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Category: Letters

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Coastal Commission Will Eventually See Past Ranch’s Critics

Coastal Commission Will Eventually See Past Ranch’s Critics

Editor, After reading recent articles in the Independent, I am deeply saddened to learn that the project we locals have always referred to as Ben Brown’s (now The Ranch) has been halted due to a last minute appeal to the Coastal Commission by a local resident. According to the article, the reasons for his appeal […]

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Allegations Suggest Lack of Oversight by Planning Commission

Allegations Suggest Lack of Oversight by Planning Commission

Editor, In a unanimous vote, the Coastal Commission upheld an appeal against a controversial project at the locally well-known Ben Brown’s at Aliso Creek, now known as The Ranch at Laguna Beach. I had been taking it for granted that our Laguna Planning Commission and City Council were properly progressing The Ranch application; a resulting […]

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Let the Ranch Go On

Let the Ranch Go On

Editor, I worked at Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course, which is now The Ranch, when Ms. Brown owned it. It truly is Laguna’s Yosemite and yet it’s just 1300 feet from Aliso Beach and the closest hotel to South Laguna’s international “gay” beach, West Street. I find it hard to believe that the new […]

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Cop’s Beat Includes Kindness

Cop’s Beat Includes Kindness

Editor, The other day I was on my way to the store when I approached an intersection. As I turned my signal on to turn left, I looked to my right and saw a police car parked behind one of those electric carts used for driving around town. Then, I saw the police officer talking […]

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Canyon is the Wrong Location

Canyon is the Wrong Location

Editor, Last week, my wife and I had the pleasure of being invited to tour two permanent housing facilities for people with mental issues, run by Jamboree Housing and similar to the one being proposed by the Friendship Shelter in the canyon. I became involved in this issue because for the past four years I […]

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Why isn’t Kelp Cleaned Up?

Why isn’t Kelp Cleaned Up?

Editor, As a long time resident of North Laguna, can someone explain to me the city’s position on the removal of the excessive kelp build up on Main Beach? As a place that prides itself on being a tourist destination, it seems to me that having over half of the city’s central beach covered with […]

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Calling for Bold, Brave Action on Restoring View

Calling for Bold, Brave Action on Restoring View

Editor, This letter is for all leaders but in this case is directed to the City Council. History and achievement belongs to the bold and brave, not to the meek and timid. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Churchill, the past and current Tea Party patriots and Minutemen are examples of the bold and brave. Only historians […]

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Patriotism, an Antidote for Partisanship

Patriotism, an Antidote for Partisanship

Editor, Ari, this is causing me a degree of anxiety, but I think I actually agree with everything you wrote in the July 4 piece “Honoring America’s Patriots.” It has always been my view that anyone who owes allegiance to the nation and contributes to its survival and success meets the basic test of patriotism. […]

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Step Up to Save a Local Gem

Step Up to Save a Local Gem

Editor, South Laguna Post Office (conveniently located at 31677 Virginia Way, between Third and Second Avenue) is a true gem, complete with no hassle free parking, a rare find in Laguna Beach. This is the go-to place for stamps, quaint p.o. boxes and a great place to chat with neighbors.  Kwon, the super-friendly lady behind […]

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Don’t Waste Water, Please

Don’t Waste Water, Please

Editor, Living in a community means we as individuals, with individual rights, have a responsibility to the whole when making decisions that affect us all. It may be your right to plant a lawn in the middle of a drought; I’m sure the neighborhood dogs will love it.  But it is completely irresponsible to hose down […]

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Historic Landmark Deserves Preservation

Historic Landmark Deserves Preservation

Editor, The future of the historic sewer digester tower will be under discussion at the village entrance workshop on July 16. The restoration and reuse of the tower and the building attached to it (which now houses Police Department records) have been part of the village entrance project from the beginning, but the current concept […]

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New Lifeguard Station Lacks Parking

New Lifeguard Station Lacks Parking

Editor, How come the lifeguards are able to park on the sand (flood basin) at Coast Highway/ Broadway blocking visitors first awesome view of our beach? The first thing we see when entering into Laguna Beach is basically a parking lot for lifeguards. As I type, there are three pick-ups there now. Is this the […]

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High Praise for Hard-working Lifeguards

High Praise for Hard-working Lifeguards

Editor, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the Laguna Beach lifeguards for a job well done! In Laguna, the Fourth of July weekend is most likely the busiest and most crowded weekend of the whole year. I was down at Main Beach and the crowds were wall to wall! […]

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If You Build It, Will They Come?

If You Build It, Will They Come?

Editor, Marilyn Evans’ letter to the editor (“Project Enables Uncivil Behavior,” July 4, 2012) is right on target. In that letter, she tied growing uncivil homeless behavior to the slow degradation of our most beautiful community. The city should take seriously her eloquent plea to reconsider the plan to build housing for 40 homeless. Simply stated, […]

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Supportive Housing Tour Opens Insights

Supportive Housing Tour Opens Insights

Supportive Housing Tour Opens Insights Editor, On Monday, June 30, I went on an informative, free bus tour that was offered by the Friendship Shelter to illustrate how supportive housing works. Our group traveled to Midway City and Anaheim to see successful models of supportive housing for homeless people who struggle with mental illness and […]