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Go Slow, Laguna!

Editor, My children, who grew up in Laguna Beach, spent the summer vacation here in July with the grandkids. They noticed the aggressiveness and irritation of so many drivers now. My son thought of a slogan we can use while driving in town: go slow, Laguna! Many small towns in...

Outreach Fails to Include Absentee Landlords

Editor The Downtown Specific Plan workshop led by MIG Consultants was enlightening, providing an excellent opportunity for public comment.  The public, staff, and a few business owners were present.  However, notably absent groups were the actual owners for major pieces of...

Rental Regulations Impose on Property Rights

Editor: Re: “Sharing Economy Strikes a Familiar Note” Why so angry? I’m also a working taxpaying resident, and I don’t see why we all can’t just get along? Demonizing all short term rentals (VRBO, Airbnb etc.) as nothing but loud, havoc wreaking party going parade...

Poor Direction in Another School Board Drama

Editor, When an elected official misses over 100 recorded votes and deliberations on 200 agenda items during three consecutive months of absence, we all sympathize with any personal causes beyond that official’s control. But Sam Eidt’s sarcastic commentary on the issues raised by...

Emotional Plea Does Not Change Facts

Editor, The CHP carefully examines all evidence and conducts a thorough investigation into traffic deaths involving police officers. The CHP investigative report determined no evidence existed to support LBPD Officer Coutchie had cause to be speeding the night of his death. I...

Misgivings Over Police Memorial

Editor, Our police department provided speculative remarks to the concerned citizens of Laguna Beach regarding the death of Officer Coutchie. The speculative assertions made by police did not pass the smell test after the CHP investigation had formally been concluded, case closed...

Considerate Bus Driver Earns a Fan

Editor, This is a from my heart. Thank you to the driver of the Laguna Beach Transit bus who called me last Thursday morning around 8 a.m. to ask me if I have a little brown doxie. He saw my little dog, Cricket, wandering on Cress Street and knew she was one of those who was an...

Sea Photo Reception Makes a Splash

Editor, Over 80 artists, photographers and ocean supporters celebrated the Laguna Bluebelt’s fourth annual photo contest winners at the Susi Q Gallery “What Do You Sea” reception last Thursday. Everyone there appreciated the power of photography and art to move us to take action...

Readers Invited to Help Children in Cambodia

Editor, I was thrilled with the article on the new Laguna Beach Friendship School (July 31 edition.) If anyone wants to contribute, they can do so through the Rescue Task Force Website rescuetaskforce.org using the notation “Cambodia Schools.” $50 buys a bicycle, $170 sponsors a...

Reader Raises Objections to Streetcar Idea

Editor, A slow moving streetcar with a proposed route on Laguna Canyon down to Ocean Avenue is a critical part of our exit route for those living, working and visiting Laguna. Third Street (with a very steep grade) meets Forest, crosses Ocean and merges onto Laguna Canyon Road or...

Return When the Storm Has Passed

Editor, Clearly the board is aware of the circumstances regarding Ms. Normandin’s absence.  She is still with us and it appears is still involved with running the district but hasn’t been able to make the meetings. To my knowledge there haven’t been any tie...

Coutchie Went in Harm’s Way to Protect Others

Editor, I respectfully differ with the letter published in the July 24 edition regarding LBPD Officer Jon Coutchie’s tragic death in the line of duty. Officer Coutchie was indeed a hero, deserving of our profound gratitude and respect.   He was responding with appropriate urgency...

Lonesome Death of Sandra Bland

Editor, Living in our small town by the sea, headlines about nation-wide breakdown of police-community relations may seem like a big city problem.  Yet, the recent arrest and jailhouse death of Sandra Bland in Texas, after she failed to signal a lane change, hits close to home....

The Tune ‘Sharing Economy’ Strikes a Familiar Note

Editor, The marketing name for it is the “sharing economy,” but a popular country song from a few years back (about a cowboy’s divorce) better describes just how the “sharing economy” works when it comes to controversial short-term transient rentals like Airbnb, VRBO, and others....

‘Sunshine’ Exhibit Reveals Local Art History

Editor, On Saturday, I attended the “Orange Sunshine” art show, which was reported in your July 24th issue. The show is a documentation of a mid century, Laguna Beach art venue central to and made famous by a satellite countercultural movement. It was attended by what...