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Motorists Fail to Heed Sign

Editor, This is a highway traffic yield sign identical to that found at the corner of Forest Avenue and Broadway in Laguna Beach. From the DMV handbook it says: “A three-sided red “Yield” sign indicates that you must slow down and be ready to stop, if necessary, to let any...

Completing Streets Effectively?

Editor, The Task Force for Complete Streets met with city officials monthly since 2008 (four years). In that time the task force offered 98 interventions for street improvement; the city acted on only two. To propose a traffic-calming project on the grand scale of Glenneyre...

Complete Streets Mandates Ignored in Laguna

Editor, The Complete Streets Act requires that cities plan (and provide) for a balanced, multi-modal transportation network that meets the needs of all (street users) for safe and convenient travel. The users of these streets include bicyclists, children, seniors, persons with...

Survey Reveals Areas of Customer Dissatisfaction

Editor,   A recent professional survey ordered by City Council, brought some good news and some not so great news. Overall, the 405 folks that turned in the survey felt that Laguna rocks, and gave high marks for most everything: safety, 99%; Laguna as a great place to Live,...

Planning Decisions Lack Compliance With State Laws

Editor, In 2008, California’s legislature passed a law requiring that, after January 1, 2011, any substantive revision of a Circulation Element of a General Plan, the transportation system of a city must plan for a balanced, multimodal transportation network that meets the...

Ignoring Opportunity for Free Funding

Editor, Two objections heard most frequently from city leaders when adopting Complete Streets policy are municipal liability and lack of funding. Municipal liability is not an issue since cities are held immune from liability for use of a public street, and studies show (Pucher,...

Recommendations Hijacked

Editor, The Task Force for Complete Streets (CSTF) have been meeting formally with City Council members for 27 months to research and recommend policy changes to adopt a balanced mobility plan for Laguna Beach. In June this year, the Council reserved $300,000 intended for...

Synopsis for Complete Streets

Editor,   Mr/Ms Cain (“Stepping on a Soapbox for Sidewalks,” Letters, Sept. 30) shows considerable disrespect for a handful of Laguna volunteers working jointly with City Council to explore at considerable personal (unpaid) commitment a new mobility plan for our town.  ...

Beyond the Skateboarding Controversy

Editor, Since automobiles became widespread during the beginning of the 20th century, cities and their streets have been and are being re-purposed to adapt to the surge of motor vehicle use. Efforts are now underway to re-define the purpose of streets and to re-design streets...

A Case for Safer Streets

Editor, Based on regular letters to the paper, many feel that our city streets are dominated by cars, and by drivers that feel they should be able to drive as fast as they like regardless of the impact to others. Yet virtually nothing is being done to address these dangerous...

Bringing Laguna Up to Bike Speed

Editor, In support of “Give Bikes a Route” by Justin Gresh, the new policy for mobility from our Federal Department of Transportation gives equal consideration to pedestrians, bicycles, buses, and private automobiles. Adopting this policy into Laguna Beach’s general plan would be...

Give Bikes a Route

Editor, Laguna Beach has no accommodation for cyclists, except for a few random bike racks, and a quarter-mile stretch of striped lane on Monterey Street that might be mistaken for a bike lane, even though it is not marked in any way. The city just spent $1.6 million to resurface...

Why Ignore DOT Policy?

Editor, With regard to the $1.6M street re-surfacing project on PCH and Laguna’s residential streets, and the on-going $10K change-order for striping and final adjustments, now would be a good time to recall the updated policy from Caltrans, California’s Department of...

Homework on Skateboard and Complete Streets

Editor,   Please google and read The Complete Streets Act for California and see how skateboarding may or may not be included as a part of this bill.   Not sure how skateboarding will save on fuel consumption and carbon footprint.  According to Councilperson Egly this...

Homework on Skateboard and Complete Streets

Editor,   Please google and read The Complete Streets Act for California and see how skateboarding may or may not be included as a part of this bill.   Not sure how skateboarding will save on fuel consumption and carbon footprint.  According to Councilperson Egly this...