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Category: Letters

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A Prescription for Safe and Happy Riding

A Prescription for Safe and Happy Riding

Editor, I am a bicyclist; a safe one. I realize that if hit by a car, I lose. Look at the picture on the front page of your July 25, 2014 issue: How many bicyclists are in the bike lane and how many are not? Have you ever seen a bicyclist stop for a stop […]

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Running the Hills Instead of the Highway

Running the Hills Instead of the Highway

Editor, As we move through the long days in the heart of summer, we’re also in prime running season.  I’ve enjoyed reading about the summer successes and activities of the Laguna Beach boys and girls cross country teams.  Congrats to Coaches Wittkop and Lalim for their hard work, and pursuit of excellence.  We’re also in […]

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Santa Ana is a Better Location

Santa Ana is a Better Location

Editor, I feel compelled once again to air my disdain on how the ACLU has helped Laguna Beach to roll out the welcome mat for all homeless. After walking by the congregation that panhandles for “your” money this morning, I made my way for coffee at a local service station. There, I encountered a well-known homeless […]

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Would Two-Bits Tame Congestion?

Would Two-Bits Tame Congestion?

Editor, They say we break the record for bicycle and pedestrian deaths for a town our size. If you look in the concrete gutter in front of the “dirty bird,” (Sandpiper Lounge) you’ll see the contractor’s impression indicating Coast Highway was built in 1927. Actually we are being held hostage by an antique highway that […]

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Let’s Make Life the Top Priority

Let’s Make Life the Top Priority

(This was also addressed to council members.) Editor: I want to share this safe bike transportation program that the OCTA has developed for cities. It’s so clever. Check:  octa.net/BikeShare I would also like to add my voice for separate bike lanes with a barrier from cars. NYC has changed beautifully. Check:  Street Films.org (Google ‘Street Films’ to […]

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Resume the Quest for a Public Trail

Resume the Quest for a Public Trail

  Editor, I, like many of my Laguna Beach friends and neighbors, was extremely disappointed to learn that the Planning Commission approved the redevelopment plans of the new owners of Aliso Canyon golf course without taking any action to create a pedestrian/bicycle trail connecting Laguna to the water district road leading to Aliso Viejo.  Such […]

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Christy’s Predicament Points to a Larger Issue

Christy’s Predicament Points to a Larger Issue

Editor: Only the cold hearted could read Mark Christy’s plan for his special property without feeling extra sympathy for him. (“Laying Out Ranch Plans,” July 17, 2014). What is most striking, beyond his unquestionable sincerity and optimism, is the tangled web of boards and commissions that have a say in the way he sees fit […]

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Merritt Restates His Position

Merritt Restates His Position

Editor, Since the LB Indy publication of my ”commentary” last week I have been inundated with responsive emails. They are evenly split and some very menacing in regard to a construed idea that I don’t seek improvement[s] at the old Ben Brown’s and golf course at Aliso Creek…now called the Ranch. I truly support re-models […]

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Ranch Re-review is Unwarranted

Ranch Re-review is Unwarranted

Editor, The Coastal Commission’s review of The Ranch remodel appears to be a reaction of other city actions and approvals. In recent example, the city approval of the 30-unit Laguna Canyon Road housing project was new development and square footage that clearly should’ve had an EIR for traffic conflicts and approximate 300 vehicle trip turning movements into […]

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She’s a Ranch Fan

She’s a Ranch Fan

Editor, I am a fan and support Mark Christy for his vision and action in his restoration of Ben Brown’s Aliso Creek Inn. Thank you, Mark! for all you are doing for Laguna business (visitors, hotel and golf), conserving the natural site and Laguna Beach historic traditions, providing a local home for visual and performing arts and opening a great local venue for […]

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Pantry Door is Always Open

Pantry Door is Always Open

Editor, Last week, one of our favorite shoppers at the Laguna Food Pantry reappeared after being gone for quite a while.  When I asked where he’d been, he said that he had found a little part-time work. “But still, why didn’t you come in on one of the days you weren’t working?” “Because I didn’t […]

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Laguna Should Serve as a Beacon for the County

Laguna Should Serve as a Beacon for the County

Editor, I have been following the debate regarding the permanent supportive housing proposed by the Friendship Shelter with interest.  First, I feel the project is a definite step in the right direction for both the shelter and the city of Laguna Beach.  I am confident that a positive and workable development will result from this […]

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With Character Intact, a Strong Economy Will Follow

With Character Intact, a Strong Economy Will Follow

Editor: The final paragraph in the July 18 Indy story about the selection of the urban planner is most provocative.  Bob Chapman is quoted as suggesting that visitors (rather than residents) carry more weight in deciding the future of our town.  We all want our businesses to thrive and our visitors to have a good […]

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Does Drum Circle Need A Permit?

Does Drum Circle Need A Permit?

(This letter also went to city, park and Coastal Commission officials.) Editor, Mr. Fried (La Vida Laguna) has been using this beach for years as product extension, as a promotional marketing tool to expand a private, for profit venture. Just as the snack concessionaire several years ago went through re-visiting regarding a few chairs and […]

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Author Rebuts Butow’s Opinion of Drum Circle

Author Rebuts Butow’s Opinion of Drum Circle

Editor, I am responding to Mr. Butow’s critique of the “Full Moon Drum Circle” via a July 15 email that you all received. I have participated in the drum circle since 2007. I have rarely missed a month. I have been a resident of Orange County for 25 years and have had an active law […]