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The Seat Was His to Lose

Editor, Jon Madison’s defeat in the City Council election was well earned and well deserved. Given his popularity and name recognition, a City Council seat was his to lose and he succeeded in doing so. I, as many others, supported him before it was revealed that he never...

Musings on the Coast

From the Rearview Mirror The off-year elections are finally over, thankfully. It made me distinctly nauseated. Before we leave, however, let me provide a little analysis. First, Laguna Beach Thank you Laguna Beach for being rational.   The winners were Toni Iseman, Kelly Boyd and...
Posted On 13 Nov 2014

Pet Peeves

Rub-a-Bump-Bump I was flabbergasted to learn in the Indy that 12 concussions have been incurred in the first eight weeks of this school year. This equals the entire number of last year’s concussions.   For the sake of accurate reporting, I’d like to add my concussion. That makes...

Criticism of Village Laguna’s Spending Doesn’t Add Up

Editor, The truth seems to not mean very much lately to a few in Laguna Beach especially during this campaign season and I would like to take Howard Hills to task for his latest letter-to-the-editor where he states that Village Laguna spent “10 times over the opposition in 2012”....

‘Foolish Consistencies’ Don’t Trouble Madison Supporter

Editor, We must be careful not to support political character assassinations.  In this era of sound bites and informational snippets, it is most important to elect council members because of their integrity and commitment to public service. Anyone who knows Jon Madison will...

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...

Madison Proves Unfit for Office

Editor, Jon Madison is a likable character, but his misrepresentation of academic and professional accomplishments, his repeated and flippant denials, and his never-ending attempts to portray himself as a victim, clearly show that he is unfit to occupy a position of public trust...

Pet Peeves

A Funny Thing Happened… A funny thing happened on the way to the forum. I found parking. It was a dream California style. There were avocado plum fairies and open spaces dancing in my head. Even, the seven candidates running for city council found parking, too. We had arrived to...

Madison’s Accomplishments Overshadow a Questionable Resume

Editor, Over the years I’ve always enjoyed Michael Ray’s random thoughts on life but his recent selective moral outrage about Jon (or is it John) Madison’s phony resume was a little over the top. Funny, but I don’t seem to recall Mr. Ray, a self-avowed “progressive”, ever...

Writer Sees Influence in No-Parking Vote

Editor: On Sept. 25 I attended a PTC meeting because of the fate of two valuable legal parking spots located on an easement (3.5 feet of dirt) on our street. The city had sent out the legal letter notifying homeowners of the meeting and options. Basically, the homeowner does not...

Updated: Document Raises New Questions About Candidate’s Claims

Embattled Laguna Beach City Council candidate Jon Madison, whose academic and professional claims could not be independently verified earlier this month, on Monday said he has obtained one of two college transcripts that demonstrate the veracity of his resume. Even so, the...

Political Briefs

Will Candidates Take Off Their Gloves to Debate? The public is invited to witness the first debate among the seven candidates running for Laguna Beach City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Allan Simon, chairman of Firebrand Media and the Indy’s owner, will lead the 6 p.m. event...
Posted On 26 Sep 2014

Musing on the Coast

Our Masks I went to Harvard. It was summer school between my sophomore and junior years at Occidental College.   At the time, almost anyone could get in if you paid the tuition and showed up. It was no big deal. But for a time when asked where I went to college, I sometimes would...

Falsehoods Undermine Democracy

Editor, Democracy, particularly its election process, is endangered in the ongoing City Council campaign. Betrayal of the public trust and fairness are also at issue. All three of these matters are intertwined and emblazoned in the council candidacy of a man known as Jon Madison....

Madison May Share Wieder’s Fate

Editor, Back in 1978, the Laguna Beach Citizens Alliance asked me to interview all the candidates running for city council. Kelly Boyd was among those who appeared on the local cable TV program. Today, we are in the throws of another city council race. This one seems to have...
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