I will be out of town on March 26 so I won’t be able to attend the village entrance meeting. I just wanted to express my support for the new village entrance plan, especially as it pertains to much needed parking. I have always thought that festival attendance was negatively impacted by the lack of parking. Even though the community has been polled about their concerns, we haven’t taken a poll of the neighboring communities and what keeps them from shopping and attending our events here in Laguna Beach. I have spoken with many people over the years, and even though it is only anecdotal, the results of my poll say that parking is their number one concern when coming into our lovely city, especially in the summer.
I would love a new parking structure in the canyon. This is where we need it most. It should be aesthetically pleasing and function efficiently, getting cars off the street quickly to ease congestion. The worst thing is when people are frustrated and angry before they even get inside the festival. Any effort we make toward accommodating our guests is welcome. Lets make it a pleasant and easy experience to come and spend money here in our beautiful, artistic city.
I understand the people who wish to keep rampant development at bay, but I don’t agree with the head-in-the-sand mentality about parking.
Patti Jo Kiraly, Aliso Viejo