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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...

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...

Interim Solution Needed to Regulate Rehab Homes

Editor, We moved to this beautiful town to send our kids to the wonderful schools and live in paradise.  We bought our house on a gorgeous residential street and we chose not to live in a commercial zone. Through no fault of our own, we now live next door to a thriving and very,...

Detox Houses Make Poor Neighbors

Editor, Thank you for the article uncovering the problems detox houses are causing in our town. There are new developments every week (e.g., addict residents entering neighbors’ homes, addict residents harassing young girls, syringes left in gutters, increased crime in the...

Less Than Gentle Nature at Work

Hello Editor, Here is yet another point of view about Laguna’s coyote problem. My home is in Top of the World and is very close to the 3,500-acre greenbelt wild life preserve. The deer and wild rabbit population have been decimated. Spring fawns and even larger deer have...

Outraged Over a City Hall Perk

Editor: Re: City Hall Flexes Its Schedule Our city council, directed by City Manager Pietig, is at it again.  This time, under the guise of “very serious issues with retention and recruits”, they are giving city employees not only pay raises, but 3 day weekends twice...

Public Art Selection Requires Higher Professional Standards

Editor, I am writing today in support of Michael Ray’s editorial in last week’s paper. Before I add my comments I want to fully disclose that Michael is a good friend and an avid collector of mine as well as many other local and regional artists. With that said, I want to come...