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Council Puts Wheels in Motion for Bike Safety

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Just three weeks after about 200 cyclists and pedestrians rallied at City Hall advocating safer passage through town, city officials seem poised to act. At their meeting last week, Council members approved new bike racks and signage at the Pepper...

Monsanto Opponents Rally at Main Beach

Activists included Laguna Beach in an international protest over genetically altered products and plan a March Against Monsanto on Saturday, May 25, at Main Beach. Mindful of a Facebook post showing 800 people plan to attend, police have requested extra officers be available,...

Looking for a Worthy Landmark

Editor, What does it say about a town when its greatest cultural landmark is a former gas station tower? Local historian Andy Alison compared our Main Beach lifeguard tower to the Orange Circle and the San Juan Mission in last week’s story (“Restoring the Town’s Sentimental...

Cyclists Pedal for Artistic Racks

Cycling enthusiasts lobbied Laguna Beach’s Arts Commission to consider adding an artist designed bike rack competition to its portfolio of publicly funded projects during a meeting on Monday, April 22. Under state mandates to create streets accessible to bicyclists, pedestrians...

An Appreciation for Artists, Musicians

Editor, I would like to thank Billy Fried for his wonderful letter about our local musicians and their impact on Laguna’s cultural and artistic heritage. In our day to day rush to succeed, we too often fail to notice or to honor those that have given so much of themselves...

Chamber Seeks Spirit Award Votes

Nominees for the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Spirit of Laguna Award were announced at the December board meeting. Awardees will be announced at the annual officers installation Jan. 25 from 6–9 p.m. at Tivoli Too!, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. The 12 categories and nominees are:...

The Season for Collaboration

Editor, Now that we have witnessed the colossal impact of global warming, lived through fires, earthquakes, mud slides, radiation leaks and grid failures, and have the knowledge that oil supply can’t meet demand, doesn’t it make prudent sense to prepare our vulnerable...

Positive Governmental Changes

Editor, There seems to be a positive shift occurring in our local government. For the first time in years, the city is listening and collaborating with the public. Take for example the recent decision to install bike racks around town. Members of the community joined the Complete...

Heard Above the Din-ner

A recent story in the LA Times (Take the Din out of Dinner) was close to my heart and stomach: the insanely high decibel level at so many restaurants. It’s gotten so bad that review sites like Yelp and Open Table have taken to rating noise levels. According to Zagat, noise...

Forget the Keys; Make Way for Cycling Culture

Editor,   Now that we saw Billy Fried’s excellent biking map of Laguna last week (“Peddling the Uncongested Path,” Letters, Feb. 17), Mike Hoag and I have a proposal to further promote bicycling and walking in this town.   We have seen the success of wha...

Pedaling the Uncongested Path

Editor, I’m excited to introduce the new Laguna Bike Map, a guide to riding Laguna’s safe and scenic back roads. I know there has been debate over the safety of biking in our town, but with traffic congestion, parking issues, obesity problems, and an uncertain energy...

Setting Sustainable Goals

Editor,   The start of the new year is a good time to consider where our energies as a city should be focused. Most people agree that public safety is one of the top priorities. Having laws, fire and police are of course tent poles. But long-term safety requires a...

Revisiting an Auto-Free Zone

Editor,   Friday night’s wonderful Hospitality Night was our annual reminder of how much better Laguna would be if we closed the west end of Forest permanently to cars.   I don’t know anyone who thinks this is a bad idea, except one or two retailers clinging...

Protests Signify a Historic Shift

Editor,   David Vanderveen’s column comparing the Occupy movement to his own charmed life (“Occupy Laguna,” Nov. 11) is at best trivializing a historic shift in the American political discourse and at worst an exercise in narcissism.   David, you say it’s difficult to...

A Vision for a Shared Road

Editor, Regarding Sandi Cain’s complaint (“Stepping on the Soapbox for Sidewalks,” Sept. 30) that a few zealots have been writing too many letters advocating more biking in town, I tip my hat to Les McCloskey, Charles Alban, Justin Gersh, Michael Hoag and Chris Prelitz for...
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