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Design’s Role in Curbing Pedestrian Fatalities

Editor, Dangerous by Design is a national report on the epidemic of pedestrian fatalities and what we can do to prevent these deaths. Dangerous by Design 2014 crunches the numbers on 10 years of pedestrian fatality data, looking at where these fatalities happen and who’s most at...

Implement Policy that Lowers Peril to Pedestrians

Editor, My sincere condolences go to the Fitzpatrick family over their terrible loss. Despite concern expressed by many individuals writing about roadway-safety, we witnessed another preventable pedestrian fatality April 3.  Let’s correct the misuse of our roadways before...

What Supportive Housing Is and Isn’t

Editor: As a board member of Friendship Shelter, I’m grateful to Michael and Kimberly Fowlkes for so perfectly illustrating in their letter (“Shelter Worse Than a Natural Disaster,” Letters, April 11) what the proposed permanent supportive housing development at 20652 Laguna...

Marveling at the Danger

Editor, One student fatality from crossing the street across from her college is tragic beyond belief.  This should never have happened.  (“Student’s Death Revives Safety Questions,” April 11.) I was driving home on Laguna Canyon Road an hour before the accident. One car ahead...

College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

  They stood in solemn formation, their faces illuminated by electronic candles or glow string head and wristbands, along Laguna Canyon Road at the edge of the Laguna College of Art and Design’s main campus. As lights in the crosswalk brought traffic to a stop last Thursday,...

Shelter Worse Than a Natural Disaster

Editor, (This letter also went to the City Council.) First of all we’d like to  thank each and every one of you for your years of commitment, dedication and endless hours of hard work in helping preserve the tremendous attributes that we all love about Laguna Beach. As...

Consensus Builds on Canyon Planning

The necessity of revisiting development guidelines along Laguna Canyon Road emerged as a dominant topic of a joint meeting between the City Council, Planning Commission and the Design Review Board this past Saturday. City officials also signed off on new parking signs directing...

Canyon Residents Object to Project’s Size

Editor, (A similar version went to City Council members.) We are in favor of artist work live uses in our neighborhood. We are opposed to the use of the artist work live concept we’ve always supported being co-opted and used to promote a 30-unit apartment building and...

Do Artists Merit Special Consideration?

Editor, This project, proposed by Louis Longi and the Dornin Investment Group, will not fulfill the proposed advantage it claims will be achieved. There are many disadvantages of the proposal. It is already clear that the Council members of the city of Laguna Beach realize the...

Concern Over Canyon Development

Editor, My name is Andrew Cmiel and I am a long term resident of the Laguna Beach area, I am also president of a local club Friends of Laguna Canyon, with a membership of over 200. Our club’s primary interest is to enjoy the beauties of Laguna Canyon, engage in hikes,...

Opposing the Scale of Canyon Project

Editor, There has been much dialogue in reference to the pros and cons of the Longi-Dornin artist work live project at 20412 and 20432 Laguna Canyon Road. Although the people opposing the project have nothing against the artist work live concept, the majority of us stand together...

Protecting Laguna Canyon

Editor, Last week the Laguna Canyon Home Owners Association wrote a letter requesting answers to many questions.  Many questions have already been answered with countless studies, city reports and peer reviews.  Most were answered had any of the four officers of the organization...

Weighing the Cost of Burying Utilities

Each time a utility pole topples on Laguna Canyon Road it emphasizes the town’s vulnerability. Residents most often contend with the traffic jam that results from a crash scene under investigation or a downed live wire or the disruption caused by a power outage. Yet the...

Appeal Planned Over Artists’ Work-Live Units

As if braving shopping malls, wrapping gifts, preparing holiday meals and planning family gatherings weren’t enough, last month members of the Laguna Canyon Property Association found themselves scrambling to make time for another task. They successfully organized a protest...

Tallying the Score, Great Expectations for ’14

  In assessing last year’s standout moments and what looms ahead in 2014, Laguna Beach’s elected officials differed little in their analysis about high and low points, but voiced confidence in building on accomplishments set in motion and seeing some to fruition in the next...