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Kashkari to Open Local GOP HQ

Republican candidate for governor and local resident Neel Kashkari will attend the inauguration of the new Laguna Beach Republicans’ Voter Information Center headquarters, Saturday, Sept. 13, local GOP leaders announced. Congressional Rep. Dana Rohrabacher will cut a ceremonial...

Election 2014

Council Race Fundraising Kicks Off City Council candidate Robert M. Zur Schmiede’s campaign kicks off with a reception and fundraiser on Sunday, March 16, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Aliso Creek Inn, 31106 Coast Highway. The reception, hosted by supporters Mark Christy and Betsy...

Overkill by Village Entrance Opposition

I have made passionate and at times even strident arguments before the City Council, but then I tend to go down to City Hall to speak up on behalf of small coalitions of political underdogs and lost causes.  Typically I know the vote will go against my position, but I still try...

Critiquing Actions of Two Elected Officials

Editor, It’s hard to believe that Laguna Beach City Council person Steve Dicterow said nothing at a recent meeting to discuss the village entrance project which he voted for. Towns people are saying he plans to run for a higher office and asking how did he get elected, especially...

Whalen’s Electioneering Bids for GOP Voters

Editor, As Election Day approaches and with absentee voters already casting their ballots, I strongly urge all Laguna Beach residents to vote in the non-partisan City Council race for the candidate rather than for party affiliation. That said, I understand party affiliation...

Son of Susi Q: Helpless Laughter

by Chris Quilter            I’d been on deadline for the “best of, best ever” “Lagunatics” (opening this weekend!) and hadn’t a clue what I was going to write about here. Then I read Michele Hall’s smackdown of my last Indy column in her guest column...

Misdirected Criticism?

Editor, Local resident and attorney-about-town Gene Gratz took me to task in last week’s paper (“No Place for Partisanship,” Letters, Aug. 24) for using what he described as the “crude political tool” of “guilt by association” when I criticized Dicterow for aligning himself with...

Association With Rohrabacher Doesn’t Gain His Vote

Editor, In a few months Mitt Romney will buy the White House with millions from many unnamed donors and corporations. I was surprised and sad to hear Dana Rohrabacher will be representing Laguna Beach in the newly created 48th District and that he attended Laguna Beach city...

Campaign 2012

Presidential Candidate Walks Local Precincts Laguna resident and Republican president candidate Fred Karger intends to spend Cinco de Mayo walking precincts in town and giving away Frisbees. Karger, who is on the California primary ballot, is looking for supporters to assist in...