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Letter: Regarding the Covington Students

Hypocrisy is what upsets me the most. I don’t care if you are a liberal or a conservative, the hypocrisy must stop. I’m proud of the Covington boys, the parents and their Catholic school. In his recent letter, Mark Dressler doesn’t correctly describe the events that lead the...

Letter: Traffic Schmaffic

  No one wants to talk about traffic, because few really understand the problem. Traffic seems so complicated, that our hope remains that the city or another party will fix it somehow. I don’t know traffic, but I do know people. This winter, I have seen the impact of traffic...

Letter: In Support of Protecting Ocean Views

At a Jan. 8 City Council meeting, during the consideration of an appeal from a Design Review Board decision, Councilmember Peter Blake, made the following comment: “I think the person who is building has every right to build whatever they want to build within the envelope. So, I...

Letter: Park Plaza Torpedoed

It’s stunning that, while downtown retailers are looking to activate their streets and are using the word experience, City Council voted last Saturday to put Park Plaza on the back burner—the one no-brainer experience our community wants and needs. Back in March of last...

Letter: Perry Denied Presidency by School Board

Dee Perry taught two of my children and ran for the school board to promote educational excellence for all Laguna Beach students while bringing an openness to the deliberations of the board. She single-handedly pushed to have board meetings videoed and streamed, giving the...

Letter: Village Laguna Should Take Responsibility for Tree Damage

Where is Village Laguna when our eucalyptus trees fall? Just this past week, Laguna was littered with eucalyptus branches and trees costing you, the citizens, who knows how much money in clean-up and damage. Several cars were crushed, houses damaged, and another bullet dodged...

Letter: Stop Trying to Outwit Mother Nature

If people are interested in more facts about early Laguna, here are some: When the first settlers arrived in the area we now call Laguna Beach, they were told in order to stake a claim, each claimant had to plant 40 trees—hence the somewhat good guess as to how many trees were...

Christoph’s Column Offers Sage Warning

Ann Christoph is an amazingly thoughtful and effective writer about issues important to Laguna Beach. In her most recent column, she so gracefully connected the fate of the small Wisconsin town and her grandparents’ farm of her childhood to the current situation in Laguna Beach....

Letter: School Board Denying Dee Perry Presidency

  I am appalled at the way the School Board is treating Dee Perry. Two of my sons had Dee as their second-grade teacher and her entire focus has always been what was best for the children.  Nothing has changed in her attitude in the 25 years I have known her. Her reason for...

Letter: School Board Kindness Deficit

  Our School Board needs some of that kindness being touted lately. Dee Perry is the only School Board member consistently bringing relevant, independent fact-finding and education research to its deliberations. She compromises, votes with the Board often, but there’s...

Letter: Laguna Beach’s Secret Helpers

I think we could all use some news that we can agree on and be happy to shout from the rooftops! In this beautiful town we call home, we have an incredible group of over 200 people that quietly and diligently spread the spirit of service to others in the most humble and gracious...

Letter: We Did Not Misunderstand Pietig’s Proposal to Accept Developer’s Donation

I am one of the many Laguna Beach residents opposed to staff’s recommendation that City Council accept a $250,000 donation from developer Mo Honarkar to fund a planner position, in anticipation of several large development projects his company will bring forward. I am also one of...

Letter: Save Laguna’s Charm Downtown

Laguna Beach has always been a city of trees. The earliest photos from 1910 show large groves of trees planted by the early homesteaders. And, for many of us, that’s why 50 to 75 years ago we chose to live here rather than in neighboring coastal cities, which were treeless. Trees...

Letter: Regarding Billy Fried’s Column

In last week’s Laguna Beach Independent letters, Jennifer Zeiter’s letter was a great response to the regular liberal rants of Mr. Fried. If we want to read that kind of national political bias, then we can pick up the L.A. Times and/or the N.Y. Times. I support her...

Letter: Disrespectful Students in D.C.

Recently retired from a 40-year career in public education, I have led dozens of field trips, some with over 100 students in attendance. These trips demand a lot of organization and help from parents who want their kids to have a special educational travel experience. Besides the...

Letter: Gasparotti Mistaken about Design Review

I am usually a fan of J.J. Gasparotti, but his column last week saying that the Design Review Board is just fine is blatantly biased and misinformed. I was told he used to be on the DRB—that would explain his myopic, sycophant view of their operation. I say operation because they...

Letter: Don’t Change Canyon Acres

In 1966 my wife Beverly and I rented a ceramic studio at 406 Canyon Acres Drive. The street was funky and eclectic then with many young artists and craftsmen working together. Living on Canyon Acres was like a dream come true for me and my young wife. In 1968 the Sawdust Festival...

Letter: Class Notes

Local resident, Jimmy Dunne, was acknowledged for completing the John Hopkins CTY Chinese school program with honors. He also placed third in his school’s MAA math competition among 182 students. Jimmy received his open water diving certification and green belt in Krav Maga. His...

Letter: Opposed to Fried’s Take on National Politics

What a delusional joke was Billy Fried’s column last week, from the top of the pointy-eared pink caps to the self-emasculating “toxic masculinity” bottom. Feminize all men, or is it just all white men? No thanks. A kinder, more humane planet with the likes of...

Letter: Design Review System is Broken

After watching the City Council item on Jan. 8, “Improving the Design Review Process,” I am compelled to share my experiences. I believe our system is broken on numerous levels. Here’s why: There has been an ongoing tree dispute on Ocean Way for years. Three of those years, I...

Letter: A Letter to Mayor Whalen

I was happy to see that the council supported the Landscape and Scenic Highways documents in defining what the scope of work would be for the consultants on the downtown action plan. But I was disappointed that the council didn’t support more public workshops during the “Action...

Letter: Criminalizing Peter Blake 

As a third-generation resident of Laguna Beach with a five-generation family history in local government and public schools, I’ve been an active stakeholder in important and sometimes controversial civic affairs in our hometown.   But no one ever threatened to criminalize my...

Letter: Regarding a DRB Do-Over

Hurrah to Peter Blake! Finally, Laguna has the disrupter we have been waiting for on City Council. This past council meeting, Blake went after the Design Review process, which is in dire need of reform. Most everyone agrees that DRB is a contentious, disdainful process that needs...

Letter: Sock Drive Success

A sincere thank you to the Boys Scouts of Laguna Beach on a successful sock drive during the month of November. Hundreds of mostly new, quality socks are still being handed out to our homeless population. They are truly grateful for warm feet.   Karen Sciortino, Net-Works...

Letter: Regarding Michael Ray’s Last Column

  Oddly enough, on Friday, Jan. 4, I was watching NHK (a Japanese-based news broadcasting company, which is aired on PBS daily from 4-4:30 p.m.) and the topic was the aging Japanese population, which the government is fully aware of and has been taking steps to address for...



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