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the interest of maintaining village appeal through zoning restrictions
and height limitations, the city has constrained business development to
the extent they gross more revenue from parking meters than retail
It should be no surprise the new Village Entrance has a
provision for 600 more parking spaces, 140 of them reserved for city
employees. Maybe it's time for the business pendulum to swing the other
way. Until city management plans and implements a viable business
district, Laguna Beach will remain a parking lot.
I read the
story "No citywide will to bury power lines" (in the March 22 issue of
the Coastline Pilot) with interest. Having been involved in one
assessment district, I well remember the $40,000 I was forced to pay for
that to be done in my neighborhood. I also remember how the system is
set up so those who benefit from improved views cast votes with more
"power" than those who benefit little, resulting in those who benefit
little subsidizing those with improved views.
I couldn't help
but reflect on something else, though. I also recently read an article
about Laguna Soroptimists raising funds to put in wells in India. They
cost about $1,800 each. (What I paid to underground in my neighborhood
could have paid for 20 wells.) One in eight people around the world has
no access to safe drinking water at all. Others must walk for miles to
get it. Diseases caused by contaminated water are the second biggest
killer of children around the world. It's been said, "No other single
intervention is more likely to have a significant impact on global
poverty than provision of safe water," according to the Safe Water as
the Key to Global Health report in 2008 for the United Nations
Some would make the "greatest impact" claim for
education. In the same issue of the Coastline Pilot, there was an
article about students at our high school raising funds for a school in
Kenya. If you want to get "down and dirty" with infrastructure issues,
about four people in 10 around the world have no access to a toilet.
When schools have no toilets, girls often won't go to school.Elpas
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of the world's people have no safe water, no toilet, and no school, yet
"visual pollution" from power lines is a big issue to us. I encourage
people to forget about the power lines here, and use a little of the
money they might have been forced to pay to underground them to help the
Laguna Soroptimists or the Laguna Beach High School students to provide
basic infrastructure so other people can have clean water, a toilet or a
I now live in another place in Laguna. Based on my last
experience, I think it's quite possible I would be forced to pay
$200,000 or more to underground the utilities here. If I am forced to do
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think we should be grateful to live in Laguna just as it is. If we want
to improve the world, there are much more important issues than power
lines interrupting our views.
Although some preparations for
renovations at temporary courthouse quarters on Munson Street have
begun, a contract for that 46,000 square feet of space, at the
Greenfield Corporate Center, have not even been signed yet, nearly six
months after the state announced where most court operations would be
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been a long time coming, and it seems to be bogged down now, said Rep.
Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, after talking with Franklin County Probate
Court Clerk John F. Merrigan, a former state representative who has
been instrumental in moving the long-delayed project forward. Its been
Johns observation that theres something wrong with the system here that
doesnt move these projects ahead as quickly as possible, and they should
move quickly once a decision is made, because time is money. They can
definitely cost more if its delayed.
The courthouse, built in
1935, would be expanded from about 44,000 to 104,000 square feet, with a
three-story addition on its southern end.
The move will likely
take place towards the end of the year, according to Kenneth Vencunas,
the major partner of the Greenfield Corporate Center. Although he
wouldnt specify exactly when that might be, Vencunas rejected the notion
that it would be ready in August, responding instead, beyond August.
is on track, he said. Its a major process and we just want to get it
right. We want to make sure everything is in place. I expect well sign a
lease very soon, and then well be ready to go immediately. Its just a
Inquiries to officials at the state Trial
Court system resulted in a terse written response Monday from
spokeswoman Joan Kenney: The lease for the temporary Greenfield
courthouse site is expected to be signed this week by the Trial Court
and the Division of Capital Asset Management. Space design and other
negotiations took longer than anticipated, but the renovations will
start this spring and the project is expected to be completed in the
Still, Kulik said he is looking at filing legislation,
modeled after a measure put in place after delays with Greenfield middle
school renovations six or seven years ago, that could make state
agencies more accountable for construction projects and keep them on
Were starting to look at doing something legislatively,
creating a template for courthouse construction projects so they dont
bog down in these delays, to keep projects moving forward, he said. Im
hoping we can set up maybe a more formal process that would be quicker.
new courthouse, with an October 2016 completion date listed on the
website of the state Division of Capital Asset Management and
Maintenance, will house all five court department operations, the Law
Library and the Registry of Deeds in one modern, secure, code compliant
public building, according to the site, and replace the leased Main
Street juvenile and housing court facilities.