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Letter: Cleo Hotel Proposal Not Right for Laguna

Greed. Arrogance. Selfishness. Inconsideration. Bullying. All these come to mind when reflecting on local real estate investor Mo Honarkar’s proposal for the Holiday Inn. He wants to put in a 112-room “boutique hotel” with a rooftop pool and deck. Boutique hotels don’t have...

Letter: Laguna Is a NIMBY Community

In the aftermath of 2018’s general election and my frustration of our community’s inability to grow, I have made a list of ten major commercial properties in the city of Laguna Beach that have been totally remodeled or newly constructed over the past 20 years, of which three...

Letter: Yes, Times Are a-Changin’ in OC

Bob Dylan was right, “The times they are a changin.” The third verse of his 1964 mega-hit is quite prophetic: Come senators, congressmen Please heed the call Don’t stand in the doorway Don’t block up the hall For he that gets hurt Will be he who has...

Letter: ‘Rammed Earth’ Homes Provide Peace of Mind

In view of the devastating loss of homes most recently, perhaps we should take a look at building homes other than the “stick” houses—that is, homes with framing made of pine 2×4’s. These pine boards ignite quickly if they get hot enough. One type of construction is “rammed...

Letter: Fire Prevention Should Remain a Priority

I want to thank the Laguna Beach Fire Department, and especially Ray Lardie—he has removed an incredible amount of dry vegetation not only in public areas, but he has diligently worked with many homeowners to remove dead/dying vegetation from their property. I don’t know how he...

Letter: Where Will They Go on Thanksgiving?

The Woolsey Fire has displaced a reported 250,000 Southern Californians in the last few days. I wonder where these people will be on Thanksgiving? Clearly, many will not be in their homes. Hopefully, most will be with relatives or close friends. Even so, there are bound to be...

Letter: Tale of Two Women

In the aftermath of 2018’s general election, two transcendent local political realities remain. Toni Iseman, targeted for political elimination, was re-elected by a larger majority than her opponents. Jennifer Welsh Zeiter led opposition to a utility under grounding tax measure,...

Letter: Be Prepared to Act Fast in a Disaster

The recent devastating fires in LA/Ventura and Northern California should be a less-than-gentle reminder that residents of disaster-prone areas (like Laguna Beach and many others in California) should not be complacent about being ready to evacuate—and do it fast. The sad tales...

Letter: ‘Shoreline Project’ Brought Locals, Visitors Together

A tale of alchemy during divisive diatribes: We were all dressed in black from neck to toe, waiting for our umbrellas in lines that twisted from multiple sites on Main Beach. Some of us came from town, and some from afar—each clutching our release waivers and hoping for one of...

Letter: Local News Outlets Provided Fair Election Coverage

Before the election is in the distant past, I want to commend both Stu News and the LB Indy for their fair and even-handed treatment of local election issues over the past few weeks. In a national climate where election issues are hotly contested, and the news media is vilified...

Letter: Proposing Solutions to Laguna’s Homeless Problems

Whose idea was it to solve the homeless problem by bussing the homeless to the bus depot every day and pick them up before dinner time to take them to the shelter? After interviewing a dozen homeless people, it seems to me that their expectation is that all who show up get to...

Letter: Union PACs Interfering in Elections

I resent Fire/Police unions who try to sway residents into voting Yes on P to tax ourselves. Your unions just seek ways to intimidate and promote by fire/fear campaign at the City Council candidates at your recent forum, into whatever more you can coerce these new Candidates for...

Letter: Election Season Observations

The Sierra Club did not endorse anyone running for city office in Laguna Beach – not even those that claim to be sensitive to the environment such as Ann Christoph and Toni Iseman.  I wonder why? Have you noticed how much money is being spent this year on midterm elections?  Some...

Letter: We Can’t Afford Another Four Years of Iseman

This election comes at a critical juncture for our city. It’s a vote for new voices instead of the same old tired faces. Village Laguna has launched a vitriolic campaign filled with distortions and outright lies in their desperate attempts to cling to power and keep their puppets...

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...



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