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Motorists Fail to Heed Sign

Editor, This is a highway traffic yield sign identical to that found at the corner of Forest Avenue and Broadway in Laguna Beach. From the DMV handbook it says: “A three-sided red “Yield” sign indicates that you must slow down and be ready to stop, if necessary, to let any...

Complete Streets Roll Forward in San Clemente

Editor:   Some cities are making the modern shift to a sustainable multi-modal mobility plan. On Wednesday night (Oct. 17) the San Clemente Planning Commission approved a new mobility plan into their city’s general plan. Some startling highlights from their comprehensive...

Grants Come to Those Who Apply

Editor, An OCTA grant for building bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure was awarded the city of San Clemente. Meanwhile Laguna Beach received no grant funding because city staff never bothered to apply. They still can’t find a pen. You can’t compete if you...

Foreseeing Bike Sharrows for Laguna Beach?

Editor, In a 5-1 vote with one council member absent, the Newport Beach City Council recently approved the use of bicycle sharrows to be painted on Pacific Coast Highway in Corona del Mar. Sharrow symbols are traffic lane markers used to remind all road users the lane is...

Not a Paradise for Transportation

Editor,   Recently the city of Laguna Beach spent $10,000 for a polling firm in Washington DC to compile a citizen survey from a representative sample of residents about community quality of life, service delivery, civic participation and unique issues of local interest....

Ignoring Opportunity for Free Funding

Editor, Two objections heard most frequently from city leaders when adopting Complete Streets policy are municipal liability and lack of funding. Municipal liability is not an issue since cities are held immune from liability for use of a public street, and studies show (Pucher,...

A Fruit-Bearing Solution to Eucalyptus Problem

  Editor, For those willing to read one more resolution for tree management in Bluebird Canyon, here is my suggestion; replace the Eucalyptus with fruit-bearing, fire-tolerant trees. Remove the Eucalyptus trees and reduce the tree to aromatic firewood, stack dry and...

Uneducated Patriots?

Editor,   For those who regard our new ‘sculpture’ in Heisler Park as patriotic art.   Today is 9/11 and I heard the host of the OC Television Channel say,   “Half of all Americans polled cannot tell you what year 9/11 occurred.”   If...

Runover by Caltrans?

Editor,   On Aug. 26, a post on the city’s webste notified us the intersection at Laguna Canyon Road and El Toro is planned for road widening by Caltrans. Days later the post reads “repaving” not “widening” but still offers no mention if the project...

Hitting the Brakes on Bike Collisions

Police departments of five Orange County cities including Laguna Beach plan to step up enforcement beginning this weekend against bicycle riders and motorists who disregard traffic rules in an attempt to prevent collisions and injuries. The special bike safety operation Feb....

Why Ignore DOT Policy?

Editor, With regard to the $1.6M street re-surfacing project on PCH and Laguna’s residential streets, and the on-going $10K change-order for striping and final adjustments, now would be a good time to recall the updated policy from Caltrans, California’s Department of...
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