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In Response to Heart Talk Column

  Dear Editor, Thanks, Jim Utt. After reading your latest column, “I’m 70 and I Have to Do What?” I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry. See, I’m turning 70 in two weeks. Guess that means I better start reading the DMV handbook now. My license...

Letter:

Dear Editor, In response to last week’s school board meeting and calendar proposal, I agree, students’ voices should be considered. I applaud the students and encourage more opportunities for participation, but also for exposure to broader perspectives on issues. As a parent...

Letter: Climate Remedies Should Include Changing Our Diet

Dear Editor, With scorching heat and raging wildfires in the west and torrential downpours and massive flooding in the east, global warming is not just about a gentle sea rise any more. These tragic consequences of dumping greenhouse gases into our atmosphere, call for drastic...

Letter: Sales Tax Increase Isn’t Needed for Public Safety

Editor: Here we go again. Will we ever get some relief? Will our city keep asking for tax increases every two years? Will they keep using public safety as the carrot? The utility undergrounding and fire safety measure is disingenuous. It’s got nothing to do with fire danger. It’s...

Letter: In Defense of Taking a Knee

Editor, “Our lives begin and end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” –Martin Luther King Jr. This is why NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem is so important. Social change occurs when the haves become a voice for the have-nots....

Letter: Climate Remedies Should Include Changing Our Diet

Dear Editor, With scorching heat and raging wildfires in the west and torrential downpours and massive flooding in the east, global warming is not just about a gentle sea rise any more. These tragic consequences of dumping greenhouse gases into our atmosphere, call for drastic...

Letter: We are the City’s Money Tree

Editor: Here’s one more reason to oppose the city’s proposed 12.9 percent sales tax increase in November. Look at the City Council’s approval last week of the $11.1 million Village Entrance, at 30 percent over budget. Council members Rob Zur Schmiede and Toni Iseman, both up for...

Letter: Rohrabacher is Not Protecting the Planet

Editor: Many of you probably received the newsletter from Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in the mail in the last week or so. I was completely flabbergasted when I saw a section highlighting Dana’s work in “defending the planet,” mainly because Mr. Rohrabacher is not known to be a...

Letter: Agate Beach Access Already Deteriorating

Editor: I would like to report that the recently finished Agate Street stairs already has a broken railing. One of the most important pieces of railing—the last piece to the ocean where you can pull yourself up on the stairs if the sand is low—is already broken and missing. Also,...

Letter: Roundabout Should Inspire Other Intersection Improvements

Dear Editor, This is a commentary from a 56-year Laguna resident about the city’s plan to spend taxpayer money on the beautification of the current roundabout located at the Catalina/Los Robles/Camino Del Mar intersection. As a member of the city’s now-defunct...

Letter Proposes Smart Solution to Canyon Bottleneck

Editor: David Raber’s July 13 letter to the editor, “Alternatives to Reduce a Canyon Bottleneck” presents a brilliant idea: get Caltrans to de-commission the entire El Toro Road/133 intersection and remove the traffic light. It sounds a bit unrealistic, but read on. It solves a...

Letter: City Council Needs Safety-Minded Candidates

Editor, Every day I look over the ridge toward Top of the World, where in 1993 I saw flames reaching for the sky and smoke drifting down into Bluebird Canyon, and the smell permeated the whole town. Horrible. Homes, memories, domestic and wildlife were being destroyed every...

Letter: Village Entrance Site has Skate Park Potential

Residents of Laguna, On my daily walk, I pass by this iconic view, and I wonder what changes the “Lady” will see in the next few decades. Why should the derelict building that used to collect Laguna’s sewage be “saved?” Crusaders love a crusade. The vocal minority speaks and the...

Letter: Surfrider Committed to Protecting San Onofre, Watershed

Dear Editor, After reading Ms. Geller’s letter to the editor, I felt compelled to respond on behalf of the Surfrider Foundation. First and foremost, the Surfrider Foundation’s mission is focused on the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a...

Coast Inn Project Needs Rigorous Review

The megaproject proposed by an investor group to transform the Coast Inn and Coast Liquor property by dramatically increasing the intensity of use and altering the structures has been a contentious issue for more than a year. The substantial list of major problems with the...

‘D’ Grade for Summer Trolley Service

This summer’s trolley service is an insult to visitors and residents. It is hard to believe the transit department is under the supervision of the public works director and assistant city manager. There is no trolley service to North Laguna to and from the bus depot....

Omen or Common Sense?

As I walked up Broadway to the Laguna Playhouse on Wednesday, July 11, I commented to my mate, “That tree looks dangerous leaning out over the road at an extreme angle and a large section of bark is missing near the base.” Monday, July 16, at 3:13 pm, I get a text from LBGOV:...

City Committed to Clean Ocean Water

Dear Editor, The city of Laguna Beach is committed to protecting its greatest public resource—the ocean.   Recently, a letter questioned the water quality testing methods and runoff prevention programs in Laguna Beach. The writer questioned the Heal the Bay report card grades...

City Has Authority to Customize its Historical Preservation Rules

Editor: Please attend the July 31 special council meeting to voice support of a new Historical Preservation Program (HPP) that is based on voluntary participation and private initiative. This meeting will focus on the discretion the city has under state laws to implement a new...

Other Methods to Lower Fire Risk Without Huge Costs

Editor, The city’s urgency in undergrounding utilities is the mitigation of risk from wildfire caused by Edison utility poles, yet nothing in the schedule or execution of this project actually mitigates fire risk until project completion. That’s because the project...

Unintended Consequences from Higher Taxes

Editor, Last week, City Council gave 5-0 approval to place their recommended 1% sales tax increase on the November 2018 ballot. This despite objection by a clear majority of residents, who spoke to provide arguments against the excessive taxation projected to generate $5.6...

Cited Facts Undercut Headline

Editor: If the Indy has chosen to endorse a candidate for the 48th Congressional District, it should announce it now. Otherwise, we will have to endure more stories about how a very small group of weekly “protesters” and a high school senior in a political action club assisting a...

Neighbors Seek Laguna’s Support

Editor,   The town of San Clemente is facing a modern day David v. Goliath battle against a government agency’s blind rampage of destruction.   The TCA is moving forward with the 241 Toll Road extension through south Orange County, and they want to bulldoze right through our...

TCA Proves a Poor Steward of Public Funds

Editor, It has come to our attention that the Transportation Corridor Agencies that only builds toll roads, is looking at eight options, five of which include managed toll lanes on the 5 freeway. All of the options include eminent domain takings of homes and businesses. The TCA...

Historical Preservation Task Force Interrupted

Editor, After many long meetings regarding the Historical Preservation Ordinance, the City Council voted in favor of forming a task force of residents to study and ultimately make recommendations back to them for action. Council members Steve Dicterow and Toni Iseman volunteered...



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