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Village Matters

Stuck in the Middle “Clowns to left of me. Jokers to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.” This phrase from the 1972 Stealer’s Wheel song came to mind as I was thinking of the council election forums. Is that what some of our candidates are feeling? Especially with...

Personnel File

Architect Recognized for Organizing Skills   Local architect Bob McGraw was named R Star Foundation’s board member of the year for leading its most successful fundraiser to date. The Laguna Beach non-profit founded by Rosalind Russell provides goats to women in rural Nepal....

‘Diploma’ Raises Questions Anew Over Candidate

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Embattled Laguna Beach City Council candidate Jon Madison, whose academic and professional claims cannot be independently verified, this week went on the offensive and produced one of two college diplomas that he says demonstrate the veracity of his...

Candidate Denies Fabricating His Resume

“I am who I am. I am an honest man. I’m not trying to deceive anybody. I’m just here to work tirelessly to get this city moving again,” said restaurateur Jon Madison, a City Council candidate responding to a newspaper article questioning the details of his...

Passionate Pleas Preserve Historic Building

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Residents overwhelmingly supported the preservation of Laguna’s historic sewer digester building last week during a workshop on the proposed village entrance at the corner of Forest Avenue and Laguna Canyon Road. The City Council wanted public...

Wistfully Wondering

  “You too, could have gone down a different path,” I thought to myself. In “The Road Not Taken” Robert Frost muses about different choices and the idea of another chance at a decision, “Yet knowing how way leads onto way, I doubted if I should ever come back.” Still, every...

Council on the Menu for Cafe Owner

Jon Madison, owner of Laguna Beach’s Madison Square and Garden Café and a longtime member of the city’s Heritage Committee, last week confirmed rumors of his candidacy by declaring his intention to run for City Council. Two other challengers so far are also vying for the three...

Council on the Menu for Cafe Owner

Jon Madison, owner of Laguna Beach’s Madison Square and Garden Café and a longtime member of the city’s Heritage Committee, last week confirmed rumors of his candidacy by declaring his intention to run for City Council. Two other challengers so far are also vying for the three...

Village Matters

The House that’s not a Home Across the street from us is a vacant house.  The couple that lived there with their little boy has moved out as part of a foreclosure.  Now I guess the bank owns it. They posted no trespassing signs with threats of jail time.  Last week a crew cleaned...

City Hall Meetings

Monday, Oct. 17 Heritage Committee, 6 p.m., Council Chambers   Tuesday, Oct. 18 City Council, 6 p.m., Council Chambers  

City Hall Meetings

Monday, Aug. 15 Heritage Committee, 6 p.m., Council Chambers    Tuesday, Aug. 16 City Council, 6 p.m., Council Chambers

Village Matters

Cottage Sequel  It just happened that the beginning of my planned trip to Italy with my nieces coincided with the council’s decision on the “final solution” for the cottages at Big Bend.  I had done all I could think of, to no avail.  I was sorry to hear by email that the council...

Civic Minded Needed for City Committees

The City Council is accepting applications for people willing to serve on several council-appointed advisory committees. There are four, two-year terms open on the Heritage Committee; three, two-year terms on the TechComm Committee, and one vacancy to fill an unexpired term on...

Village Matters

Let’em Play with the Big Kids By Ann Christoph Is there a little kids playground at City Hall? Are some of the players puttering around in the sandbox while the rest are in the big leagues, getting respect and being on television? I think yes, the city committees may be in the...

Potemkin Village Laguna

Editor, Last week in City Council chambers, I promised to report on Councilmember Verna Rollinger and her merry band of Village Laguna vigilantes any time they try to manipulate our political process.  Here’s Report #1 about 154 Pearl Street, site of the oldest cottage in Laguna....
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