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Three cheers for Mayor Toni Iseman

Three cheers for Mayor Toni Iseman for reportedly putting an update on the Climate Protection Action Plan on the Council agenda for July 25.  That item will include information on the Paris climate accord, from which the United States is withdrawing. 

In the absence of federal action on climate change the states and especially cities have had to step up and confront the peril about which the vast majority of climate scientists have been warning us for decades. Mayor Iseman, in putting this matter on our Council agenda, is showing needed and wise leadership.

Tom Osborne

Laguna Beach

Wayfinding signs in Laguna Beach

Our city’s commercial-friendly groupthink has made it official: Welcome to Laguna Beach, THE Disneyland of OC beach communities, whether residents like it or not.

Take that Huntington and Newport, yes, we can: We can out-gaudy you, we can deface and clutter our sidewalks better, we can monetize what was once funky, charming and aesthetically unique by homogenizing ourselves with urban blight pennants and poles.

These “make commerce great again” forces have convinced City Hall that theme park type signs and benches, color-coded for carved out, metaphorical districts, MIGHT theoretically solve many of the traffic circulation and parking problems.

Branding each district is the equivalent of Tomorrowland, Adventureland, and obviously, this nonsense is Fantasyland. It’s about efficiently propping back up merchandising to the diminishment, to the degradation of formerly quiet neighborhoods.

Within each “land” (aka district) there’ll be theme park type indicators, hopefully directing pedestrians towards “attractions,” otherwise known as rides at amusement destinations. No jive, the planners have termed the sign elements as “attractions.”

A buried, stealthy workup, little or no public input, let alone stakeholder transparency, didn’t anyone assess it as a hazardous visual distraction for vehicle operators if THEY try to read while navigating?

Locals are being marginalized, have fallen in city priorities: A stealthy process, hundreds of thousands of dollars being considered for eventual, built-out funding, without extensive oversight consideration.

Locals and veteran visitors alike already know the migrational WHEREs and HOWs, so the City should drop the pretense of any enhancement, any benefits we’ll experience.

This Wayfinding proposal only helps merchants via increased numbers: Overwhelmed now, if this does work it’ll be for first time tourists, and increasingly more will try to stuff themselves into an already cramped, confined space.  

Signs will purportedly spread, distribute those seeking parking, hence inevitable urban bulging impacts, spilling voyagers into historically lightly impacted zones.

Soon, way upstream, into the residential neighborhoods above PCH, the parking permit programs will become a common municipal necessity, extend from Boat Canyon to Diamond Street.

Ask residents around Mozambique, hostages in their own dwellings. Imagine needing a placard to park overnight in front of your own residence, whattya know, surprise, like living near Disneyland!

Disruption and distress because City Hall has a solution in search of a problem.

“Laguna Residents First” no longer resonates during decisions: City Hall is definitely OPEN FOR BUSINESS, the commerce flag flying above the common welfare pennant.

Roger E. Bütow

Laguna Beach

Time for more trash barrels on the beach

Now that it is summer the litter left on the beach has multiplied.  Our beautiful beaches do not deserve to be trashed. I wish to thank all of the people that walk along and pick up left-over bottles and cans and deposit them in the trash barrels.  I also wish to thank the hotels, such as Capri Laguna, which has now placed an extra trash barrel on the beach level.  

Surf and Sand should take note – there are NO trash cans anywhere on their huge expanse of beach.

Julie Ross

Laguna Beach


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