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Budget Windfall Benefits Police and Garden

The South Laguna Community Garden Park and the Laguna Beach police department both scored victories in claiming newly available revenue in the city’s coffers this week. Runner ups in a budget workshop Tuesday included marine protection, fuel modification, traffic control...

Other Taxes Won Taxpayers’ Support

Editor: I was there, then, and I am here now. In her letter (“Holding LB Taxpayers’ Up to Scrutiny,” Oct. 12), Johanna Felder states that The Laguna Beach Taxpayers Association “never wants to pay for anything but ends up the beneficiary of what others have provided.” This is...

Holding LB Taxpayers’ Up to Scrutiny

Editor, The Laguna Beach Taxpayers Association sent out a citywide letter last week about ballot Measure CC, the Open Space Initiative, which is on the November ballot.  The Taxpayers Association apparently think that a $10 a month parcel tax which would raise $20 million over...

City Reverses Its Red Ink

In a two-hour workshop Tuesday devoted to the city’s proposed $47 million budget, the City Council added requests for $75,000 to hire a consultant to review historic homes, $5,000 for a citizens’ emergency response training program and an unspecified amount to ongoing bike and...

Guest column

Solving a Fiscal Crisis By Alan N. Boinus, Special to the Independent   In an effort to balance the budget and bring fiscal stability to California, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Democrats in the Legislature approved a budget over continued intransigence from Republicans and the...