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Tag: "Ganka Brown"

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Correcting Brown’s Statements

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 way the state of California currently describes it. The federal tax code classifies it as “527.” Its purposes […]

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Foliage as Invasive as Cancer

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 viral is putting […]

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Cautionary Tale Over Duplicate Documents

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 eucalyptus trees growing in that same vicinity showing […]

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Hoarders Can Be a Danger to Themselves

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 cases it is […]

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Burnt Up Over Bright Bulb

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 lights at night in […]

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Questioning a Designer’s Judgment

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 made of real fox fur, […]

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A Déjà vu Or Two

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 lacing, topping but […]

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Aural Ode of Protest

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 each flight/ and things […]

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Sounding Off Over Tree Obstruction

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 […]

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Wish List for New Council Members

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 […]

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Questions Raised Over Vendor Contracts

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 Pearson’s letter […]

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Stop Using Trees as WMD

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 these oldies are right […]

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A Picture Says a 1,000 Words

A Picture Says a 1,000 Words

Editor, They say that a picture says a thousand words. I think that the photos on the fire in Bluebird Canyon (“House Saved From Brush Fire,” March 16 edition) says volumes and that does not include the comment on how the firemen had to fight terrain and vegetation (eucalyptus trees in the forefront and palm […]

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A Start on Reducing Oil Dependence

A Start on Reducing Oil Dependence

Editor,   As a fisherman, Dave, (Letters, “Freedom Eroding Away,” Feb. 17) you should know that plastic bags pollute our beaches, there are islands of plastic bottles and bags out in the oceans, and sea animals have been found with plastic bags (they look like jelly fish when inflated with water) in their stomachs. Maybe you […]

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Tree Sniping

Tree Sniping

Editor,   I like the idea from Transition Laguna members about planting fruit trees (Letters, “A Fruit-Bearing Solution to Eucalyptus Problem,” Jan. 6).   I also suggest that the proceeds from all fundraising by Laguna Village and Ann Christoph be used to support local residents who don’t have enough money to trim their beloved eucalyptus […]