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Letter: Blake Missed Success, Spirit of Friendship Shelter

Peter Blake’s “Letter to Our Community” mischaracterizes Friendship Shelter in substance and spirit. Peter says he will “keep an eye” on Friendship Shelter. As a supporter and board member, I have kept an eye on Friendship Shelter for 10+ years. What I have seen in that time is...

Letter: Does Laguna Need Another Liquor License?

The last item on the Oct. 9 City Council agenda, heard by an empty room, was an appeal of a unanimous denial by the Planning Commission of an application for a conditional use permit to allow the sale of alcohol at the Circle K on Glenneyre. It already is permitted to sell beer...

Letter: In Response to Doug Cortez’s Sept. 28 Letter

Doug Cortez purchased two separate parcels of land that were not connected. As shown on the County’s tract map, his properties were separated by a Platted Public Walk as defined and dedicated in the subdivision plan of 1923. That Platted Public Walk was accepted by City Council...

Letter: Attack on Professional Background was Baseless

Recently a letter was published from an individual questioning my professional background. In response to this individual criticizing me as well as other candidates on Nextdoor, I reached out to speak to her about her concerns but was declined. One would imagine if this...

Letter: New Ideas on City Council

At first glance, who could be against “new ideas?’’ Unfortunately, a lot of those so-called new ideas are not new at all. They are just the product of shallow thinking. When someone running for City Council says, “That’s easy! We just need to do X!” it usually means that person...

Letter: Candidates: What are They Really About?

I’ve been taking some time to learn about the candidates, met with some of them, saw some of them speak at the forums and wondered how or why they are running, what are their reasons, their positions, and what backgrounds do they have to be effective, finding out what is real or...

Letter: Candidates’ Responses not Truthful at Suzi Q Forum

Previous forums wouldn’t allow debate among candidates on audience questions. That changed for the better with Council incumbent Iseman, Planning Commissioner Kempf, and Former Council member Christoph’s answers. Question #1 to Toni Iseman: “Do you think the City Council should...

Letter: Twenty Years of Iseman is Enough

In 2013, the $65 million parking garage was opposed by Let Laguna Vote on grounds of cost scale and size. Toni Iseman joined LLV to oppose the structure, until she proposed a parking garage of her own design at less cost and smaller size. Year after year, advocates for less auto...

Letter: Measure P False Facts

Door hangers and campaign literature from the local PAC known as “Yes on P” pushing the sales tax increase are being distributed to residents with a blatantly false statement, intentionally misleading voters with false facts. The false statement being spun is “Overhead Electrical...

Letter: Let Laguna Live Unrelated to Liberate Laguna

One need not have strong feelings about historic preservation to be astonished by the Council’s vote on Sept. 29 to support Larry Nokes’ interpretation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) as it applies to historic resources, against the advice of the City Attorney....

Letter: Pay Attention to Candidate Rhetoric

Dear Residents, Please remember this warning from the author Gore Vidal: “As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time...

Letter: Why I’m Voting Against Measure P

I am in favor of undergrounding the utilities. I am also in favor of the 1 percent increase in the sales tax. In the past, I voted in my neighborhood to remove utility poles. I paid for the removal of the poles in my neighborhood, and I am willing to pay for the removal of poles...

Letter: Remembering Mr. Laguna

Last Monday, Oct. 1, came and went with no mention of Harry Lawrence, “Mr. Laguna,” who was the driving force behind the creation of Main Beach Park. Maybe Mayor Kelly Boyd can say a few words about this great man at this week’s City Council meeting. In 2008, the City Council...

Letter: Hypocrisy, Pure and Simple

This is in response to the letter by Mr. David Raber regarding Village Laguna. The irony of his letter is that it is not at all about Village Laguna. His first paragraph negates the rest of the entire article. He is upset that those we disagree with have to be made into villains....

Letter: Laguna Beach Needs to Address Air Quality

According to the L.A. Times, Los Angeles had 89 days of unhealthy, smoggy air in 2018. New York City has a law that requires idling vehicles to shut off their engines after four minutes, or get a ticket. Here, one always sees people sitting in their vehicles, big S.U.V’s, cars,...

Letter: Laguna Beach Seniors: Beware of Scam

Be on the alert for a scam call from Mr. John Peterson. He will tell you he represents Publishers Clearing House and is calling to tell you that you have won money and he needs to verify the spelling of your name, your address and to schedule when they will come to give you your...

Letter: Can a PAC Buy an Election in Laguna Beach?

A new Political Action Committee (PAC), called “Liberate Laguna,” spawned by the controversial Citizens United case that sanctions unlimited money in politics, has been formed and funded primarily by three Laguna and Newport Beach real estate developers who want control ...

Letter: Thanks to Larry Nokes, City Staff for Work on Historic Preservation

I just wanted to take this opportunity to give a special thanks to Larry Nokes for all of his hard work concerning historic preservation. I started my journey over six years ago when I found out that I was on the historic inventory as a K rated structure. I know you have heard...

Letter: School Board is Prioritizing Students’ Success

The Laguna Beach Unified Board of Education voted 5-0 passing the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 student instructional calendars on Sept. 25. For the record, I am neutral on this issue for one reason: I trust them. Separate from the calendar, I have personally vetted almost all of the...

Letter: A Plea for a Civil Tone

As I’ve observed City Council candidates forums, especially the one sponsored by Village Laguna, I’ve been horrified by the nasty tone used by some. We don’t need vitriol in our political discussions in our beloved town. We’ve all seen what vitriol has...

Letter: In Support of Bluebird Canyon Farms

I have been a grateful member of the Laguna Beach community since the 1970s and currently proudly reside on Oak Street. (Hi, neighbors!) Thankfully, I also bike/walk to work in town. My passion and livelihood are farming: I have a degree in Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture...

Letter: City Council Candidates and Trees

I attended the lively City Council Candidate forum sponsored by Village Laguna. Although there were no questions on trees, Paul Merritt answered a question related to historical preservation by stating that he hoped the city would provide protection for historical trees....

Letter: A Creative Solution for Funding Historic Restorations

France has its historic castles/buildings, and many are in need of repair/restoration. France also is having financial issues. To solve this problem, the government has created a lottery specifically for the purpose of restoring their heritage sites. These lottery tickets are a...

Letter: Village Entrance Project Removes 120 Existing Parking Spaces

Planning Commissioner Kempf and City Council members Iseman and Zur Schmiede were among the votes to approve the Village Entrance project despite losing 116 existing parking spaces within the project boundary. The city only reported during the last four years of planning, public...

Letter: Liberate Laguna Wants Developer-Friendly Council

In a full-page ad in the Indy, a new political group, Liberate Laguna, announced their candidate endorsements for the council election. But who is Liberate Laguna and what are they liberating us from? The following questions come to mind: Q: Who are they? A: Liberate Laguna...



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