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Why Ignore DOT Policy?

Editor, With regard to the $1.6M street re-surfacing project on PCH and Laguna’s residential streets, and the on-going $10K change-order for striping and final adjustments, now would be a good time to recall the updated policy from Caltrans, California’s Department of...

A Festival History Lesson

Editor, Regarding the Friday, Nov. 19, article, “FOA Facelift in the Works” by Rita Robinson in the Laguna Beach Independent, I hope new signage will include “Irvine Bowl Park.” The Festival of the Arts ground uses the City of Laguna Beach’s Irvine Bowl Park, and the park should...

Fireworks Exemption Smacks of Hypocrisy

(A version of this letter was also sent to the city council members and assistant city manager.) Editor, Our Council hypocritically voted unanimously at its Nov. 16 meeting to seek an exemption from the proposed prohibition of fireworks displays in Heisler Park by Cal/EPA....

Share the Road! (Take Two)

Dear Editor, While I appreciate Mr. Farley Brown’s position in his letter of 1Nov. 19, I would caution him against broad statements such as, “It just doesn’t resonate with these kids or their parents that there is a very serious potential for injury, paralysis or even...

Kids Will Be Skateboarders

Editor, Because of our hills, skateboarding is another part of the uniqueness of Laguna Beach. I skated hills using steel wheels here in the 1940s. Youngsters are going to skateboard our hills and streets. Some won’t always obey the rules. Try to remember being a kid. Did you...

Skateboarder Not Perfect, But a Good Kid

In response to Dr. Farley Brown’s letter “Speaking Out About a Reckless Skateboarder,” my encounter with this young man was quite the contrary. I pulled over one day to talk with him about speed skating and he was approachable, soft spoken, respectful, informative and...

Another Close Call

Editor, Well, I had another near miss today.  First, three of them went by me when I was almost to the stop sign.  The fourth one was a few seconds behind.  As I started to proceed through the intersection, he came flying around the corner WITH HIS HAND UP as if to tell me to...

Share the Road!

Dear Editor, I was very concerned regarding the intolerant and malicious attitudes and behavior promoted in the letter by Dr. Farley Brown ‘Speaking Out About a Reckless Skateboarder’. Talk about reckless! For Dr. Brown to so publicly harass one of our wonderful minor...

The Difference Between Skateboarders

Editor, Like many parents of skateboarders, we ardently require our child’s use of safety equipment and his adherence to traffic rules. Additionally, we fully support the City’s lawful ticketing of reckless, unsafe skateboarding behavior. Via safety meetings held at our home, we...

In Defense of Skateboarding Son

(This letter was also sent to city council members) Dear Editor, I was very sad to read the letter from Farley Brown that was printed and distributed in your paper last week. As the mother of the teen targeted in Mr. Brown’s letter, I sincerely apologize to Mr. Brown and to...

Village Matters

Passion expressed, one way or another The Historical Society’s program Monday on the history of art in Laguna Beach gave much more than a recitation of facts on how Laguna Beach became an art colony.  Speakers Janet Blake, Richard Challis and Gene Crane shared personal insights...

Paradise Marred by Parking Nightmare

Editor, I am moving to Kauai after living in South Orange County for three years, six months. Prior to moving here, I lived in Northern California, in the Bay Area and the Rocklin/Roseville area. First of all, this is truly a stunning place. Laguna Beach in particular is one of...

In Defense of Mrs. Penney-Hall

Editor, I read with interest Mr. Navarro’s very strong and almost nasty letter in your fine paper of Nov. 12. In it, he appears to respond to a letter in the previous week’s edition from Mrs. Penney-Hall, which I did not read, since I was out of the country that week (I try to...

The Heisler building : cultural impacts to the City

Editor, City Council member Verna Rollinger’s recent commentary regarding “preservation over restoration” of historic buildings and their ability to comply with Mills Act standards disregarded the fact that historic buildings can also be evaluated based on their cultural...

How About a Skateboard Park?

Editor, I have been following the skateboarding saga over the past few months. My own experience having a son who grew up in Laguna Beach, and who was an avid skateboarder, causes me to be sympathetic with the desires of the young. My son went overboard on his “skating.” He...

Speaking Out About a Reckless Skateboarder

Editor, [a version of this letter was also sent to the City’s mayor and council members] While holding my tongue for the last eight months against my better judgment, I now realize it is not only time to save the life of a skateboarder, but probably my own and all motorists...

What’s Good for Mozambique’s Neighbors?

Editor, In the article, “New Era of Collaboration at Laguna’s City Hall?” that appeared in the Nov. 12 issue of this paper, Mozambique Steakhouse owner Ivan Spiers is quoted as saying, “What’s good for Laguna is what’s going to bring people here.” This statement, as insensible as...

News of Bishop Simon

Editor, This letter is intended for the people of Laguna Beach. The bishop of St. Francis by the Sea in Laguna Beach wants to extend his apologies for any misunderstandings or missed appointments. He also wants to thank St. Mary’s and Reverend Elizabeth Rechter for so generously...

An Admitted Juvenile

Editor:   In response to Steve Klumb (“Respecting Beliefs,” Letters, Oct. 29), he questioned me as to what I hoped to accomplish with my “courageous” desecration of the bible.  My answer is that the bible in reality is just a book, words printed on paper and nothing...

Seriously, Election Day Paving?

Editor, Just wondering: What rocket scientist chose to approve a schedule to pave Wesley Drive, the only access to one of Laguna’s polling places, on election day? Between the school traffic trying to juggle cars in and out without a parking lot, people trying to go to the church...

3,000 Votes for Change

Editor, Believe it or not, 2,781 Lagunatics voted for Patrascu. You know something is wrong with city government and the Laguna Beach City Council when almost 3,000 citizens vote for an unknown city council candidate, Mr. Patrascu. I drove to Pasadena yesterday and saw only three...

Teacher’s Suspension, Kid’s Day Off

Editor, This may seem an unusual subject to be discussing in the local paper, but what the heck! My 13-year-old son was recently suspended from Thurston Middle School for making an inappropriate remark about a classmate. I assure you, I am in no way trying to minimize or condone...

Village Laguna Exerts Undue Influence

Editor, I read with great interest last week’s letter by Village Laguna board member Cindalee Penney-Hall comparing me to Stalin for pointing out gross irregularities in the voting process for the Design Review Board (“Academic Interference,” Letters, Nov. 5). The letter is...

Don’t Flip-Flop on Skateboarding Rules

Editor, Re:  “Skateboarding Rules Wipeout,” Nov. 5 It is very welcoming to read the clear and informed comments of Police Chief Paul Workman regarding the authorization of skateboarding bans on certain streets by California Vehicle Code Section 21967. Many hillside streets in...

City Policy Undermines a MerchantCity Policy Undermines a Merchant

Editor,   Today, I passed by my favorite pizza place -Pizza Lounge – and what I saw has me feeling anger and sadness. I love that place. The pizza is fresh and unusual, the staff and owner are so kind and genuinely seem interested in their patrons. The salmon wrap-wow!...



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