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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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Village Matters

Village Matters

Stuck in the Middle “Clowns to left of me. Jokers to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.” This phrase from the 1972 Stealer’s Wheel song came to mind as I was thinking of the council election forums. Is that what some of our candidates are feeling? Especially with the array […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

The Madness At Fisherman’s Cove This is the story of the almost laughable madness at Fisherman’s Cove. I say “almost” because you either have to laugh or cry. It begins with Boat Canyon, which drains a small part of north Laguna’s coastal hills and outflows at Fisherman’s Cove. The cove is tiny. Rocky points protect […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

The Madness At Fisherman’s Cove This is the story of the almost laughable madness at Fisherman’s Cove. I say “almost” because you either have to laugh or cry. It begins with Boat Canyon, which drains a small part of north Laguna’s coastal hills and outflows at Fisherman’s Cove. The cove is tiny. Rocky points protect […]

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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 […]

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Christy Expresses His Gratitude

Christy Expresses His Gratitude

Editor I just wanted to take a moment to personally thank the hundreds of people who took the day off of work, school or their lives to show their support for The Ranch at Laguna Beach at the Coastal Commission hearing last week. The outpouring of love and support felt a bit like the final […]

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Friend Casts a Vote With Confidence

Friend Casts a Vote With Confidence

Editor, I am proud to say that I have known Michele (Oliver) Hall for over 10 years. Michele has integrity, is highly intelligent and makes decisions based upon common sense. She is dedicated and loyal to her friends and family like no one else I have ever known. In January of this year, my son […]