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Letter: Hotel Laguna Developments

After working for more than two years with the owners of the Hotel Laguna property to reach agreement on revitalizing this iconic location, we’ve been advised that the property owners have decided to go in another direction and enter into a transaction with another party. Our...

Letter: A Plant-Based New Year’s Resolution

Dear Editor, With the glow of Christmas barely behind us, we look forward to the new year and the customary New Year’s resolutions: reduce social media, reduce weight, and, this year, reduce animal food consumption. One third of consumers already report reducing their...

Letter: In Response to John Pietig’s Guest Column

Did I just read John Pietig’s guest column correctly…we spent $18,000 for a team of arborists to verify that four 50- to 80-foot-tall eucalyptus trees should be replaced? This is crazy. Why do we keep wasting our money on “professional consultants” to tell us what we already...

Letter: Let’s Lighten Up in 2019

There is a lot of bad juju in the world these days. It’s really unfortunate. Ugly wars are going on, people are fleeing their countries in droves, terrorists are bombing beautiful cities and people, and here in our country there are disgusting shootings in schools, churches and...

Letter: In Response to Michael Ray’s “The Attack on Young Families”

Perhaps some of what Michael Ray says is uncomfortably true, but he fails to state the underlying cause of the reason young California families can no longer afford to buy a home in Laguna or almost anywhere in California without it being a tremendous financial burden. For that...

Letter: The Best Surf Movie Ever Made

My wife and I were at the 2018 Pipeline Masters contest two weeks ago on our vacation to Oahu and Kona. Perfect prelude to watching the best surfing movie ever the next day, featuring some of the best North Shore and Pipeline line stories ever told. The movie classic...

Letter: Give the Gift of a Livable Planet

This holiday season, the one gift that I most want to wrap up for my two teenage kids is a livable world. But recent scientific reports tell us we have to cut fossil fuel use 50 percent by 2030 to avoid catastrophic climate impacts. Toward this goal, five members of Congress just...

Letter: Foresight Needed When Picking Trees

One of the items at the Tuesday, Dec. 11, City Council meeting was about a Heritage Tree that was apparently quite tall and had been growing for decades. In its growth, it embraced (literally) a power pole, and attempts to keep it reasonable failed – in fact part of one side of...

Letter: City Failed to Prioritize Eliminating Odors Near Victoria Beach

At its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11, the Laguna Beach City Council authorized the purchase of a Biological Odor Control System to control odors at the Bluebird SOCWA Lift Station (located at the end of Galen Drive near the corner of Calliope and Glenneyre Street). The equipment is...

Letter: Laguna’s Décor a Bit Lackluster

The pepper tree is beautiful. Hospitality Night was sure fun. But I have to say, our lights downtown this year were a bit of a disappointment. I’m sure a lot of people have been down to Dana Point Harbor – OMG – it’s like Disneyland on steroids! Maybe...

Letter: Let’s Help Others This Holiday

The definition of a bully is someone who picks on those weaker than the bully, and the City Council seems bent on playing that role. The “problem” of the homeless reminds me of the “invasion” of migrants at the border that politicians see. It’s all...

Letter: In Support of the Green New Deal

I’m a 20-year-old student from Ladera Ranch that is worried about the ongoing climate crisis taking place in the world. After reading extensively about the recent wildfires in our beautiful state and their connection to climate change, I’ve realized that we need to...

Letter: Residents Still Care About Maintaining Laguna’s Aesthetic

At the Planning Commission meeting on the Cleo Street project on Wednesday, Nov. 7, someone attempting to defend the project against charges of incompatibility with the neighborhood asked rhetorically, “Who decided Laguna is supposed to look a certain way?” The answer to that...

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...



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