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January 10, 2013
I am very disturbed, thinking about my walk through the grounds of the Montage Laguna Beach today, where I witnessed the gardeners, yet again, dousing everything with pesticide. I looked up at the storm clouds, knew rain was coming and all that poison will be washed into the sea, into our "marine preserve. " Has anyone studied the dwindling biodiversity of the coastal tidal zones as a result of all this unnecessary runoff? Where are all the little crabs that used to scurry around the rocks?
NEWS
January 23, 2014
Re "Homeless Hide in Plain Sight," Hansen, Jan. 17. I wish to commend columnist David Hansen on the enterprise and skill with which he wrote about "Reagan," the homeless man who has been living in an outdoor space between two Laguna restaurants. Bo Calabrese and his family are wonderfully kind for reaching out to Reagan and bringing him food, clothes, dental supplies and money. Although I don't know the particulars about this man, Reagan is precisely the sort of homeless person who might benefit from permanent supportive housing.
NEWS
December 19, 2013
Each year when Santa comes into town and is greeted by many excited children, the Laguna Presbyterian Church welcomes La Playa Center, with a similar excitement and lets us use its kitchen to make our tamales. We are thankful for their hospitality and for the community's response to our fund-raiser. It takes three days of shopping, cooking and assembling the tamales to come up with 1,000 to sell to all the patient souls who venture into the church's Tankersley Hall. The line is usually long at 5 p.m. but we hope it moves faster each year — honestly we try. We not only enjoy the compliments on the food but we also love to look out over the crowded tables.
NEWS
July 18, 2013
On July 10, two events took place at the Laguna Food Pantry that raised my spirits. First, Nava, a Thurston Middle School student, brought us socks and toiletries that she and her PALS (peer assistance and leadership) friends had purchased for our homeless neighbors. What an honor it was to accept those gifts from such compassionate teenagers. Second, our friend Lori came to the Laguna Food Pantry to drive a seriously ill man to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach. With discharge papers from a Santa Ana hospital, he was "dumped" by a cab driver in our parking lot. Having just had neck surgery, he was in pain and could barely walk.
NEWS
November 7, 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.
NEWS
June 12, 2013
It is true, very true, as Councilman Bob Whalen said, that "there is a steep learning curve when you go on the [Planning] Commission. " ("Incumbents reappointed to Planning Commission," Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot, May 31.) The Planning Commission is important as well because it is so frequently a stepping stone from which candidates run for City Council. I would therefore suggest to the City Council that it give consideration to the creation of an alternate membership on the Planning Commission, which would allow a potential new member to learn, and would also allow the council — and the public — to evaluate her or his performance to determine whether, at the next opening, he or she should be appointed to a full term.
NEWS
March 29, 2012
(Re "Mayor signs on for marriage equality," March 23): I was the one who asked Mayor Jane Egly to sign the pledge, which I did March 17. I emailed Egly asking for her support, and she signed the pledge March 19. I've been trying to get Mayor Donald Garcia of Aliso Viejo (where I live — I work in Laguna Beach) to sign, but at every turn he keeps dodging my questions. Hopefully other mayors in Orange County will follow. Alex Gill-Gerards Aliso Viejo * Not concerned gay reputation is fading (Re "Hansen: Gay Laguna fades away," March 23)
NEWS
October 3, 2013
We have enjoyed Laguna Beach's Pet Parade and Chili Cook-off for nine years with our dogs. And this year was no exception. My husband and our two red Labradors, Red Waggin and Salsa Maria, had a great afternoon. Thank you to the sponsors and everyone who puts on this great event. Joanne Culverhouse, again, was outstanding as the emcee. But in my excitement and haste, I didn't thank the judges of the Pet Parade, who awarded Red Waggin 2nd place in the senior category. We simply adore our hard-working therapy dogs, but it's so nice to have the judges see them as gorgeous also.
NEWS
March 6, 2014
Stunewslaguna.com is apparently a well-read Laguna Beach news source, but in a recent email, publisher Stu Saffer indicated he is not getting many letters to the editor and therefore has been printing only a few recently. Debbie Zucco, copy chief for the Coastline Pilot, said in a column on the Feb. 28 Forum page, "You become the writers, and you are often impassioned. We truly appreciate hearing from you ... but we editors must still maintain our allegiance to truth and fairness.
NEWS
October 31, 2013
Translating flat design drawings into how a final development project will feel, inside and out, is often challenging for clients. As a design professional, I often search for similar size structures to help convey the size, mass and scale of the finished project. When friends asked about the size of the proposed parking structure at the Village Entrance, I crunched some numbers and looked for something similar. Here's what I came up with: The Village Entrance parking structure would be 47,000 square feet x 36 feet tall = 1,692,000 cubic feet.
