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Mailbag: Critic's review missed careful crafting

November 07, 2013

Re: "The first 3,999 miles are the best," Coastline Pilot, Nov. 1.

Far from being a "fizzled finale," the last line of "4000 Miles" provides perfect resolution.

Because the audience has been caught up in the plot, we don't realize that what we've been watching is a carefully crafted portrait of Vera. Her blunt but honest comment about her neighbor describes Vera herself and her impact on her "stone" of a grandson.

"She was a pain in the ass, but she could make things grow." What ending could be more simple or powerful?

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I hope your readers don't stay away from this fine South Coast Repertory production, and I hope you'll see it again.

Nancy Grant

Laguna Beach

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Live-work project doesn't live up to promises

While almost every Laguna resident supports the concept of "artist work-live" projects, very few support the massive and architecturally inappropriate project being considered for 20412 Laguna Canyon Road.

It is important to review the history of Laguna Canyon as set forth in the Laguna Canyon Annexation Area Specific Plan. This is particularly important considering the facts that led to this annexation. The residents of this area did not want to be annexed by the Laguna Beach but were enticed by sewer hookup and the opportunity to write our own specific plan, which we were assured would offer us protection from this sort of interference by the city.

The specific plan anticipates and unambiguously precludes this type of development. Hopefully, this will not be a classic "bait and switch" maneuver. Our neighborhood has already been impacted by the traffic and parking associated with the Canyon Club as well as the problems associated with individuals drawn to our neighborhood by the homeless shelter.

The addition of this massive "modern" building with its 36-foot height, potential traffic, and parking problems created by occupants, employees, customers and events, will forever change the character of our small canyon community as well as the rural atmosphere of the entrance to our city, Laguna Canyon.

It is our opinion that this project fails to satisfy three of the 10 policies listed in the Specific Plan:

"Ensure…land uses…have a rural character."

Although the applicant has made a legitimate effort, the architecture of this building does not, in our opinion, have rural character.

"Require the preservation of ridgelines."

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