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Keep Commerce Out of Neighborhoods

Editor, Please preserve the character of our community. To set the facts straight, those of us who are speaking for the silent majority against short-term rentals in Laguna Beach are not asking for a total prohibition; we only oppose having them in our residential areas.  Keep...

If You Can’t Beat ‘em, Hack ‘em

Editor, A few days ago, Stu News ran an online poll asking, “Do you favor allowing Laguna Beach homeowners to have short term (30 days or less) rentals?” Last Thursday, after the poll had been active for several days, the results were 81% opposed versus 19% in favor.  More than 4...

Dichotomy Seems Obvious

Editor, Quote of the year: “South Orange County is not growing.  Laguna Beach, with 24,000 residents, really hasn’t changed much in the last five years.  How are we going to entice more people into the community?” Anthony Teng, dean of the advanced technology...

Laguna Ignores Short-Term Rental Policies of Other Cities

Editor, Thanks to the LB Indy for the eye-opening article about the number of short term rentals in Laguna owned by people who do not live here. This is a highly relevant facet of the whole short-term rental issue that has not had the level of exposure and discussion in Council...

Regulations Should Forbid Absentee Owners

Editor: I am dismayed by the attitude of Lagunans, who want an outright ban on all short-term rentals, home-sharing, and home exchanges.  They seem to be painting anyone who supports these rentals as approving of absentee landlords and greedy people who don’t care about their...

Short-term Rentals, A New Twist on Wealth Transfer

Editor, Subcommittees can be an efficient means to an end.  Being out of the public eye they avoid exposure to embarrassing or unpopular council discussions. A case in point is the recent public meeting regarding short-term lodging that was abruptly ended in favor of a two...

Laguna on Wrong Side of Short-term Rental Debate

Editor, What surprises me most about the debate over short term rentals is that there is any debate at all. There is not one workable model that can be pointed to as a success. All cities report the same litany of predictable problems. They include increased anti-social behavior,...

Trouble in Paradise

Editor, If I may, I’d like to briefly respond to last week’s concerned neighbor regarding the undocumented aliens in our midst, those dreaded eucalyptus trees, and the arborists and the view ordinance and the city council. Whew! Haven’t we already had this conversation? For those...

Ban on Short-term Rentals Protects Neighborhoods

Editor, I believe the Planning Commission had it right regarding the ban on short-term rentals and the Council not voting it in, has it wrong now. I hope at least two other council members will join Rob Zur Schmiede in his view that the ban would protect property values and keep...

How to Split a Cookie Fairly

Editor, When we were very young many of us learned that the fairest way to share a cookie between two people was to let one person split the cookie in two and to let the other person have first choice of the resulting pieces. The cookie breaker had the motivation to be as fair as...

Rebellion Sprouts Over Tree Policy

Editor, At last week’s City Council meeting, our city manager admitted that he and Ann Christoph and one or more members of Village Laguna met to discuss possible changes to city policy on emergency tree issues. Why only them? When two “outside” professional arborists decide that...

Spare Poem Speaks Volumes

Editor, Wowie zowie, what a masterful work! In 33 short lines (“It Rained,” Letters April 15 edition) she got to the essence of what’s really important in life. Others have spent a lifetime and volumes and never get close to what she did. Those few words are the best...

Eating Sustainably

Editor: With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day just around the corner, this is a great time to explore more effective ways of slowing climate change and conserving Earth’s natural resources for future generations. A 2010 United Nation’s report charged animal agriculture...

It Rained

  On Saturday our walk was cut short, not having believed the weather report. Sunday, bundled up in case the heavy blue violet clouds let go. The scent of pine offers memories of forests miles away, all from the uninvited pine that blocks our view. Walking the cliff path...

Tree Cutting Was Not an Emergency

Editor, The board of Village Laguna is stunned by the destruction to candidate heritage trees at the Lumberyard last week. These two monumental trees are the last remaining of the grove of blue gum eucalyptus planted in 1879 by homesteaders Henry and George Rogers and companion...