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Category: Letters

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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 […]

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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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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 […]