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Doctors of Dedication

Editor, While the whole downtown and all of the canyon was impassible the day after the big flood, our Laguna Beach Community Clinic was open for business and serving our citizenry. Even though Dr. Tom Bent’s own home had flooded, he, the clinic medical director, left his wife...

Kudos to City for Flood Response

Editor, I’ve heard of trial by fire, but trial by flood is something new. The ink of freshly minted city manager John Pietig’s business cards had barely dried when our little hamlet was inundated with one of the worst floods I have ever seen here. I was downtown at around 5 a.m....

Early Storm Alert Much Appreciated

Editor, I want to extend a big thank you to the city for its very much appreciated and effective phone alert system. With all the media out there it’s sometimes impossible to get local news, and this flood proved how valuable the system is. Whoever put that together deserves all...

Keeping Teens in Plain Sight

Editor,   Dear Oak Street neighbor, Sorry my son and his friends annoy you. Teen-agers are annoying, and very often annoy me, too. However, if like you, I complained to the police every time I was annoyed by them, I would need a full-time officer assigned to me. Maybe you...

Consider the Future

Editor, One of man’s biggest obstacles is that too many folks have a lot of trouble seeing beyond the end of their noses. All they can think about is the here and now, not thinking or caring about the future.   This not only applies to wilderness preservation,...

Correction:

Due to a reporting error, an article in the Dec. 31 edition, “Bookstore Opens its 16th Chapter,” misspelled the names of two peope. The store owner is Tom Ahern and the manager is Kim Vater.

Tested by a Force of Nature

Editor, This past week has been extremely challenging and has tested our very souls. The mud and floodwaters took our studios, art work and everything we had worked so hard to accomplish. We would like to thank our friends and family who have arrived at our property with a shovel...

Care Demonstrated in a Crises

Editor, On behalf of the homeless people who call the City of Laguna Beach’s Alternative Sleeping Location home, I am writing to express our profound thanks for the quick work and caring approach that the city and the Red Cross took in ensuring appropriate shelter was available...

“No Take” Is a Gift to Laguna

Editor, Protection of our new marine reserves and enforcement of the Fish and Game regulations will be easier than people might think. Already, many of our residents are aware of the importance of restoring our marine habitats. Likewise, tourists to Laguna share a desire to see...

Ocean Closure is Nonsense

How sad to see all the self-serving silly comments in the Independent article (“Marine Reserve Unsettles the Waters,” Dec. 24) regarding the closing of the Laguna Beach coast to fishing. Closing off this 21 square miles of prime fishing grounds really does nothing but put...

Ringing in Environmental Victories

Editor, Great News for Laguna’s Greenbelt; more land is donated for open space (“ Contested Tract Dedicated for Public Use,” Dec. 10 edition). 75 acres of Hobo Aliso Ridge, aka Driftwood Estates, (and the likely addition of an adjacent 80 acres) is now permanent open space...

Taking up the Torch

Tiki torches, barbecues, and fire pits banned in Laguna Beach. How absolutely absurd! Our freedom to entertain in the privacy of our own backyards has been reduced to ashes. Building and fire safety codes are formulated over years of research by qualified professional...

Facts vs. Scapegoats

Editor, I agree with Ganka Brown and her call to limit campaign spending for city council elections. How about an ordinance?   Oh yeah, we already have one. In fact, Village Laguna championed one several years ago and the City Council passed a $30,000 spending limit and because...

Bringing Laguna Up to Bike Speed

Editor, In support of “Give Bikes a Route” by Justin Gresh, the new policy for mobility from our Federal Department of Transportation gives equal consideration to pedestrians, bicycles, buses, and private automobiles. Adopting this policy into Laguna Beach’s general plan would be...

Day Without a Bag Was a Hit

Editor, The City of Laguna Beach wishes to thank all of the local volunteers and retail markets for making the Dec. 18 “Day Without A Bag” event a tremendous success. Despite inclement weather, over 1,700 free, recycled, reusable grocery bags were handed out to shoppers by...

No Limelight for Squid Run

Editor, I was looking forward to reading a report on the squid run that took place a very short distance off our shores during the nights of Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. It was quite spectacular. On the last night, I counted 33 commercial boats all lit up out there. It looked like a...

Give Bikes a Route

Editor, Laguna Beach has no accommodation for cyclists, except for a few random bike racks, and a quarter-mile stretch of striped lane on Monterey Street that might be mistaken for a bike lane, even though it is not marked in any way. The city just spent $1.6 million to resurface...

City Manager Irony

Editor,   I hope I was not the only Laguna resident who saw the irony in last week’s front-page article about the candor expressed by retiring City Manager Ken Frank during a farewell interview (“Summing Up 31 Years with His Usual Candor,” Dec. 10).   The first...

Double Standards?

Editor, I read with interest in the local papers that the Laguna Beach City Council adopted a new fire ordinance, despite the fact that none of the devices now planned for extinction have ever been known to cause a fire in Laguna Beach.   Talk about a “nanny state!”  Are we...

Hypocrisy Over Drug Laws

Editor, The president of the Laguna Beach Police Employees Association, Larry Bammer, says that the defeated marijuana Proposition 19 is dangerous, and he talks about illegal sales of marijuana from storefront dispensaries. You can get a medical marijuana card if you have any one...

Who’s Letting the Dogs Out?

Editor, Open letter to certain neighbors: I can’t figure it out. Have I offended you in some way?  Because I can’t for the life of me think of another reason why you would leave your dog’s poop on my front walk. Not even on the grass; on the walk. And I have dog poop bags...

The Great Honeybee Mystery

  Editor, Alert! Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives, and the cause is still being debated by scientists. Did you know that a bee can pollinate 100,000 flowers a day, but who is counting? Thanks to bees and...

More Ire Over Police Practices

Editor, I am a mother of a new generation of Laguna Beach downhill skateboarders and would like to express my concerns on sharing the roads in the most safe and respectful manner for all who use them.   I received an upsetting call Nov. 10 from Officer Peck of the Laguna...

The Art of Architecture

Editor: Re: “Tax Breaks for Historic Buildings Halted,” Nov. 19 edition and the comments that was made at the meeting “Architecture is not art.” Is architecture art? Not unlike a painting which you stop to ponder and enjoy on the walls of your home or yes a dress designed...

Thanks for Your Coverage!

Editor, The Laguna Beach Parents Club wants to express our appreciation for the write-ups that the Indy did about U.S. Marine helicopter pilot Brie Walker and our club’s annual Halloween candy drive for our troops. The articles were very well written and we received a lot of...



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