Blue Water has done nothing underhanded
While we were disappointed that the Blue Water Music Festival did
not generate a profit and therefore did not make any money for
Surfrider or any other environmental group, this was not entirely
unexpected, given the lack of experience of the concert organizers,
the fact that they only started planning about 60 days before the
event, and the fact that it was a first-time event. We feel that in
all other aspects the event was a success, and that it did allow
Surfrider a chance to spread our environmental message.
The subsequent concerts that Blue Water has put on at Club M and
the Woman's Club were not advertised as fundraisers but simply as
musical and "environmental awareness" events where we set up tables.
The concert at Moss Point on September 11 was advertised as a
fundraiser, and we did receive money from that event.
This isn't a case of anything underhanded going on. The Blue Water
folks have put in countless unpaid hours trying to make these events
work. They had no prior experience at doing this and no business
plan, but their hearts are definitely in the right place, and we
applaud them for their efforts.
[Note: Wilson is chairman of the Laguna Beach chapter of the
Blue Water promotes a good cause
The Blue Water Music Festival was a great community event. It was
well-attended, numerous other nonprofit organizations with similar
objectives were brought together, and the good message of a cleaner
marine environment was broadcast in a positive, constructive,
feel-good venue. Laguna has a couple of well-known local bands. It's
important that these musical artists were paid out of revenues
collected by the event. Hey, they might come back and do it again
next year. The music and the festival atmosphere is the draw to
promote the message of local marine environmentalism. How many small
concerts put on for a good cause regularly make money?
I know Rick Conkey very well and trusted him for years as my
daughter's excellent tennis coach. He is an important part of
Laguna's community character. I personally support Rick's creative
musical approach to marine environmentalism and wish him all success.
The most recent event last week at Moss Point was another success,
and I invite everyone in town who likes good rock 'n' roll to turn
out for the next Blue Water concert. In the meantime, please support
the ever-growing list of groups who are working to improve the
near-shore marine environment and enhance the quality of life in
Hey, Rick, thanks for the small donation to the Ocean Laguna
Foundation generated by last week's concert.
[Note: Reed is vice chairman of Ocean Laguna Foundation]
Recyclables getting thrown in trash
This morning, six in our neighborhood set out trash and recycling
bins. I watched our trash truck pick up three of the recycling bins,
including ours, while leaving three others.
There was no reason why half of the recycling bins in the
neighborhood were dumped with the trash.
This is the second time I have witnessed our recycling bin being
picked up with the trash.
We are very careful about separating our recycling materials. I
have no idea why ours should be dumped in with the trash.
Calls to Waste Management have been unproductive.
They don't even acknowledge it as a problem. They dubiously claim
that sometimes recycled materials can be hand-separated out of the
trash later. But why do this for only half the neighborhood? It makes
New tax would be a burden
Every time there is a problem, it seems that the only solution
that anyone can think of is to raise taxes.
I am 71 years old, retired, disabled and live on a fixed pension.
The company I used to work for is about to declare bankruptcy, and I
shall lose half of my income. Now you want to raise my taxes again?
No new taxes.
PHILLIP B. LAYMAN
City manager has failed to manage
Fires , floods, slides?
Ken Frank wisely said at Friday's special Council meeting,
"They'll come again."
But just as unwisely, he showed his stupidity in not preparing our
city for a disaster after all these years in office.
When someone in the audience said "another disaster could send
this city into bankruptcy," it got my attention.
All the deferments and borrowing from Peter to pay Paul may or may
not get us through this one.
Council's vote to let the voters decide whether or not to tax
themselves is the right thing to do.
It may just about get us out of this mess we're in.
If we're very lucky.
And if the voters vote yes.
The council should have been voting for new leadership.
Frank is failing miserably in his job of running our city.
Opposes anti-illegal immigrant campaign
I currently live in Riverside, so I am not in the voting district
for the current elections, but I would like to say that I'm totally
opposed to the Minutemen and do not support the actions against the
immigrants and people of Laguna Beach.
I believe in respect for others and feel that all people need to
be able to make a living and support their families.
I truly believe that if U.S. companies can cross the border into
Mexico for lower wages and no unions, then workers from Mexico should
be able to cross the border for better wages and a better life.
What makes corporations crossing the border right and workers
crossing the border wrong?
Brewer's airport stance was a mistake
While Laguna Beach and South Orange County were fighting the
proposed El Toro airport, Marilyn Brewer was standing
shoulder-to-shoulder with her Newport Beach constituents trying to
cram an international airport down our throats.
Now she wants our vote to represent us in the U.S. Congress. I
don't think so.
[Note: Mr. Thornton is an airline pilot.]