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Category: Letters

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Canyon Project, a Gateway to More Development

Canyon Project, a Gateway to More Development

Editor, The promoter of the massive development project in the Canyon says, “I’m not a developer.” They’re proposing the biggest development ever in our neighborhood, the maximum “allowable”. The Indy article (“Local Investor Doubles Down,” Feb. 28) could have been a brochure for their development proposal. Twenty-five years ago would you have put Don Bren […]

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Victms of View Abuse

Victms of View Abuse

Editor, I am upset with the toothless new view ordinance, which is being hobnailed together by our City Council. It appears that, once again, they are not moved by doing what is right for the victims of view robbers but rather, they are deferring to the majority. The role of government is to protect the […]

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Sound Spectrum Keeps a Scholarship Spinning

Sound Spectrum Keeps a Scholarship Spinning

Editor, As the senior class of 2014 eagerly awaits their June graduation date, many are completing scholarship applications for their college career. Did you know that the LBHS Scholarship Foundation awards over 250 scholarships amounting to over $300,000 annually? This wonderful community program features scholarships from local merchants, nonprofit organizations and many that are in […]

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 An Apology of Sorts for Parade’s Cancellation

An Apology of Sorts for Parade’s Cancellation

Editor, When John Dumas, of NOAA’s National Weather Service Science and Operations Office, announced that California needs a March miracle to help end the drought, the Laguna Beach Beautification Council took him seriously.  Beautification Council members, in conjunction with the Laguna Beach Water District, decided to literally “march” for a March rain miracle at the […]

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There’s Always Next Year

There’s Always Next Year

To the Community: On behalf of the Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade Association, I want to thank you for your support of our parade this year and for your understanding of our decision to cancel. Mother Nature has been kind to us for many years by not raining on our parade. The last cancellation was […]

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Housing for Homeless in the Works

Housing for Homeless in the Works

Editor, Beautifully written (“Soloist’s Closing Coda,” Feb. 21 edition). Thank you for this. The fact that Cliff was hounded by the authorities – ticketed 17 times for sleeping in public and whatever else, having his belongings confiscated – is an injustice. Sadly, it is too late for Cliff, but we are closer than ever to […]

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Artist Opposes Live-Work Project

Artist Opposes Live-Work Project

Editor, I’m an artist. I have a studio in my home at 20358 Sun Valley Dr. since 1974. I taught at the Laguna College of Art, have shown my work at the Laguna Art Museum and am actively exhibiting my work in Orange County, Los Angeles, and elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad. Although I support artist […]

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A Different Type of Welcome

A Different Type of Welcome

Editor, Regarding L. Frazee’s suggestion (“Roll Out a Welcoming Bridge,” Letters, Feb. 21 edition) that Laguna Beach considers an entrance feature similar to Dana Point’s, I mean no disrespect to Mr. Frazee nor Dana Point residents, but I find that bridge, while perhaps appropriate for Dana Point, not at all in character with the look […]

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Corrections:

Corrections:

Due to a production error, a photo published with “Food Pantry Bags Supersized Donation” in the Feb. 14 edition was mistakenly attributed to photographer Mitch Ridder. Also due to a production error, the last three paragraphs were omitted in the Feb. 14 print edition of “They Keep the Music Playing.” The full version was public […]

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Roll Out a Welcoming Bridge

Roll Out a Welcoming Bridge

Editor, With regard to the proposed village entrance project, I wonder if the city might want to consider an entrance feature similar to the one currently over the Coast Highway in Dana Point where visitors are welcomed to that city by the structure, which is a combination welcome sign and pedestrian overcrossing. Our version wouldn’t […]

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Protecting the Town’s Character

Protecting the Town’s Character

“There is a central quality which is the root criterion of life and spirit in a person, a town, a building, or a wilderness. This quality is objective and precise, but it cannot be named,” writes Christopher Alexander, architect and author, in his work, “The Timeless Way of Building.” Laguna Beach has this central quality; […]

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Questioning Development in a Flood Zone

Questioning Development in a Flood Zone

Editor, Re: live work project “In a flood plain, careful planning assures use of the flood plain lands for greenbelt parks and other uses beneficial to all the people. Restrictions and controls should be based on full knowledge of the flood plain and flood hazards,” according to a recent open space study.  “Future flood damage can […]

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Project Meets City Requirements

Project Meets City Requirements

Editor, I’m writing in regards to John Hamil’s recent column in this publication entitled “Keeping Promises.” His letter was written in a response to a letter I wrote regarding the Long(i) Live-Work-Create project we have designed for local artist Louis Longi in Laguna Canyon. In his letter, Dr. Hamil specifically refutes my assertion that this […]

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A Witness to Laguna’s Banking History

A Witness to Laguna’s Banking History

Editor, The story behind the rehabilitation of the historic building on Ocean Avenue (“Restoring a Slice of Laguna’s History,” Feb. 14 edition) extends back to 1935 when my great uncle, Andrew S. Hall, founded Laguna Federal Savings and Loan, and then in the ‘40s built the fascinating structure with architect Aubrey St. Clair. A leading […]

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Kudos for Local History Article

Kudos for Local History Article

Editor, Please pass on my congratulations and thanks to Jennifer Erickson for her lovely article about my father’s mural and the renovation of the old Laguna Federal Building (“Excavating a Slice of Laguna’s History,” Feb. 14). She did a great job! I love the way she incorporated Lorna Mills story into the article. Hedy Buzan […]