No need to run Baglin through mud
After a late lunch at the Cottage causing me to reminisce about
hobnobbing with Orville Skidmore (the cottage was his home) and his
pals, Don Brown and Eddie Holbert, I picked up the Coastline to see
an editorial, “Bad case for Baglin,” (Coastline Pilot, Nov. 15).
Never having time for local politics, this seemed one bad case
indeed. Having never met the mayor or being able to recognize him, it
just struck me he must be a balanced and proper fellow who has run
into some spiteful opposition over various matters along the way.
For a hod carrier working muscles daily, $36,000 is a lot of
money. For those initiating this action, it is probably hardly more
than a daily fluctuation of their stock portfolio (which is zero
unless you sell) and really represents nothing more than “hot air or
some change in the weather.”
(Congress, by the way, controls money, only 8% of which is cash.
In other words, the most you could lose if global policies fail
entirely is 92%, but don’t worry, there are bankers that simply won’t
let that happen.)
Judges I’ve come to know will agonize listening to this case,
viewing it as a very sad waste of time. Some petite jury will never
know the substance of all that went on behind the scenes.
Grand juries are always politically motivated. Most states no
longer permit them. The one-sided proceedings are sealed, but someone
always leaks what happened because it is irresistibly more fun that
way. California is better off joining states no longer permitting
groups of up to 23 people deciding if a jury of 12 should hear a case
to show we of California have at least learned something since the
17th century. There are improved means for arriving at such a point
that reduce the burden on our overloaded legal system.
The mayor of Laguna Beach did not vote on the purchase of this
private property. Reportedly, the owners of the sold property simply
gave the mayor $36,000. They did so because the mayor, outside of
politics, has been in the real estate business thus was easily able
to carefully, legally broker such a transaction for the sake of both
parties. There’s nothing about a sop. The gift was motivated, it
seems, by generosity, or just good will.
A violation of the code would imply intent as if it were part of a
trend with the mayor who is overcome with greed or really badly in
need of money (to pay a skyrocketing medical bill perhaps; who can
afford that?). If Wayne Baglin were greedy, why in the world would he
want to be mayor? Answer that one.
Oversimplification is bad because things aren’t like they may
seem, reminding me of a surgeon who performed an operation on a
patient who “wanted the surgery.” True, the surgeon was behind on his
alimony payments and his ex wife’s lawyer was trying through heckle
and harass to drive him crazy. Nurses said he was “knife happy.” You
discover, however, the patient begged him to remove her gall bladder
although the stone was just innocently sitting there. If he didn’t
operate, she might never see her children again!
Indeed her two children, now grown, admitted they would have never
visited their mother had she not been in the hospital and had the
surgery. The surgeon indirectly brought the family together via the
surgery, got rid of the gallstone, along with a vestigial organ, and
actually accomplished a social good. Years ago, listening to a
psychiatric history, a lady had had 38 surgical procedures! She was
very “family oriented.”
Why in the world put the citizens of the city through public
newspaper embarrassment generated by some selfishly motivated cheap
shot? Where’s the benefit? Is this action politically motivated? Well
now, is the Pope Polish?
TED NOLAN THOMPSON
Grateful for the heroes in our midst
We would like to tell the community about some “heroes in our
midst.” The American Assn. of University Women, Laguna Beach chapter,
administers two volunteer programs at El Morro Elementary School in
We have many wonderful volunteers drawn from our association and
the community at large and we are grateful to them all for giving of
their limited time. But we wanted to express our thanks in particular
to two of our volunteers -- Ed Gazich and Mike Easley -- from First
Team Nolan Realty. They not only give of their time, but they recruit
additional volunteers for us, and their firm, First Team Nolan
Realty, is the financial sponsor of our after-school program, The
Learning Club. They are, indeed, “heroes in our midst.”
PAT JAMIESON AND
The American Assn. of
Fuzzy math on Treasure Island
I live immediately across Coast Highway from the Treasure Island
construction war zone. With the opening of the resort just around the
corner, I called the sales office recently to better understand the
capacity of their facility, and here are the stats I was provided:
* 262 hotel rooms and suites;
* 7,500-square-foot Grand Ballroom = 775 person capacity --
* 3,200-square-foot Junior Ballroom = 340 person capacity --
* 120-person capacity restaurant
* 300 employees
This total does not include capacities for the 20,000 square-foot
spa or the public park.
If we add up the total capacity based on the above numbers (based
on only single occupancy in the guest rooms), we are looking at 1,797
Let’s just divide that in half and assume two people per vehicle
are arriving at the hotel property. That’s 898 vehicles.
Now for the fuzzy part: there are only 400 “valet-only” parking
spaces. Less than half of what would be required.
We ask the question: Where are all these people going to park?
It has recently come to our attention that the Athens
Group/Montage Resort has negotiated with Albertson’s corporate
offices to occupy at least 50 underground parking spaces of the
Albertson’s grocery store in the Aliso Plaza Shopping Center. As we
understood it, the Coastal Commission required that any off site
parking to be used by Treasure Island was required to be vacant and
under the same ownership as the resort center. What’s changed?
We have been living in a construction war zone for over a year.
Once Treasure Island is open to the public, what will happen to our
neighborhood streets? Will we once again be put into a war zone
mentality of trying to get into and out of our driveways? And up and
down our narrow streets? In and out of our shopping center that’s
already gridlocked most of the time? The Planning Commission just
approved a 15-lot subdivision in the hills just above Treasure Island
-- where do those new residents and construction workers park?
We remain optimistic and excited about the added bed tax that the
Montage Resort will bring to the city coffers. We are not excited
about the price this neighborhood will have to pay for these supposed
Who is going to step up to the line and help us with this problem?
Can we expect our elected and appointed officials to represent us and
protect our interests and quality of life?
Good lesson in bad behavior
During the Thanksgiving weekend, our local Boy Scout troop was
selling See’s Candy for our annual fund-raiser in front of a local
grocery store. We were told by the manager that we had to leave, as a
customer had complained because he was an atheist and the Boy Scouts
believe in God.
This person was not going to shop at any business that would
support the Boy Scouts of America.
The purpose of the Boy Scouts is to help raise young men to become
productive members of society. However, one person seems to feel that
his beliefs (or lack of belief) should supersede the values of an
outstanding organization that has been helping young men for 90
I don’t smoke cigarettes, but that has never caused me to complain
to the store manager or stop shopping at a store because they sell a
product that I don’t believe in.
I am assuming that this atheist feels that he is very enlightened
and opened minded because of his belief in himself. However, he
showed how closed minded he truly is by trying to subject his moral
judgments on 12-year-old young men and the organization they belong
I have used this experience as a valuable lesson for my troop, to
let them know that we don’t judge or hate people because of their
beliefs, but that we have every right to stand up for our morals and
values. We hope and pray that the day has not arrived when men call
good evil and evil good.
Scoutmaster Troop 38