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Preserving a Truer Heritage

Preserving a Truer Heritage

Editor, Elections are not decided by letters to the editor, but it’s a window into hearts and minds. Lamentably, some express a surprising intolerance for spirited but good-natured pluralism, perhaps our truest heritage. A varied civic culture is the tapestry into which our town’s character is woven.  Pray we never become a village that covets […]

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Voters Serve as the City’s HR Directors

Voters Serve as the City’s HR Directors

Editor: These past week’s sorry revelations regarding City Council candidate “misinformation” have given me cause to reflect upon my own job interviews and experiences. When applying for employment, we are usually required to fill out a job application. On this application we are asked for name, address, age, residence, academic history, work experiences, references, and […]

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Parking Garage Remains a Dividing Line

Parking Garage Remains a Dividing Line

Editor, Voters who want to see how politics sometimes can bring out the worst in all of us will note with interest the recent pronouncements by Johanna Felder in her defense of City Council candidate Toni Iseman. Instead of affirmative advocacy of Iseman, Feldman attacks outgoing Mayor Pearson, asserting that her decision to leave politics […]

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Praise for Iseman’s Responsiveness

Praise for Iseman’s Responsiveness

Editor, And so it begins!  It’s an election year in Laguna Beach and already the mudslinging has started with a few negative letters about Toni Iseman. One of those articles was about Toni Iseman’s fundraiser, which created parking issues in the same area where Mozambique restaurant patrons create parking issues. So which was it I […]

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Thrilled to Support Zur Schmiede

Thrilled to Support Zur Schmiede

  Editor, I’m writing about Rob Zur Schmiede who is running for City Council. Rob and I served for five years on the city’s Design Review Task Force. Our task was to determine the causes of all the contentiousness surrounding the Design Review Board process at that time, and to recommend ways to rectify the […]

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Testimonial Describes Iseman’s Actions

Testimonial Describes Iseman’s Actions

Editor, So impressed!  I am a longtime resident of Laguna Beach and just wanted to mention how impressed I was with Toni Iseman’s ability to tune in to a crucial issue I recently had relating to our home in Laguna Beach! She immediately responded to my cry to be heard regarding a very serious and […]

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Candidates Fail to Factor in Climate Change

Candidates Fail to Factor in Climate Change

Editor, Last week our council candidates weighed in on sustainability issues. Their imaginations were limited to bike lanes, more sidewalks, and parking. The greatest challenge facing all humanity is global warming. This past Sunday the largest global warming march to date took place in New York. The march came two days before the United Nations […]

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 Why Gamble on Woods Cove?

Why Gamble on Woods Cove?

Editor, At last Tuesday’s (9/16) council meeting, members agreed to risk $600,000 of taxpayer money to study undergrounding of utilities in the Woods Cove neighborhood of Laguna Beach. The council acknowledges it won’t know for about three years if the funds risked will be repaid. Since three council members are up for election, it would […]

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Kudos for Emergency Preparedness 101

Kudos for Emergency Preparedness 101

Editor, Wednesday, Sept. 17, Emergency Services Communications Officer, Jordan Villwock, LBPD, and Community Services Officer, Nikie Hernandez, LBPD, presented practical, helpful and timely information on crime data and prevention in Laguna Beach, NextDoor.com, emergency supply lists and strategies in addition to city sponsored disaster trainings for volunteers and community members. Attendees learned more about Alert […]

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Gentrification is Winning

Gentrification is Winning

Editor, I have been shopping at Coast Liquors, corner of Mountain Avenue and Coast Highway, for half a century. Now the new owners who bought the Coast Inn across the street want to replace the liquor store with a swimming pool, so rumor has it. The stock in the store is slowly disappearing and another, vital, […]

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Corrections:

Corrections:

A letter to the editor from Roger Butow in the Sept. 19 edition included an inappropriate comment about the religion of Council member Toni Iseman. The Indy regrets publishing the statement and apologizes to Iseman.   An article about Carol Normandin’s campaign in the Sept. 19 edition inaccurately portrayed the candidate’s involvement in an executive […]

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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,” […]