It's unbelievable the council plans to spend $250,000 on another traffic and parking study. Downtown Laguna should be pedestrian friendly, and it is not. Walk signals should be automatic.
Some signals, like Laguna Avenue and South Coast Highway are green so long that visitors attempt to run across the highway. How will $2 per hour affect the typical visitor to Laguna on weekdays and in the fall, winter, and early spring and will that visitor return?
Gentrification is slowly killing Laguna Beach, but then, maybe a lot of Lagunatics are tired of the crowds and $2 or $3 a hour to park in Laguna will keep them away.
Construction at 'critical mass'
Construction continues on the four-lot development on Ceanothus Drive in South Laguna. During the excavation stage the city imposed requirements for hours of operation and staging which appear not to have been imposed thus far during the construction phase. There is no on-site monitor as there was during the excavation phase. Mr. Harris' presence ensured at least a modicum of decorum and compliance. Now there is none.
The result is predictable -- continued disruption in our neighborhood from Holly Drive to Upper Ceanothus. Contractor employees parking legally and illegally all along Alta Loma and Ceanothus, making it difficult and sometimes impossible for those of us who live there to find parking spaces.
Cement trucks and other heavy vehicles are allowed to proceed up the hill two at a time and cause 20-minute or more delays for neighborhood traffic and other regular commerce.
Neighbors have endured harassment from those on site who show complete contempt for us. Employees leaving the work site spit, swear, yell, litter and otherwise lack common courtesy.