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Supportive Housing Tour Opens Insights

Supportive Housing Tour Opens Insights

Supportive Housing Tour Opens Insights Editor, On Monday, June 30, I went on an informative, free bus tour that was offered by the Friendship Shelter to illustrate how supportive housing works. Our group traveled to Midway City and Anaheim to see successful models of supportive housing for homeless people who struggle with mental illness and […]

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Let’s Resurrect the Old 133

Let’s Resurrect the Old 133

Editor: In light of Laguna’s disproportionately high number of vehicle-caused deaths involving cyclists and pedestrians, why can’t we take one small step now to separate vehicles from road bikes and pedestrians by opening the old 133 road for cyclists and walkers? Ellen and Roger Kempler, Laguna Beach  

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Cyclists Disobey Rules of the Road

Cyclists Disobey Rules of the Road

Editor, Your front page article, “Tragedy Sparks Safe Street Crusade” was excellent. As a homeowner along Monterey Drive in the North Laguna “tree streets” we walk our dogs and tend our gardens while doing so in the lane carved out on the right side of the street. No parking is allowed there and there are […]

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Reset Speed Limits to Safer Levels

Reset Speed Limits to Safer Levels

Editor, As a frequent visitor to your city, I’m finding each visit seems to coincide with some horrific accident. Last September, I believe, a motorcycle patrolman had been recently struck and killed on the Coast Highway. In April, I read the news of a young college student who was struck down in a crosswalk on […]

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Questions the Use of Tax Dollars

Questions the Use of Tax Dollars

Editor, I live on Canyon View and have “no alternate routes” home. Dunning Drive is below me and I fear that Rim Rock is above so I’m sort at ground 0 can’t really go up or down. That said my first question is: Why exactly are we doing this project now in middle of summer? When exactly was […]

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A Vote for Free, Creative Spirits

A Vote for Free, Creative Spirits

Editor, I am sure that Laguna Beach Unified School District Superintendent Sherine Smith did not intend to imply that the American Management Association or American business leaders were somehow dictating the LBUSD curriculum of the 21st Century. I’m also sure she didn’t mean to suggest that it was the mission of LBUSD to train a workforce […]

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Public Spaces Belong to the Public

Public Spaces Belong to the Public

Editor,   How wonderful to live in a village whose concerns focus on beautification. I was pleased to learn that the planning commission voted in favor of recommending to our City Council that the Festival of Art’s proposal to renovate their front facade be approved. I assumed that those 15 public parking spaces, lost in […]

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Murals Restore Livability

Murals Restore Livability

It appeared to me that Verizon and Whole Foods Market were planning to convert their shared parking lot into a drive-in theatre and filling the former seating area with sand and a merry-go-round. Then instead of a movie screen on the south grey wall, it got a fresh coat of paint and four very large […]

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Public Funds Should Not Underwrite Private Use

Public Funds Should Not Underwrite Private Use

Editor, As pointed out by one of your alert readers, in my recent Indy commentary (“Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights,” June 19) I incorrectly criticized the City Council for using “tax dollars” to pay for a limited use public garden in South Laguna.  Since the source of public funds to be used for this […]

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Garden Park Supports Multi-Use

Garden Park Supports Multi-Use

Editor, I would like to clarify two points made by Mr. Hills in an article (“Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights,” June 19). Regarding “investing tax dollars” in allocating funds toward the purchase of a permanent site for the South Laguna Community Garden Park:  Rather than “tax dollars” the funds came to city coffers as […]

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Alternative Suggestion Emerges for Homeless Housing

Alternative Suggestion Emerges for Homeless Housing

Editor, Lorene Auger said on June 27, “since the village entrance has not yet been designed, this permanent supportive housing project could easily be incorporated into the village entrance model.” Our city could consider the city’s newly purchased Christmas tree lot as a site for the homeless shelter. This site is close to the center […]

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Project Enables Uncivil Behavior

Project Enables Uncivil Behavior

Editor, I must finally write this letter to express my frustration and sadness about what is happening in our beloved town.  The homeless problem has literally changed the character and quality of life here.  People are now being accosted on the streets for money, food or whatever.  I have witnessed a homeless man urinating in […]

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Housing for Homeless Encounters Resistence

Housing for Homeless Encounters Resistence

Editor, The proposed development for a permanent supportive 40 unit housing project to house those mental and/or physical disabled will include those with chronic substance abuse issues since sobriety is neither mandatory nor required for any resident. The disabled were identified as those homeless who are mentally (schizophrenia, bipolar, Tourette syndrome, severely depressed, etc), physically […]