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Citizen Submits Query to Candidates

Editor: The candidate forum scheduled for Aug. 25 invites guests from the audience to ask questions of the candidates for City Council. The moderator of this forum will accept only written questions for our candidates so I have submitted my questions herewith. Will each candidate...

Murals Restore Livability

It appeared to me that Verizon and Whole Foods Market were planning to convert their shared parking lot into a drive-in theatre and filling the former seating area with sand and a merry-go-round. Then instead of a movie screen on the south grey wall, it got a fresh coat of paint...

Stores Feed People, Not Cars

Editor, On a stroll over to Whole Foods I confirmed it. Once in place and now removed, the public benches, umbrellas, picnic tables are all gone now. The bike rack is stuffed next to a ventilation pump while the parking lot looks staged for Cal Worthington and Channel 5. My car...

Will Non-Car Transit Work?

Editor, Popular culture says when traffic conditions become too congested simply add more lanes to the road to relieve congestion. We look to our highway authorities for solutions and they respond in kind. Trouble is building more car infrastructure simply attracts more cars and...

Thumb’s Up on Transit Story

Editor, Thanks for reporting on the transportation workshop (“Buying into Commuting Without Keys,” Feb. 14 edition). Finally, finally this city is taking steps to acknowledge we have a mobility problem and are inviting some stakeholders to the meeting. Les Miklosy, Laguna Beach

Questioning a Promotion

After enduring all the (Elizabeth) Pearson politics over the village entrance in 2013, why does our council reward her with political affirmation and a promotion for 2014? Wasn’t the town majority position abundantly clear as presented by Let Laguna Vote? This town council...

It Takes More Than Smarts to Revise Beliefs

Editor, Maybe the axiom by Mark Twain best explains the mental posture of Laguna Beach’s City Council promoting the over-priced, over-built village entrance and ineffective parking structure in June. Mark Twain said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s...

Infrastructure Needs Still Unfunded?

Editor, The late Gary Alstot, a retired civil engineer and Laguna Beach resident, recommended that the city of Laguna Beach tend to its urban infrastructure and remediation projects. Two of them were sewer treatment and street wastewater runoff. How many projects were identified?...

Bike Parking Succeeds in Carlsbad

Editor, As Laguna debates the fiscal sanity for a $65 million parking structure, consider the alternative to car parking chosen by Deputy Director of Transportation Bryan Jones and the city of Carlsbad. “We added 200 custom ‘bike the village’ Dero Bike Racks to...

Parking-Meter Addiction Breeds Congestion

Editor, Tuesday night I attended the City Council special meeting about financing the now $42 million parking garage where the Council voted 3-2 in favor of the project. I was astonished to hear a public referendum is not necessary for public debt paid for by parking meters. City...

Bike to Anywhere Week

Editor, May is National Bike Month, a perfect time for our community to recognize and celebrate all the benefits of bicycling. Bicycling keeps us healthy, carries us efficiently from point A to point B, saves us from high gas prices, and makes our air cleaner and our roads less...

Borrowing from Seattle’s Traffic Tool Kit

Editor, Here is more out-of-the-box thinking to solve the parking and traffic problem in Laguna Beach. Call your wheels with your Smartphone app. Brought to you by those urban grunge kids in Seattle, car2go is a car-share program that allows anybody with a membership ($35...

Put Up a Parking Lot

Editor, What is the quickest way for Laguna Beach to raise more revenue other than taxes and parking fines? That’s right, honey, put up a parking lot. In the interest of maintaining village appeal through zoning restrictions and height limitations, the city has constrained...

Omission From Village Entrance Plans

Editor, Laguna Beach City Council held a special meeting (Tuesday, March 26) to present two plans for the village entrance, giving a net gain of roughly 200 parking spaces at a cost of $33 to $55 Million. That is a lumped average cost of $220,000 per parking space. The plans...

Kudos for Raising Safety Issue

Editor, Thanks for publishing an article on LCAD and my favorite topic, safe alternative mobility in Laguna Beach (“Pushing for Safe Canyon Crossings,” March 8). Kudos for the cover shot too, it captures the essence of the LCAD traffic problem: pedestrians playing chicken in a...
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