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Amid Laguna’s Open Space, a Fresh Water Oasis

Photos and story by Ron Chilcote Through the heart of the Laguna wilderness runs Laguna Canyon Road. Historically a major access to Laguna Beach, it was originally dirt and gravel and later a paved, twisting two- and three-lane road through the canyon. Now it is two lanes each...

Choosing Sides on Open Space

Editor: As you’re deciding how to vote on Measure CC, you may want to think about how you will look back on your vote 20 years from now.  And what side of history you want to be on. Back in 1968, when the city issued bonds to purchase the land that would become Main Beach Park, a...

Open-Space Advocates Complete a First Hurdle

Supporters of an open space initiative believe they have collected more than enough signatures to qualify the measure for the next scheduled election, a consultant said this week. Citizens for Preservation of Open Space expect by next month to turn into the city clerk the...

A Little Good News for Taxpayers

Editor,  It was good to read that the Mission Hospital purchased the empty lots behind the hospital.  Maybe now that land will be put to some useful purpose for the citizens of Laguna Beach. Too bad that a trail may eventually have to be routed around it. We only have zillions of...

Open Space Parcel Tax

Editor, The Citizens for the Preservation of Open Space are collecting signatures to put on the ballot an initiative to add $120 a year on every property owner’s property tax bill for 20 years.  Please don’t sign this petition or vote for it if it’s put on a ballot....

Hesitant to Write a Blank Open-Space Check

Editor:  I have seen several letters commenting on the efforts of “Citizens for Preservation of Open Space” (sponsored by Laguna Greenbelt, Inc.). This initiative would create a special fund for acquisition 550 acres of private property for preservation as open space...

Open Space, Worth the Investment

Editor: Re: “Thumbs Up for Space” May 27 edition. Kudos to Steve Dicterow for writing such an eloquent, well-written, and persuasive article about the open space initiative. I can’t think of anything he left out. The only thing I might add is to put into perspective how little it...

Warning to Laguna Taxpayers

Editor, Don’t sign the petition to add a parcel tax to every property owner in Laguna Beach for the purchase of Open Space. If you are a renter the tax will be passed on to you and your rent will go up.  If you think the tax will end as they say, then tell me when did a tax once...

Open Space, Worth the Investment

Editor:  Re: “Thumbs Up for Space” May 27 edition. Kudos to Steve Dicterow for writing such an eloquent, well-written, and persuasive article about the open space initiative. I can’t think of anything he left out. The only thing I might add is to put into perspective how little...

If You Want Open Space, Pay for It

Editor, In general, I have to agree with Craig Coffin (“Paying for Open Space Debated,” Letters, May 6) and others when they say, if you want open spaces, then please go ahead and pay for it. I find it most disturbing to read that the Citizens for Preservation of Open Space, a...