I am truly puzzled about this article that was written by Ann Christoph Oct. 14, 2016. It seems to be very misleading and inaccurate. Eugene D’Isabella appeared at each Heritage Committee hearing to protest being deprived of property rights because his house is on the “historic inventory.”
What puzzles me is Ann’s connection of the historic reference to his home. I along with Eugene and numerous other homeowners have attended most of the heritage workshops provided by the city over the last 18 months. At each workshop I attended, I witnessed Eugene’s public request to be removed from this historic inventory. He has stated that he was never aware of this status, and wants off of this encumbrance. This occurred at each meeting along with me and others who are in the same situation, and each time, although grave concerns were raised, they really never seemed to be heard.
Other statements referenced in the article imply that we homeowners have no choice but to follow the state guidelines. This too is not totally accurate to my understanding. Ann’s opinion is being forced on us to think we have no choice. This is manipulating and misleading. The ordinance that has been proposed by the Heritage Committee can be adapted to local needs and thereby avoid damaging our property rights.
The reference of historic properties getting “more than the asking price” also needs to be researched. If you ask most real estate agents in town, they would dispute that claim.
I would encourage all homeowners to become active in this issue. The way it is currently being handled is a charade. It is not too late. I would encourage homeowners to attend future meetings. The decisions that are being made under our noses will definitely affect our ability to remodel, rebuild, or even reclaim the true value of our properties.
I have no issue with Ann personally. I am grateful for her contribution to this community. However, I request that she not mislead or manipulate.
Also, I would encourage citizens to read an article written by Larry Nokes to Stu News (www.stunews.com) on Oct. 3, or a condensed version written in the Indy Oct. 14. This provides an accurate reference to the dangers posed by the existing and new ordinance.
Fellow Laguna Beach homeowners, protect your property rights. Get involved. Your biggest investment is at stake!
Jeff Benedick, Laguna Beach
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