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Giving Hikers Their Due

Editor, Thank you for including information about the dangerous section of trail connecting the fire trail from Top of the World neighborhood to Arch Beach Heights and council plans to review the situation (“Looking for Safer Footfalls,” Aug. 24). Having lived in both...

Defining Sharrows

Editor, Have you traveled on Cypress or Hillcrest Streets lately?  If so, you may have noticed the painted sharrows on the pavement there.  We want to let you know what sharrows are, and what they mean for Laguna drivers and cyclists. Sharrows are: one simple, cost effectiv...

Local Currents: Giving Fun

“Mauli Ola put the ‘fun’ in ‘fundraiser’!” –Paul Hamilton.   Giving back doesn’t have to hurt. Mauli Ola, the local non-profit that takes young people with cystic fibrosis surfing to help them breathe easier, put on what may be the most fun charitable event I’ve been...

Wisdom Workout

It’s About Time   Time has become a speed freak. In fact, I suspect it has been taking professional driving lessons and thinks my weekdays are a NASCAR race. It’s Monday and then I blink and it’s Friday. This has been going on for quite awhile now. Truth is, I need five full days...

Every Beach Town Should be a Bike Town

Editor, I’m excited about the idea of Laguna Beach become a bike-friendly town. I’d like to see a system in place here similar to what we have in my hometown in Europe (another ridiculously picturesque beachside tourist town, very similar to Laguna) There, they have...

Apply ‘Green’ Ideals to Canyon Traffic

  Editor, Relating to your article on Laguna Beach working and striving toward climate protection and conservation, I am amazed that the City does not resolve and correct the greatest negative pollution creator in this area, which overwhelms all/any other in comparison....

Guest Column

Let’s Make Progress By Michael Beanan Every day each of us contributes to a sewage system serving 232,000 residents from Emerald Bay and Laguna Beach to the Dana Point Headlands plus another half dozen inland cities. Annually, 3.9 million visitors add their contributions. The...

A Vision for a Shared Road

Editor, Regarding Sandi Cain’s complaint (“Stepping on the Soapbox for Sidewalks,” Sept. 30) that a few zealots have been writing too many letters advocating more biking in town, I tip my hat to Les McCloskey, Charles Alban, Justin Gersh, Michael Hoag and Chris Prelitz for...

Taxes Underwrite Water Clean Up

The Orange County Transit Authority recently received a $200,000 award to minimize transportation-generated pollution for projects in Laguna Beach.   The city is matching those funds with more than $360,000 of its own.   The funds are derived from the Measure M2...

A Call for Another Ban

Editor,   Banning must be fun since we seem to want to ban so much. Some bans are needed and others may be just “nanny state” irritants or losses to freedom. To mention a few we have banned: animals off leash, most downhill skateboarding, smoking on the beach, smoking on...

Taxes Underwrite Water Clean Up

Taxes Underwrite Water Clean Up   The Orange County Transit Authority recently received a $200,000 award to minimize transportation-generated pollution for projects in Laguna Beach.   The city is matching those funds with more than $360,000 of its own.   The funds...

Thanks for Returning the Night Sky

Editor,   (The letter also went to council members.)   Thank you so much for the new lighting ordinance and printed guidelines. Already our neighborhood is more pleasant at night thanks to the neighbors who have turned off offending lights or modified their fixtures. It...

Water Quality Unchanged After Fireworks

Ocean water sampling in Laguna Beach after the July 4 holiday, ordered as a result of regulations believed to be the first of their kind in the nation, showed no significant impact, city officials said this week. Laguna’s water officials expect to issue a report next week. The...

Moving to a Post Carbon Age

By Tom Osborne There seems to be no shortage of environmental challenges confronting our species at this moment in history.  Climate warming, air pollution, undrinkable water, ocean contamination and depletion of fish stocks, rising sea levels, escalating fuel and utili...

Enforce the Anti-Leaf-Blower Law

Editor, Why do our professional gardeners continue to use their leaf blowers with impunity? Don’t they see the air polluting dust clouds they create? Don’t they know that the use of leaf blowers is against the law in Laguna Beach? Don’t they know that they are subject to fines...