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Letter: Village Laguna Uses Tour Funds to Support Its Mission

Heavens, how scandalous! Village Laguna uses the funds raised by the Charm House tour to further its mission, “To preserve, enhance, and celebrate the unique village character and cultural heritage of Laguna Beach.” Isn’t it appropriate for an organization to use the funds it...

Letter: Please Stop Whining about Village Laguna

The attacks on Village Laguna, which strike me as very mean-spirited, have become downright silly. This grassroots organization puts on an annual home tour to draw attention to Laguna’s history and remarkable architecture and to fundraise. I went a couple of years ago; it was...

Letter: In Support of Village Laguna’s Preservation Work

Because of my aversion to meetings, I am not a member of Village Laguna, but I have long been a grateful fan of that organization. Thus, I was horrified to see the ad attacking VL in your recent issue. I would ask anyone who pays attention to that ad to ask two questions: 1) Why...

Letter: American Pride, Not Tyranny

Councilmember Toni Iseman needs a history and linguist lesson. While over 90 percent of us in City Council chambers on April 16 saw hope, love and respect for our country, Iseman saw tyranny. Unbelievable. Tyranny is defined as a cruel and oppressive government or rule. I saw...

Letter: ‘For Some Reason, the Flag Became the Issue’

Peter Blake and Steve Dicterow both made this observation on Fox News. But there is no mystery about what led up to the chaotic Council meeting on April 16. At the previous meeting, a resident asserted that anyone who did not like the new police car color scheme, or the...

Letter: Flag Etiquette Tossed Aside by Some at Council Meeting

Regarding the Indy’s April 17 article on the controversy over the new red, white, and blue logo design of Laguna Beach police patrol cars, I feel compelled to comment. The article states that some members of the public, attending this meeting wore “American flags draped around...

Letter: The Flag Should be Flown Freely

  While on Marine guard duty, the U.S. Colors Code read that the flag shall not be worn as an article of clothing, patch or flown at night without lighting. I must be “Old School” because I would not dishonor the flag by wearing it as clothing, burning it in protest,...

Letter: Council Meeting Lacked Respect for Others, the Flag

At the April 16 City Council meeting, children were watching. They were in the Council chambers and they were watching at home. They heard Mayor Whalen encourage respect for each person who would speak on the agenda item regarding the Laguna Beach police cars’ painting. They...

Letter: Parents Empower Students to Resist College Admissions Madness

More than 25 years after college, a professor who became a lifelong friend was teaching psychology (in French) to doctoral candidates at University of Quebec. He invited us to Montreal for Thanksgiving. When told our oldest daughter was Stanford bound, he gave her good advic...

Letter: Thanks to Rotary for Hosting ‘Grapes for Grads’ April 28

On behalf of the City Council of the City of Laguna Beach, I would like to thank the Rotary Club for hosting the 14th Annual Grapes for Grads event. The Grapes for Grads Scholarship fundraiser has enabled many local students to pursue their college dreams and aspirations. This...

Letter: Tourists Cost Laguna Beach

Kudos to J.J. Gasparotti for keeping this issue alive. Many long-term Laguna residents are on a fixed income and, like the rest of us residents, approximately $2,000 of their property tax dollars are going to pay unreimbursed cost for tourists. It is projected that these costs...

Letter: Against the Proposed Review Process for Development Projects

I am writing to express my opposition to the proposal, as submitted by City Manager John Pietig, that a City Council sub-committee of two council members and three non-elected, non-residents be appointed to oversee the pending half-dozen development projects that, without...

Letter: GPA Matters, Reinstate Honors Grade Weighting

Why should Laguna Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) take away a student’s right to present themselves in the best possible way for their college applications? We all know there is a lot of stress around college. Why would LBUSD take away the right of the student to have the...

Letter: Adopt a Plant-based Diet This Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22, marking a half century of promoting environmental awareness and calling for protection of our planet. But are we making a difference? Can we do more than reduce, reuse and recycle? Sure! We can adopt a plant-based diet and stop consuming animals. Why the...

Letter: Great News for Laguna Beach Schools

  It is no small task to receive six-year accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Schools (ACS) Western Association of School and Colleges (WASC)/California Department of Education (CDE). Laguna Beach High School achieved this important and valuable milestone. The...

Letter: Trees Are Loved, but They Aren’t Always Practical

Interesting that Mr. and Mrs. MacGillivray are importing a lecturer from Santa Monica to educate us about urban forests—at least it is at city hall rather than a fancy hotel like Village Laguna has been spending money on. The problem is that we are a magnificent coastal city with...

Letter: In Response to Freidenrich’s Column

  I guess I’m the “Republican friend” Denny Freidenrich asked to respond to his April 12 piece. So here I am. Denny’s piece pointed out political language used at Republican rallies. Firstly, I’d like to point out the Republicans have rallies that are...

Letter: New Police Cruisers are Ugly

The new black and white police cruisers with huge flags on the side are just plain ugly. Our police chief says they are “traditional.” We have never been a traditional town and the white cars with giant blue letters spelling “POLICE” much better reflect our unique...

Letter: Not a Fan of New Police Car Design

The following email was sent to the City Council: I’m writing to you regarding the new markings on Laguna Beach police vehicles. Simply put, I’m not a fan. I have several reasons for my lack of enthusiasm. A black and white police vehicle makes our town indistinguishable from all...

Letter: From a Patriot in The Villages

So happy to hear you voted to keep those beautiful police cars with American flag artwork. We need to keep our patriotism for our great country. Thank you again. Everyone sang beautifully at meeting.   Toni Johnson, The Villages, Flordia  

Letter: Reconsider Police Car Branding

I would urge the City Council to revisit the matter of how our police vehicles are branded and, therefore, how our Police Department portrays itself to residents and visitors. There are many ways to embrace patriotic sentiment and national pride other than painting our police...

Letter: Village Laguna Lacking Transparency About Tour Proceeds

In her recent letter in StuNews, Ms. Felder, president of Village Laguna, asserted that an ad in StuNews revealing that Village Laguna receives funds generated by the Charm House Tour was placed by a group of developers. This is untrue; I am not a member of Liberate Laguna and I...

Letter: Charm House Tour Celebrates Laguna’s History

May is Preservation Month in Laguna Beach, and every year for the last 46 years, Village Laguna has celebrated Laguna’s history with the Charm House Tour. This year, the tour is on Sunday, May 19, and will feature five North Laguna homes, from one of the earliest cottages (1918)...

Letter: Charm House Tour Seems Deceptive

Village Laguna’s biggest fundraiser every year is the Charm House Tour. It’s packaged as a benign beautiful way to peek inside some iconic and historic houses in Laguna. In reality, it funds Village Laguna’s political agenda. Right on their website, in the number one position ...

Letter: Reinstate All Honors Course Grade-Weighting at LBHS

In February 2016, three out of five Laguna Beach Unified School Board members chose to eliminate honors course grade bumps, with few courses remaining intact. The presentation provided little evidence or facts other than a wish to align with UC grade weighting ideals. Parents,...



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