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Where Legal Rules and Complaints Collide

Editor, Last Wednesday night at 9 p.m. two Laguna Beach residents encountered a woman panhandler in downtown Laguna whereby a brief exchange of words ensued. Our panhandler then denied any assistance to the public restroom, gave the finger dropped her pants and began to defecate...

Step Up the Pressure to Ban Short-Term Rentals Permanently

Editor, The subject of short-term rentals is not going away. A letter in last week’s paper by Greg Burzzell stated, “The moratorium on acceptance of applications will be lifted at the end of October. This is a monumental incorrect statement. The city council could in fact vote to...

Rising Trash Fees Tip the Scale on Home Affordability

Editor, Will rate increases eventually cease or continue to increase? As a resident for 50 years and homeowner with a separately located studio, this rate hike along with under grounding utilities creates a rising cost of living burden reaching untenable levels, affordable mostly...

Turn Indicators Are Not Optional Equipment

Editor, Do people think everyone else driving on the road is psychic? How many of us have gritted our teeth or cursed when someone cuts us off, crosses several lanes to make a right or left, or just suddenly makes a right or left, stops and tries to park, or makes a...

Smoking in Wilderness Areas Demands Attention

Editor, This letter was also addressed to City Manager John Pietig. A short while ago, I spotted several newly planted hinged signs positioned near the entry to the Laguna Wilderness at the north end of Alta Laguna Boulevard. I was hoping these might be a measure taken to address...

Boost Bus Patronage With User-Friendly Outreach

Editor: What is this about “the stigma of riding the bus in a town filled with expensive cars?” Has Laguna become that provincial and nouveau riche? Not everyone in this town drives or wants to drive expensive cars. Our 1988 Camry and our 2002 Saturn feel quite comfortable...

What’s That Smell?

Editor, A foul smell is blowing in from the East as Trump-like rhetoric and personal attacks arrive in the Indy. When someone is losing on an issue, the reaction is often to attack the messenger. Winners stick to the issues in respectful debate. Sure, Billy Fried has the right to...

A Culprit in City Hall’s Talent Drain

Editor, One subject no one brings up in conversation is Laguna Beach city government.  The Indy front-page article (“Turnover at City Hall,” May 6 edition) about key people leaving city hall was a pleasant surprise. How could the city public works director, who supervises about...

Accolades for Chef Alessandro

Editor, The city approaches local businesses to encourage them to install parklets (a sidewalk extension that provides extra space for people using the street to sit, eat, rest, chat, park bikes, strollers etc). Only one business takes up the offer and follows through to...

Perhaps a Zoo Instead?

Editor, If the so highly criticized parklet were repurposed into a petting zoo everyone would be happy. Robert Story, Laguna Beach

School Board Split Over Fee Hike

Editor, “Schools Reject Fee Hike on New Building” (Indy, May 13) suggests our school board “refused to impose a hike on fees,” after “district staff” put the revenue increase for homeowners on the board’s agenda.  But it was the board that set fee hikes in motion last December,...

County Educators Need Lessons in Leadership

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the Orange County Board of Education.) Wow, being a human being can be so tricky. On Wednesday, I attended the controversial OC Board of Education meeting due to a concern that statements by Board President Robert Hammond were...

Regulate Short-term Rentals, Don’t Ban Them

Editor, Since the 1990s, all Laguna Beach homeowners have had the right to apply for an administrative use permit for short-term rentals on their home. The moratorium on acceptance of applications will be lifted at the end of October, and anyone can apply. That has been the law...

Views Disappear Along With Civility

Editor, I regularly read letters to the editor and particularly feel the on-going frustration of Dave Connell when he writes of view preservation and negotiations with thoughtless neighbors (“Plant a Tree, Block a View,” May 6). Recently we have fallen victim to a neighbor who...

A Plea to Preserve Character

Editor, If I may, I’d like to briefly respond to Dave’s letter (“Plant a Tree, Block a View”) from last week. To begin with, thank you Dave, your point is well taken. I understand that many homes in Laguna have indeed been built with view sheds in mind, and the insensitive and...