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Tag: "Paul Merritt"

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Seeking a Pledge to Limit Fundraising

Seeking a Pledge to Limit Fundraising

Editor, Sixty seven percent of Americans [2014 NBC poll] feel our U.S. Congress is not a representative body for the people. It is common knowledge that our congressmen and women spend the majority of their time raising political campaign funds. Our system of Washington D.C. representation has failed the citizens. I am curious if our upcoming crop of potential or […]

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Council Rescinds Earlier Decision; Approves Entrance with No Structure, No Debt

Council Rescinds Earlier Decision; Approves Entrance with No Structure, No Debt

The Laguna Beach City Council ended an increasingly volatile standoff with opponents to a previously approved village entrance project when they voted unanimously Tuesday night (4-0, with Mayor Kelly Boyd absent) to pursue instead a much-scaled back concept that notably dispenses with a parking garage structure and will incur no debt. The move came at […]

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We the People Says the Laguna Won

We the People Says the Laguna Won

Editor, The core issue of the massive Village Entrance parking garage and excessive tax spending was resolved at the City Council workshop. We the People is gratified that the City Council adopted our ballot position and rescinded the multi-story parking garage. Thus, with only the four City Council members voting, we, Laguna, won!  Upon final City […]

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Ballot Measure on Village Entrance Advances

Ballot Measure on Village Entrance Advances

“I’m pleasantly surprised we will be moving forward with the initiative,” said local resident Paul Merritt, describing the outcome of a discussion this week with the city attorney. Once City Attorney Phil Kohn settles on the language, the intended ballot measure over the downtown parking garage and park must be published and signatures collected from […]

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Questions Arise Over Labor, Entrance Costs

Questions Arise Over Labor, Entrance Costs

A demand by administrators of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (Calpers) to raise retirement contributions from employers as much as 50 percent over the next seven years has already been factored into city budget planning and labor negotiations, according to the city manager. Without first determining the financial impact of Calpers’ looming hike in […]

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Citizen Voting for Entrance

Citizen Voting for Entrance

Editor, The refusal of our City Council majority to allow a citizen vote regarding the village entrance project seems to confirm that the Council acts more like a private club than as duly elected representatives of the citizens of Laguna Beach.   What is the council majority afraid of?   Is it that the voters in Laguna […]

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Calling for Public Balloting for a Village Entrance

Calling for Public Balloting for a Village Entrance

Editor, Following decades of input and debate spanning many Laguna city councils, it seems questionable not to allow taxpayers and residents the chance to vote upon the huge expenditure of public funds on the village entrance. I am puzzled as to the restriction on our citizen right to vote on an issue with big economic […]

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Moss Point Overrun by Contractors’ Trucks

Moss Point Overrun by Contractors’ Trucks

Editor, On any given work-day in the two square blocks of Moss Point, we residents have suffered between 45 to 70  contractor vehicles per day parked on the public street. The contractor vehicles have taken 95 percent of all available spaces between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. I have personally called ALL departments […]

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Church Rift Begins to Mend

Church Rift Begins to Mend

As churchgoers for the first time in more than a year overfilled St. Francis by the Sea Cathedral, the disagreement over control of the tiny Laguna Beach chapel also appeared to reach its tipping point. An equally crowded pulpit welcomed the capacity crowd filling the 16 two-person pews on Sunday. The quartet of priests included […]