Mailbag: Small, careful expansion is best for Laguna

A few weeks ago, Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen gave a well-received talk at the Laguna Canyon Conservancy dinner. His moderate ideas and measured presentation further impressed attendees with the caliber of our newly elected City Council.


Small, careful expansion is best for Laguna

Mailbag: School district should adhere to View Ordinance

The Laguna Beach Unified School District has done it again. They created changes within the village on high school property, which affect our views without input from neighbors prior to planting the bank surrounding the baseball field with 80 trees. Half of the trees will grow to be 60 feet-plus.

Mailbag: New trees near field are a hazard District meetings should be televised

I wish to raise my concerns about the recent landscaping around the Laguna Beach High baseball field.

Commentary: Local action against fuel rods is good start

A 2014 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office asserts that spent nuclear fuel is "an extremely harmful substance if not managed properly" and that "if its intense radioactivity . . . were released by a natural disaster or an act...

Mailbag: Here's a way to add artist, low-income housing

As the surge for increasing building size to make possible artist and lower-cost residences without rent control or the Department of Housing and Urban Development continues, affordable studios for artists and mid-to-low income renters could be created all over Laguna by repurposing commercial and...

Reader Report: Scouts tour police, fire stations

Reader Report: Scouts tour police, fire stations

On Jan. 14 the Wolf Den of Cub Scout Pack 35 of Laguna Beach had the privilege of visiting Fire Station No. 1 and our Police Department.

Mailbag: Plans to change beach overlooks criticized

It is being proposed that four of the public beach access overlooks be pulled back to the street, minimized, and the current beach views will be diminished.

Mailbag: A few more Laguna issues to tackle

I was thrilled to see columnist David Hansen tackle some of Laguna's problems ("Key issues in 2015 will require action," Forum, Jan. 2).

Mailbag: Obama's economic policies are working

How many times do economists have to say something before people believe it's true? Despite the GOP's relentless attacks, President Obama's economic policies are working.

Mailbag: Canyon traffic is not a summer issue

Re. the Dec. 5 article, "Funds for canyon traffic study Okd," (Dec. 5), Council members Steve Dicterow and Toni Iseman are spot-on correct to focus on the nonsummer traffic issues on...

Mailbag: Where have all the news racks gone?

There is a mysterious campaign going on against our local newspapers. They keep disappearing.

Commentary: Red light isn't working in canyon

The installation of a new red light at the pedestrian crossing at Laguna College of Art + Design has created bad traffic congestion in the canyon, not only at peak hours but also at nonpeak hours, effectively rendering the canyon impractical as a route to get in and out of Laguna Beach.

Commentary: How my rescue dog actually rescued me

I have a grim practice of walking through animal shelters to visit the animals. The sounds of desperation in each bark, begging for a chance to be loved again, tug at my heart. I wish I could take them all home, though this has never been a real option for me.

Mailbag: Voters choose new path for council

A council election story headline in last week's Laguna Beach Independent was "Voters Choose Familiar Names."

Commentary: Inoculating against flu-season myths

This season, you could protect yourself from the flu by holding your breath on elevators and avoiding touching handrails, doorknobs, faucets, arm rests, keyboards, money, mail and anyone wishing to shake your hand.

Letters from the editor: The dog ate my rationale and worked his way into our hearts

Try and rebuff a child's please-please-please plea for a dog.

Reader report: Assistance League volunteers happy to give out cuddles

That holding a baby and giving it a bottle gives a great deal of pleasure to many people is obvious when you watch the volunteers at the Early Intervention Program at the Assistance League of Laguna Beach.

Mailbag: Candidate has shown she can do the job

During this campaign, I was surprised to learn that many people don't know who Michele Hall is or what she's done for this community.

Mailbag: Because The Ranch is no Montage

A recent letter asked why, unlike a prior proposal by Montage Laguna Beach, The Ranch project does not include a public trail through the property (Mailbag, Oct. 17).

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