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Pet Peeves

Piglet in a Parklet I’m excited about the new parklet on Forest Avenue. Finally, I can park my car inside the restaurant. That was the trade off. Twenty diners now sit outside and bake. My car parks inside and doesn’t bake. These are trade offs that make for a great community....

Views Disappear Along With Civility

Editor, I regularly read letters to the editor and particularly feel the on-going frustration of Dave Connell when he writes of view preservation and negotiations with thoughtless neighbors (“Plant a Tree, Block a View,” May 6). Recently we have fallen victim to a neighbor who...

A Plea to Preserve Character

Editor, If I may, I’d like to briefly respond to Dave’s letter (“Plant a Tree, Block a View”) from last week. To begin with, thank you Dave, your point is well taken. I understand that many homes in Laguna have indeed been built with view sheds in mind, and the insensitive and...

Battle Against Zika Endangers Health

Editor, We are in trouble. The OC Vector Control wants to aerially spray our homes, parks, schools and churches with a pesticide that is a known endocrine disruptor, which will mean health complications for over 3 million people, increased cancer, lymphoma, Parkinson’s disease,...

Congestion Tamer: Double-Deck Coast Highway

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the City Council.) Here is a suggestion for the City Council and Caltrans regarding reducing the traffic congestion on Coast Highway in downtown Laguna. That is build a two or four-lane overpass (elevated section) of Coast Highway...

Glad to See A Familiar Face

Editor, Judy and I ran into Barbara Diamond the other day. We were pleased to learn that she is now back in Laguna, but saddened to hear of the tragic passing of her son, whom she tended in his last illness. Barbara has been a long-time friend, and a mentor on all things Laguna –...

West Street Beach Lives On

Editor, If you have L.G.B.T. friends, remind them that  warm weather on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30 will see crowds at one major attraction that continues to make our town unique, the internationally gay beach, West Street in South Laguna. A huge expanse of sand, volleyball...

Following the Money

Pick Your Flavor Don’t you hate it when you are craving ice cream, but all that’s offered is strawberry or vanilla. Well the city of Laguna Beach is about to offer you a selection of flavors. It’s called the 2016 Community Survey and $35,000 in public funds will be spent on...

Village Matters

Obstacles to Being on Foot Long time resident Hilde Keneley walks along the ocean side of Coast Highway in South Laguna twice a day with her dog Ginger. This is not an easy pleasant walk, with the speeding traffic on one side and walls and obstacles on the other. From her home...

Guest Column

The Council Has No Clothes We all know the story of the emperor who wears no clothes, but is admired nonetheless by an adoring, trusting public, mesmerized by politicians and their sway over them. That must be the case with our City Council.  We Lagunans generally assume council...

The Slant

Greetings and Prayers for Gelson’s Déjà vu — the feeling that you have already experienced something that is actually happening for the first time. Under the glare of the Walmart style fluorescent lights I ambled along. The clank of carts, smell of freshly hosed down...

Pet Peeves

Hold It You’ll just have to hold it until we figure out which bathroom you can use. Readers shouldn’t bother raising their hand for permission to go, either. Nobody goes until we flush out an answer. Holding it includes bullies out there. There’s an emergency moratorium on giving...

Wisdom Workout

A Bright Idea   Have you ever wished you could find an easy way to actualize your cherished dreams and goals? Do you try to protect yourself from self-criticism and disappointment if your results fall short of what you expected? Do you think you will ever reach the place...

Taking Stock

Tune In May And Stay To Play In recent months, it has not been easy to make money in stocks. Actually, it never is although strong market surges can create that impression for a while. Such bouts of optimism often pull in the unwary just in time for the next downward dip. In...

A Pitiless Approach

I am puzzled by the report that Laguna’s police department will be using a golf cart to round up homeless people found sleeping on the beach between the hours of 1 to 5 a.m. because “..people who walk in the early morning hours don’t like the nuisance issues and eyesore of people...