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Long-term Renters, Too, Can Lack Civility

Editor, This is a rebuttal to Mr. Milton (“Step Up the Pressure to Ban Short-Term Rentals Permanently,” Letters, May 27 edition.) Can you please substantiate the claims you make against STRs? i.e., specifically, what date did you file a complaint about trash? Or noise till 2...

Elitism in Laguna Beach

Editor, I want to thank the representatives of Village Laguna for pointing me to the short-term rental advocacy guide. The fundamental principles in the guide are for advocates to: Stay positive and offer solutions not criticism, use facts and stories to support the position and,...

Short-Term Lodging Drains a Town of Community

Editor: Our sister city, St. Ives, in Cornwall, England, is a popular seaside town filled with artists and writers drawn to St. Ives by its extraordinary natural beauty and rustic charm, very much like Laguna Beach. Unfortunately St. Ives is suffering from “ghostification,” a...

Cars are No Silver Bullet

Editor, See “No Silver Bullet for Congestion” by Rita Robinson (May 20 edition). Back in 1999 a steering committee drafted a vision plan for Laguna, The Laguna Beach 2030: A Framework for Strategic Planning. Therein are seven vision concepts that define our village...

Foundation’s Mission Should Include Wildfire Protection

Editor, The letter was addressed to Hallie Jones, executive director of the Laguna Canyon Foundation. The Foundation’s stated mission is to repair trails, eradicate invasive plants and add new parkland.  While these are worthy activities, you’re missing the most important mission...

Where Have all the Benches Gone?

Editor, Has anyone noticed the absence of the park benches at Pepper Tree Park? I’m assuming it’s because the homeless were sitting on them. Not laying on them, because that was taken care of when they installed the rails. These are the same benches they freshly...

Where Legal Rules and Complaints Collide

Editor, Last Wednesday night at 9 p.m. two Laguna Beach residents encountered a woman panhandler in downtown Laguna whereby a brief exchange of words ensued. Our panhandler then denied any assistance to the public restroom, gave the finger dropped her pants and began to defecate...

Step Up the Pressure to Ban Short-Term Rentals Permanently

Editor, The subject of short-term rentals is not going away. A letter in last week’s paper by Greg Burzzell stated, “The moratorium on acceptance of applications will be lifted at the end of October. This is a monumental incorrect statement. The city council could in fact vote to...

Rising Trash Fees Tip the Scale on Home Affordability

Editor, Will rate increases eventually cease or continue to increase? As a resident for 50 years and homeowner with a separately located studio, this rate hike along with under grounding utilities creates a rising cost of living burden reaching untenable levels, affordable mostly...

Turn Indicators Are Not Optional Equipment

Editor, Do people think everyone else driving on the road is psychic? How many of us have gritted our teeth or cursed when someone cuts us off, crosses several lanes to make a right or left, or just suddenly makes a right or left, stops and tries to park, or makes a...

Smoking in Wilderness Areas Demands Attention

Editor, This letter was also addressed to City Manager John Pietig. A short while ago, I spotted several newly planted hinged signs positioned near the entry to the Laguna Wilderness at the north end of Alta Laguna Boulevard. I was hoping these might be a measure taken to address...

Boost Bus Patronage With User-Friendly Outreach

Editor: What is this about “the stigma of riding the bus in a town filled with expensive cars?” Has Laguna become that provincial and nouveau riche? Not everyone in this town drives or wants to drive expensive cars. Our 1988 Camry and our 2002 Saturn feel quite comfortable...

What’s That Smell?

Editor, A foul smell is blowing in from the East as Trump-like rhetoric and personal attacks arrive in the Indy. When someone is losing on an issue, the reaction is often to attack the messenger. Winners stick to the issues in respectful debate. Sure, Billy Fried has the right to...

A Culprit in City Hall’s Talent Drain

Editor, One subject no one brings up in conversation is Laguna Beach city government.  The Indy front-page article (“Turnover at City Hall,” May 6 edition) about key people leaving city hall was a pleasant surprise. How could the city public works director, who supervises about...

Accolades for Chef Alessandro

Editor, The city approaches local businesses to encourage them to install parklets (a sidewalk extension that provides extra space for people using the street to sit, eat, rest, chat, park bikes, strollers etc). Only one business takes up the offer and follows through to...