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Agree to Disagree Without Invective, Please

Agree to Disagree Without Invective, Please

Editor, It’s a wonderful life, a cliché that most of us who live in Laguna Beach happily subscribe to. It’s on the new Village Laguna sign endorsing its favored city council candidates. I’ve heard questionable motives/actions attributed to Village Laguna that amaze me. I’m now on my second term as a Village Laguna board member, […]

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Vazquez Handicaps the Race

Vazquez Handicaps the Race

Editor, The Transition Laguna Candidates’ Forum at the Congregational church offered me these insights: Kelly Boyd. Issues: safety, sidewalks and saving water. Not out of the box thinking; concerns about behavior during council meeting (re: see Sept. 2 village entrance section of video) with his inappropriate censure of Ann Christoph. Pearson or Whalen should have stopped […]

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How Should the Police Chief Be Chosen?

How Should the Police Chief Be Chosen?

Editor, As a vociferous critic of Laguna Beach’s governmental and police department’s lack of ethics and morals, I thought John Pietig’s performance on Tuesday (Sept. 9) exemplified most of what I am critical about the character of our leaders. I asked Mr. Pietig these important questions, and he refused to answer any of them. I […]

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Candidate Alleges Sewage Spill Cover-up

Candidate Alleges Sewage Spill Cover-up

Editor, I’m Paul Merritt, your new candidate for Laguna Beach City Council 2014. I’ve been a resident of Laguna Beach since the early ‘60s. I want to know why our current council has failed to do anything about recycling the tons of glass and paper and metal cans left behind by visitors to our beautiful […]

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A Day of Politics and Fun in the Sun

A Day of Politics and Fun in the Sun

Editor, On behalf of Laguna Beach Republicans we want to thank all those local Laguna Beach residents who came out last Saturday for a celebration at the LB GOP 2014 Voter Education Headquarters, located in the Big Pink building on Laguna Canyon Road (between the SUP store and the car detailing shop). We had Shirley’s […]

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Critics Should Observe Arts Commission in Action

Critics Should Observe Arts Commission in Action

Editor, I have noticed a recent trend among local pundits to bash the Arts Commission. I am writing this letter to remind people that the Arts Commission holds public meetings at the City Council chambers every second and fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Public comment is not only invited, it is solicited. I […]

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 Expects to Flunk the Principal Survey

Expects to Flunk the Principal Survey

Editor, How could this be? Did you fill out the survey issued by the LBUSD to identify priority qualities for hiring the new high school principal, replacing Dr. Culverhouse? I did, but was flummoxed. Here is the first part: 1) “Select 10 of the most desirable qualities you place priority on”: Pro-active & positive, sense […]

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Project Violates the Ethos of the Canyon

Project Violates the Ethos of the Canyon

Editor, This project is located directly in front of and below our home, where we have lived for the past 20 years. Castle Rock is a rural, small scale neighborhood, with single family residences that have been seamlessly blended into the hillside over the past 70 years. Most of our homes can’t even be seen […]

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He’s a Fan

He’s a Fan

Editor: I am glad that Toni did not take “the last turnoff”.  We need her because she listens to the constituents and gives “quality of life” high priority in her decisions. She has shown concern for the betterment of the community by actually visiting the affected residents (me) on two separate occasions (DRB appeals; and […]

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Weekend Fire Signals the Onset of a Dangerous Season

Weekend Fire Signals the Onset of a Dangerous Season

Editor, The Silverado Fire in Orange County should serve as a reminder of things to come. A weak high-pressure system had driven temperatures up and humidity levels down, which are indicators fall is upon us. This fire grew from hundreds of acres to over a thousand in a very short amount of time. Fortunately we […]

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A Fan Still Dancing in Her Seat

A Fan Still Dancing in Her Seat

Editor, I am still jumping for joy or at least I wish I could jump as high as the dancers of Bodytraffic. The performance my husband and I joyfully witnessed last Friday night by Bodytraffic at the Laguna Playhouse was amazing. The evening started at 6:30 with the co-Artistic Directors Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman […]

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Story Dispels Myths About Stem Cell Research

Story Dispels Myths About Stem Cell Research

Editor, I want to personally thank you for the wonderful art review on The Art of Stem Cells being held at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts (OCCCA) in Santa Ana. Such a glowing review by your art critic, Daniella Walsh, who is held in the highest of esteem by OC artists. The subject […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Riding Attire   I’m exercised out after reading the Indy article, “Council Puts Wheels in Motion for Bike Safety.” I’m excited that the Council put the pedal to the metal to discover alternate biking routes to Coast Highway. It can’t be soon enough. And then I thought, what if council members, Toni Iseman, Steve Dicterow, […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Peace of Mind in Stressful Times   The tragedy of 9/11 sits in the background at the start of each September. The daily newscasts inform us of all the threats worldwide. Then there are the personal challenges we each face. Bombardment of outside threats that we have no power to alleviate creates a context of […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Old Pilots and Bold Pilots Apple (AAPL-$100) kicked off the fall stock season with a trio of new products. Its new iPhone expands the screen and the iWatch shrinks it. Apple will sell millions of these to people who didn’t know that they really wanted them until this week. The iPay system is less dramatic […]