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Santa Ana is a Better Location

Editor, I feel compelled once again to air my disdain on how the ACLU has helped Laguna Beach to roll out the welcome mat for all homeless. After walking by the congregation that panhandles for “your” money this morning, I made my way for coffee at a local service...

Are We Helpless When it Comes to the Homeless?

By Howard Hills Homelessness has become yet another topic ironically like the weather, everyone complains about it but no one ever does anything about it. Of course, anything anyone proposes to do about it costs too much, is never enough, and will not solve the problem. Did you...

Vote ‘Yes’ to House the Homeless

Editor, No one individual or organization is responsible, including the ACLU, for forcing the state mental hospitals to close or the VA to release mentally ill patients.  The idea in the ‘60s was that local communities would be better at providing personalized care.  That’s how...

Church Opens Second Homeless Shelter

Without government aid, a group of determined human rights activists opened a second shelter for homeless people in Laguna Beach last week when it rained, taking in the overflow crowd turned away from the city’s at-capacity, year-round homeless shelter on Laguna Canyon Road....

Skeptical About the Need for Surveillance Cameras

Editor, The whole idea of public video surveillance cameras in Laguna Beach is quite disturbing (“Council Considers Views, Safety,” May 24 edition) It can be abused by the police — not necessarily as a tool to solve crime after it has happened, but rather as a...

City Seeks to Dismiss Suit Over Homeless

Attorneys for the city of Laguna Beach rejected discrimination allegations against homeless individuals outlined in a federal lawsuit filed by Leonard Porto, a local homeless man and self-taught law student filing on his own behalf. In a filing on May 1, City Attorney Phil Kohn...

Schoolpower Carries the Tune for Student Musicians

The school district’s music program received a critical lifeline this week when Schoolpower officials announced Tuesday the organization will donate $78,000 towards the purchase of new instruments. Previously, most parents rented instruments for their children participating in...

ACLU’s Director Returns to the Spotlight

Hector Villagra, appointed to follow in the footsteps of Ramona Ripston leading the  ACLU of Southern California, will speak about freedom of religion and beliefs at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 3 at the Unitarian Univeralist Fellowship of Laguna Beach.   Villagra previously...