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City Council In Wonderland

Editor, If you paid attention to the Laguna Beach City Council and Planning Commission regarding the artist work-live project in the Canyon, you’d swear you stumbled down the rabbit hole in “Alice in Wonderland,” where up is down, large is small and wrong is right. In a sharply...

Mayor Receives Plaque

Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson succeeded Kelly Boyd as mayor of Laguna Beach this past Tuesday. City Council member Bob Whalen was nominated mayor pro tem, meaning the newly elected council member will become mayor in his second year on the dias. Boyd received a special plaque...

Speaker’s Corner

Recapturing the Vision By Michele Hall The idea for a village entrance was first hatched way back in 1995 when the then City Council saw a need to beautify the village entrance and began a series of forums and discussions to analyze and explore their options. In 2000, over 1,000...

Parking Garage’s Cost Seems an Unwise Investment

Editor, I write as a longtime resident of Laguna Beach (17 years) to express my concern over the proposed parking structure, and specifically that the City Council cannot see its way through to allow a vote on this controversial subject. This whacky proposal spends $250,000 of...

Village Entrance Moves Ahead, Finally

After years of talks and studies, Laguna Beach’s City Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday to proceed with a $42 million village entrance park and parking structure, partly financed by an estimated $29 million revenue bond measure. Mayor Kelly Boyd and council member Toni Iseman...

Boys And Girls Thank Whalen

Newly elected Council member Bob Whalen receives an oversize note of appreciation from the Boys and Girls Club, where he served on the board since 2004.

Rollinger and Whalen Both Buy Onto GOP Mailers

Editor, This is a follow-up to Peter Navarro’s letter in the local newspapers last week (“Whalen’s Engineering Bids for GOP Voters,” Letters, Oct. 18) condemning as unethical the practice of candidate of one party – in this case Democrats — buying endorsements in “slate...

Is Whalen the Issue or the Candidate?

Editor: Election Day is upon us. As we collectively ponder the wisdom of the various candidates, it is important to remind ourselves that without their effort and dedication to public service it would be a sad state of affairs in communities such as Laguna. It is important to...

Pearson Endorses Egly, Whalen

Editor, It is with enthusiasm that I share my endorsements regarding Laguna Beach’s City Council race – and to ask you to consider supporting my choices:  Jane Egly (an incumbent) and Bob Whalen (a current Planning Commissioner). As many know, I have served on the City Council...

Commitment Wins Their Support

Editor, Bob Whalen, quite simply stated, is an outstanding candidate for city council.  He has demonstrated his commitment to Laguna Beach through his involvement with the school board, the planning commission, Schoolpower, the Boys and Girls Club, youth sports and much more. My...

Endorsing Whalen

Editor, Three qualities about Bob Whalen set him apart from the other fine City Council candidates — any one of these qualities alone would be enough to garner my vote. First, Whalen has worked as a public finance attorney for 30 years, giving him incredible insight into...

Boyd Signals His Support

Editor: It is election time again and we have an opportunity to fill two City Council seats with qualified candidates. We have five candidates running for council this year. Many people have asked me who I am supporting and why. My answer is: Bob Whalen and Jane Egly. Bob Whalen...

Democrats’ Club Disappoints

Editor: I am stunned to find out that the LB Democratic Club is only endorsing Verna Rollinger for City Council. What happened to being inclusive? When did a purity litmus test rule our party? And sadly, how does one group rule the Democratic Club in Laguna Beach? This Laguna...

Local Candidates Start Campaigning Early

More than a year before the terms of two Laguna Beach City Council positions expire, the wheels of political campaigns are already in motion, with incumbent Verna Rolling holding a recent fundraiser. And last week, former council member and mayor Steve Dicterow tossed his hat in...

Boys & Girls Club Thank its Supporters

Leaders of the Boys & Girls Club thanked over 100 agencies and individuals for their collaboration and support over the past year at its third annual Community Partners Breakfast at Seven-Degrees. Attendees included Laguna Beach Mayor Toni Iseman along with other city and...