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Letters Fail to Illuminate

Letters Fail to Illuminate

Editor, I think it is time for the local newspapers to stop publishing candidate-related political letters during election campaigns, with a possible exception for letters about truly newsworthy topics, subject to the same criteria editors use for news articles. Candidate letters add nothing to either the debate or voters’ actual knowledge of the candidate. The […]

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Crackdown Leaves Kayaker Stranded Onshore

Crackdown Leaves Kayaker Stranded Onshore

Editor, I read Micheal Ray’s column about Fisherman’s Cove. (Musings on the Coast, The Madness at Fisherman’s Cove, Oct. 16) It is a shame that a place enjoyed by so many is enjoyed by few now. I kept my kayak there and let others use it when they wanted to. It was a small way […]

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Why a Fulltime Treasurer is Needed

Why a Fulltime Treasurer is Needed

Editor, Citizens of Laguna Beach! It’s Paul Merritt, your candidate for Laguna Beach City Council, with a critical expose of gross negligence and fiscal mismanagement. In 2012 a new audit firm was hired. They discovered that an entry in the 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) relating to a 2010 CalPERS payment of more than […]

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Voter Questions Brown’s Judgment

Voter Questions Brown’s Judgment

Editor, What’s not to like about Ketta?  Unpretentious charisma, great soccer mom, school volunteer.  Good character not in question, it’s her judgment that let us down. Ketta Brown told the Indy, “There’s so much new…coming down from federal and state government…I realize having been on the board for eight years, there’s a very steep learning curve…I bring […]

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Is Zur Scmiede a Committed Volunteer?

Is Zur Scmiede a Committed Volunteer?

Editor, I find it an offensive stretch of the truth that candidate for City Council Rob Zur Schmiede considers himself a “committed Laguna Beach volunteer” yet he only graduated in June from the Laguna Beach Police Department Citizens Academy and only this year signed up as a Laguna Ocean Foundation docent a few months in advance of announcing his candidacy for City Council. This is all a campaign […]

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Merritt Defender Takes a Stand

Merritt Defender Takes a Stand

Editor, The campaign for the Laguna Beach City Council is in full swing and I have serious concerns. I’m concerned that citizen groups and candidates haven’t come together for civil debate about issues that affect all. A steady climb of pedestrian injuries and death for innocent Lagunans. Overdevelopment of Laguna Canyon’s diminishing rural areas. Marine […]

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Grossman Criticizes Council’s Lack of Responsiveness

Grossman Criticizes Council’s Lack of Responsiveness

Editor, “I am writing Mayor Pro Tem Bob Whalen to complain. I urge you to do the same,” Michael Ray wrote in an Oct. 17 column in the Indy. Don’t hold your breath Michael! I wrote Bob twice in November of 2013 explaining to him how Captain Lenyi, the second in command to Paul Workman […]

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A Battle Over a Ballot Description

A Battle Over a Ballot Description

Editor, I was not questioning whether or not Ms. Hall has ever done community service (“Hall Rebuts a Voter’s Assumption,” Letters, Oct. 17). I was questioning the appropriateness of listing “community volunteer” under her name on the California ballot as if no one else running for city council has done community volunteer work. I, like many others, […]

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Laguna Needs Community Oversight of Police

Laguna Needs Community Oversight of Police

Editor, Santa Rosa established a community and local law enforcement task force following a shooting by Deputy Erick Gelhaus, who believed the airsoft rifle the teen was carrying was an AK-47 rifle, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reported. Sonoma County Community Oversight of Police Practices is calling for a community oversight board with the power […]

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Iseman Earns Writer’s Gratitude

Iseman Earns Writer’s Gratitude

Editor, I appreciate the learning I’ve received from the City Council candidates forums. As a result, I am more aware of the intricacies of what it takes for a councilperson to make decisions that work. Thank you Toni Iseman, for sharing the past history of decisions made. I now realize the research and homework that […]

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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 […]