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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Why no term limits?

Laguna Beach Residents/Voters, isn't it time our elected officials allow us to vote on adopting City Council and Boards and Commission term limits? As a resident and supporter of term limits for elected officials, I have spoken at council a number of times and sent a written request to city...

Letter: Suggestion to add Indy online poll comment section 

I'd like to suggest that the Indy create an online reader response page for its weekly polls so that readers can discuss the pros and cons of each poll's question. Simple poll questions such as "Do you support changing the Downtown Specific Plan to allow more two and 3-story buildings...

Letter: Water boiling over

In ancient times, philosophers and scientists believed four classical elements of fire, water, earth and air could be used to explain the nature and complexity of all matter. Let’s use two elements, fire and water, to explore some complex matters currently facing Laguna Beach. According to CAL FIRE, the fire is...

Letter: Village Laguna opposes City Council Zoom bombing 

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, the council and attendees were subjected to repetitive, hateful comments, which included cursing, racial epithets, and antisemitic and homophobic statements by callers on Zoom. Like other organizations in our town, Village Laguna is in firm opposition to those who intentionally use disruptive methods to...

Osborne’s column inspires reader to explore regenerative farming

After reading “Green Light” by Tom Osborne in the Feb. 9 Laguna Beach Independent, we realized his comments about the San Juan Capistrano Ecology Center’s approach to farming directly impact carbon control as it relates to climate. Controlling carbon and its impact on the Earth’s climate is one of the main...

Letter: City Council needs term limits

Change is an everlasting reality so...Laguna Beach City Council, please put “Term Limits” for all our elected officials on the ballot now! Sam Goldstein, former Liberate Laguna PAC member

Letter: Bipartisanship needed to achieve common goals

I was surprised that a letter published in response to my guest column about the Utility Tax I’m working to stop before it takes effect focused on my party affiliation. It seems irrelevant to me in this context, but I’ll clarify a few points for the record. First and most...

Letter: Bottlebrush trees at Village Entrance are missed

Paul Merritt’s letter ‘Village Entrance aesthetic leaves much to be desired’ (Feb. 2 Indy) addressed what has been on my mind for some time now. I, too, wonder who decided to replace the mature, established, drought-tolerant bottlebrush trees with what he calls “weeds in a gravel patch.” Having worked in...

Letter: Take advantage of Sally’s Fund

Attention seniors and friends of seniors: Sally’s now has four vehicles and friendly drivers to take you anywhere in South Orange County to do whatever you plan to do. When you are done, they will wait to take you home. Write down Sally’s booking number, 949-499-4100, now for future...

Letter: Promenade committee should include residents, business owners

Is the City Council majority tone-deaf? Or do they just not care about what residents want? Mayor Sue Kempf has promoted the promenade since 2020 without giving residents an opportunity to provide meaningful input. This was repeatedly pointed out at the Jan. 23 city council meeting when 20 residents and...