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Trick or Treat Politics

Gale “Morrie” Granger (“Can’t Support Uninformed Candidate” Indy Oct. 11) and Tom Osborne (“When Ideology Trumps Fact” Indy Oct. 11) falsely accuse candidate Michele Hall of being a “global warming” heretic.  This Halloween week witch-hunt comes as support for Hall surges....

Examining Claims of Two Candidates

Editor, Surely after a round of gratuitous candidate bashing (“Political Briefs,” Oct. 10) the Indy is going to give equal time to actual rather than fabricated discrepancies in what Rob Zur Schmiede and Toni Iseman claim about their records. For example, Rob Zur Schmiede claims...

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...

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...

Endorsement Does Not Threaten Candidate’s Independence

Editor, Rob Zur Schmiede is concerned that Village Laguna’s support of his candidacy along with Toni Iseman’s might be interpreted to mean that they were running as a slate. We want to clarify that our support does not create a slate. Village Laguna is recommending two candidates...

Who Changed the Parking-Sticker Grace Period?

Editor, Okay, who ordered the targeting of Laguna Beach residents’ parking stickers? For as long as the parking sticker has been available, the grace period to renew has been the month following the expiration, right? Well, I got a ticket for expired meter on Monday, Aug. 26. I...

Council Endorses KX 93.5’s Role in Emergency Readiness

At the June 3 budget meeting the City Council unanimously approved $18,000 for Laguna’s FM radio station, KX 93.5. The funds will cover the installation of back-up generators and other emergency readiness equipment. The nonprofit station will be able to continue broadcasting for...

Reopening a Chapter of Local History

  Homesteader descendent Carol Lloyd will share stories of her family’s rich and long history in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, April 29, during a 7 p.m. Laguna Beach Historical Society presentation at City Hall. The retired teacher’s great, great, great grandfather Henry Rogers...

Art Seen

Studying Oil Painting and Native Creatures Enjoy an informative tour of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center on Saturday, April 12, with a close-up view of live sea lions, followed by a hands-on art project, taught by a professional instructor Mary Hurlbut. Everyone takes home...

Broadcast Skewers Laguna’s Hot Button

Though less dramatic than the infamous panic incited by the 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast, quite a few people fell for an April Fool’s Day hoax broadcast by Laguna Beach FM radio station KX 93.5. In a morning broadcast by station manager Tyler Russell, he claimed...

Reception Set for Fine Oil Painter

Artist Eye Laguna Gallery will feature a collection of fine art paintings by local artist, Ferrial Nassirzadeh, and hosts an artist reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. The April 1-30 exhibit at 1294-A So. Coast Highway showcases Ferial’s style, which   harkens back...

View Rules Need Revision Again

Editor, I urge, more like beg, you to vote no on the current final draft of the view ordinance.  This ordinance does nothing to protect the wonderful views in Laguna Beach. If the irresponsible neighbor who refuses to trim his trees is allowed to negate the new ordinance by...

Will the Parade Go On, Weather or Not?

The 48th Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade is scheduled to step off at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, from Laguna Beach High School if it’s not raining hard. The National Weather Service is predicting a “strong” storm starting Friday night and continuing into parade day. In...

Design for Entrance Park Moves Ahead

Staff recommendations for a scaled-back $14.4 million plan to create an inviting landscaped pathway between City Hall and the Laguna Canyon art festivals seemed to stymie City Council members and the public alike during a presentation Tuesday. After weighing the scope, budget and...

Invisible, Boyd Still Casts His Vote

The first clue something unusual was up was the head shot of Council member Kelly Boyd taped to the back of a chair in City Hall’s Council Chambers, providing a low-tech visual to accompany the voice that would eventually chirp out of a speaker phone at Tuesday’s City Council...