I live on Bluebird Canyon Drive and I disagree with Jeff Tyler (“Disputing Sweat Lodge Reporting,” Letters, April 13).
Andrew Soliz has no neighbor living on the right side of the property. There is a street. This is not a cul-de-sac at all. On the other side of Mr. Soliz’s property is a children’s day care. Mr. Soliz’s property is enormous for Laguna standards. The tipi and lodge had plenty of space, nothing was crowded. There is one person above Mr. Soliz and I find it hard to believe that any activity far below would affect their ocean view.
Andrew Soliz is a new resident. As a former new resident, I can testify to the territorial attitudes of longtime residents in Laguna Beach. Maybe Andrew mistakenly thought this was a free spirited artistic environment. This is after all Orange County, an area known for uptight conservative values.
Mr. Soliz is unique in being an American Indian, with his rights to practice religion offered special protection. The odds of being allowed that freedom in Laguna Beach may be slim, but ultimately this may not be for the city or surrounding neighbors to decide.
It’s hard to determine what the real issues are when such a nasty spin is put on everything Mr. Soliz does. I’m glad my garage is just a garage and I’m thankful we aren’t all held to such scrutiny.
Rachel Uchizono, Laguna Beach