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About-Face on Street Closures Due to Lack of ‘Buy-in’

Editor, Making the reasonable argument that laden with packages and waiting on the street she would not take the trolley, Martha Lydick explains why loss of parking on Forest Avenue would force her to shop and/or dine in Fashion Island.  And Laguna merchants themselves have...

Street Closure, a Tax Payer Boondoggle

Editor, Closing Forest and Ocean Avenues to generate business and increase pedestrian use and enjoyment of these two streets was a hot topic. I was shocked at the idea to relocate farmer’s market to Ocean Avenue. The current location is ideal for families (children can wander...

View Rules Favor the Vegetation Violator

Editor, We are so fortunate to have view enforcement in Laguna Beach. The only problem is that we are not sure as to which side is being protected. Recently I contacted the city for some assistance as there is an undeveloped property within 250 feet from our home that has a tree...

Homesteaders Lacked Appreciation for Native Plants

Editor, I never tire of the panoramic vistas of the ocean and the open space behind in and around Laguna – the original scrub vegetation (all of which is captured on many early landscapes in museums).  That all changed when early settlers were told to plant 40 trees if they...

Columnist Responds to Reader’s Objections

Editor, I read Mr. Tyler response to my tongue-in-cheek column about Cuba.   To be specific, I knew and know about Cuba’s reputation.  The CIA’s website says this specifically:  trafficking in persons: current situation: Cuba is a source country for adults and...
Posted On 26 Jun 2015

Challenging Road Design’s Focus on Speed Rather Than People

Editor, In a report to the Laguna Canyon Task Force the recommended action to improve the Laguna Canyon corridor is to move more traffic faster as illustrated by five roadway design alternatives A-E. The consultant justifies these alternatives by the traffic analysis on page 24...

The Slant

Curmudgeons, Complainers Clog Laguna One of the advantages of living in a small town is that residents have a voice in participatory government. On occasion our city council shows some vision and leadership, which is what we elect them for. Then a group of folks decide they don’t...

Guns 362, Innocents 0

Editor, Between 1984 to the present (June 17, 2015), 362 innocents have been killed in mass shooting rampages in the United States. Incongruously, now that guns can be carried just about everywhere (malls, churches, theaters, government buildings, universities, et. al.), the NRA...

Green Light

Three Amigos of Aliso Creek No, this is not a tale about three South Laguna gunslingers dueling at high noon with a sheriff’s posse from “big town,” some four miles north of here. Instead, armed with nothing more than our thoughts and dedication to protecting our local ocean,...
Posted On 25 Jun 2015

Pet Peeves

Roll Call I had a dream the other night… The City Council looked up and noticed people missing. Poof, appointees had disappeared into thin air. “Where are all our appointees?” Nobody knew. Nobody answered. For the first time in Laguna history, the room was silent. The council was...

Taking Stock

Keeping Stocks On Course The stock market indices continue to crawl toward record highs without attracting much interest and even less enthusiasm. Despite the usual sound and fury, the overall market gains are tepid with both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500...

The Kibitzer

Kill The Grass What are lawns, and what is their purpose beyond easily identifying where a dog craps? When did sod and turf become ubiquitous replacements for natural landscapes? Well, we can thank our bloody forbearers, the British. You see, in our never-ending Anglo-Envy,...
Posted On 18 Jun 2015

Tree Beauty Interferes With Beauty of Another Sort

Editor, Thank you for writing your sentiments (in the June 5 edition) regarding the beautiful trees by the high school, along St. Ann’s Drive. We have lived in Laguna for over 30 years and I want to say that I agree with everything you wrote. So many people I know are saddened...

Good-Driving Reminders Needed

Editor, I know I’m not the only one who thinks driving in Laguna has become increasingly akin to maneuvering through a challenging obstacle course. Or worse. Think roulette. Green you win … red, well we know what happens when you lose. I am a hyper-vigilant driver, but I can’t...

The Legal System’s Revolving Door

Editor, Well . . . with seven DUI convictions, it is perfectly understandable why he would flee. (“Multiple Offender Re-arrested,” Streetbeat, June 12.) The problem is that, at least with some medium-smart lawyer (90th percentile), he will soon be out on the street driving with...