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Letter: Class Notes

Local resident, Jimmy Dunne, was acknowledged for completing the John Hopkins CTY Chinese school program with honors. He also placed third in his school’s MAA math competition among 182 students. Jimmy received his open water diving certification and green belt in Krav Maga. His...

Letter: Opposed to Fried’s Take on National Politics

What a delusional joke was Billy Fried’s column last week, from the top of the pointy-eared pink caps to the self-emasculating “toxic masculinity” bottom. Feminize all men, or is it just all white men? No thanks. A kinder, more humane planet with the likes of...

Letter: Design Review System is Broken

After watching the City Council item on Jan. 8, “Improving the Design Review Process,” I am compelled to share my experiences. I believe our system is broken on numerous levels. Here’s why: There has been an ongoing tree dispute on Ocean Way for years. Three of those years, I...

Letter: A Letter to Mayor Whalen

I was happy to see that the council supported the Landscape and Scenic Highways documents in defining what the scope of work would be for the consultants on the downtown action plan. But I was disappointed that the council didn’t support more public workshops during the “Action...

Letter: Criminalizing Peter Blake 

As a third-generation resident of Laguna Beach with a five-generation family history in local government and public schools, I’ve been an active stakeholder in important and sometimes controversial civic affairs in our hometown.   But no one ever threatened to criminalize my...

Letter: Regarding a DRB Do-Over

Hurrah to Peter Blake! Finally, Laguna has the disrupter we have been waiting for on City Council. This past council meeting, Blake went after the Design Review process, which is in dire need of reform. Most everyone agrees that DRB is a contentious, disdainful process that needs...

Letter: Sock Drive Success

A sincere thank you to the Boys Scouts of Laguna Beach on a successful sock drive during the month of November. Hundreds of mostly new, quality socks are still being handed out to our homeless population. They are truly grateful for warm feet.   Karen Sciortino, Net-Works...

Letter: Regarding Michael Ray’s Last Column

  Oddly enough, on Friday, Jan. 4, I was watching NHK (a Japanese-based news broadcasting company, which is aired on PBS daily from 4-4:30 p.m.) and the topic was the aging Japanese population, which the government is fully aware of and has been taking steps to address for...

Letter: A Fox in the Henhouse

Over the past several days, I and fellow volunteers have been walking Canyon Acres and Arroyo Drive and the adjacent Sarah Thurston neighborhood talking face-to-face with homeowners and residents about the most recent threat to the residential character and safety of our...

Letter: Thanks to the City, Citizens Working on Behalf of Our Green Canopy

The recent holidays have come and gone, but the wonderful act by the city to replant 30 of the longstanding empty tree well sites will remain with us for many holiday seasons to come. We commend the city for taking this urgently needed action. We also want to commend the...

Letter:In Response to Mr. Ray’s Musings

I read with both amusement and bewilderment, an economic primer for the New Year, and then got a little perturbed. Unless you’re schooled or familiar with economics or financial markets, you make think Mr. Ray arguments have some validity. His points are both fallacious and...

Letter: Hotel Laguna Developments

After working for more than two years with the owners of the Hotel Laguna property to reach agreement on revitalizing this iconic location, we’ve been advised that the property owners have decided to go in another direction and enter into a transaction with another party. Our...

Letter: A Plant-Based New Year’s Resolution

Dear Editor, With the glow of Christmas barely behind us, we look forward to the new year and the customary New Year’s resolutions: reduce social media, reduce weight, and, this year, reduce animal food consumption. One third of consumers already report reducing their...

Letter: In Response to John Pietig’s Guest Column

Did I just read John Pietig’s guest column correctly…we spent $18,000 for a team of arborists to verify that four 50- to 80-foot-tall eucalyptus trees should be replaced? This is crazy. Why do we keep wasting our money on “professional consultants” to tell us what we already...

Letter: Let’s Lighten Up in 2019

There is a lot of bad juju in the world these days. It’s really unfortunate. Ugly wars are going on, people are fleeing their countries in droves, terrorists are bombing beautiful cities and people, and here in our country there are disgusting shootings in schools, churches and...

Letter: In Response to Michael Ray’s “The Attack on Young Families”

Perhaps some of what Michael Ray says is uncomfortably true, but he fails to state the underlying cause of the reason young California families can no longer afford to buy a home in Laguna or almost anywhere in California without it being a tremendous financial burden. For that...

Letter: The Best Surf Movie Ever Made

My wife and I were at the 2018 Pipeline Masters contest two weeks ago on our vacation to Oahu and Kona. Perfect prelude to watching the best surfing movie ever the next day, featuring some of the best North Shore and Pipeline line stories ever told. The movie classic...

Letter: Give the Gift of a Livable Planet

This holiday season, the one gift that I most want to wrap up for my two teenage kids is a livable world. But recent scientific reports tell us we have to cut fossil fuel use 50 percent by 2030 to avoid catastrophic climate impacts. Toward this goal, five members of Congress just...

Letter: Foresight Needed When Picking Trees

One of the items at the Tuesday, Dec. 11, City Council meeting was about a Heritage Tree that was apparently quite tall and had been growing for decades. In its growth, it embraced (literally) a power pole, and attempts to keep it reasonable failed – in fact part of one side of...

Letter: City Failed to Prioritize Eliminating Odors Near Victoria Beach

At its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11, the Laguna Beach City Council authorized the purchase of a Biological Odor Control System to control odors at the Bluebird SOCWA Lift Station (located at the end of Galen Drive near the corner of Calliope and Glenneyre Street). The equipment is...

Letter: Laguna’s Décor a Bit Lackluster

The pepper tree is beautiful. Hospitality Night was sure fun. But I have to say, our lights downtown this year were a bit of a disappointment. I’m sure a lot of people have been down to Dana Point Harbor – OMG – it’s like Disneyland on steroids! Maybe...

Letter: Let’s Help Others This Holiday

The definition of a bully is someone who picks on those weaker than the bully, and the City Council seems bent on playing that role. The “problem” of the homeless reminds me of the “invasion” of migrants at the border that politicians see. It’s all...

Letter: In Support of the Green New Deal

I’m a 20-year-old student from Ladera Ranch that is worried about the ongoing climate crisis taking place in the world. After reading extensively about the recent wildfires in our beautiful state and their connection to climate change, I’ve realized that we need to...

Letter: Residents Still Care About Maintaining Laguna’s Aesthetic

At the Planning Commission meeting on the Cleo Street project on Wednesday, Nov. 7, someone attempting to defend the project against charges of incompatibility with the neighborhood asked rhetorically, “Who decided Laguna is supposed to look a certain way?” The answer to that...



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