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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

A Funny Thing Happened… A funny thing happened on the way to the forum. I found parking. It was a dream California style. There were avocado plum fairies and open spaces dancing in my head. Even, the seven candidates running for city council found parking, too. We had arrived to attend the Laguna Beach Alliance […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

Moonlight Becomes You The moon has been my companion the past few nights. It dapples the covers on my bed so that it casts both light and shadows, nudging me awake and then giving me a reprieve as long as I don’t disappear into a deep sleep. Apparently, it enjoys my company. I don’t mind […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Volatility Is Back After stock market averages set record highs in mid-August, stocks sagged, interrupting the market’s recently re-established uptrend. The buoyant markets of the last couple of years must have spoiled investors; financial media featured predictions of doom even though the averages only declined 3% to 4% before the recent (brief) rally. Market technicians […]

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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 […]