The attacks on Village Laguna, which strike me as very mean-spirited, have become downright silly. This grassroots organization puts on an annual home tour to draw attention to Laguna’s history and remarkable architecture and to fundraise. I went a couple of years ago; it was great to learn more about Laguna and to see inside some of its loveliest homes.
But apparently nothing Village Laguna does is too mundane for its critics and their obsession with the local deep state. Two letters in the Independentlast week pitched a fit because its home tour advertising nowhere mentions that this organization also weighs in on issues affecting the community and contributes to candidates who support its goals. Why is this information, which is “right on their website” as one of the letters noted, perceived as scandalous?
Also, right there on the website are the names of its Board of Directors. I would take the letter writers’ concern with transparency more seriously if they had something to say about the deep-pocketed developers who hid behind the name “Liberate Laguna,” a PAC formed with the purpose of putting development-friendly candidates into office last year. Liberate Laguna invested some $200,000 in an onslaught of advertising, much of it hateful, some of it demonstrably false, to enrich the developer-donors whose names were nowhere to be found in their ads and endless mailers, and which are absent from its webpage. Where is the outrage over their lack of transparency and anti-democratic influence?
Catherine Jurca, Laguna Beach