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Letter: Laguna Doesn’t Need a Commercial Makeover

Most of us feel this place is special, and it’s not just the coastline. Unlike the towns around us, very few of our houses are similar, not many of our streets are straight, our Canyon is still pretty wild, each beach has its own personality, and our commercial districts are...

Letter: ‘No on P’ Sign Theft

Ms. Zeiter (Letters, Oct. 26, 2018) wrote the Indy to report the theft of “No on P” signs by an individual described as “resident James Kretzschmar.” Mr. Kretzschmar was stopped by LBPD with no resulting arrest or citation, in spite of the stolen signs being in the rear seat of...

Letter: Something Fishy about Liberate Laguna PAC

We know that four big fish real estate developers and commercial property owners have contributed almost all of the nearly $100,000 raised by the PAC, and that of that, $55,000 comes from related but opaque entities. (Theme for another day.) Their five issues are parking...

Letter: Yes to Rohrabacher and Prop 6

  Democrats’ gas tax costs Californians 12 cents per gallon on gasoline and 20 cents per gallon on diesel fuel. These costs are meant to cover rising transportation infrastructure costs but are really going toward Governor Jerry Brown’s high-speed railway system. The current...

Letter: A Toxic Campaign

We live in troubling times. Our country is riddled with anger and anxiety. Somehow, I naively thought we in Laguna were not subject to the same divisive tactics that we see at the national level. Yet, here we are. I’ve lived in Laguna Beach for more than four decades and...

Letter: We Need Council That Works Together

I’m not aligned with Democrats, Village Laguna, or the Chamber of Commerce. I made small contributions to the City Council re-election campaigns of Rob Zur Schmiede and Toni Iseman. Late in the campaign, Rob bowed out, due to a family emergency, but this past week it was reported...

Letter: Laguna’s Construction – Another Big Deception

Political advisors know, the most deceptive lies are half lies, when repeated often enough, they will be perceived as truth by voters. “Laguna could have become another Miami” is the imminent threat that strangles this City at its core, and everyone keeps believing it. I ask,...

Letter: Vote on Tuesday

Since the early 1970s, when my first pieces were published, I have encouraged people to vote. Next Tuesday is no exception. To the women who didn’t like what they witnessed during the recent Kavanaugh hearings, I say vote. Ditto to the women who support the new Supreme...

Letter: Leadership Testimonials

A testament of just how well Judie Mancuso interacts and works effectively with others for the better good is her recent candidacy endorsement by her 2016 city council rival Councilman Steve Dicterow. Councilman Dicterow’s support of Judie to serve as our next city council member...

Letter: Protect Public Property

I’ve lived in Laguna longer than most people have been alive. There have always been homeless people here but only recently have they been so bold in their takeover of public spaces. Authorities seem helpless to respond. To pick one of hundreds of examples, today, Oct. 26, I...

Letter: Cleo Project Provides Glimpse of Laguna’s Future

“The Walrus and the Carpenter were walking close at hand; They wept like anything to see such quantities of sand: If this were only cleared away, they said, it would be grand!” With respect to Lewis Carroll: the “kind” intentions of the developer PAC, Liberate Laguna, and the...

Letter: In Support of Measure P

CANDO, the Canyon Alliance of Neighborhoods Defense Organization, supports Measure P for Laguna Beach. Downed electrical wires were the leading cause of wildfires in California in 2017. As the number and intensity of wildfires goes up our risk is increasing, not decreasing. In...

Letter: Proposed Headlines for the Next Issue

Group of activists and rally goers gather around leaf that fell from tree. Activists plan to sue Mother Nature. What does Mother Nature have to say for herself? Woman calls police stating she saw what seems to be a homeless person sitting on a park bench during park hours. Turns...

Letter: Laguna Dance Festival was Inspirational

I feel the need to publicly express my experience of the performances at two consecutive nights of the Laguna Dance Festival. I attended two different shows, on Friday and Saturday nights. They were fabulous! The curating of performers and styles, the execution, costumes,...

Letter: No Need to Underground the Canyon

This election is quite unique. Never before = City Council Elections has two empty seats and third seat with incumbent who didn’t quit gracefully after 20 years of oppressing property rights, controlling HOA Mentality, Homeless Vagrants, unchecked Spending & Hiring, Bond...

Letter: Anne Frank Omits Historical Ordinance Facts

Although most of what Anne Frank stated in her Oct. 12 “Guest Column” is factual, she has omitted material facts that explain why Laguna’s historical program is failing. Property owners know exactly what the ordinance states. They have been through the process and know firsthand...

Letter: Voting for Blake is a Mistake

Why would anyone vote for someone who has bragged that he has never voted? That someone is Peter Blake, who is now running for City Council. He has no experience or expertise, obviously doesn’t take his civic duty seriously, and wants to drastically change the look of Laguna by...

Letter: Vote No on Measure P

This has been a money grab from the very beginning. Years ago it was measure CC, which didn’t pass. We were told every vacant lot would have a high-rise built on it if we didn’t accept another parcel tax to buy up these lots. Thank God we were smart enough to see...

Letter: How Desperate is Village Laguna?

Village Laguna has had a stranglehold on Laguna City Council for many years. Three current members were supported and financed by them to get elected. Three is the magic number to get anything passed or denied in City Council. Village Laguna and their lackeys are responsible for...

Letter: Incumbents are like Used Motor Oil

Laguna, like a fine motor car, is running rich lately: congested, sluggish, the speed-O is optimistic but maybe there’s a blockage. An election is looming where both present and former incumbents promise a tune-up, I’m thinking more like an oil-change at Sears. We had...

Letter: Watch for Cleo Hotel Project

A massive new hotel is being planned to replace the Holiday Inn and the adjacent 14 West Boutique Hotel. Both properties are owned by the developer. The schedule for review and approval of Concept is coming fast. Staking of Cleo Project Oct. 25.City staff report to city Planning...

Letter: Downtown Doesn’t Need Revitalization

After attending various forums to hear the city council candidates speak, I remain somewhat puzzled about Sue Kempf’s spur-of-the-moment responses. Change our downtown to “revitalize” it by building three- to four-story buildings. According to Ms. Kempf, these buildings would...

Letter: Iseman Challenges Wasteful Spending

Like most other Laguna residents, I have recently found my mailbox stuffed with attack pieces from a PAC called “Liberate Laguna.”  They attack Council Member Toni Iseman with inuendo and arguments so divorced from truth as to be laughable were their intent not so sinister. I...

Letter: Candidates Need to Put Community First

It will forever remain a mystery to me why some candidates move into Laguna Beach with a desire to fix it. They never say “improve” it, they say “fix” it. And apparently with no tools earned through experience, but ostensibly through something called “new thinking and new...

Letter: Politics Involved in Sign Theft Investigation

Friday, “No on P” signs were taken by resident James Kretzschmar, driving a Bentley stopped before leaving city limits. Eight “No on P” signs were in the back seat. Despite clear evidence and citizen’s arrest, he was neither arrested or cited. Immediately on STOP’s behalf, we...



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