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Hall Expresses Gratitude to Supporters

Editor, The election of 2014 is over and boy oh boy what a ride it was! I am very proud to have come in as runner up. Compared to the war chests of other candidates and their spending, my team and I worked really hard and ran a smart campaign with not a lot of money. We walked...

Reflections on Elections

Editor, Seeing elections in a mirror (“From the Rearview Mirror,” Indy Nov. 14), no wonder Michael Ray gets everything backwards. Instead of honoring our small town democratic ritual during a bizarre campaign season, Ray tells us he was “distinctly nauseated” by our 2014...

Ray’s Rants Filled by Contradictions

Editor, Re: Musings on the Coast, “From the Rearview Mirror“, Nov. 14 edition. I can’t agree more with Michael Ray’s statement “Political parties of any type, stay out of Laguna Beach. We are doing quite nicely without that kind of crap.”...

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

Rising CO2 Levels Undermine Climate Change Skepticism

Editor, This is in response to Stephen Tygh’s letter criticizing Tom Osborne’s article, “When Ideology Trumps Facts”. The only “common sense” response to Michele Hall’s position on climate change is shock as Tom stated. With 97% of atmospheric scientists agreeing that global...

Voters Choose Familiar Names

The three most well recognized candidates for the Laguna Beach City Council came out on top, with very few votes separating the winners. Incumbent Kelly Boyd received about 60 more votes than incumbent Toni Iseman, who was about 80 votes head of newcomer Rob Zur Schmiede, who...

Hall’s Position Proves Convincing

Editor, Because of the article written by Tom Osborne (“When Ideology Trumps Facts,” Column, Oct. 24 edition), my wife Maria and I finally agree to vote for Michele Hall. Maria and I agree with her logic and conclusions on this and other issues. Thank you, Tom. Maria and Bernard...

Casting Only One Vote, For Hall

Editor, During this campaign, I was surprised to learn that many people don’t know who Michele Hall is or what she’s done for this community. When her maiden name Oliver comes up, she then becomes more recognizable, especially with alumni. It’s not because her actions aren’t...

Trick or Treat Politics

Gale “Morrie” Granger (“Can’t Support Uninformed Candidate” Indy Oct. 11) and Tom Osborne (“When Ideology Trumps Fact” Indy Oct. 11) falsely accuse candidate Michele Hall of being a “global warming” heretic.  This Halloween week witch-hunt comes as support for Hall surges....

Will Double Standard Politics Pay Off?

Editor, So Jon Madison catches hell for embellishing his past, and Michele Hall is accused of being “dishonest” for saying she is a “community volunteer.” But Rob Zur Schmiede claims on a fake Republican mailer he’s a “Proven business leader” who will “protect...

Global-Warming Flooding Concerns Hall

Editor, I found Tom Osborne’s column titled “When Ideology Trumps Fact,” interesting and widely untrue. He accuses me of essentially not caring for our planet or having any knowledge of global warming. Both of these facts are not true. After the debate two weeks...

Political Briefs

Boyd, Madison Skip Firebrand Forum Incumbent Kelly Boyd and candidate Jon Madison skipped the final public forum Wednesday, Oct. 29, for candidates seeking election to the Laguna Beach City Council. Madison, who also failed to make a scheduled appearance on a KX 93.5 radio show...

Green Light

When Ideology Trumps Facts In the ongoing, fractious city council election, Lagunans have been jolted by Jon Madison’s inability to validate implausible, phony academic achievements. Lagunans received another jolt at the Firebrand Media-organized candidate forum on Oct. 14 when...
Posted On 23 Oct 2014

Can’t Support an Uninformed Candidate

Editor, I read with interest the results of the forum for candidates for City Council reported in the Independent. I was disappointed to read that candidate Michele Hall felt humans aren’t having an affect on climate change. She indicated she is taking this position after reading...

A Battle Over a Ballot Description

Editor, I was not questioning whether or not Ms. Hall has ever done community service (“Hall Rebuts a Voter’s Assumption,” Letters, Oct. 17). I was questioning the appropriateness of listing “community volunteer” under her name on the California ballot as if no one else running...