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Housing for Homeless in the Works

Housing for Homeless in the Works

Editor, Beautifully written (“Soloist’s Closing Coda,” Feb. 21 edition). Thank you for this. The fact that Cliff was hounded by the authorities – ticketed 17 times for sleeping in public and whatever else, having his belongings confiscated – is an injustice. Sadly, it is too late for Cliff, but we are closer than ever to […]

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Am I Crazy?

Am I Crazy?

Yes, I am “textbook” crazy.  But that’s beside the point. Recently, I heard through the homeless grapevine that one of my favorite people who spends his nights at the ASL will soon be leaving Laguna Beach.  I confirmed it with the source himself.  Jeff is finally able to leave town and will go home to […]

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Impose a Measure of Accountability on Street People

Impose a Measure of Accountability on Street People

Editor, It’s nothing new to have a large congregation of homeless during the summer here in Laguna. But after witnessing one of the regulars smoking pot on the patio of Starbucks this morning I feel compelled to write this letter to express my dismay on the arrogance of this year’s group. Having been homeless myself […]

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Speaker’s Corner: A Vision, Not a Dream

Speaker’s Corner: A Vision, Not a Dream

By: Jessica DeStefano We contribute to drought victims in Somalia, earthquake victims in Afghanistan and tsunami victims in Japan. We build schools in Haiti, save children in the Philippines, dig wells all over Africa. Yet right here at home we shame and stigmatize our own homeless. We shove them out of sight, afraid if we […]

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Laguna Should Set the Example

Laguna Should Set the Example

Editor,   J.T. Price’s letter (June 8) raises questions worth addressing about supportive housing in Laguna Beach.  It’s a complex issue, and knowing the facts is key to developing an informed opinion. Price objects, “permanent housing would make our town more of a magnet for homeless people.” Not true.  Studies show homeless people do not […]

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Care Demonstrated in a Crises

Care Demonstrated in a Crises

Editor, On behalf of the homeless people who call the City of Laguna Beach’s Alternative Sleeping Location home, I am writing to express our profound thanks for the quick work and caring approach that the city and the Red Cross took in ensuring appropriate shelter was available for our residents during the recent flooding.   […]

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Public meeting Nov. 20

Public meeting Nov. 20

League Pushes Homeless Back on the Agenda The League of Women Voters will host a town meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, to convene a discussion about the city’s progress pursuing a broad platform of recommendations adopted by the City Council early in 2008 to address those without a permanent address. The meeting, […]