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Only Public Outcry Can Reverse Spent Fuel Plans

Only Public Outcry Can Reverse Spent Fuel Plans

Editor, Last October in a letter to the Indy, “Without Oversight for Spent Fuel,” I explained the just revealed SCE plans to leave 1,632 tons of deadly spent fuel at San Onofre until the federal government came to take it away. In that year of meetings, policies have not improved; they have gotten worse. This Aug. 26, […]

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Bike Fatalities Marginalized Compared to Cop’s Death

Bike Fatalities Marginalized Compared to Cop’s Death

Editor, It has been three months since John Colvin’s fatal-hit-and-run in Emerald Bay. In an email from his wife Joan, I’ve learned she still has no accident report from the LBPD. Following three separate motorcades, last month the LBPD reminded us again of our dedication to the sculpture memorial “Eternal Legacy” for fallen motor officer […]

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Bike Fun for Some Impinges on Others

Bike Fun for Some Impinges on Others

Editor, What ever happened to common sense? Oh yeah, it was destroyed by political correctness and environmental extremism. The latest example of this is the designating of portions of our badly needed, over-crowed roadways just so some folks can ride their bikes around. As each new rule to make life easier and safer for these recreational […]

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Endorsement Does Not Threaten Candidate’s Independence

Endorsement Does Not Threaten Candidate’s Independence

Editor, Rob Zur Schmiede is concerned that Village Laguna’s support of his candidacy along with Toni Iseman’s might be interpreted to mean that they were running as a slate. We want to clarify that our support does not create a slate. Village Laguna is recommending two candidates for Laguna voters to support. It does not […]

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Preserving a Truer Heritage

Preserving a Truer Heritage

Editor, Elections are not decided by letters to the editor, but it’s a window into hearts and minds. Lamentably, some express a surprising intolerance for spirited but good-natured pluralism, perhaps our truest heritage. A varied civic culture is the tapestry into which our town’s character is woven.  Pray we never become a village that covets […]

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Voters Serve as the City’s HR Directors

Voters Serve as the City’s HR Directors

Editor: These past week’s sorry revelations regarding City Council candidate “misinformation” have given me cause to reflect upon my own job interviews and experiences. When applying for employment, we are usually required to fill out a job application. On this application we are asked for name, address, age, residence, academic history, work experiences, references, and […]

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Parking Garage Remains a Dividing Line

Parking Garage Remains a Dividing Line

Editor, Voters who want to see how politics sometimes can bring out the worst in all of us will note with interest the recent pronouncements by Johanna Felder in her defense of City Council candidate Toni Iseman. Instead of affirmative advocacy of Iseman, Feldman attacks outgoing Mayor Pearson, asserting that her decision to leave politics […]

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Praise for Iseman’s Responsiveness

Praise for Iseman’s Responsiveness

Editor, And so it begins!  It’s an election year in Laguna Beach and already the mudslinging has started with a few negative letters about Toni Iseman. One of those articles was about Toni Iseman’s fundraiser, which created parking issues in the same area where Mozambique restaurant patrons create parking issues. So which was it I […]

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Thrilled to Support Zur Schmiede

Thrilled to Support Zur Schmiede

  Editor, I’m writing about Rob Zur Schmiede who is running for City Council. Rob and I served for five years on the city’s Design Review Task Force. Our task was to determine the causes of all the contentiousness surrounding the Design Review Board process at that time, and to recommend ways to rectify the […]

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Testimonial Describes Iseman’s Actions

Testimonial Describes Iseman’s Actions

Editor, So impressed!  I am a longtime resident of Laguna Beach and just wanted to mention how impressed I was with Toni Iseman’s ability to tune in to a crucial issue I recently had relating to our home in Laguna Beach! She immediately responded to my cry to be heard regarding a very serious and […]

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Candidates Fail to Factor in Climate Change

Candidates Fail to Factor in Climate Change

Editor, Last week our council candidates weighed in on sustainability issues. Their imaginations were limited to bike lanes, more sidewalks, and parking. The greatest challenge facing all humanity is global warming. This past Sunday the largest global warming march to date took place in New York. The march came two days before the United Nations […]

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 Why Gamble on Woods Cove?

Why Gamble on Woods Cove?

Editor, At last Tuesday’s (9/16) council meeting, members agreed to risk $600,000 of taxpayer money to study undergrounding of utilities in the Woods Cove neighborhood of Laguna Beach. The council acknowledges it won’t know for about three years if the funds risked will be repaid. Since three council members are up for election, it would […]

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Kudos for Emergency Preparedness 101

Kudos for Emergency Preparedness 101

Editor, Wednesday, Sept. 17, Emergency Services Communications Officer, Jordan Villwock, LBPD, and Community Services Officer, Nikie Hernandez, LBPD, presented practical, helpful and timely information on crime data and prevention in Laguna Beach, NextDoor.com, emergency supply lists and strategies in addition to city sponsored disaster trainings for volunteers and community members. Attendees learned more about Alert […]

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Gentrification is Winning

Gentrification is Winning

Editor, I have been shopping at Coast Liquors, corner of Mountain Avenue and Coast Highway, for half a century. Now the new owners who bought the Coast Inn across the street want to replace the liquor store with a swimming pool, so rumor has it. The stock in the store is slowly disappearing and another, vital, […]

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Musing on the Coast

Musing on the Coast

Our Masks I went to Harvard. It was summer school between my sophomore and junior years at Occidental College.   At the time, almost anyone could get in if you paid the tuition and showed up. It was no big deal. But for a time when asked where I went to college, I sometimes would say […]