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Letter Proposes Smart Solution to Canyon Bottleneck

Editor: David Raber’s July 13 letter to the editor, “Alternatives to Reduce a Canyon Bottleneck” presents a brilliant idea: get Caltrans to de-commission the entire El Toro Road/133 intersection and remove the traffic light. It sounds a bit unrealistic, but read on. It solves a...

Letter: City Council Needs Safety-Minded Candidates

Editor, Every day I look over the ridge toward Top of the World, where in 1993 I saw flames reaching for the sky and smoke drifting down into Bluebird Canyon, and the smell permeated the whole town. Horrible. Homes, memories, domestic and wildlife were being destroyed every...

Letter: Village Entrance Site has Skate Park Potential

Residents of Laguna, On my daily walk, I pass by this iconic view, and I wonder what changes the “Lady” will see in the next few decades. Why should the derelict building that used to collect Laguna’s sewage be “saved?” Crusaders love a crusade. The vocal minority speaks and the...

Letter: Surfrider Committed to Protecting San Onofre, Watershed

Dear Editor, After reading Ms. Geller’s letter to the editor, I felt compelled to respond on behalf of the Surfrider Foundation. First and foremost, the Surfrider Foundation’s mission is focused on the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a...

Coast Inn Project Needs Rigorous Review

The megaproject proposed by an investor group to transform the Coast Inn and Coast Liquor property by dramatically increasing the intensity of use and altering the structures has been a contentious issue for more than a year. The substantial list of major problems with the...

‘D’ Grade for Summer Trolley Service

This summer’s trolley service is an insult to visitors and residents. It is hard to believe the transit department is under the supervision of the public works director and assistant city manager. There is no trolley service to North Laguna to and from the bus depot....

Omen or Common Sense?

As I walked up Broadway to the Laguna Playhouse on Wednesday, July 11, I commented to my mate, “That tree looks dangerous leaning out over the road at an extreme angle and a large section of bark is missing near the base.” Monday, July 16, at 3:13 pm, I get a text from LBGOV:...

City Committed to Clean Ocean Water

Dear Editor, The city of Laguna Beach is committed to protecting its greatest public resource—the ocean.   Recently, a letter questioned the water quality testing methods and runoff prevention programs in Laguna Beach. The writer questioned the Heal the Bay report card grades...

City Has Authority to Customize its Historical Preservation Rules

Editor: Please attend the July 31 special council meeting to voice support of a new Historical Preservation Program (HPP) that is based on voluntary participation and private initiative. This meeting will focus on the discretion the city has under state laws to implement a new...

Other Methods to Lower Fire Risk Without Huge Costs

Editor, The city’s urgency in undergrounding utilities is the mitigation of risk from wildfire caused by Edison utility poles, yet nothing in the schedule or execution of this project actually mitigates fire risk until project completion. That’s because the project...

Unintended Consequences from Higher Taxes

Editor, Last week, City Council gave 5-0 approval to place their recommended 1% sales tax increase on the November 2018 ballot. This despite objection by a clear majority of residents, who spoke to provide arguments against the excessive taxation projected to generate $5.6...

Cited Facts Undercut Headline

Editor: If the Indy has chosen to endorse a candidate for the 48th Congressional District, it should announce it now. Otherwise, we will have to endure more stories about how a very small group of weekly “protesters” and a high school senior in a political action club assisting a...

Neighbors Seek Laguna’s Support

Editor,   The town of San Clemente is facing a modern day David v. Goliath battle against a government agency’s blind rampage of destruction.   The TCA is moving forward with the 241 Toll Road extension through south Orange County, and they want to bulldoze right through our...

TCA Proves a Poor Steward of Public Funds

Editor, It has come to our attention that the Transportation Corridor Agencies that only builds toll roads, is looking at eight options, five of which include managed toll lanes on the 5 freeway. All of the options include eminent domain takings of homes and businesses. The TCA...

Historical Preservation Task Force Interrupted

Editor, After many long meetings regarding the Historical Preservation Ordinance, the City Council voted in favor of forming a task force of residents to study and ultimately make recommendations back to them for action. Council members Steve Dicterow and Toni Iseman volunteered...

Rohrabacher’s Russia Visit

Editor, Should we be worried about the Russians? Absolutely. It was shocking to see our president standing on stage next to Vladimir Putin saying he believed the Russians over our own American intelligence agencies that all agree Russia meddled in our presidential election...

Short Term Rental Supporters Ignore Nuisance Laws

Editor, Coastal city short-term rental proponents ignore legally-binding land use concepts, typically using meritless, fatally flawed arguments at hearings. They’re good for business? Unfortunately, coastal trends since 2000 are “Commerce first, residents second.” By residents, I...

Alternatives to Reduce a Canyon Bottleneck

Editor, Given the sensitivity of Laguna Canyon, we should explore every option that would enable better traffic flow at a reduced impact to the canyon.  One of the best options to achieve this is to eliminate the redundant portion of El Toro Road and return it to wilderness uses....

Dudes! Show Some Respect

Editor, I was at the beach yesterday and I watched a surfer working the waves outside the surfing area at St. Ann’s narrowly miss a little kid playing in the surf. The lifeguard swam out to the surfer and I presume asked him to be careful and stay in the surf area. I saw the...

A Reason to Pressure Caltrans

Editor, Caltrans holds the record on road re-alignments for Laguna Canyon Road, each time to “mitigate congestion and improve safety and facility operations.” In 1993, 10 alternative routes were considered between the 405 and 73 toll road; one was chosen for SR-133, the...

Is Incivility the New Normal?

Editor: Kudos to Billy Fried for his insights into decency and decorum (“The Season of Incivility,” June 29).  My reaction, in no particular order, was: I thought I could keep my cool, despite the overheated rhetoric and truly bad behavior building daily.  I’m...

Our Polluted Shoreline

Editor, Must-read commentaries in Indy’s June 28 edition by Mike Beanan (“We Are All in the Plume”) and Charlotte Masarik (“County Ocean-Sampling Misses Pollutants”). We’re on extended vacation with grandkids in Maine, ocean swimming and paddling at Kennebunkport and in mountain...

Report Card on Water Gets Failing Grade

Editor: A flurry of negative comments from a few outraged Laguna Beach protectionists regarding the annual ocean pollution report card by Heal The Bay received some coverage by local media recently. My NGO, Clean Water Now, has also been openly critical in media of this...

Tree Plans Draw Critics, Defenders

Editor, On June 29 I attended an open meeting to review the landscaping plan recently developed by city staff covering Broadway, Forest, etc. About 99 percent attending were Village Laguna folks; I was the lone ranger. The presentation was detailed, well-researched and easily...

Aggressive Tactics Needed Against Smokers

Editor, I’m alarmed and angered every time I walk up to the Carolyn Wood Knoll.  More unsettling than the ever-present scourge of trash and graffiti are the many discarded cigarette butts. Clearly, the city is falling dangerously short in protecting its citizens from the ravages...



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