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Category: Letters

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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 […]

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Rain Catchments Could Stop Flooding

Rain Catchments Could Stop Flooding

Editor, I think that City Council should concentrate on flooding and fire for the canyon when considering the design of this area. It is interesting to note that the canyon residents are asked to step up to the plate for various “infringements,” but the city is very quiet when it comes to doing any thing […]

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Appreciates the Privilege of Participation

Appreciates the Privilege of Participation

Editor, I was so pleased to read the Susan Velasquez column last week entitled “Magic Unfolds at Festival Events.” I loved and appreciated every word of her analysis of what is often really going on at all these festivals. The essence of our opening celebrations is not only the art or the music of the […]

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 Neighborhood Compatibility Dispute Reveals Deeper Problem

Neighborhood Compatibility Dispute Reveals Deeper Problem

Editor, I was rendered speechless by Commissioner Linda Dietrich’s derogatory, prejudicial, scathing, and entirely inappropriate comments during (a July 9) Planning Commission discussion of a conditional use and development permits for a two-unit artist live work project at 2000 Laguna Canyon Road. Commissioner Dietrich:  “As far as neighborhood compatible I, I disagree with, with, um […]

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Why Isn’t Kelp Cleaned Up?

Why Isn’t Kelp Cleaned Up?

Editor, As a long time resident of North Laguna, can someone explain to me the city’s position on the removal of the excessive kelp build up on Main Beach? As a place that prides itself on being a tourist destination, it seems to me that having over half of the city’s central beach covered with […]

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Too Much of a Good Thing

Too Much of a Good Thing

Editor, What else can the Arts Commission screw up?  The Arts Commission loves to fill up every space in town. Or is it the council? When I was in the Arts Commission, the council would overrule all the Arts Commission recommendations and made their own tasteful decisions.  Of course when you are in power then you […]

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Coastal Commission Will Eventually See Past Ranch’s Critics

Coastal Commission Will Eventually See Past Ranch’s Critics

Editor, After reading recent articles in the Independent, I am deeply saddened to learn that the project we locals have always referred to as Ben Brown’s (now The Ranch) has been halted due to a last minute appeal to the Coastal Commission by a local resident. According to the article, the reasons for his appeal […]

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Allegations Suggest Lack of Oversight by Planning Commission

Allegations Suggest Lack of Oversight by Planning Commission

Editor, In a unanimous vote, the Coastal Commission upheld an appeal against a controversial project at the locally well-known Ben Brown’s at Aliso Creek, now known as The Ranch at Laguna Beach. I had been taking it for granted that our Laguna Planning Commission and City Council were properly progressing The Ranch application; a resulting […]

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Let the Ranch Go On

Let the Ranch Go On

Editor, I worked at Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course, which is now The Ranch, when Ms. Brown owned it. It truly is Laguna’s Yosemite and yet it’s just 1300 feet from Aliso Beach and the closest hotel to South Laguna’s international “gay” beach, West Street. I find it hard to believe that the new […]

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Cop’s Beat Includes Kindness

Cop’s Beat Includes Kindness

Editor, The other day I was on my way to the store when I approached an intersection. As I turned my signal on to turn left, I looked to my right and saw a police car parked behind one of those electric carts used for driving around town. Then, I saw the police officer talking […]

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Canyon is the Wrong Location

Canyon is the Wrong Location

Editor, Last week, my wife and I had the pleasure of being invited to tour two permanent housing facilities for people with mental issues, run by Jamboree Housing and similar to the one being proposed by the Friendship Shelter in the canyon. I became involved in this issue because for the past four years I […]

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Why isn’t Kelp Cleaned Up?

Why isn’t Kelp Cleaned Up?

Editor, As a long time resident of North Laguna, can someone explain to me the city’s position on the removal of the excessive kelp build up on Main Beach? As a place that prides itself on being a tourist destination, it seems to me that having over half of the city’s central beach covered with […]

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Calling for Bold, Brave Action on Restoring View

Calling for Bold, Brave Action on Restoring View

Editor, This letter is for all leaders but in this case is directed to the City Council. History and achievement belongs to the bold and brave, not to the meek and timid. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Churchill, the past and current Tea Party patriots and Minutemen are examples of the bold and brave. Only historians […]

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Patriotism, an Antidote for Partisanship

Patriotism, an Antidote for Partisanship

Editor, Ari, this is causing me a degree of anxiety, but I think I actually agree with everything you wrote in the July 4 piece “Honoring America’s Patriots.” It has always been my view that anyone who owes allegiance to the nation and contributes to its survival and success meets the basic test of patriotism. […]