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An Intersection Needs Policing

Editor, Why should North Laguna residents continue to have to suffer through  unnecessarily chaotic and frustrating traffic conditions which are occurring with increasing frequency at Beach and Broadway, regardless of the season of the year. It is caused by intersection blocking....

An Overseas Perspective on Open Space

Editor: As many Lagunans do, I travel most of the year for business outside our great village. These past two years I have spent much time in Shanghai, Beijing, and other cities in China. Making a comparison between Laguna Beach and these cities is unfair in many ways. However, I...

Summer Lowdown from a Transit Veteran

Editor, Laguna Beach summer free shuttle service starts Friday, June 24, and ends Sunday, Aug.  28, except for canyon route which runs thru Aug. 31. Trolleys and buses operate between 9:30 a.m. and ll:30 p.m. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Festival of Arts, Art A Fair and...

Acknowledging the Sustainable Effort

Editor,   I felt compelled to write in regarding the personal attacks and jabs that were given towards Scott Tenney in lasts week’s letters (“Newest Cottage Plan Lacks Merit,” Letters, June 10)   How quick and easy it is to judge and put other people down. If we...

Open Space Parcel Tax

Editor, The Citizens for the Preservation of Open Space are collecting signatures to put on the ballot an initiative to add $120 a year on every property owner’s property tax bill for 20 years.  Please don’t sign this petition or vote for it if it’s put on a ballot....

Support the Open Space Initiative

Editor, Isn’t it great to live in Laguna Beach surrounded by 22,000 acres of natural open space? Elsewhere in Orange County the boundaries between two cities are just lines with no buffer at all to urban sprawl.   How did this happen? Was it just an accident? No. It is...

Spending Other People’s Money

Editor, As I read some of the letters supporting another tax increase to buy empty lots, the self-serving arrogance of some people is almost beyond belief. All these letters from people who want to feel good about open space, no matter what it costs others, fail to understand...

Safeguarding the Existing Greenbelt

Editor, Has anybody else noticed the proliferation of mountain bike trails in the greenbelt surrounding Laguna Beach? It is my understanding that “bootleg” biking trails are not allowed. This is clearly not the reality. On a recent walk from Alta Laguna it was easy to...

Respite for Not-Yet-Fledglings

Editor,   This is a special thank you yo Laguna Beach Animal Services for their quick response and the handling of my bird emergency this morning.   What a wonderful community this is!!   I was in panic early this morning when I found my Doxie and a baby mocking...

Newest Cottage Plan Lacks Merit

Editor, I am mystified after reading about Scott Tenney’s plan to move two historic cottages to his 15 acre Bluebird Canyon property. I know of this property and it was sold under the condition no other buildings or additions to the house could be added.  The footprint of...

Hesitant to Write a Blank Open-Space Check

Editor:  I have seen several letters commenting on the efforts of “Citizens for Preservation of Open Space” (sponsored by Laguna Greenbelt, Inc.). This initiative would create a special fund for acquisition 550 acres of private property for preservation as open space...

Open Space, Worth the Investment

Editor: Re: “Thumbs Up for Space” May 27 edition. Kudos to Steve Dicterow for writing such an eloquent, well-written, and persuasive article about the open space initiative. I can’t think of anything he left out. The only thing I might add is to put into perspective how little it...

Economics Based on People or Cars?

Editor:  I’ve been canvassing retail businesses around Laguna Beach to get an idea how managers plan for walk-in traffic into their establishments and whether they recorded this plan into their business plan. I was surprised to find some managers don’t have a walk-in...

Peeved Over Thoughtless Dog Owners

Editor, I have lived in Laguna Beach for 50 years, and never cease to love this beautiful town. The population is greater now – of both humans and dogs. I like animals very much, but often their owners are lacking in civility and health consciousness when it comes to taking...

Appreciation for Two Articles

Editor, Thank you so much for including the article about Michael Lewis in the May 27 edition of the Laguna Beach Independent. I also wanted to let you know that I enjoyed the article about Charles and Rebecca Brady “Taking a Flight Into History,” also May 27. Their story could...

Catchy But Inaccurate

Editor, Your headline caption in the May 27 issue, “Volunteer Tidepool Cops Wanted,” is catchy, but misleading and incorrect.   The wonderful members of the Laguna Ocean Foundation tidepool docent program are not “cops.”  The tidepool docents are caring...

Cheers for Rain Harvesting

Editor,  Like Jane Egly, I did not want to take precious Saturday morning time to listen to Brad Lancaster’s talk about harvesting rainwater, but I got caught up in the topic and ended up staying for an hour (“Slow It, Spread It, Sink It,” May 27 edition).  What a...

Open Space Plan Lacks Specifics

Editor:  For the past few weeks, there has been a campaign afoot to get property owners to voluntarily hand over $120 per year for a self-assessed tax that would be used to buy more ‘open space.’ Unfortunately, there are more questions about this proposal than answers.  If...

Refuting Urban Legends

Editor,  This is in response to Ganka Brown’s May 27 letter regarding Eucalyptus trees.  I am a landscape architect who served on the Orange County Fuel Modification Task Force, and would like to clarify some incorrect statements in Ms. Brown’s letter.  Eucalyptus is sold as...

Warning to Laguna Taxpayers

Editor, Don’t sign the petition to add a parcel tax to every property owner in Laguna Beach for the purchase of Open Space. If you are a renter the tax will be passed on to you and your rent will go up.  If you think the tax will end as they say, then tell me when did a tax once...

Open Space, Worth the Investment

Editor:  Re: “Thumbs Up for Space” May 27 edition. Kudos to Steve Dicterow for writing such an eloquent, well-written, and persuasive article about the open space initiative. I can’t think of anything he left out. The only thing I might add is to put into perspective how little...

Appreciation for Swift Action

 Editor, Unfortunate and sick vandalism occurred on the two canyon tennis courts last Tuesday night after hours, leaving the courts unplayable.  A thank you to Tom Toman, the city’s recreation supervisor, for quick action and helping us immediately.  Tom and his crew were there...

Open Space Initiative Doesn’t Compute

Editor, Promoters of the open space initiative for Laguna Beach claim the $20 million dollars it raises by imposing additional taxes on every property owner will fund the acquisition of 550 acres of open space.  This claim is patently false. Most of the land in question is...

No Pyrotechnics for this Veteran, Please

Editor, I find the argument regarding such frivolous displays as wonderfully reflective of patriotism or nationalistic pride not only bogus, but hysterically ridiculous (“Show to Go On,” May 20).  In fact, war veterans have a lot of reservations about such symbolic gestures by...

Another Voice Against Pyrotechnics

Editor, Thanks Roger, for putting to words things that have long bothered me about our “celebrations” surrounding the 4th of July. As a mother, environmental advocate, naturalist, nature mentor, and educator, it has been hard for me to understand why we blatantly pollute our...



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