Letters to the Editor

Lesson learned…hopefully!

Our city council and staff spent countless hours, held multiple meetings and conducted several field visits in attempting to resolve the noise-related quality-of-life concerns when the tennis court at Lang Park was converted to pickleball. It is reasonable to believe that some councilmembers may question the original conversion decision given what they know now. A compromise was reached that hopefully will find a balance between recreation needs and resident rights.

The council will soon be considering a proposal from LBUSD to participate in construction and joint use of an Olympic-size $16 million pool at the current high school site. Today, the city is allocated 70% use (and cost) of the pool. The council should consider the parallels of the pool decision to the pickleball court conversion at Lang.

There are more residents in close proximity to the pool and the hours of pool use are 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. rather than 8 a.m. to dusk at Lang. Lighting and multiple electronic scoreboards are factors at the pool that were not part of the situation at Lang. The noise at Lang is created by social interactions of the players, but mostly from ball and paddle contact. At the pool, the noise comes from air horns, whistles, bells, PA announcements and music, in addition to the shouting from players and coaches.

LBUSD presentations acknowledge that the new pool will triple the number of concurrent uses. Three water polo practice sessions compared to one today, so it’s fair to assume noise levels will minimally double, if not triple. Sound attenuation, promised when the pool was relocated to its current location, is not practical and not part of current plans.

More resident impact, longer hours of operation, greater noise volumes, added lighting and no available sound attenuation solution. It’s incumbent on the council, as the majority user of the facility, to ensure local ordinances are respected and residents protected.

There are options to address the aquatic needs of students and the community that are a far better use of taxpayer funds than the $16M unilateral decision of the school district. They require communication, compromise, and consideration for residents by both LBUSD and the city. Residents should insist on that.

Gary Kasik

Laguna Beach

For friendly, affordable senior transport, it’s Sally’s Fund

Attention seniors and friends of seniors. Sally’s Fund now has four vehicles and friendly drivers to take you anywhere in south Orange County to do whatever you plan to do, and when you are done they will be there waiting to take you home. Write down Sally’s booking number for your future reference: 949.499.4100.

I go to the Susi Q senior center in the community building on Third Street on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for bingo, conversation and games at 10 a.m. and then lunch at 11:30 a.m., and remember the Q has groups for everything from yoga to bridge and offers many services including personal counseling. If you plan to have lunch on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, call 72 hours prior to 949.715.5462 and bring $5.50, the suggested donation for lunch.

You can also go shopping, to the bank, doctors’ offices in town and in Laguna Hills [30-mile radius] and other places with Sally’s. A suggested donation is requested for all trips.

Sally’s operates weekdays only, and to help seniors come out of the pandemic is now providing group complimentary lunches for all riders at restaurants in south Orange County, to provide a nice meal and conversation. Trips to Target, Trader Joe’s, Walmart and other stores are offered, too.

Roger Carter

Laguna Beach

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