Local Laguna neighborhoods and businesses have taken a beating these last weeks. Flooding had receded, and all roads and business had been reopened, but with the rain coming down hard again, I am hoping that all is well in the downtown area and in our canyons. As of 9:45 this morning all roads are still opened, and the city is encouraging all to come help our local restaurant and shop owners by offering free parking until January 2nd. Our new city manager, John Petig, has decided that we really need neighbors, friends and tourists to come stay, shop and eat, and help keep our downtown businesses afloat (pun intended!).