Because of my aversion to meetings, I am not a member of Village Laguna, but I have long been a grateful fan of that organization. Thus, I was horrified to see the ad attacking VL in your recent issue.
I would ask anyone who pays attention to that ad to ask two questions: 1) Why is Laguna Beach so much more beautiful than all the other coastal cities in SoCal? (Think about Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Corona del Mar, and San Clemente, all of which were once charming seaside villages but are now hideously overdeveloped.)
The answer is that Village Laguna has fought for decades to establish and protect the magnificent belt of green open space that surrounds our city and to preserve the village character by fighting against those who would build huge hotels and turn charming historical cottages into “McMansions” a la CdM.
2) Why would someone place such an ad? Answer: Perhaps because they want to put an end to Village Laguna’s influence and, similar to Liberate Laguna, are waging a war against the very people who have fought for decades to preserve the unique character of Laguna Beach.
I encourage all residents to show their support for Village Laguna’s work by attending the Charm House Tour, VL’s primary fundraiser. It is clear to me that the big money developers hope to bankrupt Village Laguna; let’s show them that we support our town by attending the tour in record numbers.
Tickets can be purchased online at Village Laguna’s website or locally at a number of businesses in town.
Kris Evans, Laguna Beach