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Alternate Ideas Emerge to Lure Downtown Foot Traffic

Editor, What ever happened to the project to fix up the alley behind Forest Avenue?  Wouldn’t that be a better location for parklets and dining, etc. than the front of Forest? Way fewer traffic interruptions, easy pedestrian flow, less rancor in town, and could probably be...

Let’s Stay Out of Backyards, Bathrooms

Editor, When Gov. Brown announced mandatory water cut backs, he was asked “will the state favor one type of water use over another, should one crop get water versus another, should one form of personal consumption be favored over another?” His response was “That’s a Big Brother...

Opposition Surfaces to Aliso Creek Skate Park

Editor: Thank you for running Tom Osborne’s column about the possible restoration of the Aliso Creek estuary.  As one who grew up in Laguna Beach, I feel passionate about our glorious landscape.  It’s been a delight to see such improvements over the last few years as...

Indy Columnist Gains a Fan

Editor, Sometime back I came across an article under the heading “Wisdom Workout” in The LB Indy. It grabbed me and held me in a way that the usual commentary or opinion does not. I started looking forward to each edition of the Indy that published “Wisdom Workout.” I...

Short-Term Rentals Restrictions Trample on Property Rights

Editor, letter was addressed to City Council members: I’ve just read the news articles in the OC Register, Laguna Beach Independent and the Coastline Pilot regarding “short-term rentals.” The City Council is considering whether to continue to allow them or not. Another...

Where Transparency and Politics Collide

Editor, The recent vote on the proposal to install streaming video in Laguna Beach school board meetings has tragically put one of our own in a negative light. Board members voted 3-1 in favor; the lone nay was Bill Landsiedel. Bill is an elected official whose only platform to...

Tired of the Toll Road

Editor, Am I the only one who is tired of being cheated and abused by the toll road? You know, the toll road that was built with New Jersey construction money and was once blocked in Orange County because of a rare bird habitat. But the Laguna fire wiped out the poor little...

Shopper Dissatisfied by Inventory

Editor, I have to agree with Roderick Reed on the prices at Haggen’s (“Haggen’s Price Pinch,” May 22 edition)! I appreciated their wide, uncluttered aisles, but not only were many of the items I normally bought more expensive, but others I bought were no longer available...

Laguna Does Not Survive on Tourists

Editor, I read John Thomas’s commentary in May 22 edition of the Coastline Pilot, “Laguna Does not Survive on Tourists” (his response to David Hansen’s column 5/15), which raises the issue of whether we, the residents of Laguna, are subsidizing the tourists that visit Laguna and...

Bring Back the Lagoon

Editor, The Aliso Estuary, a crucial and rare coastal wetland, is set to be restored through a $300,000 grant awarded to the Laguna Ocean Foundation by the California Coastal Conservancy. Over 90 percent of California’s coastal wetlands have disappeared due to developments for...

Kudos for Embracing Open Access

Editor Thank you and bravo to Laguna Beach school board members who voted to support a simple act of transparency: providing public video access to school board meetings. Government should be in the sunshine. Everyone behaves better when they know that they are being recorded....

Landsiedel’s Sour Grapes

Editor, School board member William Landsiedel has never been as passionate about any issue as he was in his failed bid to stop the board’s approval of a live stream podcast of our school board meetings.  Once again Landisedel reveals his true colors…unintentionally....

In Defense of Reimagined Streets

Editor, Michael McFadden, owner of Rock Martin Jewelry on Forest Avenue, wrote a strong letter of opposition to the trial street closures voted in by Council recently. He asked whose idea it was. It was many people, including Mayor Whalen and Councilman Dicterow, who were voted...

Canyon Acres Tour Captures Laguna Character

Editor, I have been a docent for the Laguna Beach Charm House Tour for several years. Last Sunday’s tour of Canyon Acres homes was one of my favorites. In many ways, Canyon Acres epitomizes what is special about Laguna Beach. The natural setting is stunning, with houses nestled...

Tour Reveals a Determined Neighborhood

Editor: “What, me docent?” That was my thought a few years ago when I responded to “gentle persuasion” and agreed to serve as a docent for the Laguna Beach Charm House Tour. And I have to admit that I was surprised to discover that people – Lagunans and out-of-towners alike –...