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Why a Fulltime Treasurer is Needed

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 Report (CAFR) relating to a 2010 CalPERS payment of more than […]

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Merritt Defender Takes a Stand

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 Lagunans. Overdevelopment of Laguna Canyon’s diminishing rural areas. Marine […]

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Forum Reveals Daylight Between Candidates

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 the way, the candidates revealed positions that had yet […]

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Reader Sees Discrepancy in Candidate’s Bio

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 ’60s.” Oh yeah?  Look at the Sample Ballot […]

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Pet Peeves

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 attend the Laguna Beach Alliance […]

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Candidate’s Canyon Stance Gains a Fan

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 location has created an ongoing public safety concern for […]

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Political Briefs

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 planned for City Hall’s Council Chambers. Simon has […]

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Candidate Alleges Sewage Spill Cover-up

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 visitors to our beautiful […]

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Candidates Set Out Their Vision for Laguna

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 paramount cause, several candidates said if elected they intend to […]

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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 […]