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Village Laguna Deserves Gratitude, Not Demonizing

Editor, Now that the election is over, I thought it a good time to clear up a few distortions. According to the local pro big developer and commercial lobby, the real villain in Laguna is…Village Laguna. According to letter writers on the “develop at any cost” side of the...

Should All Pay the Price for a Private School’s Needs?

Editor,   The installation of a new red light at the pedestrian crossing at LCAD has created unbelievably bad traffic congestion in the canyon, not only at peak hours but also at non-peak hours, effectively rendering the canyon impractical as a route to get in and out of...

All Users of the Road Must Be Part of the Solution

Editor,   This letter is in response to the Nov. 7 article, “Grant Aims to Change Behavior Behind the Wheel,” about the use of the grant money received from the state Office of Traffic Safety. For all the reasons cited in the article, we cannot fail to take action in...

Hall Expresses Gratitude to Supporters

Editor, The election of 2014 is over and boy oh boy what a ride it was! I am very proud to have come in as runner up. Compared to the war chests of other candidates and their spending, my team and I worked really hard and ran a smart campaign with not a lot of money. We walked...

Reflections on Elections

Editor, Seeing elections in a mirror (“From the Rearview Mirror,” Indy Nov. 14), no wonder Michael Ray gets everything backwards. Instead of honoring our small town democratic ritual during a bizarre campaign season, Ray tells us he was “distinctly nauseated” by our 2014...

Show Some Compassion

Editor, Recently the Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig, who makes $1,000 plus a day (2012 salary and benefits – $297,000) sent a memo to the transit coordinator (2012 salary & benefits – $100,000) telling him to make sure that most of the year-round city bus...

Ray’s Rants Filled by Contradictions

Editor, Re: Musings on the Coast, “From the Rearview Mirror“, Nov. 14 edition. I can’t agree more with Michael Ray’s statement “Political parties of any type, stay out of Laguna Beach. We are doing quite nicely without that kind of crap.”...

Gibson’s Race for School Board Elevated the Debate

Editor, 2014 was perhaps the first time ever that the school board race was more interesting than the City Council election.  The debate on school issues focused on high stakes substantive policy, instead of the same old petty politics and anachronistic rivalries we saw in the...

Writer Questions Source of Climate Change Skeptic

Editor, This is in response to Stephen Tygh’s letter entitled “Global Warming Skeptics Find Common Ground” Thank you, Mr. Tygh, for providing additional information on your position. I apologize for categorizing you as a right-winger in denial of global warming. It’s just that...

Correction

In a story titled “Local Runners Contend with Countless Conditions,” in the Nov. 14 edition, the name of the race director of the Surf City Marathon was misspelled. The correct spelling is Amy Tomchak.

The Seat Was His to Lose

Editor, Jon Madison’s defeat in the City Council election was well earned and well deserved. Given his popularity and name recognition, a City Council seat was his to lose and he succeeded in doing so. I, as many others, supported him before it was revealed that he never...

Sore Winners and Sour Grapes

Editor, What does it mean when the winner of an election is bitter and resentful, while a candidate who lost is grateful and optimistic? How come spirits were higher at election night gatherings where candidates who lost felt good about the campaign, and toasted with candidates...

Outcome Reflects Candidates Who Look Out for Residents

Editor, Last week’s Indy stated that our election for City Council was “Voters Choose Familiar Names.” While certainly Toni Iseman and Kelly Boyd are familiar names, Rob Zur Schmiede did not start out that way. All three winners ran on their experience, knowledge and...

Global-Warming Skeptics Find Common Ground

Editor, This is a response to George Weiss’s letter parroting Tom Osborne’s views in his column “When Ideology Trumps Facts”. Any skepticism of global warming whatsoever and you are branded a right wing heretic, lacking sophistication, critical thinking, and knowledge. You are...

Adding Recycled Water to Canyon Improvements

Editor, Laguna Beach remains the only South County city without a comprehensive, sustainable recycled water program. We need to protect our great park, the Laguna Greenbelt, with adequate routine irrigation and fire suppression systems. Undergrounding utilities in Laguna Canyon...