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GOP Criticizes Zur Schmiede’s Campaign Tactics

GOP Criticizes Zur Schmiede’s Campaign Tactics

Editor, Rob, Toni and Village Laguna are the big money ticket in 2014. If you could buy an election, they win!  But VL spent 10 times over the opposition in 2012 and lost both the $30 million parcel tax and VL stalwart Verna Rollinger’s council seat. Trouble signs for the 2014 VL ticket include Toni’s […]

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Election Tests Iseman’s Record

Election Tests Iseman’s Record

Editor, It is important in life to have a good exit strategy.  When all the signs say it is time to take a new road in life, we need to read the signals, turn in the right direction, seek new horizons. Mayor Elizabeth Pearson showed us how it is done.  In a dignified way she let […]

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Police Chief Resignation Presents Opportunity

Police Chief Resignation Presents Opportunity

Editor, The front page story about Chief Workman’s departure was yet another surprise for the public from City Hall. We recently wrote to the city manager after hearing rumors he would retire, and suggested it would be important for the city to host an in-depth workshop to hear from the public about police-community relations issues […]

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Patriotism, an Antidote for Partisanship

Patriotism, an Antidote for Partisanship

Editor, Ari, this is causing me a degree of anxiety, but I think I actually agree with everything you wrote in the July 4 piece “Honoring America’s Patriots.” It has always been my view that anyone who owes allegiance to the nation and contributes to its survival and success meets the basic test of patriotism. […]

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Public Funds Should Not Underwrite Private Use

Public Funds Should Not Underwrite Private Use

Editor, As pointed out by one of your alert readers, in my recent Indy commentary (“Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights,” June 19) I incorrectly criticized the City Council for using “tax dollars” to pay for a limited use public garden in South Laguna.  Since the source of public funds to be used for this […]

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Are We Helpless When it Comes to the Homeless?

Are We Helpless When it Comes to the Homeless?

By Howard Hills Homelessness has become yet another topic ironically like the weather, everyone complains about it but no one ever does anything about it. Of course, anything anyone proposes to do about it costs too much, is never enough, and will not solve the problem. Did you ever notice that those who complain the loudest […]

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School Board Drops the Ball Again

School Board Drops the Ball Again

  When the school board called on taxpayers and voters to approve the bond issue to finance renovation and upkeep of your public school facilities, we were admonished that our community deserved classroom and sports facilities as good or better than any other public school in Orange County. So voters added the school bond obligation […]

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School Board Drops the Ball Again

School Board Drops the Ball Again

  When the school board called on taxpayers and voters to approve the bond issue to finance renovation and upkeep of your public school facilities, we were admonished that our community deserved classroom and sports facilities as good or better than any other public school in Orange County. So voters added the school bond obligation […]

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Familiar Face Leads Local GOP

Familiar Face Leads Local GOP

About 50 members of the Laguna Beach Republicans elected longtime resident Howard Hills as its incoming president at a meeting on Saturday, Dec. 14. Wasting no time, Hills and the local GOP group jumped into a political battle at the county Board of Supervisors this past week, contributing to the defeat of a proposal for […]

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Overkill by Village Entrance Opposition

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 to focus on substantive […]

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Speaker’s Corner: School board Too ‘Exciting’

Speaker’s Corner: School board Too ‘Exciting’

By Howard Hills   School board meetings should be about policies and practices balancing our fiscal realities and educational aspirations.  We all appreciate it when the school board also takes time at its meetings to recognize teachers, students, families and the community for making public schools work.  After all, that is what taxpayers pay for […]

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Dissatisfied With School Leaders

Dissatisfied With School Leaders

Editor, I applaud the school board for not wasting more staff time, energy and resources defending its indefensible unilateral decision to end summer early. If not rescinded, that policy – falsely touted as a truancy prevention measure –  would have triggered a boycott with 75 percent truancy on any school days in August. The school […]

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Sharing the Gift of Empathy

Sharing the Gift of Empathy

Editor, “Finding Faith” by Susan Dodge Kuiper (Dec. 28 edition) was a gift that brightened the holidays in our house. We re-gifted it many times.   Howard Hills, Laguna Beach

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Local Currents: Political Tolerance

Local Currents: Political Tolerance

“I’m all about healing and forgiveness.” –Howard Hills   One of the nicest parts of the campaign season is when candidates graciously acknowledge their opponents after the voting is decided. All the negative emotions melt away, and we see the true humanity that campaigns mask. After the elections, our country needs to focus on rebuilding […]

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Defending the Position of Taxpayers Group

Defending the Position of Taxpayers Group

Editor: Paul Freeman, lobbyist for Village Laguna on Measure CC, has joined Johanna Felder and even Laguna Greenbelt Inc. in accusing Laguna Beach Taxpayers Association (LBTA) of opposing Measure CC because we are stingy, dishonest and lack vision. Was it something we said? LBTA support was indispensable to voter approval of the last public school bond […]