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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 […]

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Allow Street Sweepers to Do Their Job

Allow Street Sweepers to Do Their Job

Editor, My wife and I have lived in Laguna Beach for the 16 years and wish to express our frustration over the amount of trash that accumulates on Coast Highway within the city. Visitors/residents deposit a large variety of refuse and a relatively small number of individuals ever seem to pick any of it up. […]

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Reader Sees Discrepancy in Candidate’s Bio

Reader Sees Discrepancy in Candidate’s Bio

Editor, Another peculiar happening in Laguna Beach.  In the Sept. 19 issue of the LB Indy, there was a letter from Paul Merritt, ” I’m Paul Merritt, your new candidate for the Laguna Beach City Council 2014.  I’ve been a resident of Laguna Beach since the early ’60s.” Oh yeah?  Look at the Sample Ballot […]

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Iseman Draws Praise for Creative Thinking

Iseman Draws Praise for Creative Thinking

Editor, In observing Toni Iseman at City Council meetings, I have found that she consistently shows respect for and listens to residents’ concerns, finding creative solutions to their problems. At the Firebrand Media forum last week, Iseman again showed herself to be a bold, creative thinker. In response to a question about what ideas candidates […]

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Another Instance of Misrepresentation?

Another Instance of Misrepresentation?

Editor, Upon opening my sample ballot I was astonished to see the affiliation of one of the candidates, Michele Hall, listed as “community volunteer.”  When did a past president of the Laguna Beach Republican Club and chair of the OC GOP become a community service volunteer versus a political service volunteer? (Or, is it employee?  I’m […]

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A Vote of Insight and Courage

A Vote of Insight and Courage

Editor, Come November, Laguna voters will select three members for the City Council.  One of these three must be Toni Iseman. During her tenure on the Council, Toni has worked tirelessly for Laguna in ways most citizens will never know.  But one crusade she was forced to wage sometimes single-handedly highlights her extraordinary value to our […]

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Candidate Rebuts His Antagonist

Candidate Rebuts His Antagonist

Editor, I want to thank Victor [Opincar] for understanding the vital categories that a good public servant needs to possess (“Weigh Each Candidates Qualifications and Character,” Letters, Oct. 3).  He has stated why I am the best candidate to promote the change Laguna Beach needs to become the city most, and not just some, of […]

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Unclear Undercurrent in Candidate’s Statement

Unclear Undercurrent in Candidate’s Statement

Editor: I was surprised by Rob Zur Schmiede’s letter in the Sept. 19 issue of the Indy distancing himself from Village Laguna’s endorsement. Earlier in September, Rob participated in the Village Laguna candidates’ forum. At a members’ meeting after that forum, as has been done in past years, the organization endorsed candidates they feel best […]