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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...

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...

Why a Fulltime Treasurer is Needed

Editor, Citizens of Laguna Beach! It’s Paul Merritt, your candidate for Laguna Beach City Council, with a critical expose of gross negligence and fiscal mismanagement. In 2012 a new audit firm was hired. They discovered that an entry in the 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial...

Merritt Defender Takes a Stand

Editor, The campaign for the Laguna Beach City Council is in full swing and I have serious concerns. I’m concerned that citizen groups and candidates haven’t come together for civil debate about issues that affect all. A steady climb of pedestrian injuries and death for innocent...

Forum Reveals Daylight Between Candidates

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Seven candidates for the Laguna Beach City Council took the podium for a sixth debate Tuesday ostensibly focused on downtown development, but which strayed to cover a range of topics from homeless issues to climate change and senior housing. Along...

Reader Sees Discrepancy in Candidate’s Bio

Editor, Another peculiar happening in Laguna Beach.  In the Sept. 19 issue of the LB Indy, there was a letter from Paul Merritt, ” I’m Paul Merritt, your new candidate for the Laguna Beach City Council 2014.  I’ve been a resident of Laguna Beach since the early...

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...

Candidate’s Canyon Stance Gains a Fan

Editor, After reading the many letters to the editor speaking to the overwhelming seriousness and multitude of issues regarding the safety and welfare and to the disruption of the peaceful living for residents created by placement of the ASL in the canyon, it is obvious this...

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

Candidate Alleges Sewage Spill Cover-up

Editor, I’m Paul Merritt, your new candidate for Laguna Beach City Council 2014. I’ve been a resident of Laguna Beach since the early ‘60s. I want to know why our current council has failed to do anything about recycling the tons of glass and paper and metal cans left behind by...

Candidates Set Out Their Vision for Laguna

Seven candidates vying for three seats on the Laguna Beach City Council together faced a public audience Monday during the first of several candidate forums planned prior to the Nov. 4 election. While no candidate proved willing to become the standard bearer around a single...

Merritt Restates His Position

Editor, Since the LB Indy publication of my ”commentary” last week I have been inundated with responsive emails. They are evenly split and some very menacing in regard to a construed idea that I don’t seek improvement[s] at the old Ben Brown’s and golf course at Aliso...

Iseman Seeks Re-election

Laguna Beach City Council member Toni Iseman, whose fifth consecutive term ends this fall, has announced that she will run for re-election in November. “In just three months our voters will determine who will lead Laguna Beach, making decisions that will direct the future...

Allegations Suggest Lack of Oversight by Planning Commission

Editor, In a unanimous vote, the Coastal Commission upheld an appeal against a controversial project at the locally well-known Ben Brown’s at Aliso Creek, now known as The Ranch at Laguna Beach. I had been taking it for granted that our Laguna Planning Commission and City...

Are City Planners Too Slick for Our Town?

Editor, On the proposed ”ideas” presented (April 16), I felt the concepts were not custom made for Laguna. Having graduated from Laguna High in 1969, I have seen groups and persons who say they ”love” Laguna and have lived or visited for just a year or...
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