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A Call for Another Ban

Editor,   Banning must be fun since we seem to want to ban so much. Some bans are needed and others may be just “nanny state” irritants or losses to freedom. To mention a few we have banned: animals off leash, most downhill skateboarding, smoking on the beach, smoking on...

The Road to Homelessness Isn’t Long

Editor,   “Street Beat” Sept. 2, 2011: “Illegal lodging. 2.29 a.m. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 15 citations were issued to homeless people in the drainage canals near the dog park.  They either refuse to sleep in the shelter or are turned away once it reaches capacity,...

More Than Rain Distinguishes North from South

Editor, I’ve just returned from a six-week sojourn in Portland, Ore. Quite a contrast to O.C. I rode a bicycle maybe 100 miles a week on average. There are extensive bike routes all across the city and large numbers of cyclists. The most noticeable thing wa...

Recalling Sept. 11

Editor:   I remember the phone ringing just after 7 a.m.  It was a friend telling me to turn on the TV.  My wife, our 9-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter couldn’t believe I was watching television at that hour.  Once it became clear what was happening, all semblance...

Is $2 gas possible?

Editor:   The first time I wrote about the price of gas at the pump, George W. Bush and Al Gore were campaigning for the White House.  Back in 2000, I wondered if Gore might pick then-Energy Sec. Bill Richardson to be his running mate.   “Bill Richardson or Andrew...

Ways to Deter Coyotes

Editor,   In July we attended the Arts Festival and read the Laguna Beach Independent about the coyote attacks on pets.  This is tragic, but I cannot help but wonder what if people were more aware of coyotes, their part in nature, and how our behavior can cause conflict...

Appreciation for Sawdust Visitors; Yarn Bomb Mystery Resolved

Editor:   On behalf of the Sawdust Festival artists, board of directors and staff, I want to thank all our visitors who helped make the 2011 Sawdust one of our best festivals to date. We are also grateful to the Laguna community for supporting the arts and for your patience...

Runover by Caltrans?

Editor,   On Aug. 26, a post on the city’s webste notified us the intersection at Laguna Canyon Road and El Toro is planned for road widening by Caltrans. Days later the post reads “repaving” not “widening” but still offers no mention if the project...

A Policy That Dims Expectations

Editor:   I just got through reading my very own copy of the “Good Neighbor Lighting in Laguna Beach” pamphlet. Gosh, and here I thought that the main reason so many of us want to live here is because it’s not Mission Viejo… Silly me.   Kurt Mahoney, Laguna...

Thanks for Returning the Night Sky

Editor,   (The letter also went to council members.)   Thank you so much for the new lighting ordinance and printed guidelines. Already our neighborhood is more pleasant at night thanks to the neighbors who have turned off offending lights or modified their fixtures. It...

Fired Up Over Archaic Tattoo Policy

Editor,   Recently, I was shopping at Albertson’s in South Laguna near my home when I ran into one of our local firemen. He was doing his daily shopping as well, putting together something tasty for the other guys to eat no doubt. I struck up a conversation with the...

Column Reincarnated

Editor, I was delighted to see your newest column, “Beach Buzz,” by Kedric Francis.  The last time I read his column of the same name was in 2006 when Francis and I were columnists for OC Metro magazine. I covered art and he ruminated about political and socially conscious...

A Critic of the Pageant’s Lineup

Editor, Has anyone noticed what a dismal performance the Pageant of the Masters was this year?   We haven’t missed attending for at least 30 years and many of our family members have participated in it as well. If I want to see endless viewing of lively dinosaur...

Take a Stance on Fracking

Editor, An essential element of a viable democracy is that its citizens be accurately informed, and that, once informed, they actively participate in the process of decision making.   I fully believe that when the people of this nation have the information they need, they...

Knitting Mystery Isn’t All That’s Unraveled

Editor:   Regarding Leah Vasquez’ letter in Friday’s Indy (“Deeper Meaning in Purloined Knitting,” Aug. 19), I’d just like to chime in with a heart-felt “right on Leah!”   And might I also add, in addition to being rather stale (for...

Time to Douse the Tiki Torch Ban

Editor: Re: “Laguna’s Safety Rating Improves,” LB Indy, Aug 19 2011 This is good news. Maybe now the council can end the oppressive era of tiki torch prohibition.   Before the council enacted the tiki torch ban in December 2010, I searched the web sites of the National...

Seeking a White Knight

Editor, Help Wanted: someone who is willing to help seniors. Vista Aliso is a federally funded apartment community in Laguna Beach, located on Wesley Drive by Lang Park. It has 70 units occupied by seniors on social security. This project was opened in1988.   What we are...

Several Actions Have Improved Fire Protection

Editor,   I recently read about the improvement in our fire rating for Laguna Beach from a 4 to a 2. This may or may not lower our insurance costs, but it certainly makes the insurance industry aware of our conscientious drive to improve our exposure to fire losses in our...

Fending Off Coyotes

Editor, Some people are fearful of coyote attack so they are suggesting trapping and shooting them (“Hunters Summoned to Target Coyotes,” Aug. 5). Too often the solution is to remove the wild out of wilderness. For a change, how about following the motto: “Be Prepared.” “The...

Recipes from old La Paz restaurant

Editor,   We loved your article on the old La Paz; it was a family favorite.  (“Memories Uncover a Forgotten Favorite,” Aug. 5). I can’t find how to get the recipes that were posted on line.  Please help. Thank you, Nancy Kirschke, Laguna Beach

Thanks for the Memory

Editor,   I am a third generation Laguna resident, my family first coming to Laguna from Pasadena and building their summer home in our town around 1906.  When I was growing up in Laguna, La Paz was one of our favorite places to dine. (“Memories Uncover a Forgott...

Jewel of the Coast

Editor,   Thank you Arnold Hano for your “40 Years Low Rise” article, (July 29.)   And many thanks to Ralph Benson, Phyllis Sweeney, Roger McErlane, the many signature gatherers (my gathering spot was Safeway, Boat Canyon), Charlie Boyd (RIP), many others, and...

Gripes About the Indy and its Columnists

Editor,   Your liberal, whining biased Democratic paper goes right in the trash or used for sending packages.   Ann Christoph is on another planet. No wonder the city is so screwed up. Ever try responsible government by the people?   Ben Jones, Laguna Beach

Deeper Meaning in Purloined Knitting

Editor, I read with bemusement in this week’s online news the attack on our art as exhibitors in the Sawdust Festival. It is especially disturbing when it is artist against artist within a forum dedicated to creative expression. With   similar experience as a reminder to...

Knitted Tree Wraps Vandalized

Dear Editor:   The beautiful Yarn Bomb art pieces attached to trees at the Sawdust, made by nine mothers and grandmothers calling themselves the Twisted Stitchers, were targeted and maliciously hacked down last Wednesday by unknown persons associated with the Sawdust...



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