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Humor Subject to a Different Interpretation

Editor, I really admire the cartoon of the two “criminals” in a bunk bed wondering if a skatepark built in their town of Laguna Beach could have helped channel their energy towards their passion of skateboarding. A park should have happened years ago but it seems the...

View Preservation Rules Should Not Omit Fences

Editor, My name is Joseph Risi and I am the owner of a home located at 1283 Skyline. A very unfortunate incident has occurred which shines a light on the disparity that exists with the city ordinances regarding view protection. If a new home or remodel is proposed in Laguna, the...

Greed is Good

Editor, The fictional character Gordon Gekko in the 1987 film “Wall Street” famously made this declaration when attempting to rally a group of average Americans to join him in his quest for easy money and ill-gotten gains. His audience of ordinary, hard working people had come to...

Building Character With Every Swing

Editor, On the first day of spring I drove by Riddle Field. The scene was alive with kids and the promise of a new season, when dreams will be played out on sunny mornings and brisk nights under the lights. As a kid I used to run wild in those Boat Canyon highlands, before anyone...

Praise for Abandoning Coyote Trapping

Editor, I attended the Living with Wildlife community meeting last week and am happy to report that Laguna Beach’s Animal Services Division announced their partnership with California Fish & Wildlife’s Wildlife Watch program. This management plan, which emphasizes greater...

Let’s Welcome a New Superintendent

Editor, It’s the public’s right to question methods employed by our school board and the search firm it hired, but the board soon will choose a superintendent.  Once it does, we owe it to students and parents to look over the horizon to the future for our schools. The biggest...

Cultural Arts Plan Receives Unfavorable Review

  Editor, Village Laguna appreciates that the cultural arts plan has provided the opportunity and forum for focusing on the artistic life of our community. Unfortunately, the plan’s recommendations seem to be almost solely based on opinions expressed in a community survey in...

Illegal Construction in the Creek Overlooked by Longi’s Critics

Editor, If Julie Hamilton and Jackie Gallagher are so concerned about Laguna Creek, why do they ignore all the other violations that are very clear when visiting the site? I shared a document (detailing other violations along Laguna Creek) with Norm Grossman when he was a zoning...

Beu’s Departure Will Be a Loss

Editor, I am very saddened to hear that Rev. Beu will be leaving the Congregational Church. He has been such a breath of fresh air for Laguna Beach. To me he represents a true Christian, actually a holy person and good human being that truly ministers to all people who walk...

Why Have Deer Disappeared?

Editor: I haven’t seen deer in my backyard for at least a couple of years now.  They used to be common. Others in Laguna are telling me the same story.  I still see a few hoof prints on some trails but there are many trails, for example in Rimrock Canyon, where the telltale...

Chastised Writer Knows the Power of Words

Editor, I like Billy Fried and his columns that tackle local issues. But his latest column, “The Great Skateboard Diaspora,” made my stomach hurt. He wrote that because our community does not have a skateboard park, “our kids will now know what it’s like to be a Syrian refugee,...

Sympathy for Skateboard Refugees (Not)

Editor, I applaud the recent article, “The Great Skateboard Diaspora,” for bringing to our attention the inhumane treatment of Laguna’s skateboard refugees. Our teenagers forced out of their homeland, without a skate park to call their own, risk the great...

Neptune’s Generosity Nurtures Many Civic Causes

Editor, I encourage all Lagunans to let the Festival of Arts board know that they should renew the lease of Tivoli Terrace. One can go to the Tivoli Terrace Facebook page to sign a petition online. Tivoli Terrace has been a great member of the Laguna Beach community for many...

Help Speed Up Mail Delivery

Editor: On one of my frequent neighborhood walks I asked the mailperson on that route why is mail delivery so unpredictable. He explained that it depends on the day of week, as Mondays tend to have more mail to be sorted and delivered; if it is the regular mailperson, a...

Younger Stewards Take Up the Canyon’s Cause

Editor, It was with great joy I read Dave Csira’s Feb. 26 Letter to the Editor. He represents the next generation of the stewards for our heritage coastal canyons parkland. The first stewards – Michael Pinto, Elisabeth Brown and Carolyn Wood answered the need and created a...