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June 24, 2010

Trolleys are a summer happening

The summer free trolleys and buses are amazing. Not only do they transport visitors from place to place from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m., but lots of Lagunatics, including our younger residents, can go to their favorite beaches, cafes, shops and friends' homes.

Folkways are interesting and the last few years people on the trolleys have been heard singing together and waving to people at trolley stops they don't even know, proving that almost everyone is welcome in Laguna Beach. One night, two years ago, I saw Art Linkletter on a trolley near the Surf and Sand and sometimes you meet old friends.

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We should thank Councilwoman Toni Iseman and others who have led the effort to have summer trolleys and buses.

ROGER CARTER

Laguna Beach

No Kawaratani a loss to local paper

I moved here in 1996, and one of the first columns I looked forward to reading was that authored by Steve Kawaratani. He was and remained a presence at Laguna Beach fundraisers and events. Even after he sold his nursery I enjoyed his advice on growing roses in our Laguna Beach climate, growing organic, and other life/garden subjects.

I was shocked to read his final column and felt sadness. Our town has already been changing so much, this felt like the loss of an important piece of our community life. However that shock grew and included outrage to see him replaced by an out-of-area nursery person, Rogers Gardens in ... Newport Beach! Why bother calling this the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot?

This goes beyond sadness. I was already losing interest in the Coastline as it became less and less about Laguna. Adding Newport writers is a slap in all of our faces, even more so to replace a perfectly good writer on garden issues who is every bit "Laguna."

Please count me as a former reader. If I wanted to live in Newport and receive Newport perspectives, I could have done so. I will get my "local" news from the Independent and "Stu News."

MICHELLE REINGLASS

Laguna Beach

Parking issues drove her out of Laguna

I read with interest the column regarding the parking situation in Laguna Beach written by Cindy Frazier ["Going over the line with Laguna parking," May 28] as well as other stories concerning making the business climate in Laguna more favorable.

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