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Council Seems to Ignore Detox House Proliferation

Editor, Having lived in Laguna since 1972, I have written numerous letters to the mayor and city council regarding a broad range of topics. Never have I been completely ignored until I wrote regarding the upheaval caused in my neighborhood by the opening of the detox/rehab...

Others Play a Role in Welcoming Rehab Houses

Editor, The article on the sober living home next to TOW Elementary highlights a growing problem that is destroying the heart of numerous coastal communities throughout California. While it appears that local governments’ hands are tied due to state and federal protections, we as...

Writer Objects to Sober Living Houses in Residential Areas

Editor, I have several objections to detox houses in residential areas: Exposure of children to an unsavory element. Reduced property values:  Who wants to buy or lease a home near a sober living facility? Invitation to organized crime: Six beds times $30,000/month. Do you think...

Ingenuity Might Address Housing for the Homeless

Editor, I suggest that the homeless committee, City Council and others consider building a “homeless” city at Big Bend in the canyon. By using shipping containers (a good one is about $2,000) which are sturdy, do not rust, and are being used to construct multiple story buildings...

City Manager Describes City Hall Schedule Changes

Editor, A recent Letter to the Editor raised concerns about schedule changes at City Hall. For the benefit of those not familiar with the reasons for the changes, I would like to explain and clarify several things. In late March or early April of this year, City Hall will expand...

Re-energizing City Committees

Editor, On Feb. 10 the city will be hosting a training session for new and existing members of the city committees. These committees were originally established so that interested citizens could be involved in advising the City Council on community issues, such as housing,...

Humorist Adds a Fresh Voice to the Indy

Editor, Thank you for adding James Utt as your new columnist. His writing is something to look forward to. He is a talented humorist while making us all think, “Why not Laguna?” Susan Jacob, Laguna Beach

Trail Access Remains Unfinished

Editor, We need a safe access path to and from the Fire Road that would connect Top of the World to Arch Beach Heights and other Laguna trails.  Now, the community must traverse a long, steep, dirt trail that is rutted, slippery and dangerous.  Because a private gate blocks...

Heart Talk

What to Do With Borrowed Time   Alta Laguna Park is a great place to start my early morning walk. Around the outfield fence of the baseball diamond, looking down at the valley below, winding my way up to Top of the World School, head back to the tennis courts as the sun...

Guest Column

The Donald Calling   It was very late at night when the phone rang, but I answered it in a New York minute. I could have been dreamingm but it was Donald Trump calling. He never respects people’s sleep since he’s so busy doing deals. A mutual friend suggested to Trump I show...

Inside Out

Dancing with Dolphins: Killin’ it with the Orcas   The open expanse of sea can be like a mysterious lover, an unexplored treasure, a call into the wild. I am pulled by wide-open natural spaces and drawn to others who share the same longing. It is not surprising that I...

Glenn Arthur Arentz

Nov. 18, 1963 – Jan. 11, 2016 Glenn Arthur Arentz died at home in Santa Ana. He had been a resident of Laguna Beach from 1980 to 2005. For those who would remember him, he worked at Wells Fargo bank as a parking attendant and would always hold the door open for you. He was a...

Pet Peeves

Schedule Your Schedule I read in the Indy that city workers will take off alternate Fridays. I called the city to verify. I got no response. The phone rang and rang. I kept at it. I got through Monday morning at 7:34. The secretary told me the person I wanted would be in Tuesday....

Rehab Homes Test Land Use Rules

Editor, I find it very encouraging to know that representatives from Moorlach’s and Harper’s office will be present for the meeting regarding rehab/sober living homes on Feb. 2. Changes need to happen at the state level in order for our city to have any control over the...

Backlash Builds Against Rehab Homes

Editor, Please consider the dangers to residents that are being caused by detox houses in our community. Rehab is certainly appropriate for people who need such services, but placing them in residential neighborhoods, near families and schools, is totally bad policy. Home owners...