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NEWS
May 1, 2014
Re. " Plan for destitute draws crowd ," April 25: Were I a stranger from, let's say Indiana, and wandered into that City Council meeting on housing the homeless, I would have expected the town's downtown to be a virtual slaughterhouse, a bloody abattoir. Rape and pugnacity would have been the ordinary course of events daily. And I would flee the premises. I am not a stranger. I have lived in Laguna Beach since 1955. In the intervening half a century and then some, I have never been rudely or aggressively accosted by a panhandler.
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NEWS
April 24, 2014
As the Coastline Pilot has written, a two-story building that would house the chronically homeless on a permanent basis is being proposed for Laguna Canyon ("Homeless housing proposed for canyon," March 28): I can tell you that the Alternative Living Shelter has presented more than enough problems to residents in the canyon. We've had random homeless or mentally ill folks wander into our neighborhoods, sleep on our yards, defecate in the streets, yell at residents and smoke in the open space, which is dangerous in a fire-prone area and should be a concern for all residents.
NEWS
April 10, 2014
I know many hearts are broken over the loss of Laguna College of Art + Design student Nina Fitzpatrick, a pedestrian who died after being hit by a car in a crosswalk. But sympathy, while heartfelt, is little consolation for her friends and family. I wish tragedy was not a prerequisite for learning how precious and fragile life is, but it seems we have a difficult time with this lesson. If we as a community had learned this lesson, then a bridge might have been built for the student body.
NEWS
April 3, 2014
We want to thank the Sawdust Festival Board of Directors and the city of Laguna Beach Planning Commission for agreeing to the Blue Water Music Festival last weekend held on the festival grounds. Rick Conkey and his team, including a large number of community groups and volunteers, deserve congratulations on organizing a mellow, musical event in a peaceful, historic setting. We hope the board and city will recognize the value of this event and agree to a repeat performance next year.
NEWS
March 27, 2014
Sometime ago I attended a City Council meeting to draw attention to a lighting issue. Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church had installed some inordinately bright light fixtures on its remodeled parking lot. The folks at the church distinguished themselves as good citizens by responding appropriately and subsequently "hooded" the lights. It was a quintessential example of addressing the dark-sky initiative - a motion that has been loosely bandied about for years. As expected, a discussion ensued regarding action to make the dark-sky initiative a reality, and the city enacted the outdoor-lighting ordinance.
NEWS
March 20, 2014
Re: " Out of the Blue: Chase away Chase, too many banks," Coastline Pilot, March 14. I don't think columnist Billy Fried has given a fair description of Chase bank in Laguna Beach. It's amazing to have a bank in South Laguna and downtown Laguna. Convenience for locals is, I am sure, the big picture. Zpizza's Sid Fanarof didn't renew his lease, and in not doing so his landlords did their job and put another tenant in the vacant and available space at the Albertson's shopping center.
NEWS
March 13, 2014
I believe the people who support the proposed live-work project in Laguna Canyon are well-meaning, but they may not have completely thought it through. Do everything we can to help our artists, but keep in mind how we do it. The phrase "throwing out the baby with the bathwater" comes to mind. Giant apartment buildings 45 feet from existing pavement will only degrade our town, significantly affecting canyon views and the atmosphere for people traveling in and out of town. I noted a rather unbelievable quote from the owner-developer Louis Longi in the Feb. 21 Coastline Pilot, "Environmental defense," where he states, "Everyone says I am blocking view lines, but there is nothing in the code that says I can't block a ridgeline at 45 mph for one second.
NEWS
March 6, 2014
Stunewslaguna.com is apparently a well-read Laguna Beach news source, but in a recent email, publisher Stu Saffer indicated he is not getting many letters to the editor and therefore has been printing only a few recently. Debbie Zucco, copy chief for the Coastline Pilot, said in a column on the Feb. 28 Forum page, "You become the writers, and you are often impassioned. We truly appreciate hearing from you ... but we editors must still maintain our allegiance to truth and fairness.
NEWS
February 27, 2014
I'm an artist. I have had a studio in my home on Sun Valley Drive since 1974. I have taught at the Laguna College of Art + Design and shown my work at the Laguna Museum of Art, and am actively exhibiting my work in Orange County, Los Angeles and elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad. Although I support the concept of artist live-work, I oppose this project because it is too big and at the wrong location. It will change the character of the canyon and have a negative effect on the Sun Valley neighborhood.
NEWS
February 20, 2014
I have lived in Laguna Beach for nearly 72 years, 64 of them on Sun Valley Drive. Flash floods in the Sun Valley Drive area are unpredictable. And when they come, everything on the ground is swept away. Picture dozens of cars, trucks, bicycles and scooters being swept into the pillars of the proposed live-work structures on Laguna Canyon Road, damming the rushing water, which can travel 15 miles an hour. Then picture these vehicles being swept into the deeper channel under bridges, blocking and damming the oncoming flood, causing serious damage to upstream homes and small businesses.
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