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Mailbag: Use tunnel to avoid dangers in exiting Emerald Bay

May 24, 2012

David Kuhn Jr. writes in his letter to the editor ("Mailbag: Traffic signal should be installed at Emerald Bay entrance," May 11) about the dangers of turning south onto Pacific Coast Highway from Emerald Bay.

These dangers are eliminated if the driver uses the Emerald Bay tunnel to get to the ocean side of Emerald Bay and then makes a right turn onto Coast Highway.

Instead, he wants to install a traffic light and each day make thousands of drivers stop one extra time on their way through Laguna Beach.

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Currently, the Emerald Bay guard gates prevent public access to the public beach at Emerald Bay. This is a public beach that Emerald Bay residents treat as a private beach.

If Kuhn is so concerned about safety, he should be willing to take out the guard gates and de-privatize the Emerald Bay beach in exchange for the traffic signal.

Or, he can just use the tunnel for the purpose for which it was intended.

Patrick Wiseman

Laguna Beach

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Laguna Beach does have a music festival

Re. "Hansen: Music is Laguna's artistic stepchild," May 11:

Although you make a good and interesting point, you failed to include in your story the fact that Laguna does indeed have a music festival, which concluded its 10th season this past February, the Laguna Beach Music Festival. This year it was headlined by the world-renowned, award-winning Joshua Bell. And very popular music was performed.

Check out next season's performances.

John Benecke

Laguna Beach

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Safety is more important than anything

Congratulations, Laguna Beach. Your City Council can be controlled by threatening to vote them out!

Apparently public safety isn't their responsibility. Keeping you happy is their only concern. They aren't into providing a safe roadway for residents and visitors because it makes sense.

Whatever the problem, just tell them you won't vote for them and you'll get your way whether a life is in danger or not.

So the next time you are inconvenienced by an accident at Emerald Bay and Coast Highway and the road is blocked for hours, remember, your City Council had the opportunity to avoid that accident, injury or death.

But you asked them to let you run with scissors and they wanted to win the popularity contest. So beware. The inevitable will happen. Someone else will die. It should devastate you all, but it won't. You'll say, "Someone should do something about this. I'm late."

My son, Aron Negron, is missed. It is ridiculous that you are willing to risk anyone else's life. But you did.

Paula D. Negron

Redlands

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