As reported in your newspaper, the Laguna Beach City Council recently voted for a new “Village Entrance” plan that will add a park and 200 parking places at a cost of $30-50 million (probably closer to the latter). Déjà vu. Didn’t we form a committee to create a plan (not adopted) 18 years ago?
Now a different, business-oriented group is promoting a new and vastly more expensive plan and the Council has agreed to implement it. To their credit, they held an open meeting at which residents were able to present their views.
It was amazing. Speaker after speaker voiced serious concerns about the plan and asked the council to allow Laguna residents to vote on it. A reasonable request, it would seem, and the right thing to do. In the past we have sometimes chosen to tax ourselves in support of worthy causes. An opportunity to vote on the current proposal would give everyone a voice and resolve the controversy that surrounds it.
Regrettably, the council voted not to allow the residents to vote. Strange. If not us, whom do they represent?
Bette Anderson, Laguna Beach