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‘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...

Madison’s Unproven Claims Disqualify Him

Editor, All candidates for city council should be commended for undertaking the arduous process of a campaign, where they are relentlessly questioned about every detail of their platform and qualifications. All for the dubious reward of yet more and harsher criticism for their...

Is Zur Scmiede a Committed Volunteer?

Editor, I find it an offensive stretch of the truth that candidate for City Council Rob Zur Schmiede considers himself a “committed Laguna Beach volunteer” yet he only graduated in June from the Laguna Beach Police Department Citizens Academy and only this year signed...

Iseman Earns Writer’s Gratitude

Editor, I appreciate the learning I’ve received from the City Council candidates forums. As a result, I am more aware of the intricacies of what it takes for a councilperson to make decisions that work. Thank you Toni Iseman, for sharing the past history of decisions made....

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...

Festival Façade Comes to Blows

Several arts leaders and Laguna Beach’s mayor took turns pulverizing a faux stone entry arch at the Festival of Arts this past Monday, Oct. 13, marking the start of a $3.5 million construction project on the city-owned land that since 1941 has been the permanent home to t...
Posted On 19 Oct 2014

Hospital Halts Elective Surgery

Out of an “abundance of caution,” the chief executive of Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach and Mission Viejo on Friday temporarily suspended elective surgeries at both campuses. Meanwhile, nurses at St. Joseph’s hospital in Orange, operated by the health system that also owns...

Hall Represents Fresh Ideas

Editor, Michele Hall and I go way back, at least 20 years.  She is a hard worker, does her homework and is not afraid to take a stand when making hard decisions. Michele and I stood side by side in our successful defeat of the parcel tax like we did years ago when we worked with...

Praise for a Candidate That Questions the Status Quo

Editor, Tom Walsh (“May the Best Qualified Win,” Letters, Oct. 10) pronounces school board candidate Annette Gibson unqualified for sending her children to private religious school and living in Crystal Cove.  Yet, Gibson lives and pays taxes in our school district, and her home...

Election Becomes a Referendum on Common Core Curriculum

Editor, After reading the Indy’s article last week on the school board candidates, I am astounded. It seems as if everyone has bought the idea that Common Core is a good idea. It isn’t. It is a program devised by the federal government (and we know how their programs turn out) to...

Christy Expresses His Gratitude

Editor I just wanted to take a moment to personally thank the hundreds of people who took the day off of work, school or their lives to show their support for The Ranch at Laguna Beach at the Coastal Commission hearing last week. The outpouring of love and support felt a bit like...

Friend Casts a Vote With Confidence

Editor, I am proud to say that I have known Michele (Oliver) Hall for over 10 years. Michele has integrity, is highly intelligent and makes decisions based upon common sense. She is dedicated and loyal to her friends and family like no one else I have ever known. In January of...

Those on Foot Also Need to Obey the Rules

Editor, As the mother of two young daughters living in Laguna Beach, I was disturbed to read of another pedestrian collision in the police blog. Yet I was equally disturbed by the misleading language used in describing the traffic incident on Sept. 30, which said the pedestrian...

Mary L. Farrar

Dec. 22, 1925-Oct . 5, 2014 Mary L. Farrar, affectionately known as MiMi, passed away peacefully with family by her side Oct. 5, 2014. She was born on Dec. 22, 1925, to Luis John and Maria Lawrence Santos in Tulare, Calif. She was raised on the family farm west of Tulare. For...

Travel Writer’s Exploits Re-examined

A new book by R. Scott Williams about Richard Halliburton, the famous adventurer who completed his dream home in 1938, a modern structure known as Hangover House built on a hillside in Laguna Beach, is about to be released by The History Press. “The Forgotten Adventures of...