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A Plea for Help With a Search

A Plea for Help With a Search

Editor, Years ago there was a man who spoke in public comment time at City Council about the homeless housing.  He had been on the board of directors at such a program in San Francisco or somewhere north.  I am interested in talking with him.  Does anyone know how to contact him? Bill Kelley, Laguna Beach The author […]

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Seeking the President’s Help

Seeking the President’s Help

Editor, (This letter was sent to President Obama.) May I please have permission to smoke medical marijuana in my home, which is permissible according to the laws of the great State of California? Last year at this time I was in the psychiatric ward of a hospital for the first time in my life.  Three […]

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Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Editor, Just a friendly observation from one who has been driving Coast Highway since the late ‘70s. Did you know that pelicans cruise the bluffs at 35 m.p.h.? True. I have many times kept pace with these graceful birds while driving our Coast Highway. One exception though; they don’t observe stop lights. Tom Berndt, Laguna […]

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Public Should Vote on View Ordinance

Public Should Vote on View Ordinance

Editor, Last Tuesday’s special City Council meeting on a view restoration and preservation ordinance puts all of Laguna Beach down a very slippery slope (even literally if too many trees are sacrificed) and is our Council’s newest boondoggle. It is unclear whether we will have any further input on this expensive, fiscally unsound, litigious ordinance […]

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Enforcement Needed Where Entreaties Fail

Enforcement Needed Where Entreaties Fail

Editor, Imagine spending months or years searching for an affordable home in Laguna Beach with a beautiful ocean view. You invite family and friends to enjoy your little piece of paradise, and wake up in awe every morning over this gift. A few years go by. One day you notice that foliage is beginning to grow […]

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Mellow Event Deserves a Sequel

Mellow Event Deserves a Sequel

Editor, We want to thank the Sawdust Festival’s board of directors and the city of Laguna Beach’s Planning Commission for agreeing to host the Blue Water Music Festival last weekend on the festival grounds. Rick Conkey and his team, including a large number of community groups and volunteers, deserve congratulations on organizing a mellow, musical […]

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Advocating for Spaces That Foster Creativity

Advocating for Spaces That Foster Creativity

Editor, Laguna Beach enjoys a unique and enviable reputation around the country and, indeed, around the world.  It is known for its beauty, its beach and its history as an inspiring haven for artists.  Laguna Beach is widely regarded as among the top art colonies and has been recognized as such in such leading publications […]

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Defending Town’s Artistic Legacy

Defending Town’s Artistic Legacy

Editor, (The letter also went to council members.) I enthusiastically support Louis Longi’s Laguna Canyon artists live/work project and encourage the City Council to approve the project. In 1929 the Laguna Beach Art Association opened a grand, custom-built gallery designed by the prominent Los Angeles architect Myron Hunt as a place to exhibit and sell […]

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Get Over It

Get Over It

     Have you ever tried to water a garden with a leaking hose? The more little holes in the line, the more leakage and less water pressure out of the nozzle. Harboring resentment from past or present slights and disappointments has the same effect on our energy levels. None of us live in a […]

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Why is Laguna Timid About Curbing View Blocking Trees?

Why is Laguna Timid About Curbing View Blocking Trees?

Editor, I’ve recently moved to Laguna Beach and admit to having no senority in the adversarial subject of the view ordinance.  However, in my current residence, it’s clear (no pun intended) that our ocean view is significantly impaired by tall (as in very tall) growth.  What I’m missing is the benefit owners enjoy in their obstinate retention of trees (including […]

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Inconsistencies in Proposed View Ordinance

Inconsistencies in Proposed View Ordinance

Editor, While I sympathize with people who have lost views, and I applaud Councilman Kelly Boyd for initiating the effort to try to help, and the View Preservation Committee has worked long and hard to come up with as fair and as workable an ordinance as they could, never-the-less there are still a number of […]

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What a Scentsation

What a Scentsation

Editor, Kudos to Sillia Hatzi and her “Scentsational” Garden talk!  (“Inhaling a Scentsational Garden”) Very educational, learned about all sorts of wonderful scented plants and flowers.  Loved the seed packets souvenirs. I encourage all of Laguna to stop by the South Laguna Community Garden, at Coast Highway at Eagle Rock Way.  It’s a scentsation! Suzi […]

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Opposition to Large-Scale Canyon Development

Opposition to Large-Scale Canyon Development

Editor, (This was also addressed to the City Council) It is with great regret that Laguna Canyon Foundation asks you to reconsider the Planning Commission’s 3-2 vote approving the Longi artists live-work development in Laguna Canyon. As a longtime part of Laguna, we strongly support local artists, and all that the arts have done for […]

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Support for Creative Use of Vacant Lot

Support for Creative Use of Vacant Lot

Editor, I hope the City Council supports the Longi artist/live work project on April 1. It will benefit our community in two important ways: First it will provide affordable housing to artists who are the core of our beloved city, and second it will eliminate one of the many vacant lots that are not landscaped […]