Roger Carter’s inaccurate comments re: Prop 19

As a veteran law enforcement officer, member California Narcotic Officer Association and President of the Laguna Beach Police Employee Association, I felt I must respond to Roger Carter’s inaccurate comments last week regarding Prop 19.

I am proud to say that my organization, the LBPEA, was one of hundreds of law enforcement groups that did not support this dangerous proposition.  As many illegal sales of marijuana in storefront dispensaries in Orange County are being investigated and prosecuted by the Orange County District Attorney, I believe the tide is turning and people do not want marijuana legalized.  Even those who supported Prop 215 back in ‘96 and are medicinal marijuana patients have not supported Prop 19.

The DUI statistics from California fatalities from 1998 to 2008 have tripled, with 21.3% of total traffic fatalities involving drugs.  Drug Driving is a huge problem locally and nation wide.  The residents of Laguna Beach can rest assured knowing the Laguna Beach Police Employee Association will continue to oppose the legalization of drugs to protect our community.

Larry Bammer


Laguna Beach Police Employee’s Association

Do we ignore CalTrans policy?

With regard to the $1.6M street re-surfacing project on PCH and Laguna’s residential streets, and the on-going  $10k change-order for striping and final adjustments, now would be a good time to recall the updated policy from Caltrans, California’s Department of Transportation [DOT].

It says “The Department views all transportation improvements as opportunities to improve safety, access, and mobility for all travelers in California and recognizes bicycle, pedestrian, and transit modes as integral elements of the transportation system.” This means even small paving projects are an opportunity to make small adjustments to better accommodate all travelers, such as shifting striping to better accommodate pedestrians and cyclists, or in the case of Laguna Beach, providing the stripes in the first place.

Today virtually all the streets planned for re-surfacing are finished while the DOT policy goes ignored. Further, the status quo argues that Complete Streets policy mandated by the State doesn’t apply till Jan 1, 2011, so CS policy can be safely ignored till then.

With the prime interest rate hovering at zero, I will argue it is better to comply with Complete Streets policy yesterday than it will be tomorrow.

Les Miklosy (chair)
The Task Force for Complete Streets LB

“Christmas Ships!”

This year I’m having a bit of trouble ushering in the season. After all, my nearly six years in Seattle got me so used to pine trees, powder-white walkways, and those breath-taking boats aglow with thousands of twinkling lights parading across Lake Washington to kickoff the Holiday festivities.

Kraft Letter Photo

It’s not that the glorious Orange County sunsets and the sweeping coastline aren’t remarkable here. They’re just not, well, very Christmas-y.

Putting all in context, you can imagine my thrill upon looking out my window last evening to see at least a dozen brightly lit boats cruising along the Laguna Beach shore. “Christmas Ships!” I delighted while believing that ‘my’ Christmas season had finally been officially ushered in. Hurrying to the refrigerator I popped open a bottle of extra-dry and selected my most beautiful flute to accompany the merriment.

Upon arriving home minutes later, my husband, Ron (with eyesight clearly intact) hurried out upon the deck to see those glorious Christmas Ships that inspired me so. Not wanting to spoil the pageantry but always one to tell the truth, he could hardly contain his laughter when informing me that those luminescent lights were, in fact, Squid boats harvesting their catch.

“Alas, oh season that eludes me,” so crestfallen and morose was I.

But then, a quick change of spirit so as not to spoil the fun, “A toast to calamari!” I exclaimed as I raised my glass to fisherman everywhere.

“Merry Squidmas” and let the blessed season begin!

Janene Kraft

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Auto vs. Pedestrian

When a person who is using a cross walk to cross a street gets run over by a person driving a car does the driver of the car automatically get a ticket?

Michael Hoag

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…always something to clean

Nancy Hamm

Hamm PhotoAs we pass Thanksgiving, and approach the subsequent December holidays, I find myself in a space of reflection and gratitude. I am grateful for my son who has shown me how to smile through all of the crap that life can throw at you. I am grateful for my husband having a job after a year of unemployment. I am grateful to have a family that is as loving as they are committed.

