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Your Vote Matters

Your Vote Matters

Editor, Regardless of what one thinks of Citizen’s United and all the money poured into elections, it still comes down to one person, one vote. It all comes down to you. Among the many candidates we must select is our U.S. Congress person. My radio show, “Perspectives,” on KX@OneLaguna has me given me the privilege […]

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Happy 100, Mr. Laguna

Happy 100, Mr. Laguna

Editor, Laguna gathered outside Selanne’s Steak Tavern to celebrate the late Harry Lawrence’s 100th birthday on Oct. 1 and to thank “Mr. Laguna” for his vigilance and efforts on behalf of our City. Zahide Lawrence and Ruben Flores, of the Laguna Beach Beautification Council, cut the ribbon dedicating a brass plaque in Lawrence’s memory in […]

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Writer Suggests Insider Meddling in Parking Dispute

Writer Suggests Insider Meddling in Parking Dispute

Editor, The parking fiasco on La Mirada Street was settled in the worst possible scenario for a city that yearns for more parking spaces, especially those that are easy to incorporate into the flow of traffic without jeopardizing the space needed for emergency vehicles.  The right of way area that the property owner continually blocked […]

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Global-Warming Flooding Concerns Hall

Global-Warming Flooding Concerns Hall

Editor, I found Tom Osborne’s column titled “When Ideology Trumps Fact,” interesting and widely untrue. He accuses me of essentially not caring for our planet or having any knowledge of global warming. Both of these facts are not true. After the debate two weeks ago when the question was asked to me regarding what I […]

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The Spin Stops Here

The Spin Stops Here

Rob Zur Schmiede’s detractors have taken great pains to spin his experience and accomplishments to convince us he is not qualified to be a council person.   Contrary to the spin doctors spin, Rob’s achievements, in over 36 years of toil in both private and public sectors, more than qualify him to be a council person. […]

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Gibson’s Goal Could Jeopardize School Funding

Gibson’s Goal Could Jeopardize School Funding

Editor, I am a parent of kids in our Laguna schools and have been following the school board election.  One candidate, Annette Gibson, has no connection to our schools or district, no kids in our schools (literally ever), and no background in education. Instead, Gibson is running to attack the new state-mandated academic standards that […]

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The Slant

The Slant

Your Vote Sends a Message A leader is someone who has vision and blazes a trail that can others follow. Good ideas coupled with charisma and connections have spectacular results in politics. Leaders with vision and new ideas are especially important in a small town. We have many issues in Laguna Beach. Parking, business diversity, […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

  In the Home Stretch   The current City Council race has captured my attention. The level of commitment and involvement required of all seven candidates is both impressive and daunting. I’ve attended three of the forums and as a result, specific qualifications have surfaced that I consider necessary as I make my decision on […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

An Elongated No Thanks I was invited to participate in the upcoming performance art entitled “An Elongated Now.” The event is an inspiration of artist Lita Albuquerque and is being sponsored by the Laguna Art Museum. Well, I actually didn’t receive an invitation. It was a shout out to any able body person who can […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

‘Tis The Season Like a vanishing Halloween ghost, the Federal Reserve ended the tapering of its bond-buying program, at least for the time being. As the Fed announced last month that it intended to end the program this month, the news should not have been surprising although Wall Street seemed shocked and sold off briefly. […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Liar Liar Liar, liar, pants on fire. City Council candidates are shopping for new trousers on a daily basis. “I can’t explain it,” shrugged one candidate, who cradled a fire extinguisher for protection. “I was at a forum. I answered a question about kelp. I said that I was an oceanographer with 50 years of […]

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Green Light

Green Light

When Ideology Trumps Facts In the ongoing, fractious city council election, Lagunans have been jolted by Jon Madison’s inability to validate implausible, phony academic achievements. Lagunans received another jolt at the Firebrand Media-organized candidate forum on Oct. 14 when candidate Michele Hall expressed mocking skepticism about human-caused global warming in response to a question from […]

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Utility Ignores Concerns Over Nuclear Waste Disposal

Utility Ignores Concerns Over Nuclear Waste Disposal

Editor, About 100 people show up at all of the Southern California Edison meetings about their plans to decommission San Onofre. Serious concerns are raised and ignored. SCE is continuing without changing any part of its plan when concerns are raised. They are moving fast. Dangerous decisions are about to be finalized. In Germany the nuclear industry shut […]

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‘The Fool on the Hill’

‘The Fool on the Hill’

Editor, I was recently in attendance at a memorial service for a truly great man. His son was speaking to all of us about his father. Though the man was known worldwide, the son was telling everyone how he had searched high and low for something negative regarding his dad. His search turned up nothing. […]