Do you want a City Council person who is more responsive to Laguna residents or to visitors? If you answer residents, your choice for City Council should be Verna Rollinger. Council members Steve Dicterow and Bob Whalen persisted in supporting the building of a visitor-serving parking garage at the village entrance at a cost of $65 million despite public opposition. It took establishing a public movement, the Let Laguna Vote campaign, to cause Dicterow and Whalen to finally scrap the plan to build the garage. Verna Rollinger was a part of the opposition from the beginning and a leader in Let Laguna Vote.
Another example of insensitivity to residents’ concerns is when Whalen and Dicterow went against city staff and Planning Commission’s proposed ordinance to prohibit short- term lodging in residential neighborhoods. The community expected the council to adopt the ordinance as recommended but Whalen and Dicterow formed a sub-committee to find a way to allow some short-term lodging in our neighborhoods. Another grass-roots campaign was required before Dicterow and Whalen relented and adopted the Planning Commission ordinance.
If the incumbents had a better ear for resident concerns, the community wouldn’t need to expend such efforts to campaign against their unpopular ideas.
For these reasons and more, I urge you to vote for Verna.
Darrylin Girvin, Laguna Beach