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FDR Memories

FDR Memories

  Watching a taped segment, so glued was I to it I did not realize that it was close to 12:30 a.m. I was watching one of the chapters of PBS’s Roosevelt documentary. Seeing those scenes of the early 1930’s and the debilitation of the Great Depression on the lives of most people, I felt […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Seagull Gall I’m here live at Madison Square and Garden standing on an olive branch with Jonathan Livingston Seagull. “Jonathan, I couldn’t help but notice that the venue seems smaller than I imagined. This is the home of the Knicks, right?” “Yes, that’s right. That’s spelled N-i-c-k-s,” explains Jonathan. “Oh, I believe I’ve been spelling […]

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A Look Beyond Gene Kelly’s Dancing Feet

A Look Beyond Gene Kelly’s Dancing Feet

By Kenny Jones, Special to the Independent Gene Kelly was the dancer’s dancer. He was proud, stylish and full of vitality so when I met up with his wife Patricia this week, it came as no surprise to find that she was made of the same stuff. Patricia Kelly was Gene’s wife at the time […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

I Yam What I Yam I yam what I yam. I’m not Popeye the Sailorman. I’m not strong to the finish because I won’t eat my spinach, and, ah, I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for another beer today. I’m Pet Peeves’ the wimpy, complaining man. Moan. Moan. Wow, there was big news in the Indy […]

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Integrity Now Overshadows the Election

Integrity Now Overshadows the Election

Editor, Jon Madison needs to document his claims of an Ivy League Ph.D., UCLA law degree, and membership in the California Bar. He deserves respect for his business and philanthropic endeavors, and those probably would have been sufficient to ensure his election, without the degrees. It’s not about degrees. It’s about integrity. In Laguna, integrity […]

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Falsehoods Undermine Democracy

Falsehoods Undermine Democracy

Editor, Democracy, particularly its election process, is endangered in the ongoing City Council campaign. Betrayal of the public trust and fairness are also at issue. All three of these matters are intertwined and emblazoned in the council candidacy of a man known as Jon Madison. The Orange County Register checked into these matters and recently […]

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Madison May Share Wieder’s Fate

Madison May Share Wieder’s Fate

Editor, Back in 1978, the Laguna Beach Citizens Alliance asked me to interview all the candidates running for city council. Kelly Boyd was among those who appeared on the local cable TV program. Today, we are in the throws of another city council race. This one seems to have veered off course, what with the stories about […]

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Each Candidate Deserves Equal Scrutiny

Each Candidate Deserves Equal Scrutiny

Editor, The eruption of outrage regarding Laguna Beach City Council candidate Jon Madison’s questionable educational and career history was like watching the flag come down at the Indy 500: Let the dishing dirt phase of the 2014 Election Games begin! I was informed this week that several public officials thought that I was the “mastermind,” […]

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What Was He Thinking?

What Was He Thinking?

I have always liked Jon. We all like Jon and I am totally bummed by the article in The Register, but what could Jon have been thinking? Charlotte Masarik, Laguna Beach  

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Candidate Distances Himself From Village Laguna’s Endorsement

Candidate Distances Himself From Village Laguna’s Endorsement

Editor, Recently, yard signs have appeared throughout the city pairing my name with the name of another candidate. These signs make it seem as though we are running as a team. They are inaccurate and misleading. Placement of these signs was neither authorized nor encouraged by me or my campaign.   They are not consistent with […]

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Agree to Disagree Without Invective, Please

Agree to Disagree Without Invective, Please

Editor, It’s a wonderful life, a cliché that most of us who live in Laguna Beach happily subscribe to. It’s on the new Village Laguna sign endorsing its favored city council candidates. I’ve heard questionable motives/actions attributed to Village Laguna that amaze me. I’m now on my second term as a Village Laguna board member, […]

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Vazquez Handicaps the Race

Vazquez Handicaps the Race

Editor, The Transition Laguna Candidates’ Forum at the Congregational church offered me these insights: Kelly Boyd. Issues: safety, sidewalks and saving water. Not out of the box thinking; concerns about behavior during council meeting (re: see Sept. 2 village entrance section of video) with his inappropriate censure of Ann Christoph. Pearson or Whalen should have stopped […]

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How Should the Police Chief Be Chosen?

How Should the Police Chief Be Chosen?

Editor, As a vociferous critic of Laguna Beach’s governmental and police department’s lack of ethics and morals, I thought John Pietig’s performance on Tuesday (Sept. 9) exemplified most of what I am critical about the character of our leaders. I asked Mr. Pietig these important questions, and he refused to answer any of them. I […]

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Candidate Alleges Sewage Spill Cover-up

Candidate Alleges Sewage Spill Cover-up

Editor, I’m Paul Merritt, your new candidate for Laguna Beach City Council 2014. I’ve been a resident of Laguna Beach since the early ‘60s. I want to know why our current council has failed to do anything about recycling the tons of glass and paper and metal cans left behind by visitors to our beautiful […]

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A Day of Politics and Fun in the Sun

A Day of Politics and Fun in the Sun

Editor, On behalf of Laguna Beach Republicans we want to thank all those local Laguna Beach residents who came out last Saturday for a celebration at the LB GOP 2014 Voter Education Headquarters, located in the Big Pink building on Laguna Canyon Road (between the SUP store and the car detailing shop). We had Shirley’s […]