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Lack of Fairness in Parcel Tax Initiative

 Editor, What?  Am I understanding this correctly? The petitions for the purchase of remaining parcels of open space could be signed by any registered voter.  Is this correct?  Once enough required signatures are accomplished this process would move forward.  Seems logical to me....

The Spirit Lives

Editor,  Last week I went to Brooks Street to check the waves before work. Perla, my wild JRT was with me, and she demanded some beach time. So I rolled up the windows and was dragged to the sand. All went well until I realized that my keys were locked in the van. Coincidently...

Upholding Individual Liberty

Editor,                   The Orange County Superior Court’s order tossing the Laguna Terrace controversy to the California Coastal Commission should not escape close scrutiny (“Laguna Terrace Subdivision Thwarted,” July 15).    Free people have a fundamental right to own and...

Embracing Competition

Editor,   How refreshing to read the comments of Chris Keller, president of the City’s Chamber of Commerce, in which he welcomed the new high profile restaurant called Katsuya (“New Hot Spots Burnish Laguna’s Dining Reputation,” July 8).   Unlike the recent...

Awaiting for the Next Shoe

Editor, News travels fast in this new wired world. By the time the sun rose over the Pacific, the news of the betrayal by Mission Hospital of its Laguna Beach neighbors was big news even in Shanghai. I read the electronic pages of the Indy with growing incredulity over Mission...

High Fives to Mission Hospital

 Editor, A very high five to Mission Hospital for purchasing the vacant land inland of their campus. Mission Hospital has done this (south) Lagunan and every citizen of Laguna Beach a great favor. First of all, Mission Hospital exercised its right to simply buy the property at an...

A Boast of Good Tidings?

Editor: Back in the 1950s when a police officer was shot and lay dying, we had no hospital to rush him to. The incident helped galvanize the community to build a hospital. We called it South Coast Community Hospital.  The key word, of course, was and is, community.   Residents...

Dive In

Editor: Marine Reserves can’t come soon enough for me. I’m with Norm Cole (“Angler Welcomes Ban, Eyes Recovery,” July 15); leave the weapons behind and snorkel out to our kelp forest. Over the July 4 weekend I witnessed a number of violations to our marine habitat....

Praise for Comic’s Profile

Editor, The story you wrote about Lola was excellent (“Only the Truth is Funny,” July 8 edition) Thank you so much. We really enjoyed it. She is such an amazing lady.   I was wondering if you saw the outstanding exhibit of Daniel Oropeza’s metal sculptures at the...

Jet Overflights Require Intervention

Editor,   After reading Don Knapp’s letter in the current edition of Indy (“Flying Through the Flight Pattern,” Letters, July 15) I want to add my comments.  I certainly agree with everything he states in his missive. He is to be congratulated on assisting in the actions...

Save Your Skateboarder’s Life

 Editor,  This morning (Tuesday, July 5) at 10:30 a.m., I almost killed four young boys who were skateboarding against a red light going north on Coast Highway. I wonder if their parents had any idea of the danger the boys had put themselves in or how easy it would be for a...

Beach Access to Nowhere

 Editor, Re: the proposal to build a staircase at Rockledge Point (“Neighbors Seek Beach Access,” April 29 edition.)   As one of the few souls who frequents the rocks in front of Rockledge point by swimming, the idea of building a staircase there is ridiculous. This proposal...

Land Buy Elicits a Hospital Loyalty Test

Editor,   Count me among many Lagunans who are profoundly disappointed and angered by Mission Hospital’s last-minute pre-emptive action to prevent the city from acquiring nearly eight acres of open space behind the hospital. While there probably is nothing legally wrong with...

God Trumps Mother Nature

Editor,   I find it hard to sympathize with those that complained about Mission Hospital purchasing parcels abutting their current location. It’s about time that they had a wake-up call. Just because you are trying to save some weeds and space for a small group of hikers and bird...

Inside Job

Editor,   The last-minute “overbid” by Mission Hospital on the Domanskis property has the rotten odor of an inside job. How does a “done deal” so quickly become an “undone deal”?  Yes, the hospital needed details which Domanskis was only...

An Open Letter to Mission Hospital

 The letter is addressed to Michael Beck, vice president of operations for Mission Hospital Laguna Beach   A few months ago I attended a meeting at Mission Hospital at which you presented Mission Hospital’s plan for the next few years.  During your thoughtful and...

Betrayed

Editor, That’s what the Laguna Beach community has been.  Betrayed by Mission Hospital (“Hospital Outbids Open Space Buyers,” July 1). I have been approached by more than two dozen people asking how could this happen. All of them, no exceptions, opining that the officials at...

Petitions Lack of Transparency Raises Skepticism

 Editor,    The secrecy surrounding the parcel tax is very suspicious.  When petition pushers refused to tell possible petition signers what they were signing but instead told them to just sign and read about it when is appeared on the ballot is wrong.   And, when Mayor...

Summer Wonderland

Editor, Among the many viewing pleasures of the fabulous holiday weekend was the extraordinary array of water sports gracing our pristine waters. Kayaks, swimmers, divers, sailboats, and that most pandemic of water sports, stand-up paddleboarding. A panoply of healthy,...

A Window into Underwater Treasures

Editor,   The aquarium of the Pacific is closer than you think. Sea life flourishes just offshore here in Laguna, wild and beautiful.   I went snorkeling twice during the Fourth of July weekend offshore of Heisler Park. In this long-protected area all the fishes of a...

Seals Out in Force

Editor,   I am a stand up paddle board instructor and owner of SUP Fitness Laguna. I give lessons in Fisherman’s Cove.   These past couple weeks have been amazing conditions for SUP ing. Not only has the ocean been calm and perfect to learn how to paddle board, but the...

Roads Lack Protections for Cyclists and Pedestrians

 Editor:   These pedestrian injury accidents occurred over the July 4 holiday period. On July 2, a bicyclist fell while riding the Moulton Meadows unimproved connector trail at Top of the World and required air-rescue. This connector is the same trail the city has been...

Flying Through the History of Flight Patterns

Editor,   Your lead article in the June 24 issue was outstanding (“Fuming Over Jet Noise).  It brought to the front the continuing and potentially escalating problem of commercial jet noise over Laguna Beach.   A few years ago, I was a part of a group of concerned...

Appreciation for Hospitality

Editor,   Big thanks go to the board of the Festival of Arts and June Neptune of Tivoli Terrace restaurant and their support staff for providing a wonderful evening for 100 veterans on July 11.   This year the Laguna Beach American Legion and VFW Posts invited veterans...

Filling in Details on Rodin Collections

Editor, As a Raleigh, N.C., native and reader of the Laguna Beach Independent (“College Lands Exhibit of Rodin’s Work,” July 8), I thought readers of the Rodin article might find it interesting to know that the North Carolina Museum of Art, (a $140 million investment by the State...



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