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Mailbag: Village Entrance project demands vote of people

August 07, 2013

I've been reading the letters to the editor regarding the Village Entrance project. Some are for it and many are against it, and I'm wondering who the project will really benefit most. Surely not the residents.

By choosing to finance most of the $55-million (plus interest) project with a revenue bond, the City Council is able to bypass resident approval. Revenue bonds do not have to go to a vote of the people. However, the project could be put to a vote.

If all the creative financing concocted for this project fails, we the residents of Laguna Beach will have to make good on the debt. So why not let us vote?

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Or does the City Council believe it knows what's best for us and we should just accept the decision?

A financial commitment of this magnitude will crowd out other needed and desired projects or at least significantly delay them. Perhaps voters do not believe, as the majority of the council does, that the Village Entrance project deserves the highest priority.

Let the people vote.

Johanna Felder

Laguna Beach

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