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SURFING SOAPBOX:Is this a ‘me first’ city?

Although the graciously warm south wind has been kind of enough to blow each day, which is largely the reason why our ocean has been registering in the 70s of late, the sun has been playing hide-and-go-seek with us now for the last week or so.

Normally we call this the “June gloom” "” and what a gloomy last week it has been, not only for sunshine but for our lifeguards here in town.

Their ongoing fight for new lifeguard stands has been sent back to the drawing board for yet another revised submission to the city’s design review board. I can only say that the gratitude that some show our lifeguards here in town is pretty shameful.

Perhaps it’s the same residents who post their own “No Parking” signs up around the perimeter of their homes. Or the neighbor who goes onto private property to cut down bamboo while no one is looking because they feel it’s an obstruction of their view.


Is it just me, or is our town really turning into a me-first type of community? And I haven’t even gotten to the goats.

I’m wondering why after 17 years of using the goats to clear away brush in this town, there is now such an uproar about them.

Environmentalists want a “pristine ecology” in the hills.

It gets better as I read one reader’s comment on that if you had “three inches of goat feces in your living room, the health department would condemn your house.”


Here’s one for you "” the city can begin a new program in which they neuter sea lions, which would appease Mayor Iseman, and begin potty-training wild animals for those who seek a pristine ecology in the hills.

Now that’s gloomy.


  • JAMES PRIBRAM is a Laguna Beach native, professional surfer and founder of the Aloha School of Surfing. He can be reached at