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Rental Regulations Impose on Property Rights

Editor: Re: “Sharing Economy Strikes a Familiar Note” Why so angry? I’m also a working taxpaying resident, and I don’t see why we all can’t just get along? Demonizing all short term rentals (VRBO, Airbnb etc.) as nothing but loud, havoc wreaking party going parade...

Poor Direction in Another School Board Drama

Editor, When an elected official misses over 100 recorded votes and deliberations on 200 agenda items during three consecutive months of absence, we all sympathize with any personal causes beyond that official’s control. But Sam Eidt’s sarcastic commentary on the issues raised by...

Emotional Plea Does Not Change Facts

Editor, The CHP carefully examines all evidence and conducts a thorough investigation into traffic deaths involving police officers. The CHP investigative report determined no evidence existed to support LBPD Officer Coutchie had cause to be speeding the night of his death. I...

Misgivings Over Police Memorial

Editor, Our police department provided speculative remarks to the concerned citizens of Laguna Beach regarding the death of Officer Coutchie. The speculative assertions made by police did not pass the smell test after the CHP investigation had formally been concluded, case closed...

Considerate Bus Driver Earns a Fan

Editor, This is a from my heart. Thank you to the driver of the Laguna Beach Transit bus who called me last Thursday morning around 8 a.m. to ask me if I have a little brown doxie. He saw my little dog, Cricket, wandering on Cress Street and knew she was one of those who was an...

Sea Photo Reception Makes a Splash

Editor, Over 80 artists, photographers and ocean supporters celebrated the Laguna Bluebelt’s fourth annual photo contest winners at the Susi Q Gallery “What Do You Sea” reception last Thursday. Everyone there appreciated the power of photography and art to move us to take action...

Readers Invited to Help Children in Cambodia

Editor, I was thrilled with the article on the new Laguna Beach Friendship School (July 31 edition.) If anyone wants to contribute, they can do so through the Rescue Task Force Website rescuetaskforce.org using the notation “Cambodia Schools.” $50 buys a bicycle, $170 sponsors a...

Reader Raises Objections to Streetcar Idea

Editor, A slow moving streetcar with a proposed route on Laguna Canyon down to Ocean Avenue is a critical part of our exit route for those living, working and visiting Laguna. Third Street (with a very steep grade) meets Forest, crosses Ocean and merges onto Laguna Canyon Road or...

Village Matters

Yours Forever Rolling hills and beauty in many shades of green. Woods, fields and little hamlets with landmark church steeples…my brothers and I made a pilgrimage to our childhood hometown in rural Wisconsin. We had been invited to the 60-year celebration and dedication of a new...

Guest Column

Revisiting the Offshore Oil Drilling Fight By Denny Freidenrich Thirty years ago this month, I received the call of a lifetime. I was asked to coordinate public opposition to offshore oil drilling along the Orange County coastline. Mind you, these were the go-go days of the...

Pet Peeves

Teachers Lounge As a student many years ago, I always wondered what went on in the teachers lounge. It was off limits to students and that just made the mystery more enticing to me. Hormonally overloaded at the time, I envisioned a place of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. I dearly...

Return When the Storm Has Passed

Editor, Clearly the board is aware of the circumstances regarding Ms. Normandin’s absence.  She is still with us and it appears is still involved with running the district but hasn’t been able to make the meetings. To my knowledge there haven’t been any tie...

Coutchie Went in Harm’s Way to Protect Others

Editor, I respectfully differ with the letter published in the July 24 edition regarding LBPD Officer Jon Coutchie’s tragic death in the line of duty. Officer Coutchie was indeed a hero, deserving of our profound gratitude and respect.   He was responding with appropriate urgency...

Lonesome Death of Sandra Bland

Editor, Living in our small town by the sea, headlines about nation-wide breakdown of police-community relations may seem like a big city problem.  Yet, the recent arrest and jailhouse death of Sandra Bland in Texas, after she failed to signal a lane change, hits close to home....

The Tune ‘Sharing Economy’ Strikes a Familiar Note

Editor, The marketing name for it is the “sharing economy,” but a popular country song from a few years back (about a cowboy’s divorce) better describes just how the “sharing economy” works when it comes to controversial short-term transient rentals like Airbnb, VRBO, and others....