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Allow Street Sweepers to Do Their Job

Editor, My wife and I have lived in Laguna Beach for the 16 years and wish to express our frustration over the amount of trash that accumulates on Coast Highway within the city. Visitors/residents deposit a large variety of refuse and a relatively small number of individuals ever...

Hurricane Devastates Sister City

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association President Karyn Philippsen was on a plane returning from England this past Monday just as Hurricane Odile slammed the Baja California peninsula of Mexico, unleashing 125 mile per hour wind and rain on the...

Show Courtesy to Neighbors and Vendors

Editor: The recent large crane accident gave me something to think about. What is the responsibility of the homeowner in terms of preventing or mitigating such happenings?  Nobody was prepared, nobody was aware and many people seriously inconvenienced for 30 hours either in their...

Santa Ana is a Better Location

Editor, I feel compelled once again to air my disdain on how the ACLU has helped Laguna Beach to roll out the welcome mat for all homeless. After walking by the congregation that panhandles for “your” money this morning, I made my way for coffee at a local service...

Author Rebuts Butow’s Opinion of Drum Circle

Editor, I am responding to Mr. Butow’s critique of the “Full Moon Drum Circle” via a July 15 email that you all received. I have participated in the drum circle since 2007. I have rarely missed a month. I have been a resident of Orange County for 25 years and have had an active...

View Ordinance Is Expensive to Enforce

  Editor, In my opinion, the main problem with the proposed view preservation ordinance is the high cost associated with trying to enforce it.  I believe a much simpler and more enforceable method would be to enact one stating that no tree may exceed the highest point of the...

Bugged by Litter

Editor, I walk a lot and our city is becoming one giant ash tray. I see cigarette butts everywhere. In fact, we’re becoming one giant trash can as well. Can nothing be done to eradicate all the butts and garbage? (Do you know that it takes 30 years for a cigarette to...

The Jewel at Our Feet

By Catherine Cooper Who in Laguna does not love the ocean? Every week thousands of us – residents and tourists alike – stroll the beaches, bathe in the sun, swim or surf, or simply congregate on sea walls and decks to watch an evening’s sunset. The Pacific is like our homing...

Dog Doo on Sunset Avenue Ruins the Vibe

Editor, It was such a nice refreshing rain here in South Laguna. The air is so fresh, clean and the plants loved it. Then I went outside to get my morning newspaper and right there on the street is a huge pile of dog poop and I mean huge. This dog must have been backed up for a...

Food Drive Pick-up

  Bag it or box it and put it curbside on trash day for Laguna Food Pantry, now through Nov. 8. Waste Management’s food drive pickup team will deliver nonperishables directly to the Pantry, which provides free groceries to those in need. Most-needed items: cereal, pasta,...

Green Light: Trolling for Trash

 Hopefully an army of Californians was out picking up trash along the Golden State’s 1100 miles of coastline on the morning of Sept. 21.  That was the California Coastal Commission’s annual cleanup day.  Having gone online with no success in finding out whether there was an...

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...

Pet Peeves: Tantalizing Tuesdays

Laguna Beach is a gastronomical delight.  But then, gastronomical is a word that doesn’t go down right.  You could choke on any one of those five syllables.  Let’s say instead, Laguna Beach has good places to eat.  Much yummy-er.  Put away the tums.  Laguna Beach is a tummy ache...

Avoiding Mountains of Trash

Recycling and composting food scraps will keep trash collection fees low as well as lessen the amount of trash taken to overflowing landfills, according to the terms of a renewed 10-year, $43 million waste collection contract approved by the City Council on Tuesday. After nine...

Obsolete Idea to Solve Congestion

Editor, We read with some astonishment and amusement a letter from the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce stating that this village entrance plan is a “visionary” one. In reality, it is 1960s thinking applied to 21st century problems and in three years when...