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Green of a Different Sort Underlies Parcel Tax

Editor, Hang on property owners. The folks who stung you for the $20 million bond, which I believe we are still paying down, are about to stick it to you again (“Campaign Starts for Open Space Tax,” April 22). This time for “open space,” with a flat tax of $120 per parcel for the...

Defending Village Laguna’s Stance

Editor,   I’m really tired of all the folks (especially builders and architects) who rail against Village Laguna (“Historic Cottages on Chopping Block,” April 22).  It is true that Village Laguna takes what seems like the far-left position on many projects, but I think that...

Art Appreciation Needs Only an Open Mind, Not an MFA

Editor,   Thanks for the excellent article about Slow Art Day, your writer, Daniella Walsh, really captured the spirit of the day in her article (“Sedate Pace Reveals Artistic Genius,” Arts, April 22).   This was my second year hosting Slow Art Day and I look forward to...

Fences Make the Best Neighbors

Editor,   Laguna Beach is still one of the prettiest places to live in Southern California.  When I moved here 35 years ago, the attraction was the virtual anonymity of South Laguna and the small town environment. A small town where people were polite and cared about their...

Unhappy Constituent

Editor, Peter J. French’s letter to the editor regarding the skateboard fiasco and arrogant City Council and City Hall is one of the best letters I have ever read. (“Skateboard Ban Courts a Challenge,” Letters, April 22) When the city put a parking money machine in Lang...

Eavesdrops

By Grampa Grant             Hey, Grampa, Who’s your favorite player these days?   Weaver.   Jered Weaver?  He’s an Angel.   He’s the best pitcher in baseball right now.   You can’t always go for the flash in the pan Grampa.  ...

Skateboard Ban Courts a Challenge

Editor:   I have to admit I was rather surprised when I picked up a copy of your fine paper and learned that I was suing the city of Laguna Beach. (“Skateboarding Ban OK’d on 8 Steep Streets,” April 8).  I wish staff writer Rita Robinson had taken the time to get her facts...

‘True Story’ author responds

Editor, There is only truth in what happened to the two boys and the attempted hit and runs on Skyline on March 28, 2011. I suggest you check all your facts before you make an assertion of “lacking truth.” For an example, it was indeed reported to the police on Friday, April 1,...

Plea for a Redwood Cottage

Editor, This is in reference to the April 8 article in the Indy, entitled “Open Space Prevails At Big Bend.” The cute little early 1920s one-bedroom brown craftsman cottage, all redwood, except for the outside front porch (no termites ever!), was the winner of a city...

Repairs Need to Go Beyond the Animal Shelter

Editor, Alas the Laguna Beach City Council is spending $30,000 to repair the “creek bed” near the city animal shelter (“Animal Lovers Fund Shelter Makeover,” April 15).   What about the creek as it runs further east? No $$$$ for this part of the creek that was...

Noisy Motorcycles

Editor, I have nothing against motorcyclists, and some of their machines are beautiful, chromed and shinny, high revving, and high powered.  Why is it that there are some who are insistent upon making their ‘bikes” so extremely noisy ? It must be a “Hey Marcel,...

Fences Make the Best Neighbors

Editor, Laguna Beach is still one of the prettiest places to live in Southern California.  When I moved here 35 years ago, the attraction was the virtual anonymity of South Laguna and the small town environment. A small town where people were polite and cared about their...

Field of Broken Promises

This letter was addressed to the City Council and city manager. Editor, It is a very sad feeling to realize that you don’t matter; you don’t count. No mention of the fact that these cottages are right smack dab in the middle of my  view (“Open Space Prevails at Big...

‘True Story’ Letter Lacks Merit

Editor, A letter (“True Story,” April 8) provides a second hand report (apparently the writer wasn’t there) concerning two seventh grade skateboarders who allege that a black Mercedes tried to hit them on Skyline Drive on March 28. If that actually happened it was not...

Skipping the Trivial to Save the Earth

Editor, How sad that Michael Ray gets a whole column to complain about stop lights (“Road Rage,” April 8, page 3). And all those column inches about skateboarders. We’ve become preoccupied with our own trivial little problems, while the whole planet is groaning from our...

Examples of Teens Behaving Badly

Editor: Re: Streetbeat item, 3-29, 9:30 a.m. Two eighth graders apprehended for marijuana possession. Boy on probation for previous incident.  3-31, Midnight.  Underaged female and two male juveniles having sex in bushes. 4-3, 1:33 a.m. 17-year-old female arrested for DUI. Thank...

Beyond the Skateboarding Controversy

Editor, Since automobiles became widespread during the beginning of the 20th century, cities and their streets have been and are being re-purposed to adapt to the surge of motor vehicle use. Efforts are now underway to re-define the purpose of streets and to re-design streets...

Improved Traffic Flow 101

Editor, Every day at rush hour, I look out my store window and see gridlock at Cliff and Broadway when vehicles coming from Cliff block Broadway, or drivers on Broadway block Cliff (and Beach). Similarly, at Coast Highway and Broadway, you can spend two or three light changes...

Equal Opportunity Goes Beyond Discrimination

Editor: After years of reading about and listening to the national debate on universal health care, I finally heard the definitive arguments in LinkTV’s “Medicine and Money “ documentary and was motivated to write. It’s a moral issue. Ten nations, all highly developed, provide...

Poetry Contest’s Fairness Questioned

Editor I am writing as a concerned citizen in regards to the annual Laguna Beach Library poetry contest. There is a growing concern about bias and pre-selection by those overseeing. The same contestants have won just as annually as the contest being held. As this is a diverse and...

Expecting a Public Apology for Mural’s DestructionExpecting a Public Apology for Mural’s Destruction

Editor,   Those who know me may think I’d be the last person to be writing this letter.  Frankly, I am surprised myself.  However, when I read about the loss of the LCAD mural this past week I was overcome with emotion. (“Mural Gone Missing Irks Artists,” March 25) I can...

A True Story

Editor, On Monday, March 28, at approximately 7 p.m., a newer, small model Mercedes Benz car, black, with very dark tint pulled out of Bounty and proceeded down onto Skyline Drive. Two minors, both seventh-graders at Thurston Middle School were skateboarding on Skyline Drive. The...

More Streets Should be Off Limits

This letter was addressed to the City Council Editor, In order to maintain a safe environment for all residents using some of the steepest roads in Laguna Beach, please adopt the proposed ordinance regulating skateboarding and roller skating.  In addition to prohibiting these...

Ugly Signs Exacerbate the Neighborhood

Editor, We just had the Mozambique “no parking” sign placed in front of our house. It is hideous. Not only is the sign hideous, but the pole it is attached to is this size of a small telephone pole, and an eyesore that will surely drag down property values. This is...

Backlash Over Privatizing Bus Routes

This letter was addressed to county Supervisor Pat Bates. I voted yes for Measure M to provide funds from sales taxes in O.C. for good bus service. I hear you may give the south Orange County bus routes to a private company, and do away with OCTA in south county. Is this true?...



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