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Election Sharpens Scrutiny of School Superintendent

Election Sharpens Scrutiny of School Superintendent

Editor, As a mother with children in our school district, I was looking forward to the first Coffee Break presentation by our district’s administration, but was dismayed to hear our school superintendent, Sherine Smith, give yet another boring power point presentation – Twenty-One Trends for the 21st Century. Within five minutes attending parents were either mentally […]

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Homeless Volunteer for Depot Clean Up

Homeless Volunteer for Depot Clean Up

Editor, If you’ve ever been by the bus station on Broadway in Laguna Beach, you’ve  probably noticed how dirty it is. It is one of the filthiest places in town. Trash and debris litters the ground. Cigarette butts, candy wrappers, food containers, plastic utensils, Styrofoam, paper and even hypodermic needles can be found in the bushes and flower beds. The benches are stained and look like they’ve never been cleaned. The […]

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 The Slant

The Slant

Slapped Down Do you remember being 16? Just a few weeks into having a driver license, dreaming about what your dream car could be? I wanted a back and gold Firebird just like I’d seen in the “Smokey and the Bandit” movie. I also fantasized cruising the streets in a Ferrari 308. Red. That was […]

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Art Seen

Art Seen

The Glass artist Maggie Spencer welcomes visitors to her studio this weekend.Festival of Arts purchased Baldemar Fierro’s color photograph, “Favela Morro do Cantagalo,” an image of the slums above Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, to add to its own collection. Fierro exemplifies a new breed of photographers, whose documentary work often reveals the incongruity […]

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Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves

Lucky Numbers or Not Many people believe in numbers. Some folks are afraid of the number 13. Others dread the number four. Then there are lucky numbers, like 21, in Blackjack. In Laguna there are seven candidates running for three seats for city council. Is this lucky or unlucky? It’s unlucky for four candidates who […]

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Police Nab Would-be Robber

Police Nab Would-be Robber

Police arrested a suspected bank robber that emerged from a downtown restroom wearing a disguise. Dana Richard Arnold, 28, of San Diego, allegedly presented a demand note to a Wells Fargo Bank teller shortly before closing on Friday, Sept. 26, Capt. Jason Kravetz said. Instead of turning over a single bill, the teller read the […]

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Only Public Outcry Can Reverse Spent Fuel Plans

Only Public Outcry Can Reverse Spent Fuel Plans

Editor, Last October in a letter to the Indy, “Without Oversight for Spent Fuel,” I explained the just revealed SCE plans to leave 1,632 tons of deadly spent fuel at San Onofre until the federal government came to take it away. In that year of meetings, policies have not improved; they have gotten worse. This Aug. 26, […]

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Bike Fun for Some Impinges on Others

Bike Fun for Some Impinges on Others

Editor, What ever happened to common sense? Oh yeah, it was destroyed by political correctness and environmental extremism. The latest example of this is the designating of portions of our badly needed, over-crowed roadways just so some folks can ride their bikes around. As each new rule to make life easier and safer for these recreational […]

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Voters Serve as the City’s HR Directors

Voters Serve as the City’s HR Directors

Editor: These past week’s sorry revelations regarding City Council candidate “misinformation” have given me cause to reflect upon my own job interviews and experiences. When applying for employment, we are usually required to fill out a job application. On this application we are asked for name, address, age, residence, academic history, work experiences, references, and […]

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Praise for Iseman’s Responsiveness

Praise for Iseman’s Responsiveness

Editor, And so it begins!  It’s an election year in Laguna Beach and already the mudslinging has started with a few negative letters about Toni Iseman. One of those articles was about Toni Iseman’s fundraiser, which created parking issues in the same area where Mozambique restaurant patrons create parking issues. So which was it I […]

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Testimonial Describes Iseman’s Actions

Testimonial Describes Iseman’s Actions

Editor, So impressed!  I am a longtime resident of Laguna Beach and just wanted to mention how impressed I was with Toni Iseman’s ability to tune in to a crucial issue I recently had relating to our home in Laguna Beach! She immediately responded to my cry to be heard regarding a very serious and […]

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Candidates Fail to Factor in Climate Change

Candidates Fail to Factor in Climate Change

Editor, Last week our council candidates weighed in on sustainability issues. Their imaginations were limited to bike lanes, more sidewalks, and parking. The greatest challenge facing all humanity is global warming. This past Sunday the largest global warming march to date took place in New York. The march came two days before the United Nations […]

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 Why Gamble on Woods Cove?

Why Gamble on Woods Cove?

Editor, At last Tuesday’s (9/16) council meeting, members agreed to risk $600,000 of taxpayer money to study undergrounding of utilities in the Woods Cove neighborhood of Laguna Beach. The council acknowledges it won’t know for about three years if the funds risked will be repaid. Since three council members are up for election, it would […]

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Kudos for Emergency Preparedness 101

Kudos for Emergency Preparedness 101

Editor, Wednesday, Sept. 17, Emergency Services Communications Officer, Jordan Villwock, LBPD, and Community Services Officer, Nikie Hernandez, LBPD, presented practical, helpful and timely information on crime data and prevention in Laguna Beach, NextDoor.com, emergency supply lists and strategies in addition to city sponsored disaster trainings for volunteers and community members. Attendees learned more about Alert […]

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Gentrification is Winning

Gentrification is Winning

Editor, I have been shopping at Coast Liquors, corner of Mountain Avenue and Coast Highway, for half a century. Now the new owners who bought the Coast Inn across the street want to replace the liquor store with a swimming pool, so rumor has it. The stock in the store is slowly disappearing and another, vital, […]