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Arts Plan Relies Too Heavily on City Subsidies

Editor, My main concern with the proposed cultural arts plan is the almost total reliance in the plan on funding from the city. I counted. The plan uses the term “fund” or “funding” 68 times. It is, in essence, a 41-page request for virtually unlimited funds to come almost...

Senior Revels in a Thurston Tradition

Editor, On Wednesday, March 23, one of my wonderful neighbors by the name of Max Suh, a sixth grade student at Thurston Middle School, invited me to attend a gathering being held at the middle school. It was the third day of this event. What happened with a host of sixth grade...

Bombings in Brussels

Editor, My good friend and neighbor, Bill S., travels to Brussels every six weeks for business. As soon as I heard the news about last week’s bombings, I called to see if he was okay. Thankfully, he was in Boston, not Europe. Not surprisingly, Bill told me, “Denny, I know...

Some Pointers on Etiquette

Editor, Take the gum out of your mouth. Stand up straight. Look the person squarely in the eye. Give them a firm handshake You are not that important. Quit speeding and pushing the envelope. Wait your turn at stop signs. Humility is the attitude. Come on guys, we all need more...

Ticketing Unfairly Targets North Laguna

Editor, As a long time property owner in North Laguna (Poplar Street) I was surprised to recently learn that there has existed for some years a city parking policy that I can only characterize as placing an unfair financial burden on the residents of North Laguna, myself...

Refuting Critics of Cultural Arts Plan

Editor, Johanna Felder’s recent Village Laguna letter criticizes the new cultural arts plan — on method, conclusions, recommendations. She makes good points. The city can, as Johanna suggests, be more proactive with local arts organizations. That said, the new challenge grants...

Plein Air Painters Deserve City Support as Well

Editor, Thank you to the Laguna Beach City Council for a consensus over the March 15 meeting and the Cultural Facilities Matching Grant Program. Councilman Kelly Boyd and Mayor Pro Tem Toni Iseman acknowledged that plein air painting is indeed a valuable historic tradition with...

Flawed Plan Should be Discarded

Editor, I’m writing in response to the cultural plan that is currently being considered.  As a business executive, a gallery owner and a resident of Laguna Beach I am dismayed not only at the plan being proposed but also the process with which it was created. For such an...

Reader Sees Flaws in Arts Plan

Editor, The far majority of us who live in this fair city are very supportive of the arts. It is part of our rich heritage and makes us different than our coastal neighbors, however it is just one component of this city.  After reading the new Cultural Arts Plan produced by yet...

Stop Playing Politics With Artists

Editor, It is time to save artists from being taken advantage of by politics and organizations because the currently proposed cultural plan has nothing to offer the arts other than potential. This plan is detached, has no cultural vision, no purpose nor direction, and the 46 big...

‘New’ Arts Report Repeats Vision Plan

  Editor, In 2001 Laguna residents spent $100,000, invited 1,000 participants and wrote the LB Vision Plan for 2030. The plan established clear goals and roughly seven action items in seven categories. The categories: community character – people, community character –...

Where is the cohesive plan?

Editor How pleased I was to read the statements of Bob Whalen, regarding the creation of an arts renaissance in Laguna Beach, imbuing our city with vibrancy and further opportunities to assist the arts community and to build upon our reputation as an international artists colony....

Humor Subject to a Different Interpretation

Editor, I really admire the cartoon of the two “criminals” in a bunk bed wondering if a skatepark built in their town of Laguna Beach could have helped channel their energy towards their passion of skateboarding. A park should have happened years ago but it seems the...

View Preservation Rules Should Not Omit Fences

Editor, My name is Joseph Risi and I am the owner of a home located at 1283 Skyline. A very unfortunate incident has occurred which shines a light on the disparity that exists with the city ordinances regarding view protection. If a new home or remodel is proposed in Laguna, the...

Greed is Good

Editor, The fictional character Gordon Gekko in the 1987 film “Wall Street” famously made this declaration when attempting to rally a group of average Americans to join him in his quest for easy money and ill-gotten gains. His audience of ordinary, hard working people had come to...