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Tag: "Paul Merritt"

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Merritt Restates His Position

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 Creek…now called the Ranch. I truly support re-models […]

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Iseman Seeks Re-election

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 of our town. I want to be your representative on the Laguna […]

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Allegations Suggest Lack of Oversight by Planning Commission

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 Council were properly progressing The Ranch application; a resulting […]

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Are City Planners Too Slick for Our Town?

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 so… then want to change it! I got a sense […]

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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 […]