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Category: Opinion

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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 […]

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Everyone Deserves Road Access

Everyone Deserves Road Access

I have been a resident for 40 years and ride my bike three days a week. I have been knocked down by an inattentive driver. I couldn’t disagree more with Dave Connell (“Bike Fun for Some Impinges on Others,” Letters, Sept. 26). He points out that this has to do with “political correctness or environmental […]

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Appalled at Lack of Outside Input in Principal’s Selection

Appalled at Lack of Outside Input in Principal’s Selection

Editor, I saw the announcement in the local newspapers that a committee was being formed to help and advise in the selection of a new principal at Laguna Beach High School. I thought that this was where I could help but upon calling the district office was informed that the citizens would all be parents […]

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Election Sharpens Scrutiny of School Superintendent

Election Sharpens Scrutiny of School Superintendent

Editor, As a mother with children in our school district, I was looking forward to the first Coffee Break presentation by our district’s administration, but was dismayed to hear our school superintendent, Sherine Smith, give yet another boring power point presentation – Twenty-One Trends for the 21st Century. Within five minutes attending parents were either mentally […]

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Homeless Volunteer for Depot Clean Up

Homeless Volunteer for Depot Clean Up

Editor, If you’ve ever been by the bus station on Broadway in Laguna Beach, you’ve  probably noticed how dirty it is. It is one of the filthiest places in town. Trash and debris litters the ground. Cigarette butts, candy wrappers, food containers, plastic utensils, Styrofoam, paper and even hypodermic needles can be found in the bushes and flower beds. The benches are stained and look like they’ve never been cleaned. The […]

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Vigilance in Wildlands is Paying Dividends

Vigilance in Wildlands is Paying Dividends

Editor, This morning, I was very pleased to see that the surveillance camera is now in place on the Carolyn Wood Knoll.  The camera…plus the LBPD cruiser parked at the end of Alta Laguna appear to have had an impact on after-hour visitation to the Knoll. This morning there were far fewer cigarette butts on […]

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Writer Sees Influence in No-Parking Vote

Writer Sees Influence in No-Parking Vote

Editor: On Sept. 25 I attended a PTC meeting because of the fate of two valuable legal parking spots located on an easement (3.5 feet of dirt) on our street. The city had sent out the legal letter notifying homeowners of the meeting and options. Basically, the homeowner does not want anyone parking on the easement located […]

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 The Slant

The Slant

Slapped Down Do you remember being 16? Just a few weeks into having a driver license, dreaming about what your dream car could be? I wanted a back and gold Firebird just like I’d seen in the “Smokey and the Bandit” movie. I also fantasized cruising the streets in a Ferrari 308. Red. That was […]

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Shore Scene

Shore Scene

Black Footed Beach Thief With its red bill tipped in black and its black legs and webbed feet, the Heerman’s gull (Larus heermanni) is one of the most easily recognizable seagulls found in Laguna. Often seen on the beach congregating with other species of seagulls, the bird is considered a medium sized gull at approximately […]