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Letter: In Support of Bluebird Canyon Farms

I have been a grateful member of the Laguna Beach community since the 1970s and currently proudly reside on Oak Street. (Hi, neighbors!) Thankfully, I also bike/walk to work in town. My passion and livelihood are farming: I have a degree in Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture...

Letter: City Council Candidates and Trees

I attended the lively City Council Candidate forum sponsored by Village Laguna. Although there were no questions on trees, Paul Merritt answered a question related to historical preservation by stating that he hoped the city would provide protection for historical trees....

Letter: A Creative Solution for Funding Historic Restorations

France has its historic castles/buildings, and many are in need of repair/restoration. France also is having financial issues. To solve this problem, the government has created a lottery specifically for the purpose of restoring their heritage sites. These lottery tickets are a...

Letter: Village Entrance Project Removes 120 Existing Parking Spaces

Planning Commissioner Kempf and City Council members Iseman and Zur Schmiede were among the votes to approve the Village Entrance project despite losing 116 existing parking spaces within the project boundary. The city only reported during the last four years of planning, public...

Letter: Liberate Laguna Wants Developer-Friendly Council

In a full-page ad in the Indy, a new political group, Liberate Laguna, announced their candidate endorsements for the council election. But who is Liberate Laguna and what are they liberating us from? The following questions come to mind: Q: Who are they? A: Liberate Laguna...

Letter: Liberate Laguna Endorsement was not Solicited, Approved

Last week, Liberate Laguna ran a full page in the Laguna Beach Independent, endorsing me without my permission. As a candidate, my commitment is to run a positive campaign without endorsement from special interest groups. I appreciate the time and thought that any organization...

Letter: Know Thy Budget

Before we know it, election time will be fast upon us, whether or not any of us are truly prepared to make our best decision as to whom and to what we will cast our vote. I have looked, listened, and read much about the many candidates who are seeking a seat on our all-powerful...

Letter: On Any Sunday

When will Laguna Beach host its first car-free Sunday? Los Angeles does it, Seattle does it, Brussels does it. Amsterdam, Paris, Freiburg and Muenster did it, and look what it brought. Car-free Sundays allow people to open their eyes to the incredible amount of city space devoted...

Letter: Tired by Not Stupid

I’m voting no on Prop P, the undergrounding/sales tax increase, that also tees up a $135+ million bond without voter approval. I’d vote no twice. Beyond all the rational reasons, two recent events solidified my vote. First, was the police union and firefighters’...

Letter: Village Laguna isn’t a Villain

Perhaps it’s just the new style. Those who we disagree with have to be made into villains. This is the example that our president is setting for us, such as the “villainification” of CNN. It is unfortunate to see the spread of accusations that paints a group or class as villains...

Letter: Post-Coastal Cleanup, Let’s Focus on Microplastic, Sustainable Living

Sept. 15 was another record-breaking Coastal Cleanup Day. Orange County Coastkeeper reports 44,000 pounds of trash were collected, up from 32,000 pounds last year. Cheers to the community effort! However, what’s crucial is to realize what was not picked up, why, and the...

Letter: In Defense of Design Review

I would like to speak up in defense of our town’s Design Review Board.  I hear many complaints about this group in conversations, in City Council candidate forums, and I read disparaging comments in the paper. However, as a long-time resident who has attended many DRB meetings, I...

Letter: Liberate Laguna Touts Poor Land Use Policy Ideas

After seeing the full-page ad in the Indy sponsored by Liberate Laguna, I felt motivated to grab my black armband and head down to Main Beach to join the revolution. That was until I read the letter by David Raber in last week’s Independent. That letter clarified what this...

Letter: No One Favors Paving Laguna

Dave Raber’s letter demonizing Liberate Laguna contains the same old false “dog whistles” we hear over and over. I am a member of Liberate Laguna. I am not on the board and not authorized to speak for them. But I have attended their meetings and can assure you the leadership of...

Letter: TCA Should be Abolished, Toll Roads Freed

TCA Should be Abolished, Toll Roads Freed Orange County taxpayers need a break. The TCA is a for-profit agency. But they have yet to be able to do that, even after accepting a bailout of over $1 billion dollars from OC taxpayers. The money we all work hard for should have gone...

Letter: A Call Out to South Laguna and Beyond

The liquor store on South Coast Highway across from Coyote Grill and next to Papa’s Tacos has lovely, friendly new owners. It is now called The Abbey, and you will be greeted by owners Lisa and Troy or James when you enter. Remember when it was Arch Bay Liquor back in the...

Letter: School Calendar Change Could Cause More Stress

I continue to be made aware of community concerns regarding student’s stress levels and social and emotional needs from parents, community leaders, district employees and students. Yet I hear little regarding the calendar start date as the cause. Subjects including marijuana and...

Letter: Thanks to Candidates for Seeking Ocean Pollution Solutions

Its’s great that City Council candidates like Judie Mancuso and others are reaching out to knowledgeable locals for sustainable solutions to ocean pollution. As a first step, let’s upcycle Laguna Beach’s 1.67 million gallons per day of wasted wastewater...

Letter: Zur Schmiede is Wrong About Complete Streets Policy

At the end of the first City Council candidate forum on Sept. 6, Councilman Rob Zur Schmiede remarked the city of Laguna Beach has already adopted a Complete Streets Policy. Public remarks like this placate a parting audience and spread disinformation; worse, the remark leads...

Letter: In Opposition of Laguna Beach School Calendar Change

My husband and I are both graduates of LBHS, and our three children are the third generation to go through the district as my mother-in-law graduated from LBHS. Our family, and our family foundation, has been a supporter of the district over the past decades. Laguna Beach is a...

Letter: Be Prepared for an Emergency by Denying Your Denial

Preparation for future events is common behavior. The more certain we are of something that will occur, the more rigorous our planning and preparation. We know we have to go to work or get the kids to school or soccer practice or the dinner with friends…the list goes on and on…so...

Letter:Believe It…Or Not?

How many residents of Laguna Beach actually believe that they have been put first? Among other catchy campaign messages, “Residents First” is turning out to be the latest buzz phrase for those vying to serve as one of our city council members in 2018. This “specialness” tagline...

Letter: Laguna Doesn’t Need to Pave Paradise

I suppose that it is not too surprising that a coalition of the big downtown Laguna landlords have teamed together to create a special interest PAC called “Liberate Laguna,” or that their little logo seems to be reassuring us that the sun will still rise in the east, even if our...

Letter: City Will Lose Parking with New Village Entrance

Editor, The city’s approved Village Entrance plan, which is ready for groundbreaking next week, results in a loss of 110 existing parking spaces at the entry of the Festival of Arts. Why wasn’t the California Coastal Commission and the FOA Board concerned about the city’s planned...



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