Kashkari to Open Local GOP HQ


Republican candidate for governor and local resident Neel Kashkari will attend the inauguration of the new Laguna Beach Republicans’ Voter Information Center headquarters, Saturday, Sept. 13, local GOP leaders announced.

Congressional Rep. Dana Rohrabacher will cut a ceremonial ribbon at a rally. He will be joined by Kashkari and local politicians for a 2 p.m. BBQ planned at 2075 Laguna Canyon Road. Local candidates participating include those seeking the Laguna Beach City Council, Kelly Boyd and Michele Hall, and school board, Dee Perry and Annette Gibson.


Myriad Chances to Quiz Candidates

Paul Merritt
The challengers: Paul Merritt

Transition Laguna hosts a candidate forum and potluck Tuesday, Sept. 9, taking

place at 6:30 p.m. in the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr.

Jon Madison
Jon Madison

There are several more opportunities to hear first-hand from the seven candidates vying for three seats on the Laguna Beach City Council.

The following week, an alliance of Laguna Canyon Neighborhoods, known as CANDO, sponsors its first forum Thursday, Sept. 18, taking place at 6 p.m. within the Boys and Girls Club in Laguna Canyon.

Robert Zur Schmiede
Robert Zur Schmiede

The Arts Alliance hosts its own arts-focused forum Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon

Michele Hall
Michele Hall

in Laguna Playhouse.

The Indy’s owner, Firebrand Media, also plans three forums, Sept. 30, Oct. 14 and Oct. 29, all at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.





Bartlett Winning Money Race

Since the June primary election, Lisa Bartlett, Dana Point’s mayor and a candidate for county supervisor, has outrun her opponent in fundraising by two to one, according to July 31 financial disclosure reports.

In the June 15 to July 29 period, Bartlett has raised $54,304 while her opponent has only raised $27,325, Bartlett’s campaign reported. Bartlett continues to match funds raised dollar for dollar with personal funds, says a campaign spokesman.

Bartlett’s opponent finished first in the June primary, a four-way race that eliminated two contestants for the Fifth District, which includes Laguna Beach and the rest of south-county. Laguna Niguel City Council member Robert Ming received 30.9 percent of the vote to 28 percent for the two-term Dana Point council member, according to the county registrar.

Term limits preclude incumbent Supervisor Patricia Bates from running again.





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