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Marauding Coyote Elicits Fear and Insecurity

Editor, My wife likes open doors and open windows. It’s our favorite thing about Laguna Beach. We sleep with our French doors open even when it’s 45 degrees outside. That’s what she likes. Open windows; open doors. At least up until Monday night at 7:45 when a coyote came into...

Resident Aims to Count Coyote Encounters

Editor, Another day, another cat. Another week, another small dog snatched from a leash. Another corner, another flier. Coyotes are jumping fences, scaling walls, attacking leashed dogs, snatching cats from backyard patios and now a story about a coyote entering a home in the...

Council Majority Ignores Findings by its Own Subcommittee

Editor, At the regular City Council meeting of Nov. 17, the City Council majority showed disrespect to City Treasurer Laura Parisi, Jim McBride, CPA, and the council subcommittee of Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow and Councilmember Toni Iseman. Over the course of many months, Parisi...

Short-Term Rentals May Ruin Peaceful Charm

Editor, It is outrageous even to consider granting permission for short-term rentals of private property in Laguna Beach zoned for residential use. Even condominium owners in destination cities like Scottsdale are not permitted to provide short-term use of their property, and...

Home Share vs. Short Term Rental

Editor, Last week’s article by Tim J. Randall misquoted me as saying .. “that if not for the ability to rent on a short-term basis, I would have had to leave Laguna 15 years ago.”  What I said was that I was forced to do “home-sharing” after my wife passed away unexpectedly 15...

Outdoor Hoarders Create Visual Blight

Editor, As I walk around many neighborhoods and talk to folks who live in them, an issue that seems to plague many comes up frequently – neighbors who hoard junk (if it isn’t junk, then why store it outside and subject it to the elements) in their yards be it the front, side or...

Speak Up for Local Transit Service

Editor, When our Laguna Beach High School is in session, students from all over town take the blue and white Laguna Transit buses, which travel up Legion Street to drop off and pickup in the morning and afternoon, directly across from the high school. These buses, the 20 plus...

Why Skip the Turkey on Thanksgiving?

Editor: While President Obama is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a non-violent Thanksgiving observance that spares a turkey’s life. And here are some good reasons: You can brag about pardoning a turkey...

Time for Tarnished Treasures

The Laguna Beach Woman’s Club was founded in 1922. Its mission has always been to benefit the town through philanthropic activities. Money to help fund those activities is raised at the Tarnished Treasures luncheon through donations and attendance at the annual event, set this...

Alternate Ideas to an Entry Toll

Editor, There was a piece in the Nov. 13 edition, offering up solutions for Laguna’s traffic congestion.  The primary suggestion was to charge a toll when entering the City of Laguna Beach for any driver that was not a resident.  Coast Highway, just like Laguna Canyon Road,...

Despite Approval, TOW Path Remains Incomplete

Editor: In the Nov. 13 edition columnist Billy Fried discusses what he sees as our city’s lack of resolve in moving forward with decisions to reduce congestion, traffic and other ongoing problems in Laguna Beach. We wish to echo his frustration regarding these issues. It is...

High School Seems Ill-Prepared for El Nino

Editor, If we get the predicted amount of epic rainfall, then what are Laguna Beach High School regents doing to prevent the mud from pouring down the virtually denuded slopes around the baseball field? Currently, all I can see is a roll of straw wattle eight inches high...

Article Omitted a Light Show Contributor

Editor, Your article “Lasers Light Up Main Beachgoers“, which appeared in the Nov. 13 edition failed to mention the many contributions of artist Keariene Muizz, who was essential to the success on our Electric Light Blanket performance. Keariene was a team member from the...

Rat Poison Kills Dogs, Too

Editor: Unintended outcomes of using rat poison is that it can also kill other creatures. My two doxies, in policing their fenced in yard, apparently found a poisoned rat. They are now in the vets in critical condition. In our attempt to get rid of troublesome creatures, I am...

Comrades, Comrades, Comrades

Editor, Ann Christoph wrote last week that the “gardeners” of Laguna Beach were having difficulty finding affordable housing in Laguna Beach. She believes the city government should make “work force housing” a greater priority. She asked that we, the government, “make housing...