Re: “Hansen: Brrr...Let’s rename it ‘Laglooma,’” Coastline Pilot Aug. 2.
Being a resident of Huntington Beach, I totally understand your sentiment. Many times, I can imagine the battle horses of Monty Python tracing through the gray fog, muck and mire of the dreaded marine layer of Bolsa Chica.
But some days, we’re better off staying in his office and amusing ourselves with a game of checkers or building a house of cards than hitting the boardwalk and trying to make our way through the gray bay of haze that we know and love as “Laglooma Beach.”
But then it happens, the Good Lord shines down mercy from heaven for a week, and we all soon forget about the tormenting days we just had.
Thankfully, since this Hansen column, we've been blessed with a few good days of sunshine.
From one coastal brother to another, remember that layer of doom is only here for a while, and then the real reason we all still live, work and flourish here makes itself known, with the breaking of the clouds.
Plans in case parking structure doesn’t pan out
I was thinking about the Village Entrance parking garage that is creeping toward implementation.
What if things didn’t work out as planned and the garage utilization is worse than expected? We should have some backup plans to assure that the structure is some kind of a success, even if parking and congestion relief didn’t come to pass as expected. Heaven forbid that would happen.
What can the City Council do to recoup the major costs of building a parking structure that nobody uses? The city employees would have a posh parking garage, that’s for sure, but they won’t use all the parking levels.
Skateboarders might finally get a skate park right in the middle of town. At least two stories of skating might open the door for a major tourist attraction featuring skateboarders from all over the world.
I’m sure the homeless would flock to the parking garage in the “off season” seeking shelter. Of course that would probably happen regardless of the success. There is more than one way of attracting new people to our town.
Or, if the occupancy is low for a considerable time, several of the floors could be dedicated to serve as a bus station, replacing the current inconvenient Ocean/Broadway location. There would still be enough space open to use as a day-worker camp. Bus service and parking would surely be an attraction. Workers would also be closer to downtown, so their spending would help the merchants.
Maybe the city could offer the cavernous space to the California High Speed Rail Authority and get train service in Laguna Beach. Talk about a tourism bonanza. Train service right to our downtown would turn everything around for the city coffers.
Then there is the exciting thought that an underutilized parking garage would make a terrific covered, year-round farmer’s market for all of Orange County.