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School Board Ignores Majority Opinion of Parents

School Board Ignores Majority Opinion of Parents

Editor, If the school board is apologizing to parents then it is only fair that they correct their mistake. Put the calendar back and leave it alone until you’ve allowed a proper public debate. When a student does something wrong in class he is required to correct it and/or fix it until he gets it […]

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School Board Sticks to Early Start

School Board Sticks to Early Start

Laguna Beach’s school board stuck to their unanimous decision to start school before Labor Day, prompting grumblings by disgruntled parents to boycott the earlier start in August and even recall school board members. “What is it they can’t hear?” Rick Putnam, who has two daughters at the high school, said in frustration.  Putnam had just […]

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Missing Use of a Community Asset

Missing Use of a Community Asset

Editor, It’s been a couple of years since the high school all-weather track (which we all paid for) was closed to the public during the hours it was most useful. On New Year’s Day, no less. Now, people who want a flat, hazard-free, safe place to exercise have no option except to drive to the […]

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No Excuse for Inaccessible Information

No Excuse for Inaccessible Information

Editor: Our Laguna Beach School noard members and Superintendent Sherine Smith state that parents should attend school board meetings if they want to get up to speed. Unfortunately, these meetings are held at 6 p.m., which is probably the most difficult hour to attend, as parents are coming home from work, trying to get dinner on the […]

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Calendar Change Made Without Consulting Parents

Calendar Change Made Without Consulting Parents

Editor: I’m writing to you to communicate my frustration and displeasure with the school board’s sudden decision to change the district calendar. My family doesn’t want a whole week off of school at Thanksgiving. As it is, we already have so many breaks during the school year that by the time our kids get out, […]

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Local Currents: Brown (Act) vs Board of Education

Local Currents: Brown (Act) vs Board of Education

“A law to prohibit secret meetings of official bodies, save under the most exceptional circumstances, should not be necessary. Public officers above all other persons should be imbued with the truth that their business is the public’s business and they should be the last to tolerate any attempt to keep the people from being fully […]

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Board Fails to Hear its Constituents

Board Fails to Hear its Constituents

Editor: The Laguna Beach school board has now decided for us parents, and our children, that the students of Laguna Beach would be better served by starting school in August and having a full week off at Thanksgiving, just like they mistakenly assumed that parents and students would embrace the social host ordinance. What bothers […]

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Ex-Candidate Ends Campaign With Gratitude

Ex-Candidate Ends Campaign With Gratitude

Editor: To all my passionate supporters: I am grateful to the people in our community who were open to the dialogue created by this election process and I greatly appreciated your support and encouragement over the past few months. Many people not only became interested in this election, but were motivated and compelled to take […]

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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 […]