It’s interesting that South Laguna, Village Laguna and Ann Christoff would embark on a deal that was never legally consummated.
That they should have gone ahead and worked so hard to embellish the lot with plants, little veggie gardens, and have event after event (many to recruit followers for Village Laguna) and expect the rest of us to pay who knows what for this little plot of land which is subject to much automobile pollution from Coast Highway traffic.
I was shocked when City Council agreed a year or so ago to donate (our tax dollars – not theirs) $250,000. Now the amount is up to $500,000 and we don’t know if the owner is even interested in selling as efforts to contact him have failed. The owner may want more as property values have increased, knowing that many people have committed their energy to developing it and then City Council wants to spend our tax dollars toward an effort to buy this gardenpark. A park that has a gate to keep people from wandering. You can be in and out in 10 minutes. Does that define a park? I think this group that never wanted to be part of our town should have a park, but surely there must be a larger area that everybody can enjoy, get exercise or walk their dog.
The whole thing sounds like a well-planned plot to have the city buy this land when they only raised $175,00 in years of fundraising. I think some city council voted for this project with elections coming up this year and in two years to ensure their re-election.
Please do not spend any more tax money on such projects; Park Plaza is another bad decision. We have many too expensive issues to deal with.
Ganka Brown, Laguna Beach