Quantcast
949-715-4100

Rental Ban Intrudes on Property Rights

Editor, Thanks to your reporting, I have learned that the City Council intends to ban residential short-term rentals. My husband and I have owned our own home in the village for 10 years. During the summer, we find ways to vacate as much as possible due to the crowds. While away,...

Applause for Short-Term Rental Ban

Editor, Major kudos to our city council for the unanimous vote on short-term rentals! They made the right choice and proved they are a council that can get things. Code enforcement has a green light to move ahead and finish the job and stop all the illegal rentals, and it’s...

ACLU Again Sues Laguna Over its Homeless Policy

Editor, Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig stated in response to the announcement of the second ACLU lawsuit that: “It is very disappointing to be a target of the ACLU given the city’s proven track record of being a leader in providing services to the homeless community.”...

Honor Coutchie by Honoring Law

Editor, There is a false narrative being propounded by both City Hall and its critics that would have people in our town choose sides concerning the death of Laguna Beach Police Officer Jon Coutchie. This entire “debate” is misdirected.  Coutchie died in the line of...

How About Trucking in Recycled Water?

Editor, The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board now allows recycled water for residential irrigation, street sweeping and fire suppression among other uses in a July, 2015 engineering report. Recycled water can be supplied at local fill stations and hauled to...

Thanks to Our Awesome Customers

Editor, Last month, we reported on the June 2013 water-conservation results –collectively you achieved a 31% reduction over June of 2013 usage against a mandated reduction of 24%. The July 2015 figures have just become available and South Coast Water District customers broke...

Board Perk Abuses a Public Resource

Editor: Thursday’s Brian Bromberg concert at the Festival of Arts was a truly fine event. It’s a shame that I couldn’t hear the music because I was pushed off to the side in a plastic chair. Why? Because FOA board members reserved every single table directly in...

Fire Safety: Seeing the Forest for the Trees

Editor, Only trees are being addressed for fire prevention, which is missing the big picture. Vegetation thinning and tree maintenance are critical. But for newer Laguna residents, trees were not the problem in our 1993 fire. It was lack of accessibility to areas by fire trucks,...

Short-term Rentals Disrespect the Neighborhood

Editor, This letter was also addressed to the City Council. Please respect the city’s general plan and residential zoning restrictions to limit short term lodging to areas zoned for commercial activities. Illegal commercial rentals in residential zones require effective...

Surely a Creative Solution Exists

Editor, I am a homeowner and full-time resident of Laguna Beach, and am commenting on short-term rentals in our town. I would like to preface my opinion by stating that I have never rented out my home, and have no future plans to do so. Regardless, I was very disturbed at the...

Time to Tap Reclaimed Water

Editor, Why doesn’t Laguna Beach have a citywide reclaimed water system like surrounding cities? Laguna Beach County Water District has no reclaimed water system. Ten million gallons of wastewater are now discharged to the ocean every day from the Coastal Treatment Plant in Aliso...

Officer’s Actions Fall Within Police Protocol

Editor, While on patrol that fateful Saturday night two years ago, Officer Jon Coutchie received a radio report that another officer had observed a vehicle racing through our crowded streets in a reckless manner at high speed. Such drivers are often under the influence of...

Seeing Laguna Through a Cop’s Eyes

Editor, Whether you love them or “not so much,” the Citizen’s Police Academy is a course you should take. I was a graduate of their Spring 2015 class. I had worked for the city so I started the class with a very positive impression of our local police. Others in our class said...

Praise for Elsa Brizzi Comes From Every Corner

Editor, Laguna Beach came together to honor Elsa Brizzi at its annual Woman of the Year event sponsored by the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club. The gala luncheon was decorated by Liz Roger in bright yellow and blue table clothes with yellow sunflowers and blue wild flowers. The...

Correction:

In the article “Keep Calm and Groom On” in the Aug. 7 edition, prices for dog grooming were reported in error. Baths start at $35; haircuts start at $55. Full grooming can range up to $200 depending on the size and breed of the dog and the condition of their coat.