The issue is not whether these solar panels are in compliance ("Corona del Mar Today: Solar panels in compliance," Aug. 15). Clearly the contractor and the solar company who installed them would not have done so if they did not comply with the city's code. The city of Newport Beach should not simply wash their hands of the matter because the panels are in compliance with the code.
This is a much broader issue that cities need to address at the state level. (As mentioned in an earlier OC Now article, Laguna Beach is facing a similar issue where a neighbor destroyed another's view with his solar panels.) I am very much in favor of energy conservation and alternative sources such as solar panels. I think the owners of the house on Dolphin Terrace should be praised for all the innovative ways they are attempting to control energy consumption.
But removing all vegetation is sort of like robbing Peter to pay Paul. If every home on Dolphin Terrace removed all vegetation and put up solar panels, we would be losing significant environmental resources, denuding the natural bluffs and slopes in order to "conserve" energy.