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Waiting Latino Workers Make Laguna 'Nervous'

July 03, 1988

I was surprised at the "market checkout stand" approach of this article. Only the negative comments were extracted from the Laguna Beach City Council meeting. Most of those who were there to ask for help were positive in their remarks about reaching a humane decision and understood the plight of the Hispanics.

The article seemed to be a slanted editorial rather than a true representation. Laguna has an ad-hoc committee that has spent hours in helping with cross-cultural problems in very positive ways, and North Laguna people have contributed to this work. Next week the first of several home dialogues is scheduled in North Laguna between Hispanics and members of the North Laguna Homeowners Assn.

Many positive things were discussed at the council meeting, such as the above. Money was allocated by the City Council to print a booklet to help Hispanics with medical, schooling and legal decisions. However, none of this was reported.

Laguna has a heart, and I suggest that your reporter should have tried for less sensationalism and more realism.

ALICE GRAVES

Laguna Beach

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