Gelsons is taking Haggen’s place in December, but as you have heard from neighbors and friends there is great resentment against the bloated, city government for not encouraging other market chains to bid for Haggen’s.
One city councilmember emailed me and said the city had no business interfering in the process. I found his email absurd since the city makes contractors and residents wait months and sometimes years for permits to make improvements or begin new construction. The downtown bagel shop waited almost a year and spent thousands for studies to move 50 feet. Merchants are called to city hall to describe in detail the items they plan to sell.
Laguna Beach citizens talk daily about how the city will interfere in their way of life next and yet now we have only one competitive grocery market in town with a large number of shoppers leaving town to buy groceries. To say Laguna Beach residents have lost faith in the city council and the huge, expensive city government is the understatement of the day and now we face 2016 with a new mayor, Steve Dicterow, who in my opinion is inept and unqualified to be mayor.
Roger Carter, Laguna BeachFirebrand Media LLC wants comments that advance the discussion, and we need your help to accomplish this mission. Debate and disagreement are welcomed on our platforms but do it with respect. We won't censor comments we disagree with. Viewpoints from across the political spectrum are welcome here. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, our community is not obliged to host all comments shared on its website or social media pages, including:
- Hate speech that is racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic slurs, or calls for violence against a particular type of person.
- Obscenity and excessive cursing.
- Libelous language, whether or not the writer knows what they're saying is false.
Scroll down to comment on this post.