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Homeless on Housing

Homeless on Housing

Editor, In response to James Dane’s letter of May 23, I would have to agree that most homeless people prefer life on the street, unburdened by minor trivialities like responsibility, deed, fines or objectives. I am completely opposed to this 40-unit housing for the mentally ill (has anyone considered housing the senior citizens?). They’ll burn […]

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Supportive Housing Reduces Homelessness

Supportive Housing Reduces Homelessness

Editor, Now that the City has determined that a moratorium on development in Laguna Canyon is not necessary, it is again time to focus on a plan that will eventually result in the building of permanent supportive housing to help address the issue of homelessness in Laguna Beach. Research completed by the National Alliance to End […]

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An Ode to Walking in Laguna

An Ode to Walking in Laguna

Editor, Walking Laguna Beach is fun and it’s the most underrated thing in town to do!  I am 80 and haven’t had a car since 2003. I love taking the big OCTA buses and/or our city “Main Line” buses, subsidized by a generous grant from OCTA, to the patisserie on the alley (best bakery in town) […]

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Grateful for Full-time MPO

Grateful for Full-time MPO

Editor, Our thanks to Laguna’s City Council for voting to restore the position of Marine Protection Officer to full-time during their annual budget review. Working with the community, a dedicated full time MPO can make a real difference. Laguna can be overwhelmed with visitors who often innocently enough damage and harm our marine resources. A trained […]

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  Kudos for Volleyball Tournaments

Kudos for Volleyball Tournaments

Editor, This letter was first sent to the City Council members in support of the wonderful volleyball tournaments held recently at Main Beach. I would like to express my gratitude to the City of Laguna Beach and our Recreation Committee and/or our Recreation Department for supporting Kirk Morgan’s efforts to hold the women’s tournament in […]

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Correct Email for India Donations

Correct Email for India Donations

Editor, I was so happy to be featured in last week’s paper. However my email address was incorrectly noted. It is actually [email protected] My phone number is  949 892-9997. I will be leaving for my third volunteer trip to India on June 23, where I will continue my work assisting doctors with surgery in a rural hospital, […]

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Critics Misplace Blame on Gun Laws

Critics Misplace Blame on Gun Laws

Editor, If one has any doubts about the anti-gun bias of the national media, compare their treatment of the knives that provided excruciatingly painful deaths to three students at Isla Vista with their vehement focus on the guns that killed the other three. Nowadays, the news is no longer about facts, but about advocacy. NBC […]

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Leaders Deserve Kudos for Adding Music Instruction

Leaders Deserve Kudos for Adding Music Instruction

Editor, Thanks to all the hard work of Steve and Jennifer Baker, Superintendent Sherine Smith, the Laguna Beach school board and Schoolpower for enabling the children of the Laguna Beach Schools to finally learn about music in a serious way. The new program starts in the third grade and ends with an orchestra in the […]

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Voters Should Decide View Ordinance

Voters Should Decide View Ordinance

Editor, “The Tragedy of the Commons,” a classic essay published in Science in 1968 and written by the esteemed UC Santa Barbara ecologist Garrett Hardin, is a must read for anyone interested or involved with the view preservation debate. The theoretical commons in his essay is a pastureland used by many herdsmen. Due to social […]

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Mexico Provides a Model for Voter ID

Mexico Provides a Model for Voter ID

Editor, Your Speaker’s Corner of May 30 (“In Defense of Strict Unicorn Leash Laws”), looks like a mash up of progressive soundbites you swept up from the cliche corner of the left’s agenda. Voter fraud a fantasy? Just what country do you think this is? Were you in suspended animation during the ACORN scandal? Your […]

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View Properties Add Value to Neighboring Homes

View Properties Add Value to Neighboring Homes

Editor, Thursday, the City Council held a meeting to present and discuss their latest version of a badly needed view preservation restoration ordinance.  The meeting was well attended, mostly by citizens who have had their precious view sheds destroyed by neighbors with overgrown vegetation. A show of hands, called for by Mayor Elizabeth Pearson, showed […]

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Permanent Supportive Housing Ill-Advised in Flood Plain

Permanent Supportive Housing Ill-Advised in Flood Plain

Editor, It saddens me that the Friendship Shelter and City Council have created a situation in opposition to complete support for both preservation of Laguna Canyon and those in great need. Respectfully I must choose preservation of natural resources, wildlife habitats and open space knowing that forethought and wise decisions  must be based on historical evidence […]

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Laura’s Law Falls Short of Real Needs

Laura’s Law Falls Short of Real Needs

Editor, As a community psychiatrist practicing in Orange County for 37 years I have observed the expanding need for the implementation of appropriate assisted outpatient treatment [AOT] during this time. The main reasons for this type of treatment, which will be introduced with the implementation of Laura’s Law this October, are the shrinking availability of […]

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 Police Actions Put Homeless People at Risk

Police Actions Put Homeless People at Risk

Editor, I’d like to give my two cents on open questions in the minds of some locals. The police department does indeed continue to ticket homeless persons for sleeping in public. In calendar year 2013, by my count, the number of tickets issued to homeless persons for sleeping was approximately 113. Depressingly, as an aside, […]

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Trolleys Pay for Themselves With Tap Card

Trolleys Pay for Themselves With Tap Card

Editor, Re: “Trolleys to Run on Summer Weekends,” in the May 30 edition. That sounds great, but why not have a tap card system like they do in LA County, which is a loadable card of stored value and a certain amount is deducted each time you tap your card on the fare box. It’s […]