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Letter: Does Village Laguna Know Our Town Best?

Many of us in town received the latest mailer from Christoph/Iseman, a.k.a. Village Laguna. The slogan reads, “We Know Our Town Best.” I wasn’t sure what that meant, but I did have a chance to look up some information on the city’s website. On this site one can find legal...

Letter: Michael Ray’s Column Missed the Mark

If only Mr. Ray had mused with some facts in his column on Sept. 27. In his column he claims that “our City Council thinks all of downtown is ‘historic’ and nothing should change, ever.” However, a quick look at the 1981 Historic Resources Inventory, Item O, Downtown Laguna,...

Letter: In Opposition of Restrictive Historic Regulations

On Sept. 29 our current City Council voted 5-0 to make listing a house on the Historic Inventory as “voluntary as possible.” Afterwards, I was wondering who was the driving force behind trying to burden Laguna homeowners with the CEQA restrictive regulations? With a little...

Letter: Approved School Calendar Ignores Community Input

The essence of our school district and their success in “moving the needle” was captured eloquently by my friend Chris Tebbut. I too, have been part of the vetting process for our superintendent, the high school principal, and privileged to sit on LCAP for TOW, now the district,...

Letter: Why I’ll Vote Yes on Prop P

Here’s why I will vote Yes on Measure P. It’s about safety and aesthetics. Many of our neighborhoods have only one or two exits for hundreds of people. When a Santa Ana wind is howling from the east with fire in its teeth, these people need to be confident that they can ge...

Letter: Reasons to Vote No on Prop P

You are really voting on enabling the city to hobble taxpayers with $135 million in bonds. Remember, $5 million+ a year for 25 years plus interest, with interest maybe $200 million. Nobody knows. There is a good chance that the money will be diverted. Local and stat...

Letter: Friendship Shelter Succeeds at Housing Homeless

Laguna’s homeless shelter was established as result of the legal settlement between the city and the ACLU. While the shelter has worked to keep 42 people from having to sleep in public spaces, the number of homeless has increased over the years and continues to be burden on our...

Letter: A Real Threat to Our Village

Why do we choose Laguna Beach as our home? Why not Newport Beach, Dana Point or San Juan Capistrano? For me, Laguna’s perfect combination of natural beauty, historic charm, resident-first focus and its small scale, walkable downtown were the key. Yes, it does get really busy for...

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 ...



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