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Be Aware of Laguna’s Many Distractions

Editor, Nina Fitzpatrick’s sad and tragic death brings to mind the many pedestrian fatalities and injuries this city has dealt with through the years. This past week, each time I drive through the canyon, the yellow crash scene paint and the ash from the flares remind me...

Incensed by a Comparison

Editor, Re: “Victims of View Abuse” letter on March 7. How dare Mike Rybah compare losing your view to being raped! That is the most offensive comparison I have heard in a long time. I understand views are important to Laguna Beach residents, and maybe being fortunate...

Victms of View Abuse

Editor, I am upset with the toothless new view ordinance, which is being hobnailed together by our City Council. It appears that, once again, they are not moved by doing what is right for the victims of view robbers but rather, they are deferring to the majority. The role of...

Envisioning Rampant Canyon Development

In reply to (“Support for Canyon Development,” Letters, Jan. 31 edition) Stacy Santiesteban of Newport Beach’s ex-senator and attorney from Texas father’s comments about the canyon – I propose we convert the canyon into a serpentine strip mall starting at the...

Crows, Pigeons, Be Gone

Editor, I have the mixed blessing of working from home. The commute I can handle, but the noise… The quiet is often interrupted by noisy cars, trucks, Harleys, and leafblowers, but the most common commotion comes from crows. Over the years I have observed the crow...

Amnesty for View Theft

Editor, Laguna is a paradox of sorts. A landslide strikes Bluebird Canyon and the city unifies to help. People open their homes, they voluntarily inflict a tax on themselves, and, in the end, numerous homes are rebuilt on an area prone to landslides. Everyone is a hero. On the...

View Laguna in a Time Machine

Editor, I just learned about a website which collects photos of homes in Laguna that have suffered view loss due to overgrowth of unmanaged trees, hedges or other vegetation. On the home page of the website, there is an aerial photograph of Laguna from the 1920s. It must have...

Lack of Civility Prompts Legislation

Editor, Mace Morse (“A View Embellished by Trees,” Letters, Feb. 22) writes some stinging code in response to the Parable of the Top Hat: “Before he congratulates himself on his metaphoric genius, his analogy is false”. Quite an assertion, but let me help you...

Missing Use of a Community Asset

Editor, It’s been a couple of years since the high school all-weather track (which we all paid for) was closed to the public during the hours it was most useful. On New Year’s Day, no less. Now, people who want a flat, hazard-free, safe place to exercise have no...

Tree Owners Seem Oblivious

Editor, In light of the overwhelming outpouring of frustration about disappearing views and decreasing property values demonstrated at the recent city council meeting, I thought a city-wide cacophony of chainsaws and toppling trees would follow.  I hoped that home owners with...

A Critic of Profligate Spending at City Hall

Editor, I am writing regarding the proposed increase to sewer services charges. A 10 percent increase over three years is unacceptable and irresponsible. I have been reading about the frailty of the infrastructure for years. This money should have been set aside long ago. If...

Stop the Madness at City Hall

Editor, I am writing with what I think is a viable way to stop some of the madness at city hall.  Our “public servants” working on our dime at city hall harass and abuse the good citizens of our city every time we want to improve our homes or property.  Our...