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Letter: Stop the No-Bid Trash Racket

Most of us just received a notice in the mail that the city desires to raise our trash rates, usually a tiny blip at the bottom of our property taxes. Yet this dark and dusty fine print has allowed a 50-year-old rip-off to fester, costing Lagunatics millions of dollars. A quick...

Letter: Bluebelt Supports AB 65 for Sea-level Rise and Green Infrastructure

The Laguna Bluebelt Coalition supports AB 65, introduced by Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, to significantly invest in the use of natural, or “green,” infrastructure along the coast of California. Working together with individuals and organizations, the Laguna...

Letter: School Board Denies Its Record of Retaliation

My neighbors are still talking about our School Board’s bad example to kids by not following rules or being fair to others. Everyone knows denying Dee Perry equal participation on the Board is retaliation by the superintendent and Board. Intolerance for even one independent voice...

Letter: Local Moms Run in Marathon

Yep, she’s done it again. Two years in a row now, Soomi Nahm, a great mom with four wonderful kids and a great neighbor, just completed another successful run in the LA Marathon. She completed the challenging and grueling 26.2-mile run with another Laguna mom, Johnna Hafner, who...

Letter: Ketta Brown’s Double Standard Politics Get Personal

In making the anti-democratic argument that recently re-elected Dee Perry is unfit for office on equal terms with other school board members, former member Ketta Brown asserts “…as a board member, you need to support the administration” (Indy, March 21). High performing school...

Letter: The True Cost of Visitors to Laguna

In July 2017, John Thomas presented a 17-page report to the city with suggestions to help offset unreimbursed expenses the city incurs because of tourists. His report was done in conjunction with two UCI professors and Jim Danziger. This report to the city council lays bare the...

Letter: Pay Parking in Our Neighborhoods?

I have envisioned how my street (Catalina) would be different with the pay-for-use parking spaces proposed by Jim Danziger for all streets within six blocks of the beach. There would be lots of white paint from marking and numbering the spaces. There would be pay kiosks and...

Letter: City Presents Important Fire Safety Info

Dear Editor, Thank you for your comprehensive article about the city’s March 25 presentation on fire safety, and a big thank you to Village Laguna for having the forethought to invite the city to the March general membership meeting to present findings from their visit to...

Letter: Open Letter to the School Board

I think what the board is doing is anti-student. You say you are for students but every action you’ve taken is counter to that. You are trying to shut down parent voices by holding meetings on Monday mornings at 8 a.m. when people are working. You give as little notice as...

Letter: More Than Your Fair Share

It’s tax time and if you feel like you’re paying more than your fair share, it’s because you are. But it’s not what you are thinking. I’m talking about a local problem, not your federal or state taxes. That’s a whole other kettle of fish. What I’m talking about is the fact that...

Letter: School Board Silences Dissent

The School Board’s meeting on March 12 is described by some present and online as “a new low,” and “toxic people, toxic process,” with multiple comments alluding to soap opera sequels, including “‘Big Little Lies’ meets ‘Bad Moms’ and ‘Mean Girls.’” The most accurate description:...

Letter: City Should Listen to Solutions Before Spending to Attract More Visitors

Residents of Laguna should be grateful that J.J. Gasparotti has focused three recent columns on the reality that the City of Laguna Beach is spending between $20-30 million per year more on visitors than the visitors provide the city in revenue. The six million plus visitors each...

Letter: Osborne’s Column Left Out Inconvenient Truth about Climate Change

  While I applaud the efforts of Laguna Greenbelt and the climate scientists who participated in the recent panel, there is a glaring omission in Dr. Osborne’s bullet points for “building the public will to treat this issue as the highest political priority…” The omission?...

Letter: Buyer Beware: Snake Oil Salesman in the Neighborhood

As an opponent to the legalization of marijuana I read with interest, “Know What You’re Getting: CBD, THC or Medical Marijuana” published in the March 1 issue of the Indy. I agree with many of the remarks made by Dr. Gregory Smith, M.D., especially regarding the assumption that...

Letter: Laguna Deserves Better Restaurants

I had to get off my duff and write in this week thanks to a quote from Toni Iseman in last week’s Indy article regarding proposed reform to historic preservation laws. Toni said: “I’ve talked to restaurant owners who say there are too many restaurants right now, and if you look...

Letter: School Board Represents Community, Not Education Bureaucracy

We were hoping for some original new ideas from new School Board member James Kelly, but my wife and I were disappointed by his “Positive Outcomes” letter (March 7, Indy). Instead of enlarging community schools narrative, he’s seemingly fallen into lock step with same old shrill...

Letter: City Needs Historic Preservation Expert

It was disappointing to read that a number of City Council members are not in favor of hiring a historic preservation planner, which has been supported both by the Task Force and the Heritage Committee. Many of the complaints heard before the City Council concerning historic...

Letter: Tourist Saturation Warrants City’s Attention

Columnist J.J. Gasparotti and UCI research professor Jim Danziger provide compelling arguments exposing the flawed narrative that six million visitors per year is a net positive for Laguna Beach residents. Gasparotti and Danziger’s analyses struck a nerve. Our community has...

Letter: In Response to James Utt’s ‘They Are Not Just Pets’

I completely sympathize and identify with James’ bittersweet recounting of his experience and his son’s experience with pet loss. And while I’m a “cat lady” having had two to three cats in my household my entire adult life, I revere all animals and can attest that they are not...

Letter: Shining a Light on Student Success, District Achievements

In the midst of discouraging back-and-forth regarding the School Board’s presidency, I’d like shift gears to shine a light on our teachers, students, staff, superintendent, and all of the board members that I have met in my short time on the board. Their hard work and expertise...

Letter: Don’t Change, Just Follow School Board Rules

Existing School Board rule providing for annual rotation of president is a best practice Jan Vickers voted for and demanded the board follow in 2014 when she was in line to be president. That rule must be preserved to cure the defect of recent election of 30-year board incumbent...

Letter: About the Green New Deal

The Green Dream concept interests me—easy for Fox News to put down, but it was simply introduced in Congress to inspire imagination. The topic first interested me when, as a fledgling academic in 1977, I studied “zero-growth” economics to see how to make capitalism...

Letter: Fried’s Column Needs Corrections

It wasn’t 30 units in 2007. It was 15 in 2010. City up zoned M1-b commercial property without EIR. CEQA violation. 8 feet of water in 2010 maybe, but 8 feet of mud? Wrong. Investor angels? They locate property, find loopholes, develop. Not out of goodness of hearts, but goodness...

Letter: Regarding Fried’s Column on Longi’s Project

Oh, where have you gone Billy Boy, Billy Boy? Oh, where have you gone darlin’ Billy? Because it is obviously not to the land of facts and truth. But then, why should you make that effort when it is so much easier to lie back in the false sun of misinformation, distortion of truth...



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