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Category: Letters

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Traffic Rules Seem to Have Changed

Traffic Rules Seem to Have Changed

Editor, My apologies, I must have missed the memo. I wasn’t running late. I guess I was enjoying the view. Perhaps I was also admiring my neighbors’ garden. Even so, if that was you behind me, it was the posted speed limit we were traveling at. Then there was my recent afternoon constitutional. I was […]

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Appeals Should Not Bypass the City Council

Appeals Should Not Bypass the City Council

Editor, Mark Christy and his partners at The Ranch are caught in the grips of an unwarranted Coastal Commission appeal. I served as chairman of the Laguna Beach Planning Commission on May 14, the night The Ranch project was heard. I can attest that only two points questioning The Ranch proposal were raised in the […]

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Requests for Minutia Irritate a Ranch Backer

Requests for Minutia Irritate a Ranch Backer

Editor,   If you could pass this request on to Liliana Roman of the Coastal Commission now that she is empowered somehow to serve as the Hotel & Development Czar of Laguna Beach: In your documentation request of The Ranch owners, you neglected to ask for a map of animal scat on the property. Be […]

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Tour Reveals Ranch’s Assets

Tour Reveals Ranch’s Assets

Editor, “Coastal Commission Halts Ranch Remodel.” A few points come to mind of my recent tour of the Ranch property with Mark Christy. What an amazing property that is there for us all to enjoy. What was once overgrown dilapidated and tangled now shows a renewed vibrancy. Mark is particularly prideful of all of this property’s […]

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Snorkeler Supports Bluefin Ban

Snorkeler Supports Bluefin Ban

Editor, It was disappointing to read in the article “Fish Flourish in Warm Coastal Waters” (Aug. 3) the excitement of Donna Kalez of Dana Wharf Sportfishing over the pelagic visitors from Mexico disturbingly included the critically endangered Pacific bluefin tuna they are catching from their 10 sport fishing boats. Additionally, the bluefin tuna they are […]

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City Workers Fail to Act

City Workers Fail to Act

Editor, While running along lower Cliff Drive, I noticed a huge river of water crossing over Cliff Dr. and dumping into the drain. As I followed the water, I saw two men standing in front of a residence. They were in city uniforms and were driving two city trucks. As I approached, I asked if […]

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Ready for Summer’s Upbeat

Ready for Summer’s Upbeat

Editor: Is it me or a sign of the times?  Between the state’s drought, a massive fruit recall and all the Ebola virus stories, I’m ready to lock myself indoors for the next six months. California is 100 percent in drought.  The broken water main that flooded UCLA last week with 20 million gallons of […]

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Here We Go Again

Here We Go Again

Editor, After successfully convincing the Orange County Transportation Authority to shelve the 405 toll lanes proposal, Caltrans is coming in and hopes to use Orange County sales tax revenue to tax us even more. Orange County voters have twice voted for Measure M, the half-cent sales tax, to pay for transportation needs in Orange County. […]

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The Best Show in Town

The Best Show in Town

Editor, One of Laguna Beach’s major hotels is smack in the middle of downtown Laguna.  At a recent meeting of the Planning Commission, the general manager of that hotel objected to a proposed rooftop dining facility across the street because of anticipated noise and loss of privacy. Visitors to Laguna hotels have a wide choice […]

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Cyclists List Fixes for Safer Streets

Cyclists List Fixes for Safer Streets

Editor, We are writing to express our concern about the grave situation with respect to pedestrian and bicyclist safety in Laguna Beach. Nearly all of our trips around town in Laguna are by bike. We do this in order to ease the traffic situation by not adding another vehicle to already crowded roadways as well […]

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Letter Cites Best-Practices Website for Land Planning

Letter Cites Best-Practices Website for Land Planning

Editor, Re: Cathy Bartels’ letter of July 25, “Lets Make Life the Top Priority” “I especially like www.streetfilms.org” Thank you Cathy for giving a plug to one of my favorite reference web sights. Streetfilms produces short films showing how smart transportation design and policy result in better places to live, work and play. The goal […]

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A Prescription for Safe and Happy Riding

A Prescription for Safe and Happy Riding

Editor, I am a bicyclist; a safe one. I realize that if hit by a car, I lose. Look at the picture on the front page of your July 25, 2014 issue: How many bicyclists are in the bike lane and how many are not? Have you ever seen a bicyclist stop for a stop […]

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Running the Hills Instead of the Highway

Running the Hills Instead of the Highway

Editor, As we move through the long days in the heart of summer, we’re also in prime running season.  I’ve enjoyed reading about the summer successes and activities of the Laguna Beach boys and girls cross country teams.  Congrats to Coaches Wittkop and Lalim for their hard work, and pursuit of excellence.  We’re also in […]

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Santa Ana is a Better Location

Santa Ana is a Better Location

Editor, I feel compelled once again to air my disdain on how the ACLU has helped Laguna Beach to roll out the welcome mat for all homeless. After walking by the congregation that panhandles for “your” money this morning, I made my way for coffee at a local service station. There, I encountered a well-known homeless […]

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Would Two-Bits Tame Congestion?

Would Two-Bits Tame Congestion?

Editor, They say we break the record for bicycle and pedestrian deaths for a town our size. If you look in the concrete gutter in front of the “dirty bird,” (Sandpiper Lounge) you’ll see the contractor’s impression indicating Coast Highway was built in 1927. Actually we are being held hostage by an antique highway that […]