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Laguna Needs Community Oversight of Police

Editor, Santa Rosa established a community and local law enforcement task force following a shooting by Deputy Erick Gelhaus, who believed the airsoft rifle the teen was carrying was an AK-47 rifle, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported. Sonoma County Community Oversight of...

Bike Fatalities Marginalized Compared to Cop’s Death

Editor, It has been three months since John Colvin’s fatal-hit-and-run in Emerald Bay. In an email from his wife Joan, I’ve learned she still has no accident report from the LBPD. Following three separate motorcades, last month the LBPD reminded us again of our...

Kudos for Emergency Preparedness 101

Editor, Wednesday, Sept. 17, Emergency Services Communications Officer, Jordan Villwock, LBPD, and Community Services Officer, Nikie Hernandez, LBPD, presented practical, helpful and timely information on crime data and prevention in Laguna Beach, NextDoor.com, emergency supply...

Drivers: Stop the Reckless Speeding

Editor, We need a new police chief who will enforce speed limits not only on Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road but on residential streets, too. Let the chips fall where they may. I live near Wesley Drive and while you are reading this letter, drivers are going through the...

Police Chief Resignation Presents Opportunity

Editor, The front page story about Chief Workman’s departure was yet another surprise for the public from City Hall. We recently wrote to the city manager after hearing rumors he would retire, and suggested it would be important for the city to host an in-depth workshop to...

Flaws Emerge in Awarding Public Art

Editor, (This letter was sent to the Arts Commissioner and the city’s cultural arts manager, Sian Poeschl.) The art in public places program could use some help in regards to the selection process. Let’s start with stipends. The latest competition was for the LBPD memorial...

LBPD Rocks at Putting Out Fires

Editor, Today, Super Bowl Sunday, on my daily dawn Victoria Beach run, I observed the remnants of an open fire from the night before between the public stairs and Dumond Drive. I saw a middle-aged man starting another one several feet from the first one. I tried to convince him...

Heartened by Focus on Traffic Safety

Editor, I was glad to read in the last issue that the LBPD recently received a state grant for preventing traffic deaths and injuries (“LBPD Awarded Grant,” Nov. 23 edition).  I found it a bit ironic that the photo illustrating the article is of a collision at the Emerald Bay...

Why Don’t Police Enforce Speed Limits on Coast Highway?

Editor,   Laguna Beach Council person Elizabeth Pearson’s description of hundreds of emails she received, some threatening, in regard to a possible Emerald Bay entrance signal, was shocking. She said that she has never received so many radical messages in her 17 years...

Kudos to Take-Charge Cops

Editor,   Last night while walking on Forest Avenue after dinner my wife and I (along with several others) witnessed a loud verbal shouting match involving three grown men turn into a huge fistfight on the sidewalk. I dialed 911 and  explained what was occurring and the...

Crash Leads to School Lockdown

Anneleisse School in Laguna Canyon briefly locked down its campus and kept children indoors Monday, June 12, at the request of police, who were searching the immediate area for suspects who had fled the scene of a solo traffic accident nearby, police said. Within a quarter mile...

Sharing the Road

Editor, I travel all the streets in Laguna Beach by bicycle. To a great extent, I’m car-free in Laguna. Commuting by bicycle has huge advantages for Laguna residents. It is quiet, great for fitness, allows one to meet the neighbors, contributes nothing to traffic...

Questioning Photo of Rookies

Editor, Your Oct. 1 article on the rookies (“Rookies Added to the Laguna’s Force,” Oct. 1) was good, but the photos were bad. If we lived in Iraq, I would want to know they were ready to attack, but being in Laguna, it would have been better to show them talking to residents, or...