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Parking Garage Remains a Dividing Line

Parking Garage Remains a Dividing Line

Editor, Voters who want to see how politics sometimes can bring out the worst in all of us will note with interest the recent pronouncements by Johanna Felder in her defense of City Council candidate Toni Iseman. Instead of affirmative advocacy of Iseman, Feldman attacks outgoing Mayor Pearson, asserting that her decision to leave politics […]

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Praise for Iseman’s Responsiveness

Praise for Iseman’s Responsiveness

Editor, And so it begins!  It’s an election year in Laguna Beach and already the mudslinging has started with a few negative letters about Toni Iseman. One of those articles was about Toni Iseman’s fundraiser, which created parking issues in the same area where Mozambique restaurant patrons create parking issues. So which was it I […]

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Thrilled to Support Zur Schmiede

Thrilled to Support Zur Schmiede

  Editor, I’m writing about Rob Zur Schmiede who is running for City Council. Rob and I served for five years on the city’s Design Review Task Force. Our task was to determine the causes of all the contentiousness surrounding the Design Review Board process at that time, and to recommend ways to rectify the […]

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Testimonial Describes Iseman’s Actions

Testimonial Describes Iseman’s Actions

Editor, So impressed!  I am a longtime resident of Laguna Beach and just wanted to mention how impressed I was with Toni Iseman’s ability to tune in to a crucial issue I recently had relating to our home in Laguna Beach! She immediately responded to my cry to be heard regarding a very serious and […]

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Candidates Fail to Factor in Climate Change

Candidates Fail to Factor in Climate Change

Editor, Last week our council candidates weighed in on sustainability issues. Their imaginations were limited to bike lanes, more sidewalks, and parking. The greatest challenge facing all humanity is global warming. This past Sunday the largest global warming march to date took place in New York. The march came two days before the United Nations […]

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 Why Gamble on Woods Cove?

Why Gamble on Woods Cove?

Editor, At last Tuesday’s (9/16) council meeting, members agreed to risk $600,000 of taxpayer money to study undergrounding of utilities in the Woods Cove neighborhood of Laguna Beach. The council acknowledges it won’t know for about three years if the funds risked will be repaid. Since three council members are up for election, it would […]

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Kudos for Emergency Preparedness 101

Kudos for Emergency Preparedness 101

Editor, Wednesday, Sept. 17, Emergency Services Communications Officer, Jordan Villwock, LBPD, and Community Services Officer, Nikie Hernandez, LBPD, presented practical, helpful and timely information on crime data and prevention in Laguna Beach, NextDoor.com, emergency supply lists and strategies in addition to city sponsored disaster trainings for volunteers and community members. Attendees learned more about Alert […]

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Gentrification is Winning

Gentrification is Winning

Editor, I have been shopping at Coast Liquors, corner of Mountain Avenue and Coast Highway, for half a century. Now the new owners who bought the Coast Inn across the street want to replace the liquor store with a swimming pool, so rumor has it. The stock in the store is slowly disappearing and another, vital, […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

Keepers of the Flame Fall is just barely beginning but the campaign season is fully underway. Laguna Beach’s city council race promises to be not only controversial, but intriguing and very important for the future of our city. Seven candidates are running for three positions on the council. So far questions have come up in […]

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Corrections:

Corrections:

A letter to the editor from Roger Butow in the Sept. 19 edition included an inappropriate comment about the religion of Council member Toni Iseman. The Indy regrets publishing the statement and apologizes to Iseman.   An article about Carol Normandin’s campaign in the Sept. 19 edition inaccurately portrayed the candidate’s involvement in an executive […]

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Musing on the Coast

Musing on the Coast

Our Masks I went to Harvard. It was summer school between my sophomore and junior years at Occidental College.   At the time, almost anyone could get in if you paid the tuition and showed up. It was no big deal. But for a time when asked where I went to college, I sometimes would say […]

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FDR Memories

FDR Memories

  Watching a taped segment, so glued was I to it I did not realize that it was close to 12:30 a.m. I was watching one of the chapters of PBS’s Roosevelt documentary. Seeing those scenes of the early 1930’s and the debilitation of the Great Depression on the lives of most people, I felt […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Seagull Gall I’m here live at Madison Square and Garden standing on an olive branch with Jonathan Livingston Seagull. “Jonathan, I couldn’t help but notice that the venue seems smaller than I imagined. This is the home of the Knicks, right?” “Yes, that’s right. That’s spelled N-i-c-k-s,” explains Jonathan. “Oh, I believe I’ve been spelling […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

The Courage To Be Open The health of our relationships hinges on our skill in the art of openness. Openness is a powerful force that must be treated with respect and used responsibly. Blurting out the first thought that randomly bubbles to the surface of our mind is a sure indicator of our lack of […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Try To Remember The Kind Of September . . . As stocks exited the summer of 2014, the S&P 500 Index marked the year by closing at 2014. It backed off and is now around 1972; resumed momentum and September quarterly earnings reports should send it back by yearend above 2014 and probably through 2100. […]