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Tag: "Dave Connell"

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View Properties Add Value to Neighboring Homes

View Properties Add Value to Neighboring Homes

Editor, Thursday, the City Council held a meeting to present and discuss their latest version of a badly needed view preservation restoration ordinance.  The meeting was well attended, mostly by citizens who have had their precious view sheds destroyed by neighbors with overgrown vegetation. A show of hands, called for by Mayor Elizabeth Pearson, showed […]

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Remember the Neediest

Remember the Neediest

Customers of local Albertsons, Pavilions and Ralphs markets can expect to be offered an empty bag by volunteers for the Laguna Food Pantry next weekend. They are asking shoppers to help restock shelves of the Laguna Canyon pantry, which provides groceries to scores of needy families daily. The food drive takes place from 10 a.m. […]

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Unnecessary Complexity Over View Rules  Silliness

Unnecessary Complexity Over View Rules Silliness

Editor, Laguna’s famous and unique view sheds of the ocean, islands, hills, and valleys is one of the many things that makes living in Laguna a pleasure and adds dramatically to the value of homes and neighborhoods. Sadly, for a very long time these precious public and private view sheds have been, are being, destroyed […]

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Treasures Need Protecting

Treasures Need Protecting

Editor, Interesting article in the Indy on undergrounding and how it will improve safety in some cases. Yes utility poles and lines do block the views or spoil the views of Laguna’s unique and wonderful vistas. So undergrounding makes good sense to preserve and protect our precious views and for a lot of other reasons.  […]

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Entrance Ideas Need Prioritizing

Entrance Ideas Need Prioritizing

Editor, I attended a portion of the City Council special meeting on the Village Entrance project.  It was obvious the City has heard the concerns of the citizens and has spent a lot of time and money preparing for this meeting.  It was well organized and the Council Chambers were filled to overflowing with citizens […]

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Wrestling with a City Entrance, Undergrounding and Views

Wrestling with a City Entrance, Undergrounding and Views

Editor, As usual, our city is embroiled in difficult issues, some of which are very costly and all of them very emotional.  The divisive issue involving a costly village entrance parking garage is unnecessary since it can be, and should be, resolved by a vote of the citizens. The fall-out issue from the village entrance […]

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Saving Laguna’s Views

Saving Laguna’s Views

Editor, It is great that the City Council and their appointed view committee is at long last taking saving Laguna’s unique and beautiful view sheds seriously.   However, a cursory review of the proposed View Preservation Restoration Ordinance discloses that a vast amount of effort has resulted in an unnecessarily complex and overly expensive ordinance that […]

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Hard Choices

Hard Choices

Editor, I, like several others, worked on planning a village entrance long ago.  At that time it started out primarily to provide parking and reduce downtown congestion caused by cars circulating around town trying to find summer parking.  Of course now we are congested year round as the populations swelled in nearby towns. However, as […]

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Local Papers are Important

Local Papers are Important

Editor, Some of the local papers have had important articles recently.  There were reports on a planned new study about widening the horrible two-lane bottleneck in Laguna Canyon from Forest Avenue to El Toro road.  With just two lanes, it only takes one slow driver, a looky lou, or accident to cause all these daily […]

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Skeptical of Measure CC

Skeptical of Measure CC

Editor, Vote NO on scam measure CC.   Here are a few questions for you. Why would you vote for an unfair flat tax on anything? A flat tax on property causes a poor or middle-class property owner to have to pay the same amount of money as those who have expensive property and great incomes. […]

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Don’t Be Scammed

Don’t Be Scammed

Editor, Certain power groups in Laguna are scheming to gain control over privately owned vacant lots around town that they call open space. They are using Measure CC to try and get control of all the land and money they can, but at your expense by raising your taxes. Don’t be scammed. The empty lots they […]

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Connell’s Ballot Picks

Connell’s Ballot Picks

Editor, All of a sudden, it is less than 30 days until we decide the fate of our nation. Will the country elect Obama and accelerate the growth and power of the federal government enslaving us all under a massive, socialist/communist master? Or elect Romney and start a careful and business-like return to freedom, a less controlling and expensive government, […]

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Edison’s Ripoff

Edison’s Ripoff

Editor, Saturday I received a letter from the Edison Company demanding I pay them $75 because I opted out of taking their new dangerous electric meter plus pay them an added $10 a month fee.   Let’s see, if I pay them $75 because I saved them the cost of a new meter, I am being […]

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Freedom Eroding Away

Freedom Eroding Away

Editor,   Obama ruling America by mandate must be catching.   Now we even have some states and cities starting to rule by mandate.  A current example is that some coastal cities are mandating that stores cannot put customers’ purchases in plastic bags. It seems too many politicians are caught up in becoming rulers in our […]

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Shifty Tax Cuts

Shifty Tax Cuts

Editor, The short article, “Home buyers to pay for tax cuts” by Richard Cirelli in his column, ”Ask the Expert” is something every taxpayer should know. It is another example of how the shifty politicians fool you into thinking you are getting something with one hand, while at the same time robbing you with the other. […]