Amnesty for View Theft



Laguna is a paradox of sorts. A landslide strikes Bluebird Canyon and the city unifies to help. People open their homes, they voluntarily inflict a tax on themselves, and, in the end, numerous homes are rebuilt on an area prone to landslides. Everyone is a hero.

On the other hand, the same citizenry plants trees that block neighbors’ views and summarily refuse to trim and maintain them.

As a result of this obtuseness, the city is preparing to focus its resources on preserving and restoring views. Tree owners are in an uproar. “You should have thought of that when you bought your house” I have heard some say. ‬

Folks, what I am hoping for is a sort of tree trimming amnesty. All you inconsiderate so‬-called “neighbors” who have been so obdurate these many years now have a chance to redeem your reputation. Cut your trees. Give back to your neighbors what you have stolen and what is rightfully theirs to enjoy – the ocean view this city was built around.

You have the power to put this entire thing to bed; just start being neighborly and break out the chainsaws.


Mike Rybah, Laguna Beach

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