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Letter: In Response to ‘Orange is the New Blue’

Is it necessary for national political “debates” be taken up in a local paper? I can understand local issues and really digging in with passion for people who feel their opponents should be burnt at the stake. Local issues play into how we live here in Laguna. But national...

Letter: Scapegoating Is Not the answer

In response to Byron Nelson’s letter asking for intensification of brush management with goats, I would say, “bad idea.” Goats are no panacea. Some brush clearance with goats is useful, but more would promote a false sense of security against fire. Quite simply, brush clearance...

Letter: Seeking Information on Jeanne Lattin

I am a poet and essayist who is writing a book about Jeanne Lattin, a forgotten media sensation who fell from the public eye around 1913. Based on what I’ve found in ancestry databases, it seems she spent the last 30 years of her life in Laguna Beach. Jeanne’s story before...

Letter: In Response to ‘Orange is the New Blue’

A column by Billy Fried is bound to combine arrogance with a political message. There is no need to go into the content of his column, as it is obvious he is a devotee of the liberal office holders. However, I must agree on one thing. I do wake up each morning, and, like Mr....

Letter: Nationalism is not Patriotism

I am the “Indy reader” Howard Hills referred to in his letter last Friday. Clearly, we differ on the influence Bob Dylan’s iconic song “The Times They Are a-Changin” had on turning ruby red Orange County bright blue last month. As Howard and I both...

Letter: An Idea for Reviving Student Interest in School Lunches

In response to Amy Orr’s piece regarding the lunch programs and the hard work behind them—I have an idea and also some perspective from a mom whose son would rather stick needles in his eyes than buy lunch at school. First off, school lunch was and still is a great thing to offer...

Letter: City Should Intensify Brush Management with More Goats

The recent rains give us a short respite from the fearsome future. But, let us not be deluded. The increasing occurrence and ferocity of firestorms of these last years everywhere, in the west particularly, are only a predicted preview of what may come. Hopefully not. Laguna Beach...

Letter: Triumphalism Trivializes Democratic Change

Orange County is where the blue wave made landfall. Voters of all political affiliation who voted for winning candidates earned the right to celebrate. But divided government means Democrats -must govern, not just resist Republican one-party rule. We all hope both parties will...

Letter: Thanks to Ann Christoph for Stepping Up

I’d like to thank Ann Christoph for once again stepping into the fray when the integrity of this wonderful town was threatened. And in a way it may not even have been to win or lose, but to participate. Something she has never hesitated to do. For the public at large, there are...

Letter: Spending on Tourists, Employee Pensions Need Addressing

Now that the City Council elections are over, and the angst has died down, I would like to suggest two issues to be addressed. As J.J. Gasparotti has pointed out, tourists are a drain on the city budget. Each one costs you, the taxpayer, about $7.50 to provide police, fire,...

Letter: Ocean One-Way Proposal Needs More Thought

I hope that more thought and study is given to changing the pedestrian crossing at Ocean and PCH to the north. Wouldn’t the simple solution be to green light left turns before allowing pedestrians to cross? I shop at Whole Foods frequently and turn right onto PCH. I also exit the...

Letter: Cleo Hotel Proposal Not Right for Laguna

Greed. Arrogance. Selfishness. Inconsideration. Bullying. All these come to mind when reflecting on local real estate investor Mo Honarkar’s proposal for the Holiday Inn. He wants to put in a 112-room “boutique hotel” with a rooftop pool and deck. Boutique hotels don’t have...

Letter: Laguna Is a NIMBY Community

In the aftermath of 2018’s general election and my frustration of our community’s inability to grow, I have made a list of ten major commercial properties in the city of Laguna Beach that have been totally remodeled or newly constructed over the past 20 years, of which three...

Letter: Yes, Times Are a-Changin’ in OC

Bob Dylan was right, “The times they are a changin.” The third verse of his 1964 mega-hit is quite prophetic: Come senators, congressmen Please heed the call Don’t stand in the doorway Don’t block up the hall For he that gets hurt Will be he who has...

Letter: ‘Rammed Earth’ Homes Provide Peace of Mind

In view of the devastating loss of homes most recently, perhaps we should take a look at building homes other than the “stick” houses—that is, homes with framing made of pine 2×4’s. These pine boards ignite quickly if they get hot enough. One type of construction is “rammed...

Letter: Fire Prevention Should Remain a Priority

I want to thank the Laguna Beach Fire Department, and especially Ray Lardie—he has removed an incredible amount of dry vegetation not only in public areas, but he has diligently worked with many homeowners to remove dead/dying vegetation from their property. I don’t know how he...

Letter: Where Will They Go on Thanksgiving?

The Woolsey Fire has displaced a reported 250,000 Southern Californians in the last few days. I wonder where these people will be on Thanksgiving? Clearly, many will not be in their homes. Hopefully, most will be with relatives or close friends. Even so, there are bound to be...

Letter: Tale of Two Women

In the aftermath of 2018’s general election, two transcendent local political realities remain. Toni Iseman, targeted for political elimination, was re-elected by a larger majority than her opponents. Jennifer Welsh Zeiter led opposition to a utility under grounding tax measure,...

Letter: Be Prepared to Act Fast in a Disaster

The recent devastating fires in LA/Ventura and Northern California should be a less-than-gentle reminder that residents of disaster-prone areas (like Laguna Beach and many others in California) should not be complacent about being ready to evacuate—and do it fast. The sad tales...

Letter: ‘Shoreline Project’ Brought Locals, Visitors Together

A tale of alchemy during divisive diatribes: We were all dressed in black from neck to toe, waiting for our umbrellas in lines that twisted from multiple sites on Main Beach. Some of us came from town, and some from afar—each clutching our release waivers and hoping for one of...

Letter: Local News Outlets Provided Fair Election Coverage

Before the election is in the distant past, I want to commend both Stu News and the LB Indy for their fair and even-handed treatment of local election issues over the past few weeks. In a national climate where election issues are hotly contested, and the news media is vilified...

Letter: Proposing Solutions to Laguna’s Homeless Problems

Whose idea was it to solve the homeless problem by bussing the homeless to the bus depot every day and pick them up before dinner time to take them to the shelter? After interviewing a dozen homeless people, it seems to me that their expectation is that all who show up get to...

Letter: Union PACs Interfering in Elections

I resent Fire/Police unions who try to sway residents into voting Yes on P to tax ourselves. Your unions just seek ways to intimidate and promote by fire/fear campaign at the City Council candidates at your recent forum, into whatever more you can coerce these new Candidates for...

Letter: Election Season Observations

The Sierra Club did not endorse anyone running for city office in Laguna Beach – not even those that claim to be sensitive to the environment such as Ann Christoph and Toni Iseman.  I wonder why? Have you noticed how much money is being spent this year on midterm elections?  Some...

Letter: We Can’t Afford Another Four Years of Iseman

This election comes at a critical juncture for our city. It’s a vote for new voices instead of the same old tired faces. Village Laguna has launched a vitriolic campaign filled with distortions and outright lies in their desperate attempts to cling to power and keep their puppets...



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