Letter: Thank You Peter Blake

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I wanted to formally thank Peter Blake for the time he spent with the city of Laguna Beach as a City Council member. Woefully short, to be sure.  

However, in his brief tenure, I can honestly say that I was regularly moved by his “reasoned” responses to those who occasionally had a contrary point of view. Obviously, I’m only speaking for myself here, but I would hazard a guess that a great many of us didn’t even need to speak once we recognized how anxious he was to speak on our behalf. If that’s not the actions of an elected official I don’t know what is.  

With the wealth of issues confronting a small coastal town on these angst-riddled Tuesday nights downtown, I’ve never seen anyone quite so adept. My oh my!

And what of his innate ability to get to the bottom of things, his attention to detail, and his open-mindedness? We should all be guided by what had arguably become a weekly tutorial on fairness.    

So, I will publicly say, “thank you, Pete.” I hope I can call you Pete. You taught me more than you know. Good luck with the next stage of your life.

Mace Morse, Bluebird Canyon

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  1. Hmnnn. You must have attended different CC meetings from me. The man never had any facts but stood 1000% percent behind whatever the city said and wanted. He rarely asked questions and then it was to put people down or call them names. Reasoned responses? You mean his mean spirited slams at anyone with an opposing view? Since you are clearly in the minority judging by his dismal vote tally, I think you need to look again at people who you think are doing a good job. Very good good riddance. Maybe now the city can get down to the business of taking care of residents instead of calling them names, idiots, liars. Maybe they can now start listening to the very accomplished residents in many fields who want to make Laguna better instead of barely a High School graduate with a really bad temper.

  2. You know everything is now cooler when one of our Real Housewives of Orange County can preach holier than thou to us all from her McMansion in the name of civility. Blake called ’em out, put his money where his mouth is, and then the voters voted. So what? He did everything he said he’d do and more. Monda-nista: If you’re so patriotic to our town then you run and fix it, or STFU. As I recall you couldn’t straighten out the gift shop at the Art Museum? You are an obstructionist activist with an axe to grind.

  3. The “can I call you ‘Pete’ ” was the wink that this LTE was a bit of Jonathan Swift’s type of satire. I, too, though missed the wink and had to re-read it to catch the “tell.” I suspect Mr. Weintraub is also engaging in some Swift-type of satire with his wink via a reference to a satire program like “Real Housewives of the OC.” Laguna folks are gifted with not only a beautiful environment, but a great sense of humor.

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