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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,...

We Must Learn to Co-exist

Editor: It is more than disappointing that our City Council chose to allocate up to $30,000 to Critter Busters to keep killing coyotes (11 so far!). It is a short term, non-solution to a complex issue, and it goes directly against what Laguna stands for. Our city has spent so...

Coyote Habituation Began Long Ago

Editor, With Orange County urban coyote problems more frequently in the news and to get a better understanding of these events, maybe it’s time to take a look at the history/evolution of coyote-human conflicts in Orange County. From the mid 1800’s to the mid 1900’s, as wild lands...

Celebrating Barack Obama

Editor, Seven years ago this week, a group of my Laguna friends and I hosted a black tie inaugural event the evening Barack Obama first was sworn into office. While there was deep concern at the time about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the overall health of the...

‘Reality TV’ Permits More School Board Transparency

Editor, Have you heard about the “angry” and “militant” parents who are so “mean” to the school board?  Well, now you cannot just hear them on an old broken audio tape system, but instead see them in action! It took five years to overcome stiff...

Pot Delivery Rules Interfere With Personal Choice

Editor, It isn’t hard to believe that our Laguna Beach City Council may enact a new city ordinance banning people who have letters from their doctors or hold a current medical marijuana card from calling a marijuana dispensary and requesting a delivery of marijuana to their...

Turning Forest Avenue into a Plaza is But Half the Equation

Editor, Responding to Les Miklosy’s letter to the editor dated Jan. 8 titled “A Better Use of Forest Avenue?” To me what Les is saying is when Forest Avenue is opened as a plaza hundreds of extra potential shoppers show up. People in our town have been talking about converting...

Clearing Muddy Waters

Editor, Objective reporting is a rarity nowadays. Therefore, I am so indebted to and would like to sincerely thank Tim J. Randall and the LB Indy for its Dec. 24 article, “City Settles Suit Over Water Violations.” Being a water activist both here and in the East for many years, I...