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Preserving a Truer Heritage

Editor, Elections are not decided by letters to the editor, but it’s a window into hearts and minds. Lamentably, some express a surprising intolerance for spirited but good-natured pluralism, perhaps our truest heritage. A varied civic culture is the tapestry into which o...

Voters Serve as the City’s HR Directors

Editor: These past week’s sorry revelations regarding City Council candidate “misinformation” have given me cause to reflect upon my own job interviews and experiences. When applying for employment, we are usually required to fill out a job application. On this...

Writer Takes Exception to Simon’s Characterization

Editor, I see in this week’s Indy that its owner, Mr. Simon, refers to the city council members who presently hold office as the ” grizzled vets,” (See sidebar, “Candidates Spar, But Vets Deflect Newcomers,” News, Aug. 29 edition)and those seeking to hold office...

Public Spaces Belong to the Public

Editor,   How wonderful to live in a village whose concerns focus on beautification. I was pleased to learn that the planning commission voted in favor of recommending to our City Council that the Festival of Art’s proposal to renovate their front facade be approved. I...

Say No to Car Deaths

Editor, How lovely to drive along the Coast Highway, rays of sun painting the waves, shimmering, the white crests pounding onto the sand. If you are fortunate you may even see a formation of pelicans, gliding on the air, inches above the sea. Their instinct guides them to a safe...

Keep Streets Free for Fire Engines

Editor: I remember a place filled with smoke, locked in the small room, arms outstretched, touching hot surfaces, trying to find the door, and then pulling on it with strength fueled by fear, terror. Screams of the other tenants. But the fire had begun on the bottom floor, and...

Intrigued by a Roadside Shrine

Editor, On the side of El Toro Road where the weedy tree branches and tall grasses grow and the narrow lanes should really not lead to a stoplight at the freeway’s entrance but continue into some wild plain, there used to be a short white cross with the name Duff carved...

Alarmed by a Potential Precedent

Editor: Who is in favor of a Walmart-like structure, 36 feet tall, 250 feet long, with over 30,000 square feet of live/work space, set back 45 square feet from Laguna Canyon Road, which blocks the views of hillsides and ridge lines, obscuring our rural scenic highway? Who...

Championing a Plebiscite on Entrance

Editor: On June 11, in a packed City Hall meeting devoted to the proposed village entrance, three City Council members voted to strip $15 million from the city’s general, parking, and sewer funds and put residents in debt for more than 25 years. Many residents, such as I,...