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Is Incivility the New Normal?

Editor: Kudos to Billy Fried for his insights into decency and decorum (“The Season of Incivility,” June 29).  My reaction, in no particular order, was: I thought I could keep my cool, despite the overheated rhetoric and truly bad behavior building daily.  I’m...

Our Polluted Shoreline

Editor, Must-read commentaries in Indy’s June 28 edition by Mike Beanan (“We Are All in the Plume”) and Charlotte Masarik (“County Ocean-Sampling Misses Pollutants”). We’re on extended vacation with grandkids in Maine, ocean swimming and paddling at Kennebunkport and in mountain...

Report Card on Water Gets Failing Grade

Editor: A flurry of negative comments from a few outraged Laguna Beach protectionists regarding the annual ocean pollution report card by Heal The Bay received some coverage by local media recently. My NGO, Clean Water Now, has also been openly critical in media of this...

Tree Plans Draw Critics, Defenders

Editor, On June 29 I attended an open meeting to review the landscaping plan recently developed by city staff covering Broadway, Forest, etc. About 99 percent attending were Village Laguna folks; I was the lone ranger. The presentation was detailed, well-researched and easily...

Aggressive Tactics Needed Against Smokers

Editor, I’m alarmed and angered every time I walk up to the Carolyn Wood Knoll.  More unsettling than the ever-present scourge of trash and graffiti are the many discarded cigarette butts. Clearly, the city is falling dangerously short in protecting its citizens from the ravages...

Rolling Pot Onto the Political Agenda

Editor, Laguna Beach has at least eighty retail outlets for alcohol, the deadly liquid which causes intoxication and alcoholism, a disease that kills millions of people every year, and yet we have no retail marijuana store. Our founding fathers said we are entitled to the pursuit...

Columnist Errs in Straying into Politics

Editor, Nice article by James Utt. He is really growing as a writer. However, I do not see the necessity of making his article about a fire political in nature:  i.e., “Rohrabacher-red CDM”.   It’s like the actors who ruin a perfectly good awards show by tossing in their personal...

A Two-Faced Town

Editor, At 10 a.m., the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Sawdust Festival took place last Friday with Laguna Beach City Council member Steve Dicterow, a beloved friend of the artists in town, cutting the ribbon to inaugurate our season. At exactly the same time the city meter...

SoLag Subsidizes City Budget

Editor, Thanks to JJ Gasparotti for his June 22 column in the Indy about South Laguna being considered a place apart and with a history of benign government neglect. He’s right — with that one lone park, the Village Green, which he referred to as the “Children’s Park” being...

A Love Affair with Land, Sea and Canoe

Editor, As a Hawaii transplant and former canoe paddler I was very excited to read of the upcoming film, “Year on the Water,” a documentary of the Southern California outrigger canoe scene.  I do, however, take exception to filmmaker Brockett’s comment that outrigger paddling has...

Christoph Receives an Early Endorsement

Editor, Ann Christoph has been our neighbor in South Laguna for 24 years.  During this time, she has always been very friendly to us and we have appreciated that. She is a legend; her past work with the City Council, her community service, and her dedication to preserving the...

County Ocean-Sampling Misses Pollutants

Editor: Thank you for the well-balanced article by Gabriella Mix, “Local Beaches Earn High Marks,” regarding Heal the Bay beach ratings for our Laguna Beach shoreline in the Indy, June 22. It was very informative. Sadly, our beaches are not pristine, and we must not sit back and...

We Are All in the Plume

Editor, Thanks to the Indy’s reporting last week, we now know Heal the Bay doesn’t go to the beach. Heal the Bay simply compiles reports from Orange County Public Works, which ignores that Aliso Creek is federally listed as an impaired water body for enterococci, Escherichia...

Caltrans Addresses Just a Section of Utility Poles in Laguna Canyon

Editor, In a letter published in the June 22 edition (“Caltrans Holds Canyon Road Improvement Plan Hearing”),  the writer seems to ask that the town and city council wait for Caltrans to underground utilities along Laguna Canyon Road, as Caltrans now proposes to do on a short...

Unintended Racism Sprouts an Olive Branch

Editor, I really enjoyed the letter to the editor by Fareed Farukhi regarding the Urth Caffe’s gesture to Laguna Beach and other communities in response to the court settlement that was recently decided. Urth Caffe opened their doors to everyone who would come in response to that...

Thumbs Up for Coverage of Auto Racers

Editor, Thank you very much for including the news item about Laguna Beach’s Michael Lewis in the June 8 edition of the Laguna Beach Independent. I really enjoyed reading about fellow PWC competitor Nicolai Elghanayan in the same edition. You and your team always do a great...

Gesture Builds Understanding

Editor, My family and I drove to Urth Caffe in Laguna Beach not because they were offering free coffee and desserts as part of a court settlement stemming from a law suit two years ago involving seven Muslim ladies who were dining at Urth Caffe and were asked to leave after they...

More Than Expected in Signs Story

Editor, I’ve been meaning to write to you ever since I saw the street sign article in last Friday’s Indy “Signs Point the Way to Town’s History.” I thought it was a fascinating and beautifully written piece; way more extensive than I thought it would be. Your research into all of...

Caltrans Holds Canyon Road Improvement Plan Hearing

Editor, While the city is busy with its high priced consultants trying to figure out the best language to place on the November ballot to tax us for undergrounding, and councilmembers are busy meeting with local community groups to advocate for higher taxes, Caltrans, in...

Resident Strives to Preserve Mid-Century Modern House

Editor, We are the current owners of the house high up on Pearl Street that “…sadly has suffered the same fate as befell the Festival’s restaurant with no rescue in sight.” Apparently Mr. Gasparotti knows our house but has not seen it lately.  Although it...

A Musical Treat That Keeps Improving

Editor, Congratulations on another great Fete (11th). We marveled at the wide variety of people of all ages and ethnicities; the goodwill the city spreads during this event is incalculable! But the city should do a little by giving those musicians who play for free a one-day...

Dissent, as American as Apple Pie

Editor, What is infuriating is this: they were artists sitting at a café that boasted farm to table food, in the heart of the canyon leading to Laguna Beach, and that most of their conversations were about nonconformity, when one of the female artists among them mentioned some...

Fans for ‘Finding Meaning’

Editor, I just read the short article “Finding Meaning,” by Skip Hellewell. It’s nice to see spirituality addressed here; something deeper and more hopeful where so much despair wins so much of our attention.   Boad Swanson, Laguna Niguel

Microfiber at Sea Isn’t a Micro Problem

Editor, There have been a lot of cheers on the several bills in Sacramento on reducing plastic pollution, among which AB 2379addresses the biggest but least-known problem. It requires clothing made from fabric that is composed of more than 50% synthetic material with a warning in...

Parking Tickets

Hello council members- In the past many months I have observed the excessive and unnecessary over-ticketing of the parking meters on that part of Aster Street near the Urth Caffe. These tickets involve the two mornings of street sweeping in this particular commercial district...



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