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Short-Term Rentals Restrictions Trample on Property Rights

Editor, letter was addressed to City Council members: I’ve just read the news articles in the OC Register, Laguna Beach Independent and the Coastline Pilot regarding “short-term rentals.” The City Council is considering whether to continue to allow them or not. Another...

Where Transparency and Politics Collide

Editor, The recent vote on the proposal to install streaming video in Laguna Beach school board meetings has tragically put one of our own in a negative light. Board members voted 3-1 in favor; the lone nay was Bill Landsiedel. Bill is an elected official whose only platform to...

Tired of the Toll Road

Editor, Am I the only one who is tired of being cheated and abused by the toll road? You know, the toll road that was built with New Jersey construction money and was once blocked in Orange County because of a rare bird habitat. But the Laguna fire wiped out the poor little...

Shopper Dissatisfied by Inventory

Editor, I have to agree with Roderick Reed on the prices at Haggen’s (“Haggen’s Price Pinch,” May 22 edition)! I appreciated their wide, uncluttered aisles, but not only were many of the items I normally bought more expensive, but others I bought were no longer available...

Laguna Does Not Survive on Tourists

Editor, I read John Thomas’s commentary in May 22 edition of the Coastline Pilot, “Laguna Does not Survive on Tourists” (his response to David Hansen’s column 5/15), which raises the issue of whether we, the residents of Laguna, are subsidizing the tourists that visit Laguna and...

The Kibitzer

Vacation Rentals Can Work in Laguna I love home share sites like AirBnB and VRBO. They have shrunken the world and democratized hospitality in a marvelous way. I stay in unique architectural abodes in interesting neighborhoods, instead of hotels in tourist districts. I have a...

Guest column

Drought ‘Solutions’ Deserve Closer Scrutiny How do all us water wise Lagunatics feel now? We saved and saved water while our neighbors in Newporsche Beach kept their sprinklers going full blast right up till the end. The result is they must cut back 28% from their profligate...

Green Light

Aliso Creek Back to the Future $1.6 million! That’s what was recently paid for William Wendt’s painting, “The Old Coast Road.” The amount was more than twice the anticipated selling price for this iconic work of art. This brought to mind a color plate I saw long ago of Wendt’s...
Posted On 28 May 2015

Pet Peeves

My 15 Minutes The unthinkable happened on April 25. The Orange County Press Club notified me by email that Pet Peeves was a finalist in the Excellence for Journalism Awards. I have never seen the words pet peeves and excellence used in the same sentence. I reread it again. The...

Taking Stock

Readiness is All Slow growth continues. This is a generally favorable environment for stock investors as it discourages the booms and busts that accompany apparent but unsustainable growth surges. Recent examples were the dot.com frenzy of 2000 and the popping of the housing...

Shore Scene

Raptors Lured to New Habitat June 1972 is considered the date of the first important victory in the modern environmental movement. That is when DDTwas banned by the EPA because it was shown that using the pesticide led to eggshell thinning in raptors and other birds, including...

Pet Peeves

Skating By I’ve morphed into that old guy my friends and I used to make fun of when we were kids. I tell today’s kids to turn down the music, not to smoke and not to skateboard over the fire hydrant in front of my house. And the kids’ reaction to me is to turn up the music, smoke...

Bring Back the Lagoon

Editor, The Aliso Estuary, a crucial and rare coastal wetland, is set to be restored through a $300,000 grant awarded to the Laguna Ocean Foundation by the California Coastal Conservancy. Over 90 percent of California’s coastal wetlands have disappeared due to developments for...

Kudos for Embracing Open Access

Editor Thank you and bravo to Laguna Beach school board members who voted to support a simple act of transparency: providing public video access to school board meetings. Government should be in the sunshine. Everyone behaves better when they know that they are being recorded....

Landsiedel’s Sour Grapes

Editor, School board member William Landsiedel has never been as passionate about any issue as he was in his failed bid to stop the board’s approval of a live stream podcast of our school board meetings.  Once again Landisedel reveals his true colors…unintentionally....