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It Costs Less to Care

It Costs Less to Care

Editor, Criminalizing homelessness raises constitutional concerns. For example, some courts uphold that begging is protected under the First Amendment as freedom of speech. When police search the belongings of a homeless person without a search warrant, they could be violating the Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Jailing and imposing […]

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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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Hospital Makes Good on Rx for Longevity

Hospital Makes Good on Rx for Longevity

Making good on growth plans outlined in 2011, Mission Hospital Laguna Beach will begin a $15 million seismic retrofitting project next week to bring its patient building up to state-mandated quake standards. Michael Beck, vice president of operations at the Laguna campus, informed the City Council on Tuesday of construction plans. Since Orange-based St. Joseph […]

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Unintended Consequences of Plastic Bag Bans

Unintended Consequences of Plastic Bag Bans

Editor, I was talking to some of my Laguna “environmentally correct” friends yesterday about the new research from George Mason’s Josh Wright and Penn’s Jonathan Klick on the adverse health tradeoffs of plastic bag bans. Wright and Klick have performed the simple task of comparing before and after rates for food borne illness in counties that enacted […]

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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 […]