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Rehab Homes Test Land Use Rules

Editor, I find it very encouraging to know that representatives from Moorlach’s and Harper’s office will be present for the meeting regarding rehab/sober living homes on Feb. 2. Changes need to happen at the state level in order for our city to have any control over the...

Backlash Builds Against Rehab Homes

Editor, Please consider the dangers to residents that are being caused by detox houses in our community. Rehab is certainly appropriate for people who need such services, but placing them in residential neighborhoods, near families and schools, is totally bad policy. Home owners...

Interim Solution Needed to Regulate Rehab Homes

Editor, We moved to this beautiful town to send our kids to the wonderful schools and live in paradise.  We bought our house on a gorgeous residential street and we chose not to live in a commercial zone. Through no fault of our own, we now live next door to a thriving and very,...

Detox Houses Make Poor Neighbors

Editor, Thank you for the article uncovering the problems detox houses are causing in our town. There are new developments every week (e.g., addict residents entering neighbors’ homes, addict residents harassing young girls, syringes left in gutters, increased crime in the...

Less Than Gentle Nature at Work

Hello Editor, Here is yet another point of view about Laguna’s coyote problem. My home is in Top of the World and is very close to the 3,500-acre greenbelt wild life preserve. The deer and wild rabbit population have been decimated. Spring fawns and even larger deer have...

Outraged Over a City Hall Perk

Editor: Re: City Hall Flexes Its Schedule Our city council, directed by City Manager Pietig, is at it again.  This time, under the guise of “very serious issues with retention and recruits”, they are giving city employees not only pay raises, but 3 day weekends twice...

Public Art Selection Requires Higher Professional Standards

Editor, I am writing today in support of Michael Ray’s editorial in last week’s paper. Before I add my comments I want to fully disclose that Michael is a good friend and an avid collector of mine as well as many other local and regional artists. With that said, I want to come...

A Better Use for $500,000

Editor: This letter was also addressed to the ACLU. So we, the small town of 24,000 people that every night provides shelter and services for 45 homeless people, is not doing enough. Laguna Beach, “the little engine that could,” through city and private financing, is currently...

More Parking Does Not Solve Congestion

Editor, MIG Consulting is the city’s chosen urban planner tasked with assisting the Downtown Specific Plan update. Their recommendations have been published in draft form available from the city website. One of their assignments is this one: “Evaluate parking...

Drone Invades Privacy

Editor, At 8:40 a.m. Sunday morning I was still in bed looking out over our beautiful ocean, village and Catalina when a gold drone hung in front of my house and hung there doing who knows what. I was disgusted, did not move for fear of attracting more peeping. It oozed away...

Recent Votes Lack Compassion

Editor, Apparently our compassion is gone. Coyotes mate with each other for life. They are monogamous. Laguna Beach city government has made them into monsters. With all the extra cash the city government has, why didn’t the city council vote for live traps and relocation...

SONGS and its Leftovers

Editor, The saga of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) is getting yet one more replay in the Jan. 8 issue of The Indy thanks to Marni Magda, another card-carrying member of C.R.A.P. (the Coming Radiation Armageddon Prophets). Now that SONGS is shut down (not...

Imperfect Paradise

Editor, I don’t ever remember being sad on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It is a great reminder to be grateful for the human rights he stood for and to live in a time where I have had the opportunity to get a first class education and live a few steps from breathtaking beaches....

Trapping Contract Betrays Laguna’s Ethos

Editor: I have been peripherally involved with the conversation about coyotes in Laguna Beach for a couple of months and have seen the civil conversation turn into near hysteria. Then I watched City Council vote to continue inhumane trapping and killing, despite the fact that the...

Why Did Our City Go Rogue Over Coyotes?

Editor, I’m among those saddened and angry about the 13 coyotes our city has exterminated. During our 20 plus years in Laguna, I have loved our random encounters and their midnight howls. But beyond my personal feelings, I’m more concerned that our city leaders made a rash,...