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Cox’s Monopoly Deserves Scrutiny

Editor, As my email server, Cox Communications is derelict, I receive some emails hours after they were sent. Some arrive promptly; others never arrive. Sending email is equally unreliable. I’m also denied access to my own webmail account most of the time. When I called Cox to...

Benefit Disparity Between Public, Private Sectors Continues to Widen

Editor, Two articles in the March 16 Indy illustrate the dilemma Laguna Beach and other public entities have inherited as to defined benefit public employee pension plans. In the private sector these plans have been eliminated as the costs are impossible to estimate and to cover....

City Fails to Fulfill Court Deal to Fix Sewers

Editor, Nearly 2.5 years ago, the city agreed to begin a 10-year rehabilitation schedule for our sanitary sewer system, funding $3.5 million per year for 10 years, or $35 million. That was codified, i.e., agreed to contractually in a federal court as a result of litigation...

Going, Going, Gone

Editor, On Dec. 20, my downhill next-door neighbor erected posts for a six-foot fence. I had no notice that this was going to be built. I immediately ran to the city Of Laguna Beach to verify that this neighbor had a building permit, and indeed they had one. I made a complaint,...

Who Killed Taxpayer Watchdog?

Editor: Always discerning, J.J. Gasparotti asks, “Have we become so prosperous that fiscal responsibility is no longer a concern?” (“Money for Nothing” in the March 16 edition). Observing there’s “no such thing as ‘surplus money’…there is such a thing as having more money than...

School Board Missed a Teachable Moment

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to school board members.) You ALL blew it!   By being so passive, so restrictive, so opaque and stuck behind the times that-are-a-changin’ you let every student, every parent, every community member which looked forward to joining...

Trees and Consequences

Editor, Just read an article in this week’s Indy by landscape architect Ann Christoph. Sounds like she’s mostly about getting our city to look more like an arboretum and Roger’s Garden. I, too, am about the beauty and all that nature has to provide that keeps us...

Sounding Support for Park Plaza

Editor, I strongly believe that Laguna will benefit from making Park Plaza permanent. During its trial run from October through December of last year, I surveyed over 100 users of the plaza. Both residents and visitors alike loved the area for a chance to relax, grab a bite, take...

Critics of Granny Flats Lose Sight of Occupants

Editor, Heartfelt thanks to J.J. Gasparotti for his pithy observations about the dearth of affordable housing in this town and the “unrelenting process of code enforcement.” It’s as if he was with me on Tuesday evening, when I was pleased to hear our venerable,...

Unsettling Intrusion by Trespasser

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to Mayor Kelly Boyd.) Hope all is well in your world and that you’re feeling good and back to 100%, or so I hear through the grape vine. First off I want you to know, we believe Laguna Beach has the best police force with the finest...

Getting to Yes on Gun Safety

Editor, America is rejecting NRA interpretations of the 2nd Amendment putting the burden of gun safety solutions on those targeted by shooters seeking a moment of nihilistic infamy. It’s nonsense our Constitution prohibits reasonable measures to deny gun possession to people...

Tree Trimmer Shows Thoughtfulness

Editor: First of all, I would like to thank the city for hiring a new tree service this year. The benefits are obvious. The trees were thoughtfully trimmed and shaped not just torn into with a chainsaw. I actually saw them discussing a certain tree that had lost a large limb in a...

Visitor Shares a Memory

  Editor, My wife and I recently accompanied our son and his wife to California to visit their daughter, who is a freshman at USC. When we were not watching her dance programs, we did some sightseeing and had a little time for a short visit to Laguna Beach. There we walked...

Coast Inn Plans Remain Overly Ambitious

Editor, Six weeks ago the attorney representing the investment group for the ocean front mega-project Coast Inn and Coast Liquor “remodel” presented their proposal to the Laguna Beach City Council. At that meeting dozens of residents expressed serious apprehensions about the...

Giving Voice to Laguna’s Wealth of Characters

Editor, The myriads of diversity: A collection of uniqueness-Go live! Laguna is known for its charm. Some say that it’s the businesses, restaurants, landscapes or art, but much like individual flowers that make a bouquet beautiful, it’s the people that make up a town....

Lower Fire Risk by Cutting Tiki Torches (aka palm trees)

Editor, (This letter also went to council members.) You are considering under grounding high-tension wires for safety? Really? The nightmare many of us recall from the Laguna firestorm of 1993 is of exploding palm trees and flaming fronds sailing onto our roofs and roads carried...

Defiance Befits the Situation

Editor, The last time I remember so many students walking out of class was in 1970, a month before I moved to Laguna for the first time. That is when an estimated 4 million college and high school students protested the Ohio National Guard killing four young people at Ken...

District’s Congressman Acts to Loosen Gun Laws

District’s Congressman Acts to Loosen Gun Laws Editor, The tragic and violent deaths of 17 Parkland, Fla., students, at the hands of another deranged shooter with access to military grade weapons, is reprehensible. I’m distressed to learn that Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (48th),...

Ready for New Hotel Operators

Editor, It is hard for me to understand why the Andersen family seems to be using the courts to obstruct the re-opening of the Hotel Laguna by the new operators. Given that the Andersens have been supportive of our community for many years, why would they now want to keep the...

Gratitude for Spirtual Column’s Content

Editor, The column of Skip Hellewell is a wonderful addition to the more upbeat articles in the Laguna Beach Independent.  I wish to express my gratitude for bringing positive spiritual content to the community of Laguna. Kerry Mogharebi, Laguna Beach

More Details Needed on Undergrounding Plans

Editor, I, and presumably everyone, could not agree more wholeheartedly, especially in view of the doomsday scenarios set forth that the utilities must be under grounded on the “evacuation” routes. No fires; no catastrophes; no Armageddon. No reasonable person wants...

Empowering students empowers schools

Editor, It takes courage for parents to publicly advocate for students on controversial school governance practices.  As with race and gender equality or other social empowerment issues, listening and understanding can begin only when silence ends. I found something to agree with...

Spiritual Matters and Longevity

Editor, Kudos for Skip’s new column!  I appreciate this added dimension included in the Indy! The latest Time magazine (Feb. 26) says folks who go to church live longer!  I wonder if reading about spiritual matters will add years to our lives too? Let’s see! Ceil...

Dreamers, a Fitting Subtext to Presidents Day

Editor, My father used to say I was born in a log cabin (i.e., the Stanford Hospital).  Now that I am approaching 70, I am proud to say, “I am a dreamer.” For example, I dream that one day the law will be color blind, no one will be denied health care for any reason,...



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