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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...

Letter: School Calendar Change Could Cause More Stress

I continue to be made aware of community concerns regarding student’s stress levels and social and emotional needs from parents, community leaders, district employees and students. Yet I hear little regarding the calendar start date as the cause. Subjects including marijuana and...

Letter: Thanks to Candidates for Seeking Ocean Pollution Solutions

Its’s great that City Council candidates like Judie Mancuso and others are reaching out to knowledgeable locals for sustainable solutions to ocean pollution. As a first step, let’s upcycle Laguna Beach’s 1.67 million gallons per day of wasted wastewater...

Letter: Zur Schmiede is Wrong About Complete Streets Policy

At the end of the first City Council candidate forum on Sept. 6, Councilman Rob Zur Schmiede remarked the city of Laguna Beach has already adopted a Complete Streets Policy. Public remarks like this placate a parting audience and spread disinformation; worse, the remark leads...

Letter: In Opposition of Laguna Beach School Calendar Change

My husband and I are both graduates of LBHS, and our three children are the third generation to go through the district as my mother-in-law graduated from LBHS. Our family, and our family foundation, has been a supporter of the district over the past decades. Laguna Beach is a...

Letter: Be Prepared for an Emergency by Denying Your Denial

Preparation for future events is common behavior. The more certain we are of something that will occur, the more rigorous our planning and preparation. We know we have to go to work or get the kids to school or soccer practice or the dinner with friends…the list goes on and on…so...

Letter:Believe It…Or Not?

How many residents of Laguna Beach actually believe that they have been put first? Among other catchy campaign messages, “Residents First” is turning out to be the latest buzz phrase for those vying to serve as one of our city council members in 2018. This “specialness” tagline...

Letter: Laguna Doesn’t Need to Pave Paradise

I suppose that it is not too surprising that a coalition of the big downtown Laguna landlords have teamed together to create a special interest PAC called “Liberate Laguna,” or that their little logo seems to be reassuring us that the sun will still rise in the east, even if our...

Letter: City Will Lose Parking with New Village Entrance

Editor, The city’s approved Village Entrance plan, which is ready for groundbreaking next week, results in a loss of 110 existing parking spaces at the entry of the Festival of Arts. Why wasn’t the California Coastal Commission and the FOA Board concerned about the city’s planned...

Letter: Streamlining Traffic through Laguna Canyon Road

Editor, Spending too much time in traffic jams on Laguna Canyon Road makes you think that there must be a better way to manage the traffic flow to and from Laguna Beach, using Laguna Canyon Road. This is my solution: Build a (four-lane) tunnel connecting Phillips Street (or just...

Letter: Sales Tax Increase Measure P is a Poor ROI

Editor, Let’s say I offered you a deal. In exchange for $5 million per year for 25 years, I’ll agree to reduce a possible risk to you which occurs less than 2 percent of the time. You would probably say, that’s no deal, that’s a rip off! And you’d be right. Well that is what the...

Letter: The Yin and Yang of Summer 2018

Editor, I love the Sawdust Festival. This is the second year I have had a season pass for $20. The  wonderful cool breezes, water wheel, water falls, outstanding artists and craftspeople, plus the great music on three stages, tasty food and grog make every visit sensational. The...

Letter: Council Candidates Owe Voters Transparency

Editor, With so many candidates vying for the available seats in November, it is very difficult to scrutinize them all. Recalling the 11th hour revelations that rocked the Council campaigns in both 2014 and 2016, it would be a service to voters and a nod to transparency for each...

Looking for Owner of 2005 Laguna Hills Class Ring

Dear Editor, I am writing from England regarding a Laguna Hills High School 2005 class ring, which I believe was found in Laguna Beach at some point in the past. Below is the same text I sent to the principal of Laguna Hills High School, who is now circulating the story through...

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...



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