So, I surmise, the reason management has chosen to drop Pribram and Cooper's columns is to broaden the Pilot's appeal? If so, I must protest that the reason for my loyalty to a newspaper, whether that paper is small or large, local or cosmopolitan, lies far more in my allegiance to the columnists that give it a unique flavor than to the news I can read anywhere.
Pribram and Cooper, I will miss you. And I predict that the Coastline Pilot will soon also disappear from my experience, although less missed by me for having already dropped you.
We must fight automobile erosion
Have you ever sat motionless in Laguna traffic wondering where the guy in front of you is from? You might have thought if he weren't driving a car, Laguna's streets would be a little less crowded, or you thought he's one of those 4 million summer visitors.
Well, here is a surprise: Moving citation data from the Laguna Beach Police Department shows the guy in front of you is 94% likely to be from California, 43% likely from Laguna or our closest five neighboring cities, and 26% likely to be a Laguna resident. So don't blame traffic on visiting Oklahoma drivers. The problem is us.
Naturally, most people get around Laguna by driving because the alternatives to driving are oh-so inconvenient. How inconvenient is sitting in traffic motionless? Let me deliver the final clue now: Ever consider yourself as part of the problem? If your answer feels like a confession, that's good. Press on.
So how did we arrive here today, with a transportation system that shows its inadequacies, despite years and years of refinements, paid consultants and parking shuffles? Since the 1950s, Laguna Beach has experienced an erosion of city infrastructure caused by the automobile.