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Here We Go Again

Here We Go Again

Editor, After successfully convincing the Orange County Transportation Authority to shelve the 405 toll lanes proposal, Caltrans is coming in and hopes to use Orange County sales tax revenue to tax us even more. Orange County voters have twice voted for Measure M, the half-cent sales tax, to pay for transportation needs in Orange County. […]

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An Ode to Walking in Laguna

An Ode to Walking in Laguna

Editor, Walking Laguna Beach is fun and it’s the most underrated thing in town to do!  I am 80 and haven’t had a car since 2003. I love taking the big OCTA buses and/or our city “Main Line” buses, subsidized by a generous grant from OCTA, to the patisserie on the alley (best bakery in town) […]

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Will Non-Car Transit Work?

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 for a coastal community like Laguna there is no room to […]

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Skepticism of Hano’s Opinions

Skepticism of Hano’s Opinions

Editor, I for one have grown tired of Arnold Hano’s pronouncements (“Opponents Exaggerate Actions of Homeless People,” Letters, May 2). Yes, in modern language we are a freaky, open society with a history of great tolerance. After all, on Memorial Day weekend hundreds of visitors from around the world will go to our gay and […]

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Advice for Beach Travelers

Advice for Beach Travelers

Editor, Now that it is summer, parking is at a minimum as the prices go up for parking for the summer arts festival I would suggest that the SOCAL locals take OCTA’s $5 for a day pass (http://octa.net) and save yourself the hassle of gridlock summer traffic and full parking lots at 6 a.m. when visiting […]

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Advice for Beach Travelers

Advice for Beach Travelers

Editor, Now that it is summer, parking is at a minimum as the prices go up for parking for the summer arts festival I would suggest that the SOCAL locals take OCTA’s $5 for a day pass (http://octa.net) and save yourself the hassle of gridlock summer traffic and full parking lots at 6 a.m. when visiting […]

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Debating Ways to Keep the Buses Rolling

Debating Ways to Keep the Buses Rolling

Laguna Beach’s City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to explore options to close a growing deficit for operating transit services, but stopped short of imposing fares for the free summer trolley during its 10-week festival run. Instead council members approved spending $50,000 to hire an expert consultant to analyze transit services, whose costs have escalated 22 […]

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Of Congestion at the Bus Depot and Library

Of Congestion at the Bus Depot and Library

Editor, It is my understanding that the village entrance area is to be as park-like as possible. With more than 60 arrivals and departures per day, some with 10-minute “layovers” the big OCTA buses combined with numerous municipal bus arrivals would take a lot away from any “park-like” environment. Yes, the big buses do burn […]

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Laguna Misses Another Opportunity

Laguna Misses Another Opportunity

In April 2010 the Complete Streets Task Force identified sources of grant funding for building street infrastructure in Laguna Beach and delivered them to the City Council. Identifying funding is the fifth phase of a five-step program to implement Complete Streets policy. It identifies federal funding for civic projects such as bike-lanes, pedestrian zones and transit […]

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Trolley Fleet Enriched

Trolley Fleet Enriched

Laguna Beach received a $318,000 grant for the purchase of three trolleys. The grant, available to all Orange County cities through OCTA, requires a 50 percent match by the recipient which can be identified within the existing budget. The new trolleys will replace those rented each summer to supplement the city’s fleet.

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Visioning is What They Do Best

Visioning is What They Do Best

Editor, Last week I attended Mobility Planning Meeting and Visioning, an open workshop organized by the LB Planning Commission to familiarize attendees with the the Land Use and Circulation Elements and a new visioning for Complete Streets Policy. Deja vu, where had I experienced this planning process before? Then I remembered meetings I attended previously. Each […]

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Some of last year’s competitors.

Sports Briefs

  Laguna Beach and local resident Kirk Morgan host a beach volleyball tournament which ultimately crowns the king and queen of the court.   The all-day men’s tournament volleys on Saturday while the women serve on Sunday. Players play in a round robin format, where they play with a different partner each game.   This […]

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Metrolink Adds Ducks Express

Metrolink Adds Ducks Express

Special weeknight train service to Anaheim will be offered at all Orange County stations beginning with the Ducks home opener on Friday, Oct. 14.   Round-trip service south of Anaheim for weeknight home games starting at 7:05 p.m. and 7:35 p.m. Round-trip tickets for the special train service cost $7 for the general public, $6 […]

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Backlash Over Privatizing Bus Routes

Backlash Over Privatizing Bus Routes

This letter was addressed to county Supervisor Pat Bates. I voted yes for Measure M to provide funds from sales taxes in O.C. for good bus service. I hear you may give the south Orange County bus routes to a private company, and do away with OCTA in south county. Is this true? The public […]

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Skateboarding, Part of Local Culture

Skateboarding, Part of Local Culture

Editor, Laguna Beach Mayor Toni Iseman has given years of time and energy to our city government and is famous for suggesting the popular summer buses and trolleys. That’s why I find it difficult to believe what I read in a paid advertisement in local papers that quotes her as saying: “Laguna roads are not […]