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Mailbag: Ranch needs to give access to wilderness trails

Woods Canyon is one of the most spectacular hiking, biking, running and walking trail networks in Southern California, yet it's nearly impossible to visit from Laguna Beach.

Commentary: We don't need partisan rhetoric or people feigning dedication to O.C.

Former state Republican Party Chairman Shawn Steel, husband of supervisorial candidate Michelle Steel, recently wrote a commentary for the Orange County Register about the California Republican Party titled, "Not...

Mailbag: Kids are in private school but I can still serve LBUSD

Thanks for providing excellent coverage of Laguna Beach school board candidates and informing readers about debate on federal and state Common Core mandates for local school curriculum.

Mailbag: Surveillance at Carolyn Wood Knoll is working

This morning, I was very pleased to see that the surveillance camera is now in place on the Carolyn Wood Knoll. The camera, plus the Laguna Beach police cruiser parked at the end of Alta Laguna, appear to have had an impact on after-hour visitation to the Knoll. This morning there were far fewer...

Mailbag: Village Laguna supports Zur Schmiede, Iseman but not as a slate

Planning Commissioner Rob Zur Schmiede is concerned that Village Laguna's support of his candidacy along with Councilwoman Toni Iseman's might be interpreted to mean that they were running as a slate. We want to clarify that our support does not create a slate.

Mailbag: Make no mistake, I am running as an independent

Recently yard signs have appeared throughout the city pairing my name with the name of another candidate. These signs make it seem as though we are running as a team. They are inaccurate and misleading.

Reader Report: Max von Strobel had the right idea for creating O.C.

Reader Report: Max von Strobel had the right idea for creating O.C.

The official date of Orange County's incorporation is Aug. 1, 1889. If you dig deeper, you'll discover it could have happened nearly 20 years earlier.

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."

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: 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.

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:

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.

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.

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