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Letters to the Editor

Letter: NCC’s housing application draft process requires community’s patience

For decades, Neighborhood Congregational Church (NCC) thrived, serving the needs of Laguna Beach families. But today, we live in different times. Churches all over the country are closing as they struggle to remain relevant to millions of Americans who identify as spiritual but not religious. In 2020, our congregation decided...

Letter: No bang for the buck

Why would the city council take away the celebration of being American and watching fireworks? The environment? Cost? Sad dogs? If the environment is concerning the city council, they could put solar panels on city buildings like other cities. All city cars could be electric. If Laguna Beach really aspires...

Letter: Response to Ketta Brown’s guest opinion

Having read Ketta Brown’s guest opinion in the Laguna Beach Independent last week regarding the proposed low-income housing project at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, I would like to highlight a few points she made. Ketta claims that this project will go through “the ‘normal’ design review process.” I believe this to...

Letter: Who’s looking out for us?

At the July 2 Audit Committee meeting, we learned that the city had decided to change auditors, had solicited potential new firms and had closed the bid process. We learned that the reason for the change was the desire of the City Council for a speedier turnaround of the...

Letter: Fourth of July in Laguna Beach 

The City’s drone show was a unique way for our village to celebrate Independence Day with lights and action without contaminating the air with gunpowder smoke or littering the ocean with thousands of pieces of plastic and paper debris from the exploding canisters or re-creating the terrifying sound pollution...

Letter: Supportive of NCC housing, but on a smaller scale

We support, in concept, the Neighborhood Congregational Church planned affordable housing. We voiced our support to a friend who is a NCC member. Once we received details from the Related California report to the city, which proposed a 72-unit project with an overall size and scale beyond anything imagined...

Letter: Affordable housing in Laguna

Hats off to our local Neighborhood Congregational Church and its willingness to use excess space to build low-income housing. This is such a Christian act. We have a large number of residents who would qualify for this type of housing. These individuals are facing challenging difficulties and navigating the...

Letter: A sin tax for drinking alcohol as a revenue source?

I watched and listened to the City Council meeting last Tuesday night, June 11. Desperately seeking revenue sources to fund the humungous pile of Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs) plus operation and maintenance costs, community services, etc., I didn’t hear anyone start a conversation about “sin taxes,” in this case,...

Letter: Let’s find a solution 

Heavily restricted access to the Main Beach volleyball courts is not one of the world’s biggest problems. On the other hand, it’s a problem that doesn’t need to exist. A wide range of possible solutions could convert this problem into a community-wide benefit.  First, the background. The Laguna Beach Recreation...

Letter: Why are Laguna’s roads so bad?

Driving through Dana Pt and Monarch Beach on silky smooth blacktop, well-groomed and attractive, leads to a stark contrast upon entering Laguna just past the hospital. The condition of Pacific Coast Highway becomes an embarrassment of potholes and fatigued asphalt and concrete patches. Having to negotiate street hazards that...