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Mailbag: Individual liberty needs to be upheld

July 28, 2011
  • The Laguna Terrace mobile home park in South Laguna.
The Laguna Terrace mobile home park in South Laguna. (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Judge Ronald L. Bauer's order tossing the Laguna Terrace Park controversy to unelected bureaucrats on the California Coastal Commission should not escape close scrutiny ("Judge rules against owner," July 15).

Free people have a fundamental right to own and enjoy private property without interference. Indeed, the right to private property supports all other political and civil rights. The alternative is government ownership and control, which diminishes individual choice and fosters dependency and oppression.

Unfortunately, this most basic of civil rights is all too often subverted and, worse, stamped with the judiciary's approval; a sadder example that this is so can hardly be imagined. As a result of this judge's ruling, the fate of the mobile home park's owner, and those in Laguna Terrace, is fraught with uncertainty.

Members of the Coastal Commission are not accountable to the electorate, but the same cannot be said for Superior Court judges. This uninstructed order earns Bauer a "no" vote the next time he seeks reelection. Judges need to honor individual liberty, not undermine it.

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Joan Mounteer

Laguna Beach

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Property owners' votes only ones that count

What? Am I understanding this correctly? The petitions for the purchase of remaining parcels of open space could be signed by any registered voter. Is this correct? Once enough required signatures are accomplished, this process would move forward. Seems logical.

However, the folks who actually will be paying for this will be property owners only, right? Something is drastically wrong with this picture. How do those who do not own property manage to vote for this? The only folks who should have any determination as to the acquisitions of these remaining parcels are the folks who will be paying for them.

This process must be changed. This method of taxation must be stopped unless registered voters who do not own property have no skin in the game. They have to put their money where their vote is.

Only $10 a month? Think about the cable, DMV, sewer, water and insurance rates that go up each year. Then add all that together.

We've got to change this procedure of how these land acquisitions get on the ballot and who will get to vote. The way it now exists is totally unfair and abusive.

James Gothard

Laguna Beach

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Don't let Laguna become like Bell

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