As a homeowner in Laguna Beach, I have been troubled for years by the intermittent foul smell of sewage gases along Coast Highway at Glenneyre and Bluebird, and even in my immediate neighborhood in Victoria Beach. This noxious odor migrates into my house most commonly in the early morning hours between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. There have been times when the smell has been so strong it literally awakens me from a sound sleep.
I have complained to the City of Laguna Beach a lot over the years, and I must say they are extremely obliging to return my emails and calls. They have even come out to my house and held a meeting with my neighbors and myself to address the issue. I can also say that this problem has gotten a lot better since that final meeting about six months ago. However, it has not been completely eradicated.
With regard to the Coastline Pilot’s recent article about an impending lawsuit filed by California River Watch against the city of Laguna Beach for ongoing structural defects in its wastewater management system, which has allowed for raw sewage to contaminate Aliso Creek and the Pacific Ocean for years, I am in full agreement. And as per the front page of the most recent Laguna Beach Independent, the city of Laguna has seen a veritable surge in spending power during this past year to the tune of $4.3 million. I for one would like to see some of that windfall spent on the defective, deteriorating and inadequate sewer system that allows raw sewage to pollute not only my sense of smell in my own town and home, but also the pristine ocean waters along our coastline for which we are known. This is one case where what you don’t see can actually hurt you.
Marsha Bianchi, Laguna Beach