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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...

Letter: In Defense of Friendship Shelter’s Housing First Approach

Each of us has experience working as advisors to Friendship Shelter. We are dismayed at the way its “Housing First” approach has been mischaracterized in City Council candidate debates.  We want to set the record straight. Housing First was developed by a clinical psychologist...

Letter: Measure P is a Hodgepodge Plan

I am a resident in the neighborhood of Driftwood Drive, Marilyn Drive, Ocean Vista Drive and Wesley Drive. Our utilities were undergrounded 20 years ago. Views were the driving force in assessing ourselves thousands of dollars each and knowing that we were investing to improve...

Letter: Under-grounding is Good, Measure P Isn’t

The City Council ballot statement to Measure P misappropriates events to curry their cause. Fire is a deadly threat, but major Laguna Beach fires they identify have been caused by people, not poles. The National Park Service reports “As many as 90 percent of wildland fires...

Letter: Liberate Laguna Takes Brave Stand against Bullies

According to Michael Ray, writing here last week about the origins of the developer-funded Liberate Laguna PAC, Laguna Beach has a hitherto undisclosed class of victims.  As he reports, a handful of the wealthiest real estate developers in the area “got tired of being bullied.”...

Letter: Voting for Village Candidates

Our City Council election is coming up in November. There are the usual suspects running for office: tree hugging village types, change is good types, new and improved types, bigger is better types. Then there’s the newbies. I think the choices we have are basically the same...

Letter: Large Banner Violates Sign Ordinance

Why do we have a sign ordinance? It was put in place many years ago. The ordinance has been usurped by Liberate Laguna. It was meant for large “For Sale” signs, “Going Out of Business” banners, etc. The large building-size banner at the law offices at the corner of Broadway and...

Letter: Iseman Defends Against Opportunistic Developers

The first time I saw Toni I didn’t really see her. She was a young princess flitting through the canyon, coming up for air ever so often to post another Burma Shave rhyme. Her mission was simple: to save the canyon. Today, after 20 years on the council, she is the empress of...

Letter: Iseman’s Claims are Unfounded

Candidate Toni Iseman is making outlandish claims that five local developers want to change the rules in Laguna, including raising the current building height limit above 36 feet. This is totally false. These developers are residents of Laguna Beach, just like you and me. Most of...



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