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Schoolpower’s Strategic Options

Editor, We all owe thanks to Robin Rounaghi for five years of upbeat boosterism in our schools (“Schoolpower Leader to Assist in Filling Her Own Shoes” Indy Mar. 17). But is “filling her shoes” the best way to build on Schoolpower’s long-term success? Similar non-profits in...

Bring the Bard to the Playhouse

Editor, Since Laguna Beach is a hub of tourist activity in the summer, I feel the Laguna Playhouse is missing out on an opportunity to reap the rewards of a constant revenue stream.  After visiting Ashland, Ore., two years ago to take in the sights and some Shakespeare plays, I...

Chamberlain Memorial Set

Editor: In the past year we’ve lost in succession, three longtime community members, Stu Staffer (May 20, 2017), John Abbott Gardiner (Oct. 24, 2017), and now, Mark Chamberlain (April 23, 2018), who each contributed mightily to Laguna’s legacy in their own significant ways....

Silence Is Not Golden

Editor, At the April 17 meeting, the City Council sat silent when discussion emerged. On “sanctuary” cities, Council members sat like mummies as Kelly Boyd refused to put the subject on the agenda. I have news for you Mr. Boyd and other council members; it is a dereliction of...

Help Me Stay in the Town I Love

Editor, The City Council is considering making it impossible for me and 2,592 other Laguna Beach homeowners to age in place. I am a senior who wants to stay put in my home in Bluebird Canyon. I plan to add on a small second unit, so a live-in caretaker can help my wife and me...

Plan Obstructs Rather Than Encourages Granny Flats

Editor, The City Council will be considering an ordinance regarding the restriction/regulation of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) sometimes referred to as “granny units” on May 9. This ordinance pretty much squelches any plan to add living quarters for a multitude of residents...

Can You Hear Me Through All the Noise?

Editor, As a Laguna Beach resident for nearly 20 years, I am hugely offended by the fact that Council member Toni Iseman has singled out motorcycles as an excessive noise offender. Why couldn’t you simply say vehicles, or motor vehicles as opposed to focusing on motorcycles...

They did it Again

Editor, Laguna’s best kept secret is the Laguna Beach Chamber Singers that give free concerts twice a year.  Sunday, April 29, they performed at the Laguna Presbyterian Church.  Entitled, “That Old Time Religion,” the program promised some of the “greatest sacred music hits, very...

Let Canyon’s Beauty Reign

Editor, What? Now we have to worry about giant art concepts placed at the canyon entrance. It was bad enough driving by our beautiful city hall with that garish tunnel of fabric spoiling the view of our old picturesque buildings. That blight should have put on a children’s...

Handicapped Access Remains Blocked

Editor, I live have lived across from Montage hotel and beach for 15 years. When the hotel was built, a public ramp to the beach was installed with a steep public access ramp. By code, a second much less steep (ADA ) handicapped ramp was installed 15 years ago with full approval...

Forget Undergrounding, Let’s Go Solar

Editor, UndergroundLagunaNow.org  reads “Above ground utilities are the single biggest threat to our public safety. ” The proponents of undergrounding use fear to motivate voters to approve the ballot measure.  The proponents want to bury SoCal Edison’s 19th...

Underground Push Wrong on Several Levels

Editor, The undergrounding project should be scaled back and limited in scope to reduce the enormous cost burden on resident taxpayers and our many seniors on fixed incomes. Main evacuation routes are readily established as North and South Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road...

Follow the Money

Editor, Since July 2015, the City Council has been focused on undergrounding utilities in Laguna Beach. Southern California Edison filed a lawsuit challenging the Laguna Beach ordinance that requires utility companies to bury utility lines and vaults. In the lawsuit, filed April...

Poet Laureate Welcomes the Next Chapter

Editor, This letter is in response to Ellen Kempler’s letter of April 19, 2018. It’s been my honor to serve as Laguna Beach’s inaugural poet laureate. My platform included educating and inspiring residents and visitors to read, write and engage with the written word, and to...

Allow a Stress-free Semester Break

Editor, I would like to offer my perspective regarding the recently proposed 2019-2020 LBUSD calendar, not only as a local parent with children attending our schools, but as a prior student of TOW, Thurston and LBHS schools. I have blissful memories of those final days of summer...

Another School Calendar Fiasco?

Editor, Not so many years ago, without public notice and only two minutes of actual deliberation our school board voted to approve a senior staff plan to start the school year in mid-August. Public opposition forced reversal, but only after one board member tearfully revealed...

Parent Disapproves of Calendar Change

Editor, I’m not sure if many are aware but the school board is making a hard push to drastically change the school calendar to make summer break June 11- Aug. 21, which will significantly affect the families, festivals, and businesses here in Laguna. The board has just released a...

Questions Arise Over Survey’s Legitimacy

Editor: I live in Arch Beach Heights and belong to the Nextdoor group here. One thing that came to my attention this week is a survey that is going out which appeared to be official coming from the city.  Many in our Nextdoor group thought it was a follow-up to the surveys we...

Let’s Spark a #LitFest Movement

Editor, Kate Buckley, Laguna’s first (and possibly final) poet laureate, finishes her year-long term at the end of this National Poetry Month. During her appointment, she organized a series of readings of her own work, either alone or with poets she selected, including one who...

Burying Wires Differs Little From Vigilance Over Billboards , Signs

Editor, Art is all about aesthetics. Laguna Beach is an art town. Ergo, Laguna Beach is about aesthetics.  Isn’t that really why we choose to live here? Laguna has charming homes, beautiful beaches and great open spaces.   It has clean air and wonderful light.  So why have we...

Dissenter Says City Officials Abuse Their Authority

Editor, The article “Sparks Fly at Open House” should have been followed by “City Attempts to Shut Down Free Speech Opposing Undergrounding”, because that is exactly what Asst. City Manager Shohreh Dupuis (now living in a $1.6 million house paid for by our taxpayer dollars) and...

Take Flyover Complaints to Supervisors

Editor, Planes from John Wayne continue to fly a concentrated path over south Laguna, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel and San Juan Capistrano. It is a concern not just for us, but for communities all over the country—from Los Angeles to San Francisco to Washington D.C to New York.  In...

Is City Campaign Educational or Advocacy?

Editor, California Government Code §54964(a) prohibits local agencies from expending public funds to advocate for or against a ballot measure or other voting initiative, with some exceptions for educational/informative materials.  I believe that the city has already crossed the...

Forcing Undergrounding on Laguna

Editor, The city staff and Council have made up their minds that we need utilities undergrounded.  This is a classic case of government telling you what’s best for you.  They won’t tell you the facts, or at least all the facts.  Just the ones that they want you to know. This is...



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