Forums Put Candidates on the Run ‘til November

City Council challenger Steve Dicterow

The political campaign season is upon Laguna Beach. A veritable slew of forums, candidate discussions, and events are scheduled over the next eight weeks.

The Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts holds a forum for city council candidates this Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Laguna Playhouse in the Moulton Theater. The public is invited to attend and pose arts-related questions to candidates Steve Dicterow, Jane Egly, Verna Rollinger, Robert Ross and Robert Whalen.

The discussion will be moderated by Greg Vail, president of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis. The association has prepared a series of questions that address the arts in Laguna Beach and encourage the community to participate. Doors will open at 10 a.m. and the forum will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Another city council forum is hosted by the Laguna Beach Republicans and the Laguna Beach Taxpayers Association on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.  The location is, as yet, to be announced.

On Thursday, Oct. 4, the Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Realtors will host a city council candidate forum in council chambers at City Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. Each candidate will receive an opportunity to address local business and real estate policy issues. The public is invited to attend. Too, the forum will be televised.

A candidates night is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at the South Coast Water District board room, 31592 West St. The South Laguna Civic Association will be interviewing candidates individually and members are invited to attend.

First time school board candidate Tammy Keces.

A forum for candidates running for the school board is set for Thursday, Oct. 11 at Top of the World School in the multipurpose room at 7 p.m. This forum comes on the heels of a private forum held with teachers, hosted by their union.

Transition Laguna has scheduled a city council candidate forum for Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, Bridge Hall at 7 p.m.

On Friday, Oct. 12 the city council candidates will reconvene for a forum in the Council Chamber at 7 p.m. The forum is hosted by branches of the American Association of University Women, the League of Women Voters, and the Woman’s Club, which also host one for the 48th Congressional District, set for Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m., also in Council Chambers.

The forum features candidate Ron Varasteh, of Irvine, who is challenging Huntington Beach’s Rep. Dana Rohrabacker in the newly reconstituted district that includes Laguna Beach.

The Top of the World Neighborhood Association and Temple Hills Civic Association

will co-sponsor a City Council Candidates Forum Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Council

Chambers, 505 Forest Ave., starting at 7:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend and ask questions at all of the events.

Democrats Kick Off the Party

Laguna’s Democratic Club will hold a $65 per person fine wine fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 29, from 3 to 6 p.m., at Mozambique restaurant,  1740 S. Coast Highway.

Four to five sommeliers will be pouring and explaining fine wines while supporters peruse silent auction items and size up a painting of President Obama by portraitist Jorg Dubin. The portrait will be sold at a live auction, said club board member and sculptor Nick Hernandez.

Taking advantage of their location in the former Boom Boom Room, the club plans to rev up supporters with events, such as Friday movie nights where historic political movies will be screened and potlucks organized with visiting Democratic clubs from nearby towns, he said.


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