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Tragedy Sparks Movement for Safer Streets

Billy Fried, Max Isles and Tamara Hlava are fed up with the city’s dearth of safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists. For the trio, the car-on-bike accident that fatally injured 55-year-old Laguna Beach bicyclist John Greg Colvin on North Coast Highway June 17 served as a...

Locals Weigh in on Transit Options

About 60 residents and numerous city officials attended a public workshop Tuesday to discuss getting around town and preliminary recommendations for improving the experience of pedestrians, cyclists and riders of public transport. A loose consensus evolved that the city needs to...

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...

Cheers for the Town’s Council

Editor, Congratulations are in order for all of Laguna. The Tuesday (Nov. 12) village entrance workshop was democracy at its finest. Our residents participated and our City Council was transparent, listened and carried out the voice of the people. It is a courageous and wise...

Speaker’s Corner: Dancing the Tango With City Council

On Nov. 12, Delia Horowitz will be the facilitator for the city’s workshop regarding the village entrance. (“Tacking the Intractable Entrance,” Nov. 1 edition.) It would be best if we could all come to the workshop with an open mind and genuinely contribute from a place of trust....

Taxpayers Support Diplomacy, Not Balloting, for Entry Solution

Editor, During robust civic debate after the City Council vote to move forward on a village entrance project, members of the Laguna Beach Taxpayer’s Association consulted with elected Council representatives, Chamber of Commerce leaders, as well as organizers of opposition...

Speaker’s Corner

What is Really Going on Here? By Rita Conn This is a phrase I commonly used during my 30 years as a marriage and family counselor. Couples would come to me with a presenting problem, but rarely was it that simple. The presenting problem was always a symptom of an underlying...

Anti-Entrance Group Raises Funds

More than 100 people attended a party on Sunday, Sept. 22, that raised funds to educate the community about the City Council’s village entrance project and the need for a public vote on it. The party was hosted by Let Laguna Vote, a grassroots group established to pursue an...

Overkill by Village Entrance Opposition

I have made passionate and at times even strident arguments before the City Council, but then I tend to go down to City Hall to speak up on behalf of small coalitions of political underdogs and lost causes.  Typically I know the vote will go against my position, but I still try...

Democratic Club Endorses an Entrance Vote

Editor, The Laguna Beach Democratic Club joins with and endorses “Let Laguna Vote” based on the following findings: The $65 million dollar village entrance project proposal is fiscally irresponsible, environmentally unsound, fails to serve the needs of the community and further...

Pearson to Seek a Delay in Entrance Project

As the outcry over the proposed village entrance gains momentum, including a nascent ballot initiative to limit its scope and fundraising by advocates of a citywide vote, Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson this week concedes the need to slow the process down and make it more...

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What Are They Thinking?

Editor, The city just received a $50,000 parking study that concluded we could have the functional equivalent of 200-400 parking spaces in the downtown where they are needed and at a very low cost. It doesn’t make sense to build a $65 million dollar parking structure given this...

Questions Arise Over Labor, Entrance Costs

A demand by administrators of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (Calpers) to raise retirement contributions from employers as much as 50 percent over the next seven years has already been factored into city budget planning and labor negotiations, according...

Effort Surfaces to Reverse Entrance Vote

A proposed referendum to allow Laguna Beach residents to vote on the controversial $43 million downtown village entrance project has missed the election code deadline, according to the city attorney. Local resident Paul Merritt disclosed his intention to circulate petitions in...