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Commentary: Candidates should be questioned on fire-prevention positions

When evaluating the candidates for the City Council election this fall, we should pay particular attention to their positions on preventing a fire like the one that burned about 350 homes in Laguna Beach in 1993. That was a disaster, and we seem to be on a path to repeat it.

Mailbag: Restaurant should not be allowed alterations

Balzac wrote, "Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught."

Mailbag: Thanks for fighting illegal smoking

As we enter an even drier-than-normal fall and winter, I would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who pressed for increased fines for smoking near Alta Laguna Park and the surrounding open space.

Mailbag: Focus should be on walkability

In the midst of the drumbeat to create bike lanes on every street in Laguna Beach came an interesting, but probably little-noticed, story in Parade magazine delivered with the Aug. 17 Los Angeles Times.

Mailbag: Laguna Realtors support The Ranch

The Ranch at Laguna Beach is in the midst of an environmentally sensitive restoration project that was appealed to the California Coastal Commission.

Commentary: Appeal should have gone to council, not state commission

Mark Christy and his partners at The Ranch are caught in the grips of an unwarranted California Coastal Commission appeal.

Mailbag: Housing homeless in the canyon is too risky

Our family has had our home in Laguna Beach since 1956 and been in the canyon area for the past 44 years. On June 5, we were awakened at 3:30 in the morning by thunderous pounding and knocking. We first thought it was an earthquake until we heard vulgar language and screaming.

Commentary: Let's clear the air on permanent supportive housing

Several misconceptions about Friendship Shelter's proposed permanent supportive housing apartments have recently made their way into public statements and news coverage. It's important that we remember the facts:

Editorial: Yellow Alert system deserves green light

A proposed piece of state legislation that would allow the use of digital signs on freeways to broadcast information about vehicles involved in deadly hit-and-run accidents got a big boost recently when the Los Angeles City Council gave the bill its support.

Commentary: State agency decision shames Planning Commission

In a happy — and stunningly unanimous — vote, the Coastal Commission last week agreed to hold a separate hearing to discuss an appeal against a controversial proposed project relating to the locally well-known Ben Brown's at Aliso Creek, now called The Ranch at Laguna Beach.

Mailbag: Gift of Food Pantry isn't abused

Last week, one of our favorite shoppers at the Laguna Food Pantry reappeared after being gone for quite a while. When I asked where he'd been, he said that he had found a little part-time work.

Mailbag: It is in Laguna's nature to save sewer digester tower

The future of the historic sewer digester tower on Laguna Canyon Road will be under discussion at the Village Entrance workshop Wednesday.

Mailbag: Murals make inviting public space

I thought Verizon and Whole Foods Market were planning to convert their shared parking lot into a drive-in theater and fill the former seating area with sand and a merry-go-round.

Mailbag: City must be proactive with fire prevention

I have lived in the Top of the World area for 35 years. One of the most traumatic events of my life is when I had to evacuate my home during the devastating 1993 fire. That event left me psychologically scarred and hyper-aware of the possibility of something like that happening again.

Mailbag: Well-designed pedestrian bridge may be the answer

Let's create a new way of thinking about Laguna Canyon's entry, its safety and beauty. Imagine more green, more safety and continuous flow without sacrificing either. Here are some attainable solutions and wonderful examples of putting need and inspiration into reality.

Mailbag: Canyon doesn't fit needs of homeless

I found David Peck's letter, "Let fight for shelter be as successful as first go-round," (May 16) intriguing. Peck recalled the uproar over the initial site proposed for Laguna's now 25-year-old Friendship Shelter.

Commentary: View ordinance draft needs important changes

The Laguna Beach City Council will consider the latest draft of the view ordinance on Thursday.

Commentary: Fight for shelter is as important as the first

The controversy over the proposed homeless shelter in Laguna Canyon carries me back to a similar situation more than 25 years ago, when Friendship Shelter first got started.

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