Letter: Pavilion is the Wrong Project for Village Entrance

Share this:

I invite Laguna readers of the Indy to take a close look at this project. It’s the wrong project in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Consider some of the issues:

Maintenance: Who pays for maintenance—the city or the arts commission?

Personnel: As this venue will need to be scheduled, who will be responsible for paying a scheduler? Do we get yet another city employee with pension and other benefits?

Access: Will the pavilions be closed at night and fenced off to prevent the homeless from having access? As the pavilions are at least partially enclosed, how does the city prevent criminal activity?

Restrooms: Does the city clean and maintain the restrooms? How can/will they be integrated into an open structure?

Police: What are additional burdens placed on law enforcement? Who pays for this? Law enforcement is already stretched pretty thin.

Permanence: Once built, the pavilions will be difficult and costly to remove. It will also be difficult for the city to admit they made a mistake.

Use: Do we really need another venue to attract even more tourists than we currently have?

I understand that the Arts Commission may pay some of these costs. The city seems anxious to green light this project, and Laguna residents have had little input. If you are concerned, let your City Council members know how you feel. There is a petition making the rounds in Laguna opposing this project—sign it. Lastly, it is my understanding that this is on the agenda for the Sept. 24 city council meeting. Go. If you don’t go, don’t complain if this gets approved!

George Orff, Laguna Beach

Share this:
Firebrand 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.
We require users to provide their true full name, including first and last names, as a condition for comments. We reserve the right to change this policy based on future developments.

Scroll down to comment on this post.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here