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Christoph’s Plantings Ignore Current Sentiment

Editor, As a professional landscape architect, Ann Christoph, the designer of the slope surrounding the high school baseball field, knew the eucalyptus and California oaks were a sensitive subject. On Fridays, prior to Tuesday’s school board meeting, the agenda for the...

Alternate Ideas Emerge to Lure Downtown Foot Traffic

Editor, What ever happened to the project to fix up the alley behind Forest Avenue?  Wouldn’t that be a better location for parklets and dining, etc. than the front of Forest? Way fewer traffic interruptions, easy pedestrian flow, less rancor in town, and could probably be...

Let’s Stay Out of Backyards, Bathrooms

Editor, When Gov. Brown announced mandatory water cut backs, he was asked “will the state favor one type of water use over another, should one crop get water versus another, should one form of personal consumption be favored over another?” His response was “That’s a Big Brother...

Opposition Surfaces to Aliso Creek Skate Park

Editor: Thank you for running Tom Osborne’s column about the possible restoration of the Aliso Creek estuary.  As one who grew up in Laguna Beach, I feel passionate about our glorious landscape.  It’s been a delight to see such improvements over the last few years as...

Indy Columnist Gains a Fan

Editor, Sometime back I came across an article under the heading “Wisdom Workout” in The LB Indy. It grabbed me and held me in a way that the usual commentary or opinion does not. I started looking forward to each edition of the Indy that published “Wisdom Workout.” I...

Village Matters

Miracle or not; the Dilemma of the Jacaranda Just lying here all weekend, it was a quiet Memorial Day, no sun, no beach-goers, lovely coolness. My leg swollen and black and blue, typing on the computer while keeping my leg high, trying to get the swelling down. When the mind is...

Inside Out

Pilgrim’s Progress Blocked at the Gate         Death. Mortality. Spring-like thoughts they are not. Spring is about new life, beginnings not endings. Why then such gloomy reflections on death? My younger sister, living in Dallas with a husband and two sons, ages 17 and 18, died...

Guest Column: Poor Hunting

Celia was delivering a baby when most of her community left. The hunting had decreased progressively, they had to leave or starve. Celia was weak herself from inadequate food. She feared for her infant daughter who was small and had some difficulty nursing. Many infants had not...

Taking Stock

Here Comes June, Here Comes The Economy The economy contracted during the first quarter. The Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, which accurately predicted this disappointing first quarter, just updated its forecast for the current second quarter to a 1.1% increase in GDP. This doesn’t...

Short-Term Rentals Restrictions Trample on Property Rights

Editor, letter was addressed to City Council members: I’ve just read the news articles in the OC Register, Laguna Beach Independent and the Coastline Pilot regarding “short-term rentals.” The City Council is considering whether to continue to allow them or not. Another...

Where Transparency and Politics Collide

Editor, The recent vote on the proposal to install streaming video in Laguna Beach school board meetings has tragically put one of our own in a negative light. Board members voted 3-1 in favor; the lone nay was Bill Landsiedel. Bill is an elected official whose only platform to...

Tired of the Toll Road

Editor, Am I the only one who is tired of being cheated and abused by the toll road? You know, the toll road that was built with New Jersey construction money and was once blocked in Orange County because of a rare bird habitat. But the Laguna fire wiped out the poor little...

Shopper Dissatisfied by Inventory

Editor, I have to agree with Roderick Reed on the prices at Haggen’s (“Haggen’s Price Pinch,” May 22 edition)! I appreciated their wide, uncluttered aisles, but not only were many of the items I normally bought more expensive, but others I bought were no longer available...

Laguna Does Not Survive on Tourists

Editor, I read John Thomas’s commentary in May 22 edition of the Coastline Pilot, “Laguna Does not Survive on Tourists” (his response to David Hansen’s column 5/15), which raises the issue of whether we, the residents of Laguna, are subsidizing the tourists that visit Laguna and...

The Kibitzer

Vacation Rentals Can Work in Laguna I love home share sites like AirBnB and VRBO. They have shrunken the world and democratized hospitality in a marvelous way. I stay in unique architectural abodes in interesting neighborhoods, instead of hotels in tourist districts. I have a...