Political Briefs



Final Public City Council Candidate Forum Set

The public is welcome to witness and participate in the final forum among seven candidates seeking election to the Laguna Beach City Council, set for Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Andrea Adelson, editor of the Laguna Beach Indy, will moderate the 6:30 p.m. event hosted by Firebrand Media in City Hall’s Council Chambers. A 6 p.m. reception will precede the question and answer session.

Adelson has invited questions from nine of the city’s neighborhood associations and will put their queries to the two incumbents, Toni Iseman and Kelly Boyd, and five challengers, Jon Madison, Rob Zur Schmiede, Michele Oliver Hall, Paul Merritt and Eli Grossman.

Audience questions will be invited and added to the line-up as time permits.


Candidates Tour Town’s Safety Net

Clinic Dr. Corey Jorgensen, second from left, with committee members Gail Duncan, George Weiss and Marc Bruderer and candidates Toni Iseman, Rob Zur Schmiede, and Eli Grossman.
Clinic Dr. Corey Jorgensen, second from left, with committee members Gail Duncan, George Weiss and Marc Bruderer and candidates Toni Iseman, Rob Zur Schmiede, and Eli Grossman.

Rob Zur Schmiede, Paul Merritt, Eli Grossman and Toni Iseman on Wednesday took the opportunity to see for themselves what the town’s social safety net looks like.

The entire slate of seven candidates was invited on the four-stop tour to familiarize potential office holders with the local organizations that provide social services to the homeless and low-wage earners, said Barbara McMurray, a Friendship Shelter supporter. She also invited members of the city’s Housing and Human Services Committee.

Stops included the privately run Friendship Shelter, Community Clinic and Laguna Food Pantry and the city funded overnight shelter.


Be An Informed Voter

The League of Woman Voters’ Jean Raun will discuss the pros and cons of ballot propositions from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Laguna Beach Library, 363 Glenneyre St.

The public is invited to come with their questions.

Taxpayers Association Announces its Endorsement

The Taxpayers Association endorses Michele Oliver Hall and Kelly Boyd in their quest for election to the Laguna Beach City Council.


Village Laguna Reworks Joni Mitchell Hit

Village Laguna released its self-produced YouTube video, “Don’t Pave Paradise…Laguna,” to express concerns of its members about proposed construction projects that could impact the town’s atmosphere, said Ginger Osborne, president of Village Laguna. The organization supports village atmosphere and is a political action committee.

The music video features the Joni Mitchell song “Big Yellow Taxi”, which is sung by local vocalist Sasha Evans accompanied by The Moon Police..

The video was produced by local residents Alan Boinus and Rosalie Marsh and directed by Art Z, a Sawdust Festival artist.


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