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Mailbag: What to do with $200,000 windfall?

September 26, 2012

The city has a $200,000 windfall and some say the best use of funds is to help buy land in South Laguna for the Community Garden. Personally, I would love to see more community gardens throughout town. But, is this the best use of funds?

Citizen surveys for the past 40 years list parking and traffic concerns above all else. The 2011 survey listed bike friendly streets as another top concern. I don't believe community gardens has ever been mentioned in our citizen surveys.

City Council also made Complete Streets one of its top priorities for 2012. There is overwhelming empirical evidence that complete street re-striping can: lower traffic congestion, improve circulation, slow down speeders, make streets safer for walkers and local bike riders and increases retail sales. Bikers and walkers stop more easily at stores — especially if parking is at a premium.

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In these challenging economic times it just makes good economic sense to take advantage of the huge market segment of walkers and bikers along with visitors looking for a true eco-tourist destination.

Laguna Beach is still the only city in Orange County without a single dedicated bike lane in our entire village.

We have no safe bike route to schools for children. And, we still don't have safe sidewalks on Coast Highway from north to south.

Fortunately, the council is moving forward on studies for Glenneyre Street as a complete street.

I would imagine that for far less than $200,000, we could have Glenneyre transformed into a safer and more livable street that would serve a much larger segment of citizens and visitors than most any other civic investment.

As much as I love gardens and want to see more, the council should stick to what citizen surveys have identified as problem areas in need, and stay the course to those priorities they've already committed to — safer complete streets for all.

Christopher Prelitz

Laguna Beach

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Whalen and Egly are balanced and independent

Candidates Bob Whalen and Jane Egly remain unendorsed by any of the very partisan groups in Laguna Beach: Village Laguna, the Democratic Club, The Republicans or the Taxpayers.

Good for them.

This places candidates Whalen and Egly right where most of the citizens in Laguna want their council members to be: independent and balanced in their approach to the issues our city will face in the future.

Susan Whitin

Laguna Beach

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