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Letter: Remembering Mr. Laguna

Last Monday, Oct. 1, came and went with no mention of Harry Lawrence, “Mr. Laguna,” who was the driving force behind the creation of Main Beach Park. Maybe Mayor Kelly Boyd can say a few words about this great man at this week’s City Council meeting. In 2008, the City Council...

Letter: Hypocrisy, Pure and Simple

This is in response to the letter by Mr. David Raber regarding Village Laguna. The irony of his letter is that it is not at all about Village Laguna. His first paragraph negates the rest of the entire article. He is upset that those we disagree with have to be made into villains....

Letter: Laguna Beach Needs to Address Air Quality

According to the L.A. Times, Los Angeles had 89 days of unhealthy, smoggy air in 2018. New York City has a law that requires idling vehicles to shut off their engines after four minutes, or get a ticket. Here, one always sees people sitting in their vehicles, big S.U.V’s, cars,...

Letter: Laguna Beach Seniors: Beware of Scam

Be on the alert for a scam call from Mr. John Peterson. He will tell you he represents Publishers Clearing House and is calling to tell you that you have won money and he needs to verify the spelling of your name, your address and to schedule when they will come to give you your...

Letter: Can a PAC Buy an Election in Laguna Beach?

A new Political Action Committee (PAC), called “Liberate Laguna,” spawned by the controversial Citizens United case that sanctions unlimited money in politics, has been formed and funded primarily by three Laguna and Newport Beach real estate developers who want control ...

Letter: Thanks to Larry Nokes, City Staff for Work on Historic Preservation

I just wanted to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to Larry Nokes for all of his hard work concerning historic preservation. I started my journey over six years ago when I found out that I was on the historic inventory as a K rated structure. I know you have heard...

Letter: School Board is Prioritizing Students’ Success

The Laguna Beach Unified Board of Education voted 5-0 passing the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 student instructional calendars on Sept. 25. For the record, I am neutral on this issue for one reason: I trust them. Separate from the calendar, I have personally vetted almost all of the...

Letter: A Plea for a Civil Tone

As I’ve observed City Council candidates forums, especially the one sponsored by Village Laguna, I’ve been horrified by the nasty tone used by some. We don’t need vitriol in our political discussions in our beloved town. We’ve all seen what vitriol has...

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...



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