Laguna’s poetic history has another chapter to tell
A little history needs to be added to that which was given in your
article discussing poetry in Laguna (‘Pale Ale and poetry,’ Coastline
Pilot, May 10).
As far as I know, the first poetry meetings here evolved because Nan
Wing was sharing her work with Sue Blevins in their Canyon home.
These were expanded to include Long Beach State comparative literature
professor Peter Carr, Marc Josyln, Marta Mitrovitch, Orange Coast College
English professor Laurence Lieberman, Don Smith and Harry Harrison.
Having attended these meetings as both an artist and sometimes
participant, I remember the first year as 1960. Peter Carr’s Gallinas
Press published at least Nan Wing’s, as well as his work.
From this beginning, Marta Mitrovitch continued the group and took
over the organizational responsibilities of what became Laguna Poets.
I feel credit should be given where it is due. It would be interesting
to be informed by others of earlier poetry being created in Laguna before
this which occurred 42 years ago.
It would be another addition to our cultural history.
Trash truck leaves customer in a stink
What a wonderful trash system we have in our city of Laguna Beach!
With their huge, noisy, heavy trucks that wreck our alleys.
But the worst was yet to come.
Last Friday the Green Waste truck lifted a trash bin so high it pulled
the roof corner of our building up and tore off the trip and the water
spout (rain gutter).
The man knew he did it, as he laid the pieces over to the side of the
building. He did not report it to his bosses, as he should have done.
Now the Waste Management say since I did not see him do it, they are
not responsible and will not fix the damage.
The Green Waste can is still right there with the damage to its back.
Also, who stands out by the alley to watch the trash pickup? They call
Traffic signals welcome, finally
It is gratifying for city residents, especially those in North Laguna,
to see the start of construction on the additional traffic signals at
Beach Street and Broadway.
The city and Caltrans installed the present signals in 1995 and the
City Council noted with pride this accomplishment in its annual report to
the citizens in 1995.
These original traffic lights, long overdue, permitted safe vehicle
travel at this key intersection and, equally important, safe crossing of
both streets by pedestrians. It was a worthy and significant safety
However, the safety problem was not completely resolved since the
additional traffic lights, currently being installed, were not included
in the project. The city has indicated that the additional traffic
signals were not originally planned by Caltrans. Caltrans advises the
lights were deleted from the project as a cost saving by the city.
Immediate and continuing appeals by a number of concerned citizens for
appeals for correction of this problem, which include letters beginning
as early as August 1995, were ignored by the city and Caltrans.
A personal one-inch thick file will confirm this assertion. One
interim action was taken. After repeated contacts with Caltrans, they
agreed to paint a Wait Here sign on the Broadway pavement to assist North
Laguna vehicles on Beach Street to enter when the traffic lights were red
on inbound Broadway. This sign was later removed.
In 2000, following numerous requests from citizens and the Laguna
North Neighborhood Assn. to the city and Caltrans, the project was
scheduled for Caltrans’ next fiscal year (ending June 30, 2001).
Contracts were to be let in January 2001, and the project completed in
Further delays were encountered including the need for the light poles
to be specially welded to meet safety concerns and the designated
contractor’s refusal to sign an agreement that included a performance
Evidently, based on construction activity on Broadway, all problems
have at last been resolved and the long-awaited traffic signals will be
operative in June 2002.
Congratulations to the city and Caltrans.
$7-million too much for park
I know I am getting old and senile, but I cannot understand the
miserable mess over the five-acre park to be created as a part of the
Treasure Island hotel complex.
How could five acres of grass, some shrubs, a sprinkler system plus
toilets cost $7-million? Are we buying back title to the land?
If this is the case: why? How can our City Council be manipulated so
easy by the Athens Group? As I recall part of the agreement to issue
permits was that the developer would install the park.
First we gave away a million dollars in permit fees and now the
taxpayers are being asked to pay out millions more. Were we deceived when
the referendum was put before us?
To me the solution is simple. Tell the Athens Group to install a park
or no license to operate will be issued. Let them keep title to the land
if necessary but be sure proper zoning is in effect so they could not
change the usage.
If the city is still stuck with buying the land, let us lease part of
it to fast food restaurants.
That would help us get part of our money back and a 3-acre park is not
too bad. Plus it might make the big shots at Athens a little more
Wake up fellow taxpayers and let that bunch at City Hall know we do
not appreciate being misled so badly.
They are the Laguna Beach City Council, not the representatives for
the Athens Group.