LaMear, Laughery bring solid credentials to landmarks processWhat a difference a few months makes. Following the highly controversial appointment of architect Tom Potter to the Astoria Historic Landmarks Commission last August, Mayor Willis Van Dusen cast his net widely for applicants.

Last week he made two excellent appointments. Cliff LaMear is an engineer and Gin Laughery is proprietor of The Greenhouse, a women's clothing store on Commercial Street. Both have demonstrated a deep interest in the city's history as well as its restoration.

Potter was a questionable HLC appointment, because he has been openly contemptuous of the process in which that commission is the pivot point. LaMear and Laughery will bring a broad perspective to the HLC's proceedings. Laughery has been a longtime contributor to civic activities. She and her husband Bill Lind are engaged in the refurbishing and restoration of the Owl Drug property at the corner of 12th and Commercial.

It is important that the HLC continue to function in a highly professional manner. Astoria's dramatic setting and its remarkable inventory of historic architecture distinguish it. Mayor Van Dusen has given the city two excellent appointments.

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