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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!...

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...

Enforce the Anti-Leaf-Blower Law

Editor, Why do our professional gardeners continue to use their leaf blowers with impunity? Don’t they see the air polluting dust clouds they create? Don’t they know that the use of leaf blowers is against the law in Laguna Beach? Don’t they know that they are subject to fines...

Academic Interference

Editor, Is it because one council member didn’t vote for three candidates or is it because the other council members didn’t vote for less than three candidates that Professor Navarro’s wife lost the re-appointment? (“A Demand to Rescind Political Appointments,” Oct. 29 edition)...

In response to “Anita Mangels” article

Dear Editor, I thought the Laguna Beach Independent October 29, 2010 article “Arts’ Advocate Pushes Oil Agenda” criticisizing Anita Mangels regrettable. Whenever I see Anita on TV or hear her on the radio, I always respond in the same way “Boy, is she...

Harassing Skateboarders Continues

Editor, The actions of Alan Bernstein, along with an overzealous police officer, have once again brought the question of why kids are being harassed for skateboarding to the fore, even though the City Council and papers have made it clear that it is, indeed, “not illegal.” On...

Respecting Beliefs

Editor, Question for Mr. Niko Theris: What do you hope to accomplish with your “courageous” desecration of the Bible? What message do you bring to the table that would rival the account of God’s infinite love for humanity, as demonstrated in the ultimate...

Keep the Coast Open

Editor, Those advocating closing our coast to fishing, collecting, and about everything else make no sense. Fish and Game has always been able to protect our marine environment with effective regulations that are fully supported by all commercial and sports fishing elements. Fish...

Dancing in Laguna

Editor,   I am having such a great time dancing at the Laguna Beach Women’s Club and wanted you to know about it.   The dance is sponsored by Transition Laguna and happens every other Monday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.   A spacious, hardwood dance floor with a...

Economic Casualties

Editor, In a moral society the care of the destitute, ill and others overwhelmed by trouble is not left up to any particular group, church or charity, but is provided to all who need it, as any common good is, such as police and fire protection, education and available health...

Quest for Improved Access

Editor, As many know, over the years (and, I hear from others, even decades), various people have pushed for easier, safer access to the beautiful fire road walk from the Top of the World side, similar to what has existed for a long time from the Moulton Meadows (Arch Beach)...

Fit to Lead California

Editor, California was a great and beautiful state, and thanks to a series of knuckleheads (both parties), is in a tremendous mess. Meg knows nothing of that, has no investment in it other than what’s in it for her and her backers. By choice, she has failed to participate,...

Dissatisfaction Among the Populace

Editor, It’s totally amazing how many people have told me they are  “bullet” voting and plan to vote for only one Laguna Beach City Council  candidate, although you are supposed to vote for three. People feel like we are stuck with this council forever and are tired...



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