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Kudos for Osborne’s Observations

Editor, I support Tom Osborne’s column regarding the City Council election and global warming. His stance was thoughtful, well reasoned and free from harsh invective. I wish Tom were running for office. He is a Laguna treasure. His mission to remind Laguna residents about the...

Candidate Alleges Sewage Spill Cover-up

Editor, I’m Paul Merritt, your new candidate for Laguna Beach City Council 2014. I’ve been a resident of Laguna Beach since the early ‘60s. I want to know why our current council has failed to do anything about recycling the tons of glass and paper and metal cans left behind by...

Let’s Go Parking

You know you are older when going parking has become a problem. In high school, we had a special place to go parking and there always seemed to be enough room for cars, and birds and bees, too.  Now everybody is older and fuzzy about parking with benefits so it is necessary to...

Opposition to Large-Scale Canyon Development

Editor, (This was also addressed to the City Council) It is with great regret that Laguna Canyon Foundation asks you to reconsider the Planning Commission’s 3-2 vote approving the Longi artists live-work development in Laguna Canyon. As a longtime part of Laguna, we strongly...

Whom Do They Represent?

Editor, As reported in your newspaper, the Laguna Beach City Council recently voted for a new “Village Entrance” plan that will add a park and 200 parking places at a cost of $30-50 million (probably closer to the latter).  Déjà vu.  Didn’t we form a committee to create a plan...

Donors Refill Pantry

Editor, Yesterday, Sally from the Neighborhood Congregational Church asked me to meet her and Julie at the Food Pantry to help unload some food donations. Naively, I thought that would be no big deal until they arrived with two SUVs overflowing with non-perishable items they and...

Local Papers are Important

Editor, Some of the local papers have had important articles recently.  There were reports on a planned new study about widening the horrible two-lane bottleneck in Laguna Canyon from Forest Avenue to El Toro road.  With just two lanes, it only takes one slow driver, a looky lou,...

Gratitude for Acknowledging Their Work

Editor, Thank you so much for printing my article “Volunteers Unwrap a Holiday Party” and photo in your Town Crier page on Dec. 28. Our unit is so proud of what we have been doing all year for our veterans, military and their families and we just wanted to share it with our...

Completing Streets Effectively?

Editor, The Task Force for Complete Streets met with city officials monthly since 2008 (four years). In that time the task force offered 98 interventions for street improvement; the city acted on only two. To propose a traffic-calming project on the grand scale of Glenneyre...

Keeping Laguna Beautiful

Editor, In response to a discussion of parking and transportation issues  ( “Laguna Protests More Irvine Homes,” Aug. 17 edition), I would like to make a few suggestions. First, change Laguna from an old-fashioned, car-oriented, parking-meter town, into a modern, cutting-edge,...

Buying Local Applies to Tradesmen, Too

Editor,   These days an effective plumber must know a lot more than just that “you know what” flows downhill and you get paid on Friday. (Actually, around here the “you know what” must flow uphill sometimes.)  Since the economic downturn, it seems...

Jet Overflights Require Intervention

Editor,   After reading Don Knapp’s letter in the current edition of Indy (“Flying Through the Flight Pattern,” Letters, July 15) I want to add my comments.  I certainly agree with everything he states in his missive. He is to be congratulated on assisting in the actions...

Fuming Over Jet Noise

Officials at John Wayne Airport and the local Federal Aviation Administration office are getting an earful of complaints from some Laguna Beach residents about increased airline traffic and noise, city officials confirmed. “With the exception of Santa Anas, we’ve never had huge...

City Manager Irony

Editor,   I hope I was not the only Laguna resident who saw the irony in last week’s front-page article about the candor expressed by retiring City Manager Ken Frank during a farewell interview (“Summing Up 31 Years with His Usual Candor,” Dec. 10).   The first...