they...