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Letters to the Editor

Letter: What is the Value of the Ocean to Laguna?

Much of the City Council planning session last Saturday was focused on financial considerations. What, then, is the value of the ocean to Laguna's economy, ecology and quality of life? One metric we found from real estate experts is the value of the Greenbelt. A nature reserve is determined to...

Letter: Village Laguna Didn’t Get the Message

Reading all of the letters lately being sent to your editor from members or "followers" of Village Laguna has been funny. They appear frustrated, angry, etc., over the fact that they did not place their candidates on City Council during this past election in November and are being vindictive,...

Letter: Pick Something Colorful to Wear in Laguna

I am always surprised to see so many people dressed in black, especially men in black t-shirts when I am out in town. Black is beautiful, but I thought it was a popular evening color. Years ago, the owner of the Riviera hotel told his fellow Rotarians and others...

Letter: Bluebird Canyon Speed Bump Process Unfair

If a speed hump can get approved on the only road entering a box canyon, on a critical evacuation route, where over 500 residents live, then it can be approved just about anywhere in Laguna Beach. Case in point, the city manager chose to add a request for a speed...

Letter: Ray Compares Blake to Wrong President

In his recent column, Michael Ray compared former council member Peter Blake to a former US president.  Who did he choose? At first blush, you’d think he’d choose the obvious: Donald Trump. Why?  Because of when they were both in office, they used hate, swear words, name-calling, and yelling at citizens...

Letter: Note to Michael Ray

Note to Michael Ray: Ok, we got it that you hate Village Laguna and think incivility and bullying are acceptable behavior. You can write about something else now. Dick Harley, Laguna Beach

Letter: Proposed Parking Structures Not the Answer

I, too, wish to add my voice to oppose the proposed massive parking structures at the South Laguna and Third Street locations. The construction, pollution, and carbon footprint these recently proposed parking plans would create is not a solution for the already congested areas.  In fact, quite the opposite effect...

Letter: Lack of Leadership Caused Council Incivility

It was a pleasure to watch the first full meeting of the 2023 City Council on Jan. 10, where speakers were treated respectfully, and the Council had congenial discussions at the dais.  For the past four years, what was allowed to occur at each City Council meeting was a failure...

Letter: Two Possible Solutions to the Parking Issue

I've been a resident of the City of Laguna Beach since 1988, almost as long as the City has been addressing parking issues. Unfortunately, parking problems in our town have had decades to compound, so the possible solutions are just as layered and varied. In pursuing the ideal solution,...

Letter: No Presbyterian Parking Deal Until City-wide Plan is Approved

With the City Council primed and gung-ho-ready to rush into approving the Presbyterian parking structure deal, shouldn't the public have a full say in this purported $55.6 million project? If the City Council is inviting residents to offer input for the City's overall parking plan, why aren't residents being given...