Stu on the Street: In which we ask regular Lagunans for their opinions on local issues…today it’s traffic
Compiled, written and photographed by Suzie Harrison
Stu on the Street is our new series that features Laguna residents. It’s focused on finding out your views about local issues that affect you personally.
It’s not a scientific survey, of course, simply a snapshot of opinions from regular folk, not just the usual movers and shakers around town.
So in the weeks to come, be on the lookout for your friendly local reporter on the Stu on the Street beat.
(And as always, we welcome Letters to the Editor!)
First up, I thought it would be a good idea to kick it off at a local hangout, Taco Loco, a staple in the community for 30 years.
I posed the question, “What do you think would mitigate, ease, or help solve the traffic problems in Laguna Beach?”
Gonzalo Rebollar, founder and owner of Taco Loco: Trolleys plus remote three- or four-level parking structures make sense
“I think they should increase the parking in the Canyon with parking structures that have four or five levels. It’s not going to alleviate the traffic. The traffic will continue because the population is growing in Orange County. And here in Laguna, with such famous beaches, it’s the heart of Orange County. The only way they can alleviate the problem is creating more parking structures, and they have the space in the Canyon to do it.
“They do it really well with the trolley system. They do well directing traffic so the traffic moves faster. But it’s not going to alleviate the traffic situation until they increase parking.
“They need to bring people in on the trolleys. Downtown parking doesn’t help the problem. There’s miles and miles of bumper to bumper traffic coming into town. They could build a public parking structure like they did at the Irvine Spectrum. They need to buy structures and the structures would pay themselves off in time by charging $5 or $7 for parking.
“It would be a good idea for them to buy parking strucures in various locations. Besides the Canyon, they could buy structures north of Laguna in El Morro and south by Salt Creek Beach. There’s also open land near El Toro. There’s a lot of open spaces where they could build parking structures. They need to look for the long term. They need to get serious about it.”