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A Tipping Point for a Regional Solution?

Editor, The ACLU lawsuit may be an opportunity for Laguna Beach to lead and organize this issue into a regional solution. As the former national project director and chief executive of HandsAcrossAmerica, I did develop a humble knowledge of this very complicated issue. As you may...

Services for the Homeless Require Economies of Scale

Editor, There can be no question that homelessness is a very real and tragic problem and more needs to be done. However as places like San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Santa Monica have clearly demonstrated, it does not appear that a viable and sustainable solution can be...

Laguna Already Does Its Share

Editor, I am 100% in support of the decision by the City of Laguna Beach to fight the latest ACLU lawsuit. The homeless situation in Laguna is indeed a major problem and I believe Laguna Beach has gone above and beyond in their efforts to assist the homeless population. I am a...

Let Voters Have a Say on Paying for Improvements

Editor,   Let’s face it; Laguna Beach is a filthy rich community. Maybe you and I are not filthy rich, but the city’s $12.7 billion assessed valuation puts it in a class of its own.  The 2015/16 assessor’s office $12.7 billion property valuation gives the city tremendous...

Suit Does Not Combat the Roots of Homelessness

Editor, Here we go again. Crusaders at the elite mega law firm Paul Hastings, caped as the ACLU, have our town in their crosshairs with a freshly filed lawsuit (“ACLU Again Target’s City’s Homeless Policies,” August 28). We elect our town leaders to protect our quality of life...

Homeless Here Are Helped, Not Targeted

Editor, I was extremely surprised and disappointed to read about the current lawsuit that the ACLU has presented to the City of Laguna Beach and am writing to you today to strongly support that the City of Laguna Beach fight these unwarranted accusations. I am absolutely amazed...

City’s Stance Gains Supporters

Editor, We strongly support the city of Laguna Beach in fighting the ACLU lawsuit. Enough is enough.   John and Stephanie Cunningham, Laguna Beach

Laguna Should be a Model, Not a Target

Editor, As I read John Pietig’s well written description as to all that has been accomplished for the homeless in Laguna Beach, the first thought that came to mind was “no good deed goes unpunished.” City managers need our support; whatever it takes, to battle...

A Good Decision for Year-Round Residents

Editor, Margaret Hanson (Aug. 28, “Rental ban intrudes on property rights”) expresses contempt for the City Council’s restrictions on short-term rentals, and seeming contempt for fellow residents of Laguna Beach, whom she informs, “You can’t choose your neighbors.” Also implied...

Community Connection is Also Worth Protecting

Editor, I enjoyed Fried’s commentary and opinion on “Freeing Forest Avenue.” I can’t speak for the merchants, but coming from a local’s standpoint, I fully support no car access and removal of parking. Billy brings up good points about this area being more...

Advocating for Vegetarian Options in Schools

Editor, With the new school year just around the corner, parents’ attention is turning to school clothes, supplies, and lunches. Yes, school lunches! In past years, USDA had used our nation’s schools as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities. Not...

Guest Column

ACLU Suit is Misguided By John Pietig   After substantial investment in services for homeless individuals, the City of Laguna Beach must again defend itself from a lawsuit by the ACLU. The ACLU’s circuitous logic for suing the city twice in six years is irrational and begs...

Stephen Lee Runnalls

A former Laguna resident in the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, Stephen Lee Runnalls died suddenly from a heart attack on July 7, 2015, in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, where he had lived for more than two years. Born on Jan. 10, 1944 in Los Angeles to Eugene and Gladys Runnalls, Steve grew up...

Michael Schluter

Michael Schluter, of Laguna Beach, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 1, 2015, in Laguna Beach. He was 56 years old. Schluter was born April 12, 1959, in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and is survived by his mother Frances Staar, his sister Corinne Tagliaferro and her husband Louis and his two...