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Author’s Story Perpetuates Stereotyping

Editor, Stereotypes are unfair and should be avoided. People should be judged by their own actions, not by the perceived characteristics of the group to which they belong. Certainly it is terrible that Muslims were attacked back in 2001, as well as other groups who were mistaken...

Facts on Hate Crimes Reflect a Different View

I have been reading with interest the back and forth on Ms. Razin’s fiction article that first appeared two weeks ago. Ms. Razin believes there was an anti-Muslim fervor after 9-11 and quotes The Independent, “…Laguna’s embrace of someone that stands out amid the anti- Muslim...

View-Protecting Ordinances Remain Too Costly

Editor, Probably one of the most understated letter titles ever “Hedge Height Policy is Cumbersome, Expensive” (Jan. 9 edition) was attached to Louis Lee’s fine letter last week about the city hedge ordinance. The hedge height policy, like the view preservation ordinances (past...

Plant Choices Guided by Maintenance, Water Use

Editor: I sincerely hope that the Beautification Council will take heed that we do not need any more eucalyptus trees in this town, especially in areas where the city has to maintain them. The cost to  trim and keep out of harms way has been and will continue to b...

Correction:

Information provided by the Beautification Council in a Jan. 9 article about the organization’s award to Ann Christoph’s incorrectly attributed landscape design work for Heisler Park and Montage gardens to her. Her landscape work includes other Laguna Beach parks.
Posted On 23 Jan 2015

Redesign of Beach Access Points Underway

Editor FYI Laguna: Four of the public beach access overlooks are currently proposed to be back pulled to the street, minimized, and the current beach views will be diminished. The existing benches, pathways, overlooks and viewing decks to Thalia, Oak, Mountain, and Agate Streets...

Scofflaw Cyclists Contribute to Unsafe Roads

Editor, The Jan. 9 story about safer streets was primarily about bicyclists, with 25% more mentions of bicycle issues than pedestrian issues. While accommodations for pedestrians are mentioned several times, those mentions primarily involve crosswalks. But pedestrian issues also...

Commission’s Decision Answers Christy’s Critics

Editor, Re: Balanced Bob’s letter. If you had attended the Coastal Commission hearing, you would have heard that the Commission overwhelmingly (9-1) approved the restoration project for The Ranch at Laguna Beach. You would have heard the dismantling of unsubstantiated claims and...

Democracy’s Wheels Finally Turn

Editor, After returning home from Santa Monica to Laguna Beach last Thursday evening, having attended the Coastal Commission hearing on The Ranch, I read with interest the letter submitted by “Balanced Bob” in your Letters section that same day. After reading the words of an...

Trail Supporter Expresses His Position

Editor: On Friday, Jan 9 the Indy published an anonymous letter from “Balanced Bob” regarding The Ranch. Since it is known that I am an advocate for the 19-mile Aliso Creek Corridor Trail, several people have asked me if I wrote that letter. The answer is “No.” I have a history...

Indy’s Headline Show Bias

Editor, The Indy’s created headline “Fictional Tale Antagonizes Reader” for the letter published in the Jan. 9th edition of the Indy, is inaccurate, misleading, and clearly an editorial slant to infer silliness and hostility of a reader reacting to a fairy tale. Editor, in all...

Intolerance to Free Speech Lives

Editor, I applaud you for having the gumption to place my fictional piece on the front page. You may not have foreseen the consequences, but I appreciate that you deemed my perspective worthy enough to be published in a conservative community, at times resistant to reflecting. It...

Push on for Nuclear Fuel Disposal

Editor, Laguna Beach has started the important bipartisan process of facing the U.S. stalemate on where to put nuclear spent fuel that must be guarded for thousands of years due to its deadly radiation. The Laguna Beach resolution passed Dec. 16 and calls for the passage of the...

Hedge Height Policy Is Cumbersome, Expensive

Editor, The new Laguna hedge height claim policy is intended to resolve issues of overgrown hedges that are within front, back, and side “setbacks” in order to protect safety, view or sunlight access. There is no maximum height for hedges under the ordinances. The claimant must...

Correction:

An editing error in a Jan. 2 article incorrectly described writer Anita Razin. She is not a grandmother.   The “Film Documents Laguna Beach from Local’s Lens” in the Dec. 11 edition incorrectly describes how long Douglas Miller has been a Sawdust Festival exhibitor. He has...
Posted On 15 Jan 2015