As I travel through Laguna Beach, I notice that on trash days in most neighborhoods, the recycle container is the smallest of the containers put out or is absent.
In my household, we fill our large recyclable container to overflowing and the solid waste container is half full.
If the city of Laguna Beach educated residents of the need to recycle more, and that in doing so, it would save us all in the future, there would be no need for the fee increase.
I would hope that this would give you the chance to warn us that the increases will come if more do not recycle, and that, by recycling more, we would throw away less and be doing our part for the environment as well as saving money.
Imagine a community united in saving money and the environment at the same time.
City has sold out to Aliso developerI hope all the anti-development, anti-progress, anti-upscaling, anti-"soothing seaweed facial" left-wingers in this town feel better now, having written their letters of shock and disappointment that the "fix" seems to already be in with the City Council on the Athens/Montage Aliso Creek project. What did they expect? City Hall is addicted to the revenue!
"Build it and they will come! And they will leave their money! And we will buy more lifeguards! And we will get reelected! And the Hearts of Montage will make more donations! And we will get reelected."
So what if it makes the town unlivable for their constituents.
The developers will make and then sell whatever self-serving deal they can get, with the City Council's willing participation, and the naysayers will be branded troublemakers because they aren't happy just getting their periodic "...complimentary two glasses of Montage Reserve Private Label wine..."