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Hall Represents Fresh Ideas

Hall Represents Fresh Ideas

Editor, Michele Hall and I go way back, at least 20 years.  She is a hard worker, does her homework and is not afraid to take a stand when making hard decisions. Michele and I stood side by side in our successful defeat of the parcel tax like we did years ago when we worked […]

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Hall Rebuts a Voter’s Assumption

Hall Rebuts a Voter’s Assumption

Editor: As a candidate for city council, I understand completely that residents who do not agree with or question some of my positions are going to take “shots” at me through letters to the editor etc. I honestly have no problem with this. However, when my character or work I have done in this community […]

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Praise for a Candidate That Questions the Status Quo

Praise for a Candidate That Questions the Status Quo

Editor, Tom Walsh (“May the Best Qualified Win,” Letters, Oct. 10) pronounces school board candidate Annette Gibson unqualified for sending her children to private religious school and living in Crystal Cove.  Yet, Gibson lives and pays taxes in our school district, and her home is closer to a public school than 80 percent of the […]

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Candidate’s Absence of Involvement Raises Skepticism

Candidate’s Absence of Involvement Raises Skepticism

Editor, I attended the school board candidates forum last week and came away with some real concerns. Two candidates, Ketta Brown, incumbent, and Carol Normandin were very well prepared and it was obvious that they knew their subject — the well being of our public schools here in Laguna Beach. They were thorough, well informed […]

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Election Becomes a Referendum on Common Core Curriculum

Election Becomes a Referendum on Common Core Curriculum

Editor, After reading the Indy’s article last week on the school board candidates, I am astounded. It seems as if everyone has bought the idea that Common Core is a good idea. It isn’t. It is a program devised by the federal government (and we know how their programs turn out) to make all our […]

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Christy Expresses His Gratitude

Christy Expresses His Gratitude

Editor I just wanted to take a moment to personally thank the hundreds of people who took the day off of work, school or their lives to show their support for The Ranch at Laguna Beach at the Coastal Commission hearing last week. The outpouring of love and support felt a bit like the final […]

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Friend Casts a Vote With Confidence

Friend Casts a Vote With Confidence

Editor, I am proud to say that I have known Michele (Oliver) Hall for over 10 years. Michele has integrity, is highly intelligent and makes decisions based upon common sense. She is dedicated and loyal to her friends and family like no one else I have ever known. In January of this year, my son […]

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An Effective Problem Solver

An Effective Problem Solver

Editor, I have known Toni Iseman over 30 years. In that time I have admired her creative, pro-active thinking and effective problem-solving. Whether counseling a student or guiding our City Council, her solutions have made a positive difference in the lives of many of us. Recently, I emailed Toni with a concern affecting North Laguna. By the next […]

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Examining Claims of Two Candidates

Examining Claims of Two Candidates

Editor, Surely after a round of gratuitous candidate bashing (“Political Briefs,” Oct. 10) the Indy is going to give equal time to actual rather than fabricated discrepancies in what Rob Zur Schmiede and Toni Iseman claim about their records. For example, Rob Zur Schmiede claims he will be open, listen, practice fiscal responsibility.  But he […]

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Hall Represents a Generational Break

Hall Represents a Generational Break

Editor, The LBHS Alumni torch of leadership in our hometown is being passed to Michele (Oliver) Hall, Class of 1985. Michele has been active in community affairs, charity endeavors and civic politics for over a decade and is the first of her generation to run for Laguna Beach City Council. Not surprisingly, local alumni want […]

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The Talk

The Talk

By D.J. Ware People often ask me what being almost 80 and climbing is really like. So far the vintage years are good, and making good decisions is essential to living a good life. I’ve learned over the years, when the bluebird of happiness drops a load on you, the decisions to get up, get […]

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Those on Foot Also Need to Obey the Rules

Those on Foot Also Need to Obey the Rules

Editor, As the mother of two young daughters living in Laguna Beach, I was disturbed to read of another pedestrian collision in the police blog. Yet I was equally disturbed by the misleading language used in describing the traffic incident on Sept. 30, which said the pedestrian was crossing Coast Highway just north of Bluebird […]

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Mary L. Farrar

Mary L. Farrar

Dec. 22, 1925-Oct . 5, 2014 Mary L. Farrar, affectionately known as MiMi, passed away peacefully with family by her side Oct. 5, 2014. She was born on Dec. 22, 1925, to Luis John and Maria Lawrence Santos in Tulare, Calif. She was raised on the family farm west of Tulare. For many years, she […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Posse I loved cowboy shows when I was a kid. My 12 pair of cowboy boots is a testament of my fan devotion even to today. These same 12 pair that are never lined up right in the closet is the opposing testament of my wife’s disdain of cowboy shows. My little wife of the […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

Don’t Wreck the Wrack Until the 1960s, thick kelp forests grew along the Southern California coast with the largest kelp bed in Orange County just off Main Beach. Over the ensuing years, normal El Niño / La Niña cycles and storms ravaged the kelp. With the cumulative impact of pollution, run-off, sedimentation, over-harvesting and climate […]