I would like to give a big shout-out to Thomas Toman, deputy director of public works, for giving me and others the opportunity to share our concerns regarding potential changes to the trolley system, which were intended to benefit the residents of South Laguna.
The test demonstration of the proposed trolley operation/route was a wonderful illustration of South Laguna solidarity! Everyone was very civil and it really felt like our concerns were being addressed, not just “blah, blah, blah”. The whole South Laguna hillside trolley “issue” really was just a solution in search of a problem. In other words, we all pretty much agreed that the status quo, trolley stop at Third Avenue and Coast Highway was serving us just fine. Residents don’t mind walking to that trolley stop.
But alas, as mentioned by Ann Christoph (“Feeling the Heat“), trolleys are often too full to be of any practical use for Laguna Beach residents.
Now, if we could just figure out a way to make the trolleys less available for Dana Point residents at the Ritz-Carlton stop, who jam-up the trolleys before even reaching South Laguna and more available for our own, tax-paying Laguna Beach residents, that is a problem in search of a solution!
Suzi Scallon, Laguna Beach
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