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Stop Sign Removal Should be Reconsidered

Editor: Bravo to Kyle Schroeder for his letter regarding the city’s decision to eliminate stop signs on Monterey Drive. I agree that it is one of the worst mistakes our council has ever made. I live in North Laguna and walk Monterey to Linden daily, using the bike lane. I have...

Detouring to the Road Less Traveled

Editor, My grandsons Sam and Peter were visiting from San Jose last weekend. One of our excursions was to the gelato stand downtown. We took the golf cart north on the highway there and south on Glenneyre Street on the way back. When we got to Mountain Road, I went to turn up the...

Many Hands Contributed to Land Deal

Editor, On behalf of Laguna Canyon Foundation, I’d like to express our gratitude to the many individuals and organizations who contributed to the recent preservation of the 150-acre Aliso Canyon property. The property’s significant biological resources and soaring coastal and...

Exhibitor Offers Kudos to Indy Reporter

Editor, Thank you for the great article in the Indy, “Art Tour Offers Intimate Glimpse into Artists’ World,” April 24.  Daniella Walsh wrote a wonderful story and we all appreciate the obvious time and effort she focused on the event. The weekend feels like a success. We have not...

School Board Should Lead Not Follow

Editor, Once again our school board is hiding behind the beleaguered superintendent to defend its abysmal record of failed public school governance. The superintendent’s “Don’t worry, be happy” message from the school district website was featured as a...

Citizens Speak Truth to Power

Editor, Over the last few weeks, I have seen an increase in honest letters regarding various members of Laguna Beach’s City Council. I want to compliment these brave citizens for stating what many others have known for years regarding our leaders saying one thing and then...

District Accepts the Challenge

Editor, In Laguna Beach Unified School District, we accept the challenge to produce college and career ready graduates who can think deeply, write well, and collaborate on projects. We are proud of our mathematics standards and sequence. Starting at Thurston Middle School next...

Policy Sacrifices Learning for Test Scores

Editor, Common Core testing will start next week. Is LBUSD Board more interested in test scores than students learning? Board member Carol Normandin wrote an email to parents prior to a March board meeting explaining her position on the flawed math pathway approved by the board...

Lead by Example

Editor, Shortly after the California Water Board issued a statewide directive to cities mandating a 25 percent water cut, a new sign sprouted in Old Top of the World Park: “Irrigation Off to Save Water.” Local newspapers and a response to our email from City Manager John Pietig...

Dissent Over Stop Sign Removal

Editor, I regret my vote for our Mayor Bob Whalen. I live in North Laguna, just like him. On April 22, my neighborhood received notice that the city council wanted to remove all the stop signs on the half-mile stretch of Monterey between Linden and High Streets. The meeting was...

Praise for Police Chief Hire

This letter was addressed to City Manager John Pieteg. Thank you for your hiring of Laura Farinella as our new chief of police. I attended the recent meet and greet for Chief Farinella at the Woman’s Club. Chief Farinella was intelligent, engaging, articulate, and...

Detouring to the Road Less Traveled

Editor, My grandsons Sam and Peter were visiting from San Jose last weekend. One of our excursions was to the gelato stand downtown. We took the golf cart north on the highway there and south on Glenneyre Street on the way back. When we got to Mountain Road, I went to turn up the...

Development Challenges New View Rules

Editor, Now that the dust has settled, is there a take away from Toni’s, Rob’s and Kelly’s election? Certainly voters who resonated to the “Don’t Pave Paradise” theme gravitated toward Toni and Rob, who have steadfastly opposed overreach by developers. Kelly’s re-election can be...

Advanced Math Ditched by School Board

Editor, A power point presentation, titled LBUSD/Thurston Common Core Math Transition, is posted on the LBUSD website.  This was presented to the board by a Thurston teacher on July 9, 2013.  Ms. Brown, Ms. Vickers and Mr. Landsiedel were on the board when the presentation was...