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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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:...

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...

School Board Candidates Out for Votes

Candidates for school board share their viewpoints at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Top of the World school, the only scheduled forum before the election. The Indy will publish other video interviews with candidates in subsequent weeks.