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Battle Against Zika Endangers Health

Editor, We are in trouble. The OC Vector Control wants to aerially spray our homes, parks, schools and churches with a pesticide that is a known endocrine disruptor, which will mean health complications for over 3 million people, increased cancer, lymphoma, Parkinson’s disease,...

Congestion Tamer: Double-Deck Coast Highway

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the City Council.) Here is a suggestion for the City Council and Caltrans regarding reducing the traffic congestion on Coast Highway in downtown Laguna. That is build a two or four-lane overpass (elevated section) of Coast Highway...

Glad to See A Familiar Face

Editor, Judy and I ran into Barbara Diamond the other day. We were pleased to learn that she is now back in Laguna, but saddened to hear of the tragic passing of her son, whom she tended in his last illness. Barbara has been a long-time friend, and a mentor on all things Laguna –...

West Street Beach Lives On

Editor, If you have L.G.B.T. friends, remind them that  warm weather on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30 will see crowds at one major attraction that continues to make our town unique, the internationally gay beach, West Street in South Laguna. A huge expanse of sand, volleyball...

A Pitiless Approach

I am puzzled by the report that Laguna’s police department will be using a golf cart to round up homeless people found sleeping on the beach between the hours of 1 to 5 a.m. because “..people who walk in the early morning hours don’t like the nuisance issues and eyesore of people...

Golf Cart Hides But Doesn’t Solve Homelessness

Editor, Did your reporter take time to talk with any of the people who are now going to get their free ride to somewhere each morning (wherever somewhere is) to get even a single chapter of those life stories? Imagine how they got here and what they dream of for their future?...

‘Making Them Invisible to the Thoughtless’

Editor, It appears from Rita Robinson’s front page story, (“Police Golf Cart Will Round Up Homeless,” in the April 29, 2016, edition that our police chief, clearly not channeling Abraham Lincoln, believes that our poor, disabled and un-housed citizens are an eyesore that...

School Board Candidate Earns a Backer

Editor, Thank you Mr. Hills.  I’m thrilled that you are running for a seat on the Laguna Beach Board of Education.  Over the last year and a half, I have attended many board meetings and heard you speak on many issues of importance to our school district.  Initially, I was...

Plant a Tree, Block a View

Editor, In Mace Morse’s letter last week, “Trouble in Paradise” (Letters, April 28), he made many good points but made one major error. That was that people believe they can build a house in the hills of Laguna and then demand that everything between them and the ocean must go....

Keep Commerce Out of Neighborhoods

Editor, Please preserve the character of our community. To set the facts straight, those of us who are speaking for the silent majority against short-term rentals in Laguna Beach are not asking for a total prohibition; we only oppose having them in our residential areas.  Keep...

If You Can’t Beat ‘em, Hack ‘em

Editor, A few days ago, Stu News ran an online poll asking, “Do you favor allowing Laguna Beach homeowners to have short term (30 days or less) rentals?” Last Thursday, after the poll had been active for several days, the results were 81% opposed versus 19% in favor.  More than 4...

Dichotomy Seems Obvious

Editor, Quote of the year: “South Orange County is not growing.  Laguna Beach, with 24,000 residents, really hasn’t changed much in the last five years.  How are we going to entice more people into the community?” Anthony Teng, dean of the advanced technology...

Laguna Ignores Short-Term Rental Policies of Other Cities

Editor, Thanks to the LB Indy for the eye-opening article about the number of short term rentals in Laguna owned by people who do not live here. This is a highly relevant facet of the whole short-term rental issue that has not had the level of exposure and discussion in Council...

Regulations Should Forbid Absentee Owners

Editor: I am dismayed by the attitude of Lagunans, who want an outright ban on all short-term rentals, home-sharing, and home exchanges.  They seem to be painting anyone who supports these rentals as approving of absentee landlords and greedy people who don’t care about their...

Short-term Rentals, A New Twist on Wealth Transfer

Editor, Subcommittees can be an efficient means to an end.  Being out of the public eye they avoid exposure to embarrassing or unpopular council discussions. A case in point is the recent public meeting regarding short-term lodging that was abruptly ended in favor of a two...