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Why Not a Resident Vote on Parklets?

Editor, The parklet experiment being conducted on Forest Avenue between Coast Highway and Glenneyre Street by the Laguna Beach City Council is nothing more than a poorly crafted compromise trying to please everyone and pleasing no one. On one side the restaurant owners are...

Long-term Renters, Too, Can Lack Civility

Editor, This is a rebuttal to Mr. Milton (“Step Up the Pressure to Ban Short-Term Rentals Permanently,” Letters, May 27 edition.) Can you please substantiate the claims you make against STRs? i.e., specifically, what date did you file a complaint about trash? Or noise till 2...

Elitism in Laguna Beach

Editor, I want to thank the representatives of Village Laguna for pointing me to the short-term rental advocacy guide. The fundamental principles in the guide are for advocates to: Stay positive and offer solutions not criticism, use facts and stories to support the position and,...

Short-Term Lodging Drains a Town of Community

Editor: Our sister city, St. Ives, in Cornwall, England, is a popular seaside town filled with artists and writers drawn to St. Ives by its extraordinary natural beauty and rustic charm, very much like Laguna Beach. Unfortunately St. Ives is suffering from “ghostification,” a...

Cars are No Silver Bullet

Editor, See “No Silver Bullet for Congestion” by Rita Robinson (May 20 edition). Back in 1999 a steering committee drafted a vision plan for Laguna, The Laguna Beach 2030: A Framework for Strategic Planning. Therein are seven vision concepts that define our village...

Foundation’s Mission Should Include Wildfire Protection

Editor, The letter was addressed to Hallie Jones, executive director of the Laguna Canyon Foundation. The Foundation’s stated mission is to repair trails, eradicate invasive plants and add new parkland.  While these are worthy activities, you’re missing the most important mission...

Where Have all the Benches Gone?

Editor, Has anyone noticed the absence of the park benches at Pepper Tree Park? I’m assuming it’s because the homeless were sitting on them. Not laying on them, because that was taken care of when they installed the rails. These are the same benches they freshly...

Pet Peeves

Catch and Release America’s got talent. Laguna’s got no talent left. So says an Indy article “Turn Over at City Hall.” I take umbrage. Hello, look at me. I’m tapping my head and rubbing my stomach at the same time. Not easy to do. Geez, if you still work for the city, you must...

Wisdom Workout

It’s About Timely     Time has developed the unsavory habit of speeding. In fact, I suspect it has been taking professional driving lessons and is using my weekdays as practice. It’s Monday and then about 20 hours later it’s Friday. This has been going on for quite a...

Taking Stock

A Turning Of The Tide  After tacking back and forth for over a year, the stock market finally broke out of a narrow channel into a new uptrend. Its duration depends on a number of factors, most immediately the Federal Reserve meeting in June, but the renewal of upside vigor is...

Heart Talk

Dating Conversation     He would be hurt, probably angry, but she had to do what was right. Follow your head, not some old emotional baggage that had been weighing her down, holding her back. Conversation was approaching, a smile on his face as he neared the bench where they...

Where Legal Rules and Complaints Collide

Editor, Last Wednesday night at 9 p.m. two Laguna Beach residents encountered a woman panhandler in downtown Laguna whereby a brief exchange of words ensued. Our panhandler then denied any assistance to the public restroom, gave the finger dropped her pants and began to defecate...

Step Up the Pressure to Ban Short-Term Rentals Permanently

Editor, The subject of short-term rentals is not going away. A letter in last week’s paper by Greg Burzzell stated, “The moratorium on acceptance of applications will be lifted at the end of October. This is a monumental incorrect statement. The city council could in fact vote to...

Rising Trash Fees Tip the Scale on Home Affordability

Editor, Will rate increases eventually cease or continue to increase? As a resident for 50 years and homeowner with a separately located studio, this rate hike along with under grounding utilities creates a rising cost of living burden reaching untenable levels, affordable mostly...