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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...

‘Quiet Zone’ Ruling Sets a Precedent

Editor, You would think that insuring the quality, safety, and tranquility of our neighborhoods would be one of the most important duties of a City Council member.  Somehow, for reasons not clear to me, Mayor Iseman, Councilwoman Pearson and Councilman Boyd believe that the late...

Public Gains From Support for Marine Hearings

Editor, I read with interest, “Marine Hearings Buoyed by Non Profits” in the Feb. 11 edition. As associate director of Orange County Coastkeeper and a member of the South Coast Regional Stakeholder Group that developed the new Marine Protected Areas I spent substantial time on...

Revisit the Compromise Rules on Skateboarding

Editor, Skateboarding is part of the heritage of Laguna Beach. I attended the meeting where a group of residents made a big splash with signs and tales of fear. They worried about hitting skateboarders with their cars, which is the same risk as hitting a bicyclist or pedestrian....

Speed Boarding Suggestion Needs Context

Editor, Since I was mentioned in a Coastline News article last week (“Curves thrown at speedboarding” 02-04-2011) as introducing the idea of a speed boarding competition on Park Avenue, I’d like for Indy readers, (some of whom also may read the Coastline), to have my comments in...

Looking for a Compromise

Editor, Regarding the skateboarding situation:  following the City Council meeting of Feb. 1, Councilman Boyd called for a committee to meet and discuss the future of skateboarding in this town. He asked two members of the PTC (Parking and Traffic), two members of the Share the...

SNAG’s Demands are Unreasonable

Editor, People on downhill skateboards travel as fast as bicycles and should be regulated as cyclists are regulated, says the Parking, Traffic and Circulation (PTC) Committee after study and public hearings.  The chief of police added a suggestion of a ban on the three steepest...

Threat of Litigation Uses Faulty Logic

Editor, Sorry, but I couldn’t resist responding to Byron Nelson’s letter to the editor (The Indemnity Solution, Feb. 11, Letters) Nelson brought up that old threat of “inevitable lawsuits against the city” by family members of skateboarders injured in accidents. Has the city been...

A Bicyclist’s Viewpoint

Editor: Bill Deline’s letter to the editor about the number of cyclists riding through Laguna is expected and deserved (“More Two-Wheelers on the Road Too,” Feb. 11, Letters.) If he saw the New Year’s Day ride…yes, it’s huge (400+riders), and can stretch out over half a mile....

Relishing a Musical Treat

Editor, Our small city was fortunate to have world-class musicians in residence this past week, playing challenging, beautiful, and mysterious music. The Laguna Beach Music Festival brought the string quartet, Brooklyn Rider, together with some very special guests from Iran,...

Disdain for Gun Advertising

Editor, About 10 years ago, when I subscribed to the OC Register to follow my high school soccer results during winter months, I noticed a disturbing trend in their newspaper advertising. The trend was that gun stores were allowed to take out full-page ads directly opposite the...

Putting Ken and Barbie in Perspective

Editor, [Re: Los Angeles Times’ Feb. 11 article about Barbie’s Ken] While growing up on Guthrie Circle in Beverlywood in the early 1950s, my older brothers and I were playmates with Ken and Barbie Handler, whose parents founded Mattel Toy Co. We cavorted at each other’s houses...

More Two-Wheelers on the Road Also

As a 30-year resident of Laguna Beach, I have observed that the influx of road racing bicycling has increased on the roads of our community. From single riders, riders in pairs, or packs of hundreds on any given day but especially weekends, bicyclists contribute to unsafe and...

The Indemnity Solution

Editor, Having just read of the City Council waffling on allowing/restricting/limiting skateboarding on city streets, especially steep ones, in our well-policed city (apparently also reasonably opposed by the chief), I am struck by the sheer insanity of the very argument and...

Enriched by Musical Blessings

Editor, First Sunday was a super Sunday for chamber music. Thank you, Laguna Beach Live. The quartet from the Colburn School gave a vibrant performance. Still in their 20s, these young people shared their love of music with us, joined for two numbers by double bass player,...

From muddy waters, clarity

By Ann Christoph For days during the Christmas holidays the Canyon Road was closed, and many of us in the rest of the city had little awareness of the tragedy that was playing out in that creekside world. Then came the news of the flooding and damage to homes, studios, schools...

The Democracy of Discourse

Editor, Re:  Peter Navarro’s letters. Thank you for setting me straight. In fact, I was truly impressed by your defense, and now believe we share many of the same opinions. My portfolio could indeed use some improvement and I will certainly look into your investment analysis....

Setting the Record Straight

Editor, Having spent the better part of the holidays digging out from under the mud that inundated my canyon neighborhood, it’s time to deal with some more mud that a Village Laguna board member, Cindalee Penney-Hall, has thrown at me (Letters, Dec. 24, 2010). Here are...

A Brother Nonetheless

Editor, On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to publicly thank Lifeguard Chief Kevin Snow, and Fire Chief Kris Head, and the fine men and women of the Laguna Beach Marine Safety and Fire Departments for honoring us with their presence at a memorial service held last...

Cell Towers Pose Little Health Risk

Editor, As a 20-year telecommunications veteran, I wanted to address the ongoing protests against cell tower construction in Laguna Beach. The concern over cell tower radiation led residents to block the construction of a planned T-Mobile tower in the Top of the World...

Perspective on Cell Tower Radiation

Editor, This past Jan. 12, the Planning Commission was scheduled to review a proposal to install a new 4G microwave antenna at a residence in the Arch Beach Heights area. This residence already houses Sprint and (in twin faux chimneys) AT&T towers. The 4G microwave antenna is...

Nice Work

Editor, I want to thank you for writing about the TOW fifth grade holiday boutique. Your reporter, Jennifer Erickson, is so nice. She asks really good questions. She took the time to talk to many of us students and find out details, which made the story fun to read. Sincerely,...

Shelter Supporters Deserve Kudos

Editor, Our Laguna Beach Animal Shelter was decimated in the recent rains. We lost nearly everything from electronics to paperclips. And, once again, people have been there to help us. I want to thank as many as I can. The Animal Control officers came in on their days off....

Animal Shelter Needs More than a Makeover

Editor, Let me preface my letter with the disclaimer that I am not discounting the damage that has been done to private homes and businesses in town with the recent flood. If you did not know, construction was just about to begin on a remodel of our town’s animal shelter. The...

Conflicting Views

Editor, In the short time John Pletig has been city manager, he has brought a breath of fresh air to our town. His waiving of rebuilding fees is great, but only til Jan. 10? This sounds too much like our last city manager. His leadership during the rains was great. A wall of...



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