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Category: Letters

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Editor, (This letter was sent to the Arts Commissioner and the city’s cultural arts manager, Sian Poeschl.) The art in public places program could use some help in regards to the selection process. Let’s start with stipends. The latest competition was for the LBPD memorial project. Each artist received a $300 stipend for about three […]

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Proposed Development Lacks Foresight

Proposed Development Lacks Foresight

Editor, In response to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center’s concern for the proposed 40-unit homeless shelter in Laguna Canyon next to their facility: I spoke against the artist work/live (as an artist, art educator and former arts commissioner) and against the Big Bend storage box that is larger than its lot size (as a resident and supporter of Laguna […]

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Is Laguna a Destination for the Homeless?

Is Laguna a Destination for the Homeless?

Editor, Is the city of Laguna Beach looking to become the number one destination for homeless people in Orange County? I am compassionate and want to help Laguna Beach residents that have lost their way or have a mental illness, but I do not believe our city has an obligation to care for and provide […]

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Canyon Resident Opposes Homeless Housing

Canyon Resident Opposes Homeless Housing

Editor, As a resident of the Canyon, I can tell you that the alternative living shelter as presented [poses] more than enough problems to residents here in the Canyon. We’ve had random homeless /mentally ill folks wander up into our neighborhoods, sleeping on our yards, drugged, defecating in the streets, yelling at residents and the […]

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Multiple Reasons to Reject Homeless Housing Project

Multiple Reasons to Reject Homeless Housing Project

Editor, (This letter also went to City Council members.) Though the programs of the Friendship Shelter are laudable, it is an unreasonable burden for Laguna Beach to address our homeless needs in the way this project proposes. Laguna will be one of the smallest communities ever to address homelessness with permanent supportive housing. How is […]

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Remembering a Legacy of Gay Bars

Remembering a Legacy of Gay Bars

Editor, For decades, Laguna Beach had a large gay bar on Main Beach and later the Boom Boom Room at the Coast Inn. Luckily a gay man owns our much smaller and only remaining gay bar, the Bounce, and has made recent changes with more improvements coming. When “Pappy” Smith died in the early 1960s, […]

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Questions Arise Over Nyes Place Fuel Trimming

Questions Arise Over Nyes Place Fuel Trimming

Editor, (This letter was sent to Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse and City Manager John Pietig) From a phone conversation with Mr. LaTendresse, I understand that the city has hired consultants to study the issues regarding a proposed fuel modification in the Nyes Portofino area that does not include the hillside property uphill in the 400 […]

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Complaints Over Music are Off Key

Complaints Over Music are Off Key

Editor, Dora Wexell at Seven Degrees has this completely backwards (“Music Fest Wins New Fans,” April 11).  A wedding venue has no business being next door to the Sawdust Festival. Why should the Sawdust Festival have to negotiate? The Sawdust Festival has been here for 50 years. There has always been music. Seven Degrees opened […]

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Questioning Proposed View Rules

Questioning Proposed View Rules

About 150 angry, well-organized people have continued a writing campaign to go after the airspace of their neighbors. They make it look like the new view ordinance law is too lenient. A clever approach. They have attended each meeting while only a few stalwart people who love trees have spoken against the ordinance as too harsh. Right now any uphill […]

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What Supportive Housing Is and Isn’t

What Supportive Housing Is and Isn’t

Editor: As a board member of Friendship Shelter, I’m grateful to Michael and Kimberly Fowlkes for so perfectly illustrating in their letter (“Shelter Worse Than a Natural Disaster,” Letters, April 11) what the proposed permanent supportive housing development at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road will be and will not be. It will be: A place for disabled, chronically homeless […]

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 Marveling at the Danger

Marveling at the Danger

Editor, One student fatality from crossing the street across from her college is tragic beyond belief.  This should never have happened.  (“Student’s Death Revives Safety Questions,” April 11.) I was driving home on Laguna Canyon Road an hour before the accident. One car ahead stopped for pedestrians and the lights were flashing, but visibility was zero. I […]

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Be Aware of Laguna’s Many Distractions

Be Aware of Laguna’s Many Distractions

Editor, Nina Fitzpatrick’s sad and tragic death brings to mind the many pedestrian fatalities and injuries this city has dealt with through the years. This past week, each time I drive through the canyon, the yellow crash scene paint and the ash from the flares remind me that a young, talented, and loved person has […]

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Slow Down, Mindful of Life's Preciousness

Slow Down, Mindful of Life’s Preciousness

Editor, Our hearts are broken over the lost of Nina Fitzpatrick. Our sympathy, while heartfelt, is little consolation for her friends and family. We wish it were the case that tragedy was not a prerequisite for learning how precious and fragile life is, but it seems we have a difficult time with this lesson. If […]

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Shelter Worse Than a Natural Disaster

Shelter Worse Than a Natural Disaster

Editor, (This letter also went to the City Council.) First of all we’d like to  thank each and every one of you for your years of commitment, dedication and endless hours of hard work in helping preserve the tremendous attributes that we all love about Laguna Beach. As 45-year residents and homeowners the past 20 […]

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Too Much of a Hurry to Approve Rather Than Improve

Too Much of a Hurry to Approve Rather Than Improve

Editor, Thanks to all who spoke out against the massive Longi project proposal way out in the canyon. The testimony showed clear opposition to the size by organizations and individuals from all over town, despite statements that just a few neighbors object. We didn’t ask for articulation or for rustic siding. All we asked for […]