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Mailbag: Spirit of Burning Man captured in column

September 19, 2013

Many thanks for the well-thought-out, skillfully written column in the Coastline Pilot on Burning Man by Billy Fried (Sept. 13).

We have heard various accounts of the festival for years, but none of them enlightened us so clearly about the spirit and feeling of Burning Man. My wife and I appreciate Fried's efforts and applaud the piece.

Don Sheridan

Laguna Beach

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Live-work building is too ugly

Laguna Canyon is the main entrance to our wonderful town and we need to try to maintain as much of its original beauty as possible.

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Most of us would agree that the drive into town is refreshing and starts residents and visitors feeling good about where they are going.

Unfortunately I believe the structure proposed as artists' live-work space would, if built as the developer has outlined, be a large step in the wrong direction. Take the staking of the proposed new structure next to Canyon Animal Hospital, between Big Bend and El Toro Road. It is huge, boxlike, flat roofed and not very attractive.

Providing live-work space for artists is a wonderful idea that our town should wholeheartedly support but I believe everyone and especially artists would agree that the structure should also be pleasing to the eye.

Pitched roofs would be a big help. Looking closely at the staking also reveals that large mature trees on the site will need to be removed. The concept is good but it needs to be done right. Let's don't create the feeling of entering an industrial area.

Take a look, and if you agree, you can express your feelings at the Planning Commission meeting 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25. There is still time. Write the Planning Commission a letter if you can't attend.

Ralph Haun

Laguna Beach

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Stop personal attacks and let's talk

Kudos to Larry Nokes and others for their clarification and sanity concerning the Village Entrance Project.

It is always difficult to counter the "Chicken Little" mentality. Nokes is correct that the City Council vote is just the latest action to explore, officially, the distinct possibility of proceeding with a project at the disused site in Laguna Canyon.

I look forward to the information that will be presented in October. Until then, the critics are welcome to continue to disseminate their inaccurate and misleading vitriol against the project. In my experience, these people are not really afraid of change; they are dead set against anything that is not their idea.

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