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Writer Sees Influence in No-Parking Vote

Editor: On Sept. 25 I attended a PTC meeting because of the fate of two valuable legal parking spots located on an easement (3.5 feet of dirt) on our street. The city had sent out the legal letter notifying homeowners of the meeting and options. Basically, the homeowner does not...

Term Limits May Stop Cronyism

Editor: As is now the norm across the country and maybe the world, those aspiring to get into politics and those who want to stay in politics, all stops are pulled and political battles escalates. Our small town is no different it seems. I would like to suggest to the City...

Show Courtesy to Neighbors and Vendors

Editor: The recent large crane accident gave me something to think about. What is the responsibility of the homeowner in terms of preventing or mitigating such happenings?  Nobody was prepared, nobody was aware and many people seriously inconvenienced for 30 hours either in their...

Correcting Brown’s Statements

Editor, Ganka Brown’s letter (“Questioning Village Laguna’s Status,” May 9) contains a number of misunderstandings that need to be corrected. Village Laguna has been an all-volunteer nonprofit organization since its beginnings, and “nonprofit mutual-benefit corporation” is the...

Foliage as Invasive as Cancer

Editor, Cancer is an interesting disease; you cannot just trim it away and hope for the best. It requires a doctor with expertise. I say this as I perceive the new version of a proposed ordinance is like a map for not dealing with a cancer in this city. Vegetation that is going...

Cautionary Tale Over Duplicate Documents

Editor, Almost 10 years ago I requested that the city staff place in my property file an 8 1/2 by 11 photocopy of my property, showing a sweeping view of Main Beach and Coast Highway. It was dated and accordingly filed. Later I submitted a similar sized photocopy showing two...

Hoarders Can Be a Danger to Themselves

Editor, At a recent City Council meeting, the issue of parking came up. Yes, many side streets are being used by tourists. However, many of the cars belong to our neighbors who may have more than one car or two cars and their garages are packed full of things.  Thus, in some...

Burnt Up Over Bright Bulb

Editor: Don’t know what the success rate of those who try to use the lighting ordinance to minimize bright lights from outdoor lighting. But here is my story: The lights from the front of my neighbor’s home shines into my bedroom and main living area. No need to turn on the...

Questioning a Designer’s Judgment

Editor, I write this is to comment on the story about the House of Design fundraiser for the Philharmonic Society and the designer of the master bedroom – Veldhuis (“Local Designers Add Their Mark to House of Design,” May 17 edition). The throw on the bed and the pillows were...

A Déjà vu Or Two

Editor,   A déjà vu or two.   A shiver I encountered with a déjà vu of words similar evoked in ‘93 and ‘92 at the recent meeting on restoring views about our desire to see the ocean blues. Back then and led by Christoph, Ann with her side kick, N. Grossman words like...

Aural Ode of Protest

Editor, It’s seven a.m. and here they come soaring/ the pilot in blue and their engines roaring/ where they are going it doesn’t matter/ because their noise is making us madder. The agency that controls these planes/ denies that they can cause us pains. / But we can see and hear...

Sounding Off Over Tree Obstruction

Editor: Re: City Council Meeting of Jan. 15   Oh what a night and it was a sight to hear the plight of our tree blight that keeps an ocean view to a mere peek-a-boo. Hooray for Kelly Boyd who who stood up for me and you so that we can see that body of blue our canyons and ...

Wish List for New Council Members

Editor, With two new members to our City Council, I hope that we as a city can take this opportunity to look at some of our ordinances that have caused so many heartaches in our town. One that comes to mind not only to me but to many of us is the issue of our views. Views that...

Questions Raised Over Vendor Contracts

Editor:   In an article about the new city budget, (“City Reverses its Red Ink,” May 18) I was pleased to see that it is in the black. I also noticed that $30,000 was set aside for a “consultant” to help the city evaluate our old homes. This past issue, I read Councilperson...

Stop Using Trees as WMD

Editors,   Once again I agree with Ms. Christoph about saving some of the oldies but goodies – now if she only would jump down from her tower and agree that saving views is also part of Laguna Beach’s (that’s right beach – not forest) important heritage.  Of course some of...
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