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Friend Casts a Vote With Confidence

Friend Casts a Vote With Confidence

Editor, I am proud to say that I have known Michele (Oliver) Hall for over 10 years. Michele has integrity, is highly intelligent and makes decisions based upon common sense. She is dedicated and loyal to her friends and family like no one else I have ever known. In January of this year, my son […]

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An Effective Problem Solver

An Effective Problem Solver

Editor, I have known Toni Iseman over 30 years. In that time I have admired her creative, pro-active thinking and effective problem-solving. Whether counseling a student or guiding our City Council, her solutions have made a positive difference in the lives of many of us. Recently, I emailed Toni with a concern affecting North Laguna. By the next […]

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New Festival Façade Wins Award

New Festival Façade Wins Award

The designer of the Festival of Arts’ new façade, Bauer architects of Newport Beach, has been presented an award of merit in the un-built category by the Orange County chapter of the American Institute of Architects. “There is no greater honor than peer recognition,” said Jay Bauer, founder of Bauer Architects. The award comes as […]

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Candidates Endure More Scrutiny in Backlash of Scandal

Candidates Endure More Scrutiny in Backlash of Scandal

Political Briefs The recent disclosures of falsehoods in the biography of a candidate for City Council have eviscerated “the honor system” in Laguna Beach’s political culture, as one elected official put it, intensifying scrutiny of every candidate’s claims. Residents are quick to find flaws in statements from the seven candidates seeking election to Laguna Beach’s […]

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Iseman Draws Praise for Creative Thinking

Iseman Draws Praise for Creative Thinking

Editor, In observing Toni Iseman at City Council meetings, I have found that she consistently shows respect for and listens to residents’ concerns, finding creative solutions to their problems. At the Firebrand Media forum last week, Iseman again showed herself to be a bold, creative thinker. In response to a question about what ideas candidates […]

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A Drought of Solutions for Drawing More Water

A Drought of Solutions for Drawing More Water

Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Even as Laguna Beach County Water District prepares to raise rates over the next five years to pay for the escalating cost of supplying local customers with 1.5 billion gallons of imported water annually, local resident Michael Beanan sees a solution in what he describes as a “goldmine”: 4 billion […]

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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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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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Voters Serve as the City’s HR Directors

Voters Serve as the City’s HR Directors

Editor: These past week’s sorry revelations regarding City Council candidate “misinformation” have given me cause to reflect upon my own job interviews and experiences. When applying for employment, we are usually required to fill out a job application. On this application we are asked for name, address, age, residence, academic history, work experiences, references, and […]

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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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Candidates Support a New Arts Center

Candidates Support a New Arts Center

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy A year-round cultural arts venue, nudity in public art and the city’s role in fostering a creative environment were among the issues addressed by seven City Council candidates at a forum held last Saturday, Sept. 20. The candidates all proclaimed their strong support for the arts in general, though […]

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What Next for Mozambique?

What Next for Mozambique?

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent Mozambique’s restaurant main floor dining area, voluntarily closed last year in lieu of opening rooftop dining, will not reopen anytime soon. The Planning Commission last week unanimously denied such a proposal by Zambique Properties, LLC. Architect Marshall Innins devised an elaborate plan to satisfy the city’s parking requirements […]

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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 […]