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Designating a Safe Street Day

Editor,   I am so afraid for those kids I have come so close to on curves in broad daylight and those in dark clothing around a car or corner in the twilight.   Truth be told…I am so afraid for me if I ever hurt or killed one of them. Being a mom of a now 26 year...

Time to Stand Up and Be Counted

My Dear Sons and Daughters,   Many of us who fought for women’s reproductive rights in the early 1970s came to assume in later years that those rights were safe, and we allowed our memories to blur.  Few of us want to remember a time when simply being a woman meant our...

Ban Speedboarding in Top of the World

Editor,   As a resident of Top of the World, I am very concerned about the presence of speedboarders in our neighborhood. On many occasions, I have come around the corner to my street, Zell, after going up the hill on Temple Hills, only to be shocked to find a young person,...

Ban Speedboarding in Manzanita Area

Editor,   Help! Somebody is going to be killed if speedboarding continues on our street (Manzanita off La Vista/Skyline and Park).   We have three blind corners, one of which is at the Annneliese School, where congestion involves small children and their parents picking...

Support for a Speedboarding Ban

Editor,   Since I travel up and down Nyes Place at least once a day, I have been frightened by dangerous speedboarders there  – frightened for their safety and for my liability. Please prohibit speedboarding on our steep hills, including Nyes Place.   Eleanor...

Don’t Shove Your Views Down My Throat

Editor, It was beyond annoying to come home and find a piece of skewed propaganda taped to my mailbox this past week from the SNAG group! This is the second time that they have broken the law and done this. It happened a few months ago, and they supposedly received a lot of flak;...

Skateboarders Are the Least of Our Worries

Editor, Forget the skateboarders. Look out for the cars ripping up and down our street! We live on a steep part of Temple Hills, and cars hit 40, 50, and 60 mph past our house on a regular basis. Many folks do drive reasonably, and we thank you. But we’ve had three accidents...

Acceptable Risks for One Sport, Demonized in Another

Editor, A kid broke his leg. He lay there writhing in pain. A host of other kids are suffering injuries they will carry with them for a lifetime. Yet, the public pays good money to watch these kids do this to each other. Coaches teach and beg the kids to “stick” the...

Designated Hours for Skateboarding

Editor, I like the idea of a permit, but might we also designate say a half hour a few days a week  during non peak traffic hours, posted so the drivers are aware that the boarders are likely to be there? The main problem seems to be the element of surprise.. Maybe we can issue...

Track Lock-out Lacks Justification

Editor,   I am writing to express my strong displeasure with the recent decision to lock the tax-paying neighbors out of the enclosed high school track during school hours. We, the taxpayers, voted to fund the construction of our beautiful track, partially based on the fact...

Track User Angered by Losing Access

Editor, I have lived in Laguna Beach for 19 years.  The funds for the track were raised from the public with the understanding that we would be able to share the facilities. I have been running there for many years, often during school hours, along with many others, often...

Design Review Slowed by Backlog

Editor, Last October, the City Council decided to scrap the alternate position for the Design Review Board in favor of a full member five-person panel. At the time, I testified that this was a bad idea and predicted that it would lead to significant inconvenience for applicants...

An Insider Perspective on the Homeless Issue

Editor, This is in reference to the letter about the homeless situation from Mr. and Mrs. Klein that appeared in the Indy and the Coastline Pilot recently. First of all, I would like to thank the Kleins for writing. At least it draws some attention to the matter. I also very much...

Speedboarding: Flirting with Russian Roulette

Editor: I’m afraid that much of the discussion on these pages about speedboarding down our city’s steepest hills fails to address what I consider the key problem, which is the speed at which speedboarders and automobiles are hurtling towards each other. Speedboarder Bryn Jones...

Skateboarding Permit Is the Answer

Editor, The ban on skateboarding in Laguna Beach must be lifted. When man created the law banning women from their right to vote, women did not get their say. This ban on skateboarding down Bluebird Canyon has happened much the same way. The skateboarders did not get their chance...

Scold-Free Skateboarding

Editor, I am writing to get the word out: there is a new Saturday skate park in Laguna. It is in partnership with Basics of Skateboarding Camp (which provides programs through the City of Costa Mesa and Ladera Ranch) and Laguna’s very own local youth development experts, the Boys...

Scare Tactics Lead to Track Closure

Editor: The Laguna Beach Unified School District has closed the high school track and field to the public during school hours.  If you are angry or upset about this decision, please do two things: 1.      Show up at 6:15 p.m. sharp for the March 8 school board meeting to register...

Pharmacist Goes Above and Beyond

Editor, Over the top and beyond the call. That is how Billy, at Laguna Sunset Drugs, handled my insurance problem. My insurance company had exasperated me, and Billy unselfishly took the time to straighten the problem out. Thank goodness for special people like Billy and...

Winged Natives Disregard Fishing Rules

Editor, On Tuesday, Feb. 22, a day that will live in infamy, my wife and I watched helplessly as hundreds of violators of the marine preserve plucked hundreds of fish from the ocean a short distance from the beach. When they were sated they came ashore and rested on the rocks...

More Nonsense From Eco Extremists

Editor, Once again I see a long propaganda piece in the Independent’s Letter section trying to justify the unneeded and costly Marine Life Protection Act (“Public Gains From Support for Marine Hearings,” Feb. 18). The whole MLPA fiasco is nothing but more environmental extremism...

Club Thrives Thanks to Local Support

Editor, I am writing to thank and congratulate the Laguna Beach community for its incredible support of the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach in 2010. Thanks to over 500 donors and many more participants at our special events, we raised more than $1.2 million for the club. In...

LTKA Takes on SNAG

Editor, Nothing has reminded me quite so much of H. L. Mencken’s quote on Puritanism, which is, “The haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy,” as in the SNAG group. How about a new group, LTKA, Leave The kids Alone? I am old, old and helped our kids build some of...

Skateboarding, the Freedom to Take Risks

Editor: To the speed boarding side: Speed boarding is dangerous. Asking politely to have permission to do something stupid is even dumber than whatever you were going to do in the first place. Now you’re dumb twice. Just go do it. Pay the fines. Wear a ….. Never mind. To the...

A Novel Idea; Slow Down

Editor, Are you interested in improving the quality of life in Laguna? How about this? In the UK, there is a very successful campaign called “20’s Plenty for Us.” This campaign seeks to create a blanket speed limit of 20 mph in all residential areas. In cities...

Unmasking a Toy Icon

Editor, I am broken hearted after reading Eric Jessen’s letter of Feb. 18 exposing Ken and Barbie as being brother and sister (“Putting Ken and Barbie in Perspective”). When I think of all their dates, their engagement, their lavish wedding where every doll and stuffed...



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