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Pithy Ideas for City’s Traffic Message Boards

Editor, Re: witty traffic-safety slogans I am a physician who has only lived in town for less than two years and already am very motivated to make Laguna even better than it is, which is great already. This was a lot of fun. I got my daughter and my wife into it, and we laughed...

Drivers: Stop the Reckless Speeding

Editor, We need a new police chief who will enforce speed limits not only on Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road but on residential streets, too. Let the chips fall where they may. I live near Wesley Drive and while you are reading this letter, drivers are going through the...

Traffic Rules Seem to Have Changed

Editor, My apologies, I must have missed the memo. I wasn’t running late. I guess I was enjoying the view. Perhaps I was also admiring my neighbors’ garden. Even so, if that was you behind me, it was the posted speed limit we were traveling at. Then there was my...

Motorists Fail to Heed Sign

Editor, This is a highway traffic yield sign identical to that found at the corner of Forest Avenue and Broadway in Laguna Beach. From the DMV handbook it says: “A three-sided red “Yield” sign indicates that you must slow down and be ready to stop, if necessary, to let any...

Sharing the Road

Editor, I travel all the streets in Laguna Beach by bicycle. To a great extent, I’m car-free in Laguna. Commuting by bicycle has huge advantages for Laguna residents. It is quiet, great for fitness, allows one to meet the neighbors, contributes nothing to traffic...

Drivers, Heed Your Responsibility

Editor, While I understand all the folks concerns about safety on the streets of Laguna, it seems evident that much of the debate about safety is one sided. Many people do not drive their cars with other people in mind. We seem to have a ridiculous sense of entitlement around...

Say ‘No’ to Thrill Seekers

(This letter was also addressed to council members.) Editor, I am writing to ask you to prohibit speedboarding on Park Avenue.  I live near the top of Park Avenue and I have been scared many times while driving up Park by speedboarders flying past my car while I’m travelling up...

Take a Deep Breath

Dear Editor,   Motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and skaters must figure out a way they can all share the roadways of Laguna. Although drivers are obviously the most powerful, dangerous, and numerous, the streets are not exclusively theirs.   Drivers: Drive kindly....

A Novel Idea; Slow Down

Editor, Are you interested in improving the quality of life in Laguna? How about this? In the UK, there is a very successful campaign called “20’s Plenty for Us.” This campaign seeks to create a blanket speed limit of 20 mph in all residential areas. In cities...

Skateboarder Not Perfect, But a Good Kid

In response to Dr. Farley Brown’s letter “Speaking Out About a Reckless Skateboarder,” my encounter with this young man was quite the contrary. I pulled over one day to talk with him about speed skating and he was approachable, soft spoken, respectful, informative and...

Share the Road!

Dear Editor, I was very concerned regarding the intolerant and malicious attitudes and behavior promoted in the letter by Dr. Farley Brown ‘Speaking Out About a Reckless Skateboarder’. Talk about reckless! For Dr. Brown to so publicly harass one of our wonderful minor...