Mailbag: Here's a way to add artist, low-income housing

As the surge for increasing building size to make possible artist and lower-cost residences without rent control or the Department of Housing and Urban Development continues, affordable studios for artists and mid-to-low income renters could be created all over Laguna by repurposing commercial and...

Reader Report: Scouts tour police, fire stations

Reader Report: Scouts tour police, fire stations

On Jan. 14 the Wolf Den of Cub Scout Pack 35 of Laguna Beach had the privilege of visiting Fire Station No. 1 and our Police Department.

Mailbag: Plans to change beach overlooks criticized

It is being proposed that four of the public beach access overlooks be pulled back to the street, minimized, and the current beach views will be diminished.

Mailbag: A few more Laguna issues to tackle

I was thrilled to see columnist David Hansen tackle some of Laguna's problems ("Key issues in 2015 will require action," Forum, Jan. 2).

Mailbag: Obama's economic policies are working

How many times do economists have to say something before people believe it's true? Despite the GOP's relentless attacks, President Obama's economic policies are working.

Mailbag: Canyon traffic is not a summer issue

Re. the Dec. 5 article, "Funds for canyon traffic study Okd," (Dec. 5), Council members Steve Dicterow and Toni Iseman are spot-on correct to focus on the nonsummer traffic issues on...

Mailbag: Where have all the news racks gone?

There is a mysterious campaign going on against our local newspapers. They keep disappearing.

Commentary: Red light isn't working in canyon

The installation of a new red light at the pedestrian crossing at Laguna College of Art + Design has created bad traffic congestion in the canyon, not only at peak hours but also at nonpeak hours, effectively rendering the canyon impractical as a route to get in and out of Laguna Beach.

Commentary: How my rescue dog actually rescued me

I have a grim practice of walking through animal shelters to visit the animals. The sounds of desperation in each bark, begging for a chance to be loved again, tug at my heart. I wish I could take them all home, though this has never been a real option for me.

Mailbag: Voters choose new path for council

A council election story headline in last week's Laguna Beach Independent was "Voters Choose Familiar Names."

Commentary: Inoculating against flu-season myths

This season, you could protect yourself from the flu by holding your breath on elevators and avoiding touching handrails, doorknobs, faucets, arm rests, keyboards, money, mail and anyone wishing to shake your hand.

Letters from the editor: The dog ate my rationale and worked his way into our hearts

Try and rebuff a child's please-please-please plea for a dog.

Reader report: Assistance League volunteers happy to give out cuddles

That holding a baby and giving it a bottle gives a great deal of pleasure to many people is obvious when you watch the volunteers at the Early Intervention Program at the Assistance League of Laguna Beach.

Mailbag: Candidate has shown she can do the job

During this campaign, I was surprised to learn that many people don't know who Michele Hall is or what she's done for this community.

Mailbag: Because The Ranch is no Montage

A recent letter asked why, unlike a prior proposal by Montage Laguna Beach, The Ranch project does not include a public trail through the property (Mailbag, Oct. 17).

Mailbag: Ranch needs to give access to wilderness trails

Woods Canyon is one of the most spectacular hiking, biking, running and walking trail networks in Southern California, yet it's nearly impossible to visit from Laguna Beach.

Commentary: We don't need partisan rhetoric or people feigning dedication to O.C.

Former state Republican Party Chairman Shawn Steel, husband of supervisorial candidate Michelle Steel, recently wrote a commentary for the Orange County Register about the California Republican Party titled, "Not...

Mailbag: Kids are in private school but I can still serve LBUSD

Thanks for providing excellent coverage of Laguna Beach school board candidates and informing readers about debate on federal and state Common Core mandates for local school curriculum.

Mailbag: Surveillance at Carolyn Wood Knoll is working

This morning, I was very pleased to see that the surveillance camera is now in place on the Carolyn Wood Knoll. The camera, plus the Laguna Beach police cruiser parked at the end of Alta Laguna, appear to have had an impact on after-hour visitation to the Knoll. This morning there were far fewer...

Mailbag: Village Laguna supports Zur Schmiede, Iseman but not as a slate

Planning Commissioner Rob Zur Schmiede is concerned that Village Laguna's support of his candidacy along with Councilwoman Toni Iseman's might be interpreted to mean that they were running as a slate. We want to clarify that our support does not create a slate.

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