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Not Grateful for Development

  In JJ Gasparotti’s June 1 Indy column, he says we owe Mr. Mo a debt of gratitude for his rescuing the restaurant at the FOA. I wonder if JJ suggests we should be grateful for Mr. Mo’s latest tripartite “vision” for Laguna Beach that can be found on the Laguna Creative...

Fried column Reply

I just read Billy Fried’s most recent contribution entitled The Senior Scam. While I found most of the article’s content relevant, I was completely taken aback and offended by Mr. Fried’s derogatory generalizations about Florida and its residents. First of all, I think it is...

Finding our Way

In 1964 a new home development known as Park Avenue Laguna was built by Leslie Homes on Top-of-the-World. The homes were single and two story family homes, some with ocean views and all featured underground utilities, a two-car garage and private driveway. A 3-bedroom 2-bath...

TCA is Off Course

One has to wonder how and why the TCA is so far off its course thinking they can become the planners for regional mobility after using Orange County residents as a piggy bank for the past 20 some years. The TCA was to build for only local area benefit. The TCA has collected...

We Deserve Better Representation

Editor, Elections matter and whom we choose to elect as our representatives say a lot about who we are. Over the last year I have had the pleasure of getting to know each of the candidates for the 48th Congressional District, which is why I endorsed Dr. Hans Keirstead...

When a Penny Adds Up to More Than a Cent

Editor: The city is deliberately misleading the public with the false concept of a one-cent tax. The city of Laguna Beach is asking for a 1% sales tax increase (from 7.75% to 8.75%) Saying one cent is at a minimum deceptive and can be misleading to a large majority of the...

Generate Our Own Juice

Editor, So far, the debate avoids the primary issue of ultimate responsibility. We read about evacuation and fire hazards and then jump to the question of how much tax should we citizens agree to. But let’s look at a fundamental question. Who owns these wires and poles? If these...

Should Laguna be a Solar City

Editor, The City Council voted for a ballot measure to fund undergrounding Edison utility lines without first addressing concerns expressed by a majority of residents. The newly formed resident advocacy group STOP made a factual presentation in opposition. Many speakers raised...

Time to Ditch Plastic Straws

Editor, As we are all aware single use plastic straws are the one of our biggest environmental offenders. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found them to be consistently in the top five discarded items found on our shores. More than 500 million are used and...

Finally, Artistic Village Entrance Arrives

Editor, What the city could not accomplish in 50 years, to enliven the village entrance, two businesses achieved within two months. This is the first time I feel that the city shows some art relevance with her newest public art. Meaning, Laguna falls in the realm where visitors...

Underground Push a Guise for Funding Pensions

  Editor, The city’s fear and fire campaign to underground utilities in Laguna Beach was not developed as a means of saving the residents from the next big disaster, but as a money grab to fund the city employee pension shortfall for years to come. Last year CalPERS lowered its...

Laguna Proudly Raises the Rainbow Flag for Pride Weekend

Editor: The month of June is officially LGBTQ Heritage & Culture Month in Laguna Beach, as proclaimed by former Mayor Toni Iseman and the City Council over a year ago. It is the time of year when our wonderful city celebrates and honors the rich contributions of the gay...

Brides-to-Be Furious Over Art-a-Fair Makeover

Editor, I saw the article about the “art mural” on what was once Tivoli Too! A very romantic, elegant wedding venue. Looks great for a child’s playhouse or circus but many brides (including myself) are extremely mortified and upset. There are a ton of comments on Facebook...

Experience Grassroots Laguna

Editor, Laguna is a close-knit community that supports creativity and art, that believes in protecting our natural resources, and offers unique opportunities that shape the life of its youth, but only because many of us have fought continuously to protect these unique qualities. ...

Balloon-Free Celebrations Save Marine Life

Editor, Last week I was working on a local whale watch vessel and noticed a shiny, colorful object floating on the ocean. An exotic marine creature? Not. It was a mylar foil balloon that had drifted from someone’s Mother’s Day celebration and made its way to the sea. And then I...

Religion Column Highlights Common Ground

Editor, I wanted to thank you for publishing Skip Hellewell’s columns.  I have been a resident of Laguna Beach for most of my life (40 of my 50 years) and I think it is important to recognize the importance of religion in the lives of many of our residents and to highlight...

Reader Prefers Print Edition

Editor, Thank you for your support of this column “Finding Meaning” in your local newspaper.  I was a 30-year resident of the city where my heart remains.  Since my six children have graduated college and moved on raising their own brood, I, too, moved on. I returned...

Accountability Supports SchoolPower Success

  Editor, SchoolPower President Kristin Winter (“SchoolPower Welcomes Financial Transparency” May 18) assures she’s “keeping overhead costs below industry standard.” But sustained success as a small town non-profit requires more transparency than posting tax returns and...

Speak Up Over Jerusalem

Editor, What gives our president the right to defy a United Nation’s vote and declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel? Israel is barely 70 years old. It was made a state in 1948. Jerusalem has been in existence since 3,000 B.C. and has been a central city and holy shrine for...

Pledge to Prepare

Editor, Local issues like traffic, crowded beaches and parties at summer rentals often are the focus of resident complaints as summer gets under way. But another issue lurks behind the scenes year-round: resident readiness for emergencies. There’s no question that every single...

Unintended Consequences: Higher Insurance Rates

Editor, Laguna Beach city staff has just helped raise your insurance rates. City staff, in an effort to convince and scare you to pay for undergrounding utility poles, made a visit last year to argue before the California Public Utilities Commission that all of Laguna is a high...

Let’s Embrace the Future and Get Off the Grid

Editor, Laguna supposedly prides itself on being “progressive” and “forward thinking,” yet the city wants us to invest in old 20thcentury technology by undergrounding utilities. The city has fast and furiously been spending our taxpayer dollars to blitz residents with ads on tv,...

Another Factor to Consider

Editor, Laguna Beach is a very beautiful and unique town.  We who are fortunate enough to live here are rightfully very proud.  Part of what sets us apart from the other towns in Orange County, including even the other coveted beach communities, is the open space surrounding our...

SchoolPower Welcomes Financial Transparency

Editor, Last week, a letter to the editor (“SchoolPower’s Strategic Options,” May 11) raised questions about SchoolPower’s salaries and expenses. SchoolPower is committed to being transparent with its financial records and keeping overhead costs below industry standards. In fact,...

Making Room for Dissent

Editor, Count me among many who admire PTA and Schoolpower leader Tammy Skenderian. Her commentary “Allow Stress-Free Semester Break” (Letters, April 20) invites respectful dialogue on more than the school calendar. With refreshing candor Skenderian discloses past opposition to a...



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