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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 […]

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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 […]

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Butow Reveals Himself

Butow Reveals Himself

Editor, I was glad to see the “correction” in the Sept. 26 letter section regarding Roger Butow’s offensive and disturbing comment about Toni Iseman’s religion. It was far beyond “gratuitous”. And, like much of what appears in the media, the damage was done and cannot be undone so easily. His comment was very revelatory about […]

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Merchant Describes an Ally at City Hall

Merchant Describes an Ally at City Hall

Editor, Doing business today is hard enough without having to fight the city at every turn. Whether it’s Valentine’s or Mother’s Day (our biggest holidays) you’re sure to find Caltrans digging up our streets. Exhausted from calling the city, getting the run around by them blaming Caltrans, we finally called Toni Iseman. Our red headed […]

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Our Roads Must Be Shared

Our Roads Must Be Shared

Editor: My precious sister, Debra, was killed by a motorist last Aug. 27, 2013 while riding her bicycle in Newport Beach. The Orange County DA filed charges vehicular manslaughter and the trial began Sept. 8, 2014.  The DA presented evidence that my sister was properly making a right turn when she was hit from behind.  […]

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Can Laguna Follow an Example From L.A.?

Can Laguna Follow an Example From L.A.?

Editor, This coming Sunday, Oct 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., CICLAVIA is happening again in Los Angles on a six-mile section of a car-free Wilshire Boulevard. This is the 50th year for CICLAVIA, which started in 2010 with one event. www.ciclavia.org/ Last year CICLAVIA happened three times because of local and regional demand. […]

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Highway Signage Fails to Account for Crosswalk

Highway Signage Fails to Account for Crosswalk

Editor, Poor placement of “No Left Turn” signs on Coast Highway increases congestion and slows the flow of traffic. Is it just me or is anyone else frustrated when the crosswalk lights flash on Coast Highway stopping traffic and you need to make a left. Say you’re heading south and want to turn left on […]