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Homesteaders Lacked Appreciation for Native Plants

Editor, I never tire of the panoramic vistas of the ocean and the open space behind in and around Laguna – the original scrub vegetation (all of which is captured on many early landscapes in museums).  That all changed when early settlers were told to plant 40 trees if they...

Columnist Responds to Reader’s Objections

Editor, I read Mr. Tyler response to my tongue-in-cheek column about Cuba.   To be specific, I knew and know about Cuba’s reputation.  The CIA’s website says this specifically:  trafficking in persons: current situation: Cuba is a source country for adults and...
Posted On 26 Jun 2015

Challenging Road Design’s Focus on Speed Rather Than People

Editor, In a report to the Laguna Canyon Task Force the recommended action to improve the Laguna Canyon corridor is to move more traffic faster as illustrated by five roadway design alternatives A-E. The consultant justifies these alternatives by the traffic analysis on page 24...

Guns 362, Innocents 0

Editor, Between 1984 to the present (June 17, 2015), 362 innocents have been killed in mass shooting rampages in the United States. Incongruously, now that guns can be carried just about everywhere (malls, churches, theaters, government buildings, universities, et. al.), the NRA...

Tree Beauty Interferes With Beauty of Another Sort

Editor, Thank you for writing your sentiments (in the June 5 edition) regarding the beautiful trees by the high school, along St. Ann’s Drive. We have lived in Laguna for over 30 years and I want to say that I agree with everything you wrote. So many people I know are saddened...

Good-Driving Reminders Needed

Editor, I know I’m not the only one who thinks driving in Laguna has become increasingly akin to maneuvering through a challenging obstacle course. Or worse. Think roulette. Green you win … red, well we know what happens when you lose. I am a hyper-vigilant driver, but I can’t...

The Legal System’s Revolving Door

Editor, Well . . . with seven DUI convictions, it is perfectly understandable why he would flee. (“Multiple Offender Re-arrested,” Streetbeat, June 12.) The problem is that, at least with some medium-smart lawyer (90th percentile), he will soon be out on the street driving with...

Perturbed by Columnist’s View of Cuba

Editor, Why does the Indy subject the children and other citizens of our community to the musings of an Indy columnist perving in Cuba? The glorification and promotion of sex tourism and prostitution in the June 12 column “Surprises Behind Cuba’s Socialist Curtain” is way too...

Forest Closure Endangers Shops

Editor, Our City Councils in the past encouraged us to shop in Laguna Beach so why are they trying to make it impossible to shop here? I do the majority of my shopping in Laguna Beach.  Forest Avenue is a shopping mecca.  I buy my clothes at Duet, Louises, Just Looking,...

Crowds Outstrip Outdoor Venue’s Capacity

Editor, Last night’s capacity audience for Laguna Beach Live!’s bluegrass event at the Ranch had all the signs that Laguna is becoming a bluegrass town. The award winning Lonesome River band entertained an enthusiastic crowd. Many remarked that this was their first bluegrass...

Merit to Redundancy

Editor, While I understand and sometimes share City Council’s frustration with absenteeism on the Design Review Board, it would appear that the simpler and less draconian solution would be to re-institute the alternate board member system that was in place for many years, and...

Street Closure Needs a More Creative Moniker

Editor, Before the Forest Avenue Closure stirs more panic from motorists, merchants and the petition police, here are execution steps to ensure the event will give us meaningful results. A positive community experience and business receipts will ensure a successful event. Change...

A Plan in Search of a Problem

Editor, I attended a meeting at last week in which the city planner and a consultant presented plans to alter the downtown area. I have a few problems with the Forest Ave. closure. We will lose at least 50 parking spots. I want to support local business, but I am unwilling to...

Already Missing Mark Dressler

Editor, Last Sunday about 150 friends, students, and parents attended a retirement party for Mark Dressler, who has taught theater in the Laguna Beach school district for 25 years. My family started attending his plays long before our kids started high school, and I still see...

A Character’s Absence is Noted

Editor, The silver haired gentleman seen at the chessboard on main beach, occasionally with a pigeon sitting atop of his hat, has returned to his hometown of Lucca, Italy.  Said he was going so see his son in Canada on the way.  Take care, Burt; safe travels.   Duane Allee,...