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Mailbag: Days of sunshine make the gloom tolerable

August 15, 2013

Re: “Hansen: Brrr...Let’s rename it ‘Laglooma,’” Coastline Pilot Aug. 2.

Being a resident of Huntington Beach, I totally understand your sentiment. Many times, I can imagine the battle horses of Monty Python tracing through the gray fog, muck and mire of the dreaded marine layer of Bolsa Chica.

One of my best friends and associates works near Glenneyre Street and Laguna Avenue, and nothing suits me better than driving down to his office for a 3 p.m. walk along the boardwalk, all the way to the end of the trail at Cliff and High drives.

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But some days, we’re better off staying in his office and amusing ourselves with a game of checkers or building a house of cards than hitting the boardwalk and trying to make our way through the gray bay of haze that we know and love as “Laglooma Beach.”

But then it happens, the Good Lord shines down mercy from heaven for a week, and we all soon forget about the tormenting days we just had.

Thankfully, since this Hansen column, we've been blessed with a few good days of sunshine.

From one coastal brother to another, remember that layer of doom is only here for a while, and then the real reason we all still live, work and flourish here makes itself known, with the breaking of the clouds.

Anthony Ochoa

Huntington Beach

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Plans in case parking structure doesn’t pan out

I was thinking about the Village Entrance parking garage that is creeping toward implementation.

What if things didn’t work out as planned and the garage utilization is worse than expected? We should have some backup plans to assure that the structure is some kind of a success, even if parking and congestion relief didn’t come to pass as expected. Heaven forbid that would happen.

What can the City Council do to recoup the major costs of building a parking structure that nobody uses? The city employees would have a posh parking garage, that’s for sure, but they won’t use all the parking levels.

Skateboarders might finally get a skate park right in the middle of town. At least two stories of skating might open the door for a major tourist attraction featuring skateboarders from all over the world.

I’m sure the homeless would flock to the parking garage in the “off season” seeking shelter. Of course that would probably happen regardless of the success. There is more than one way of attracting new people to our town.

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