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Archive for September, 2012

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Positive Governmental Changes

Positive Governmental Changes

Editor, There seems to be a positive shift occurring in our local government. For the first time in years, the city is listening and collaborating with the public. Take for example the recent decision to install bike racks around town. Members of the community joined the Complete Streets Task Force to highlight a shortage of […]

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Genesta Benefit Postscript

Genesta Benefit Postscript

Editor, It was an incredible event. This was a case of the music community, the artists, many businesses, family, friends and individuals who had never met the Genestas, but where moved by their story all pulling together to turn tragedy into a uplifting celebration for the Genestas’ future. Wow. The event raised over $7,000 for […]

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Smarter Methods to Douse Fire

Smarter Methods to Douse Fire

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the City Council.) As much as $10 million will be available in state grants for local urban runoff and water reliability projects and Laguna can benefit if we have a talented grant writer assigned to secure some of these funds. Laguna cannot be green wasting expensive, imported potable […]

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Garden Appeal, an Attempted High-jacking

Garden Appeal, an Attempted High-jacking

Editor, After watching last week’s City Council meeting and reading Rita Robinson’s column (“City Asked to Put Green in Garden,” Sept. 21 edition) I had to write this letter. Members from the South Laguna Community Garden with help from Councilwomen Iseman and Rollinger tried to highjack $251,000 from our city coffers.  They want a $1 […]

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Endorsing Lack of Alignment

Endorsing Lack of Alignment

Editor: Candidates Bob Whalen and Jane Egly remain unendorsed by any of the very partisan groups in town: Village Laguna, the Democratic Club, the Republicans or Taxpayers. Good for them! This places candidates Whalen and Egly right where most of the citizens in Laguna Beach want their council members to be: independent and balanced in […]

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Rollinger Gets Her Vote

Rollinger Gets Her Vote

Editor, We will elect two city council members in November.  Verna Rollinger alone will get my vote because of all of the candidates Laguna Beach needs her steady, intelligent research and voice on the serious issues that face our city. She holds the values we have all cared about for the last 30 years that make […]

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Turning Off the Tap

Turning Off the Tap

Editor, Thank you, citizens of Laguna Beach.  We are making remarkable progress in lowering our use of acre feet of water. We know, however, that we can do more to reduce water consumption. Thanks to the Laguna Beach Water District and other organizations in Laguna Beach who promote a sustainable planet earth, we are experiencing […]

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Dressing Up a Construction Site

Dressing Up a Construction Site

Editor, I read Alan Boinus’ Sept. 21’s “In Need Of An Artist’s Touch” and support his letter regarding the temporary construction trailers on Main Beach. Unfortunately any construction requires site protection and support buildings as a necessary evil. But I whole heartedly agree with his idea. Their odd location and lack of any “window dressing” of […]

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Ignoring Advice Breeds Cynicism

Ignoring Advice Breeds Cynicism

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the Planning Commission) In three years of meetings with residents, city staff and city council members, the Complete Streets Task Force (CSTF) identified sources of public funding for infrastructure projects as early as June 2009, again in April, July and August 2010 (see Minutes). The city never applied […]

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Speakers’ Corner: Measure Lacks Transparency

Speakers’ Corner: Measure Lacks Transparency

By JJ Gasparotti I’m saying “No, no” to CC.  This item on our Laguna Beach ballot is a bad idea being supported by faulty logic and half-truths. The biggest assertion in support of this measure to buy unbuildable lots in Laguna is that it will be just like the Laguna Canyon purchase. This could not […]

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Speakers’ Corner: Why I Support the Open Space Initiative And Why I’m Frustrated With City Hall

Speakers’ Corner: Why I Support the Open Space Initiative And Why I’m Frustrated With City Hall

By Sam Goldstein I’ve been called by quite a few people and asked, “How can I support the open space initiative?” My response is that I support Measure CC because it will serve to help maintain the distinctive ambiance of Laguna Beach. It will also serve to further strengthen local property values. The Laguna Canyon […]

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Keeping Students Safe

Keeping Students Safe

A recent Laguna Beach brush fire provides proof that fire season has arrived. In the event of various emergencies, including natural disasters such as fires and earthquakes, the school district has a plan that delineates steps for administrators to take. “All the schools have plans in place to address a wide range of events from […]

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False Alarm Provokes School Lockdown

False Alarm Provokes School Lockdown

Last Friday morning, students and teachers at Top of the World Elementary received an inside look at the district’s disaster planning. At least one detail apparently needs work. Administrators placed the campus on lockdown about 9:11 a.m. due to a report by a third-grader that evolved darkly into a suspicious character on campus wearing a […]

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Schools Commit to Small Classes

Schools Commit to Small Classes

Laguna Beach’s school board agreed earlier this month to seek funding under the state Education Department’s class size reduction program, as it has since the mid 1990s, effectively committing to 20-student classes in kindergarten through third-grade. This year K-3 class size at El Morro Elementary and Top of the World Elementary ranges from 19 to […]

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School Board Candidates Submit to Quizzing

School Board Candidates Submit to Quizzing

Candidates for Laguna Beach’s school board will present their views and answer questions at a 7 p.m. forum on Thursday, Oct. 11, at Top of the World School. Arrive by 6:45 to submit questions to the candidates, who are incumbents Bill Landiedel and Jan Vickers and challengers Dee Perry and Tammy Keces. Representatives of the […]