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Seeing Beyond a Label “You should be aware that not all gays feel well represented by Bob Gentry,” a gay politico told me. “Why not?” I responded. It was 1990 or thereabouts and I was a new naïve councilmember. I didn’t know Bob Gentry when I was first elected, except as a...

Taking Stock

Power Stocks Stocks finished the June quarter with a whimper. As the simmering Euro crisis with Greece finally boiled over, markets dipped everywhere and then began coming back when investors realized that most other economies would easily survive the possible failure of the...

Civility on the Streets, Please

Editor, I am a 30-year Laguna Beach resident and would like to add to Leslie Cunningham’s (“Good Driving Reminers Needed,” Letters, June 19) from last week. I am in complete agreement with her assessment. The street I live on is like playing “driving pinball”...

Save the Date: Protest Nuclear Fuel Storage at San O

Editor, Only Pope Francis seems to be speaking out against the deadly dangers of nuclear energy and the nuclear industry. The tower of Babel is a powerful image of human self-destruction under the desire for power. The public must show up and demand that the Department of Energy...

About-Face on Street Closures Due to Lack of ‘Buy-in’

Editor, Making the reasonable argument that laden with packages and waiting on the street she would not take the trolley, Martha Lydick explains why loss of parking on Forest Avenue would force her to shop and/or dine in Fashion Island.  And Laguna merchants themselves have...

Street Closure, a Tax Payer Boondoggle

Editor, Closing Forest and Ocean Avenues to generate business and increase pedestrian use and enjoyment of these two streets was a hot topic. I was shocked at the idea to relocate farmer’s market to Ocean Avenue. The current location is ideal for families (children can wander...

View Rules Favor the Vegetation Violator

Editor, We are so fortunate to have view enforcement in Laguna Beach. The only problem is that we are not sure as to which side is being protected. Recently I contacted the city for some assistance as there is an undeveloped property within 250 feet from our home that has a tree...

Homesteaders Lacked Appreciation for Native Plants

Editor, I never tire of the panoramic vistas of the ocean and the open space behind in and around Laguna – the original scrub vegetation (all of which is captured on many early landscapes in museums).  That all changed when early settlers were told to plant 40 trees if they...

Columnist Responds to Reader’s Objections

Editor, I read Mr. Tyler response to my tongue-in-cheek column about Cuba.   To be specific, I knew and know about Cuba’s reputation.  The CIA’s website says this specifically:  trafficking in persons: current situation: Cuba is a source country for adults and...
Posted On 26 Jun 2015

Challenging Road Design’s Focus on Speed Rather Than People

Editor, In a report to the Laguna Canyon Task Force the recommended action to improve the Laguna Canyon corridor is to move more traffic faster as illustrated by five roadway design alternatives A-E. The consultant justifies these alternatives by the traffic analysis on page 24...

The Slant

Curmudgeons, Complainers Clog Laguna One of the advantages of living in a small town is that residents have a voice in participatory government. On occasion our city council shows some vision and leadership, which is what we elect them for. Then a group of folks decide they don’t...

Guns 362, Innocents 0

Editor, Between 1984 to the present (June 17, 2015), 362 innocents have been killed in mass shooting rampages in the United States. Incongruously, now that guns can be carried just about everywhere (malls, churches, theaters, government buildings, universities, et. al.), the NRA...

Green Light

Three Amigos of Aliso Creek No, this is not a tale about three South Laguna gunslingers dueling at high noon with a sheriff’s posse from “big town,” some four miles north of here. Instead, armed with nothing more than our thoughts and dedication to protecting our local ocean,...
Posted On 25 Jun 2015

Pet Peeves

Roll Call I had a dream the other night… The City Council looked up and noticed people missing. Poof, appointees had disappeared into thin air. “Where are all our appointees?” Nobody knew. Nobody answered. For the first time in Laguna history, the room was silent. The council was...