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Dialing in an Unfocused Big Picture

Dialing in an Unfocused Big Picture

If you have a hard time keeping up with the various plans, reports and studies that the city has initiated in recent months, get in line. City officials got there first. Getting a sense for which plans govern which aspects of development is already no walk in the park. But you’re going to have to […]

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Familiar Face Leads Local GOP

Familiar Face Leads Local GOP

About 50 members of the Laguna Beach Republicans elected longtime resident Howard Hills as its incoming president at a meeting on Saturday, Dec. 14. Wasting no time, Hills and the local GOP group jumped into a political battle at the county Board of Supervisors this past week, contributing to the defeat of a proposal for […]

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Opponent of Longer Restaurant Hours Speaks Up

Opponent of Longer Restaurant Hours Speaks Up

Editor: Please consider the impact on the public should the Rock ‘n Fish Restaurant’s owners’ requests for the following be approved by the City Council: 1. To extend the hours of live entertainment and dancing Sunday through Wednesday, from 12 a.m. until 1 a.m.; Thursday through Saturday from 12 a.m. until 1:30 a.m.; 2. To […]

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Calling Out Proponents of View Protection

Calling Out Proponents of View Protection

Editor, In a previous letter to the editor, I correctly predicted the tactics that would be used by Village Laguna and their followers – intimidating people directly or indirectly, doomsday words like there will be no trees in Laguna (“Council Disregards its Pledge,” Letters, Nov. 29.), accusing City Council members of sleight of hand (most of […]

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It Takes More Than Smarts to Revise Beliefs

It Takes More Than Smarts to Revise Beliefs

Editor, Maybe the axiom by Mark Twain best explains the mental posture of Laguna Beach’s City Council promoting the over-priced, over-built village entrance and ineffective parking structure in June. Mark Twain said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” The focus of […]

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Village Matters: A Message From the Sky

Village Matters: A Message From the Sky

It was the day after the 1993 fire. There were fragments blowing in the wind. Half burned pieces of paper, part of someone’s life, fluttered down like sooty snowflakes.  In the parking lot behind my office, I picked up one of them. There it said, “Reason” in large type. It was part of a headline. […]

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We the People Says the Laguna Won

We the People Says the Laguna Won

Editor, The core issue of the massive Village Entrance parking garage and excessive tax spending was resolved at the City Council workshop. We the People is gratified that the City Council adopted our ballot position and rescinded the multi-story parking garage. Thus, with only the four City Council members voting, we, Laguna, won!  Upon final City […]

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Civility, Please

Civility, Please

Editor, “Whatever civility might be, it has to do with courtesy, politeness, and good manners . . . Courtesy, politeness, and civility are all, in essence, forms of awareness. Being civil means being constantly aware of others and weaving restraint, respect, and consideration into the very fabric of this awareness. Civility is a form of […]

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Taxpayers Support Diplomacy, Not Balloting, for Entry Solution

Taxpayers Support Diplomacy, Not Balloting, for Entry Solution

Editor, During robust civic debate after the City Council vote to move forward on a village entrance project, members of the Laguna Beach Taxpayer’s Association consulted with elected Council representatives, Chamber of Commerce leaders, as well as organizers of opposition groups Let Laguna Vote and We The People.   Both supporters and opponents of the […]

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Tennis Courts Set for Repairs

Tennis Courts Set for Repairs

After years of tension between the school district and the city over responsibility for the deteriorating tennis courts at the high school, the courts are finally set to be competitive again. With a joint-use agreement approved by the City Council last month, school board members voted this past Tuesday, Oct. 8, to spend $69,000 to […]

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Pressing for a Monument to Lives Lost in the Line of Duty

Pressing for a Monument to Lives Lost in the Line of Duty

A new memorial should be erected near Laguna Beach’s existing Sept. 11 and veterans memorials in remembrance of three public-safety employees who died in the line of duty, the police association president urged the City Council on Tuesday. Larry Bammer’s plea came days after fellow police officer Jon Coutchie’s body was buried in Tucson, Ariz., […]

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Agenda Lacks Breadth of its Predecessors

Agenda Lacks Breadth of its Predecessors

Editor, For decades, the city clerk has prepared a tentative agenda for upcoming City Council meetings, listing the items that are tentatively scheduled for council meetings for three or four months in the future. Until recently, the tentative agenda was attached as the last page of the City Council meeting recap and made available on […]

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Stepping Up Oversight of Sewer Lines

Stepping Up Oversight of Sewer Lines

The majority of sewage back ups into private homes from the city’s mainline sewer occur when plumbers unstop root blockages in private pipes at their juncture to the city main. Poor seals where water leaks draw roots. Plumbers sever the roots from the private pipe, freeing the hairball-like mass of roots, which enter the city’s […]

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Entrance is City-Funded Welfare for Businesses

Entrance is City-Funded Welfare for Businesses

Editor, I understand that the council will now be giving a period of public input on the village entrance project. Still, I believe that until this revenue-bond project is rejected by the City Council, people will continue to express their opposition. From my investigation of a revenue bond I found this definition, “A revenue bond is a […]