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Madison Proves Unfit for Office

Madison Proves Unfit for Office

Editor, Jon Madison is a likable character, but his misrepresentation of academic and professional accomplishments, his repeated and flippant denials, and his never-ending attempts to portray himself as a victim, clearly show that he is unfit to occupy a position of public trust and responsibility. Mr. Madison was apparently happy to bask in the reflected glory of […]

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Residents Grateful for Vigilance

Residents Grateful for Vigilance

Editor, On behalf of local residents I would like to thank the Laguna Beach Police and Fire Departments for coordinating a no-smoking code enforcement at Alta Laguna Park, particularly late evenings when out of town visitors arrive. Many local residents share my sentiments. The patrol car parked near the 5×5 foot no-smoking sign reinforces the […]

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A Lost Opportunity in Modeling Democracy

A Lost Opportunity in Modeling Democracy

Editor, In 1967 students at LBHS walked out of class to protest new dress rules. It was less about what kids wanted to wear than fairness. Male teachers were humiliating girls by using rulers to measure skirt lengths. Coaches were making boys choose between playing sports and short haircuts. Fast forward to 2014 and it is déjà […]

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Criticism of Curriculum Hits Home

Criticism of Curriculum Hits Home

Editor: Thanks for informing readers about debate on Common Core mandates for local school curriculum. Curriculum, school finances, personnel policy, community relations, these are the issues that matter. Still, after your article some asked why I am running for school board when my kids attend private school. I even was asked if I can serve […]

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May the Best Qualified Win

May the Best Qualified Win

Editor: As a long time Laguna Beach resident with a daughter in Laguna Beach High School and a son in sixth grade, I have followed the school board election with interest. Our schools deserve the best people for the job. This year’s election presents a big opportunity. We get to elect three board members experienced […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

To Whelk or Not Occasionally one comes upon a particularly large white spiral shell deposited on the beach or in the tidepools. This beautiful shell is the hard protective covering of the largest gastropod (snail) found in Laguna, the Kellet’s Whelk (Kelletia kelletii). Capable of reaching a maximum of seven inches in length, the shell […]

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The Music Man: Roger Charles Bailey 1923-2014

The Music Man: Roger Charles Bailey 1923-2014

Roger Charles Bailey, a man of honor, pride and distinction, served his country, but cherished his family as well. He was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on July 15, 1923. One of five kids, Bailey loved to play baseball and sing in the church choir. His singing used to annoy his brothers and sisters and even […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

A Funny Thing Happened… A funny thing happened on the way to the forum. I found parking. It was a dream California style. There were avocado plum fairies and open spaces dancing in my head. Even, the seven candidates running for city council found parking, too. We had arrived to attend the Laguna Beach Alliance […]

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Madison’s Accomplishments Overshadow a Questionable Resume

Madison’s Accomplishments Overshadow a Questionable Resume

Editor, Over the years I’ve always enjoyed Michael Ray’s random thoughts on life but his recent selective moral outrage about Jon (or is it John) Madison’s phony resume was a little over the top. Funny, but I don’t seem to recall Mr. Ray, a self-avowed “progressive”, ever chastising this president for repeatedly lying to us […]

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How Are Misstatements Permissible?

How Are Misstatements Permissible?

Editor: Having just returned from a three week vacation and trying to catch up on the local news, I was absolutely astounded to read the news about a candidate manufacturing an “inaccurate” biographical statement of some of his past attributes, qualifications, accomplishments and successes. I personally know nothing of the accuracy of these assertions and […]

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Weigh Each Candidates’ Qualifications and Character

Weigh Each Candidates’ Qualifications and Character

Editor, Pandering to the public seems to be the way of council candidates, but only because we (the public) seem to demand meaningless platitudes from candidates. For example, when recently asked about public arts, everyone seemed to link arms and, in one form or another, assured us that they were all for it offering little substantive […]

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Candidate’s Canyon Stance Gains a Fan

Candidate’s Canyon Stance Gains a Fan

Editor, After reading the many letters to the editor speaking to the overwhelming seriousness and multitude of issues regarding the safety and welfare and to the disruption of the peaceful living for residents created by placement of the ASL in the canyon, it is obvious this location has created an ongoing public safety concern for […]

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Christoph Revives Flood Control Debate

Christoph Revives Flood Control Debate

Editor, Anne Christoph frequently intervenes in city building code enforcement to oppose even small changes in exterior aesthetics. Yet, in an Aug. 28 column (“Big Plans vs. Small Adjustments”) she praised unattractive metal hardware for storefront barriers downtown merchants must install to mitigate flooding. Insisting unsightly floodgates and sandbags are a “small” solution somehow preserving village […]

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Iseman’s Qualifications are Verifiable

Iseman’s Qualifications are Verifiable

Editor, Toni Iseman has earned another term on Laguna Beach’s City Council. Toni has been an effective and passionate advocate for Laguna Beach and its citizens for many years. Unlike other candidates, Toni has not had to “fudge” about her qualifications or accomplishments. Her qualifications and accomplishments are tangible and verifiable. Although I understand that […]

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Why We Need An Independent Elected City Attorney

Why We Need An Independent Elected City Attorney

Editor, Regardless of who is elected to City Council, our dysfunctional city government is not going to improve until we address its structural flaws. How does Laguna Beach go about effectively changing its culture to be progressive, transparent, and fair? We have a hired city attorney from an outside law firm. The inherent flaws of […]