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Disregard the Incumbents

Disregard the Incumbents

Editor:   What Bill Landsiedel fails to recognize is that this current school administration has repeatedly dismissed or disregarded any and all positive and great ideas of the parents in the Laguna Beach school district. Quite frankly, parents and students are fed up with not being heard. He labels anyone who tries to voice an […]

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Voters Remix Laguna’s Council

Voters Remix Laguna’s Council

Laguna Beach voters elected two challengers to the City Council and returned two incumbents to the school board, according to unofficial and nearly complete results from the county registrar. Robert Whalen and Steve Dicterow received more votes than incumbents Verna Rollinger and Jane Egly in the race for Laguna’s City Council. Jan Vickers and Bill […]

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Is Whalen the Issue or the Candidate?

Is Whalen the Issue or the Candidate?

Editor: Election Day is upon us. As we collectively ponder the wisdom of the various candidates, it is important to remind ourselves that without their effort and dedication to public service it would be a sad state of affairs in communities such as Laguna. It is important to acknowledge that despite political differences, each candidate […]

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A Vote for Change

A Vote for Change

Editor, This is a critical moment in the educational lives of Laguna’s children. As the mother of three who attend school in Laguna Beach, I am compelled to express my concern and hope at this crucial time and urge you to consider the candidacy of Tammy Keces. As our school district is poised to inaugurate […]

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Colleague Supports Landsiedel

Colleague Supports Landsiedel

Editor, This letter is in support of Bill Landsiedel, the incumbent school board member. As a professor at a local college, Bill  has volunteered to be a guest lecturer for my graduate education courses.  Bill is very knowledgeable and has a great understanding of state and federal education guidelines.  Bill makes his lectures very personal and […]

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Voting for a Prospective Star

Voting for a Prospective Star

Editor, A vote for Tammy Keces is a vote for excellent school governance. I spent 12 years on school boards and thus have quite a bit of experience with school board members. I know what characteristics make a good board member. Tammy Keces has the right combination of those characteristics, enthusiasm, education, experience and background, […]

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No-confidence Vote in the Status Quo

No-confidence Vote in the Status Quo

Editor, My family and I recently chose to move from a small town to Laguna Beach because of its progressive ideology and idealistic weather. The schools here are also an important factor to us and I have been following the school board election with interest. The current school board members running for re-election in Laguna […]

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A Call for Change

A Call for Change

Editor, I have not paid as much attention to local politics as I should have until recently when I became familiar with the proposed Social Host Ordinance. Whatever your opinion on whether a “SHO” is right for our community, we should all be greatly concerned about the process in which it has been brought to […]

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Small Town Memories

Small Town Memories

By Natalie Hills   I watched the City Council candidates on TV. Mr. Whalen talked about how hard it is to raise kids in Laguna, keep them positively engaged at school, because of the party scene. To show how much he cares about teen drinking, Whalen supports the proposed Social Host Ordinance (SHO), which the police […]

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School Board Candidates Reviewed

School Board Candidates Reviewed

Editor, As a relatively new resident to Laguna Beach, I was curious to hear the School Board Forum held Thursday night at Top of the World Elementary School. There were the two current incumbent school board members and the two new candidates for School Board on the panel. I was especially interested to hear from […]

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Showdown Coming for SHO

Showdown Coming for SHO

Editor, Re: “Where’s the Fire?” Local Currents, Oct. 12 letters. This once again is David Vanderveen at his best, nailing truth about the proposed Social Host Ordinance (SHO) to a post in the public commons. I agree with David 100% and urge everyone to sign the petition asking all City Council and school board candidates […]

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Tardy Policy Gets High Marks

Tardy Policy Gets High Marks

The high school’s new tardy policy is proving successful as the number of late students has dwindled to almost none, faculty representative Linda Barker reported to the school board. Previously, tardy students simply showed up late to class and it was up to the teacher to report the behavior. Now, any student who is not […]

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Camp Mixes Learning With Outdoor Expeditions

Camp Mixes Learning With Outdoor Expeditions

Reading their beautifully composed essays to the school board, science camp participants Will Clark, Cromwell Anaya and Francis Pillsbury each described different aspects of their Catalina Island experience, such as learning about marine birds before kayaking out to see them, snorkeling to view the fish they read about, hiking and identifying plant life, recording everything […]

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Political Lowdown

Political Lowdown

Friday, Oct. 12:  City Council Candidates Forum, 7 p.m., Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave.; sponsored by AAUW, Woman’s Club and League of Women Voters. Friday, Oct. 19: 48th Congressional Candidates Forum, 7 p.m., Council Chambers, also organized by the League. Tuesday, Oct. 23: City Council Candidates Forum, 7:30 p.m., sponsored by Top of the World […]

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Local Currents: Where’s the Fire?

Local Currents: Where’s the Fire?

“I support the pro-active support programs, education and activities dealing with teenage drinking and drug abuse but oppose the social host ordinance.” –Steve Dicterow, former Laguna Beach mayor and city council candidate. It’s been a bit wild to watch the railroading of the local social host ordinance (SHO). No matter how much good-intention and perfume […]