Last night as I lay down in my bed exhausted but counting my blessings I looked up to see a cobweb hanging about a foot down from the ceiling. It was as if all of the beautiful thoughts running through my mind came to a screeching halt. Admittedly in that moment I did give thanks that the cobweb was hanging over my husband’s side of the bed. However, instead of getting up to swat at it with the duster, I just closed my eyes, rolled over and continued my happy thoughts leaving my husband oblivious to the situation.

Unfortunately happy thoughts alone weren’t enough to keep out the knowledge that a cobweb was dangling precariously over our bed. As a result my sleep was somewhat constrained as I woke up periodically to make sure that it was still dangling and naturally tried to keep as far to my side as possible.

This morning however the reality of housework hit me as I reached for the spatula only to notice a daddy long legs had made his home in my utensil jar overnight. Whether its spiders, dirt that creeps in through windows that don’t effectively close, hair from the cat, fingerprints from grubby little hands or general wear and tear from people passing through there is always something to clean. Anymore all I do is sigh because housework is a battle that I never seem to win.

I can, somewhat nostalgically, look back to a time in my life when I had a spotless home, as you can imagine that was pre husband and pre child. I find that I have the same “pull up your sleeves and do it yourself” mindset as my parents but lack the necessary energy to keep it up. There is absolutely nothing satisfying about doing five loads of laundry only to look down and realize that you have somehow in the space of an hour accrued enough for a sixth load. I can forget about having clean floors, it can be guaranteed that they will look beautiful for about 30 seconds.

In this season it is easy to lose track of all that I’m grateful. In the moments when life lapses gratitude, all I need to do is look at my messy house and breathe in the knowledge that it is home.

At the end of the day I love those sticky little fingers even if they are leaving gooey marks all over the flat screen.

Amy Kramer

Business As Usual


The elections brought the dreary doldrums of another go’ round with Jerry Brown playing joker-in-charge and Barbara Boxer sneering at military personnel who call her “ma’am”. Certainly Babs and Jerry will get on just fine with expensive flights on private jets while they brush up their “do with less” speeches. All whilst sucking down tax payer dollars and trolling the small business community for more money to cover the state’s collective bottom.

Okay, yes, I am a little exasperated about California’s lack of ovaries or male parts that had they been present, and had our state made a rational, rather than emotional decision, we could have pulled our golden, now fleeced, state out of the quagmire and made something of it again. We’re bankrupt, we’re over-social-programmed and our population thinks that someone else should take care of everything. How about we all “man-up” and take care of things ourselves like cut way, way back on all the social programs and introduce a work-for-welfare program like the rest of the states? What about standing up to all the groups with their hands out and just saying “no”?

Arnold really complicated things with his nonsense about “girlie-men” in the legislature (although I agree many of them are), and his inability to make clear, strong decisions based on conservative values. California was not always the bluest of the blues state. We used to have a thriving educational system, tons of manufacturing and jobs that allowed people to work for private industries, not just state-gimme, social-supported paychecks. Arnold did not deliver when he became the “governator”. He did not stop the spending, he did not deal with the many issues ravaging California such as illegal immigration and the over-regulated slaughter of industry, nor did he confront the state unions that need a good talking to and a reality check regarding our fiscal condition.

Truly, California has everything. Beautiful weather, gorgeous landscapes and Californians are some of the brightest and most gifted people in the country - yes, I am using exceptional-“ism” to point out that our state should be the best. Before everyone became all wishy-washy and politically correct, it was okay to strive for excellence, and not everyone was special, some were just average, and some, not so great. But before the overly neutral commentary became status quo, Californians wanted and strived to be number one. We took risks, competed, we made our own way and did not rely on the state for jobs, motivation or hand-holding because Californians could do it better.

Alas, here we sit waiting for our fate to be handed to us with the impending doom of higher taxes and fees and less incentives for private enterprise, all the while trying to figure out if it’s worthwhile to own a home or a business in California. Maybe the federal government will finally pull its head out of the sand and realize that California is destined to borrow until the cows come home - but of course there’s the methane gas issue that puts cows on the most wanted list. Or maybe Governor Moonbean, Part Deux, and  “don’t call me Ma’am” Senator Boxer will figure it all out, because that’s what all the supposedly educated voters believed, right?


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The re-election of Troglodytes

The recent election was truly a Kum Bah Yah moment in the history of council elections. The three ancient incumbents holding hands across the aisle could almost make one forget the vicious campaigns of the past.

However as we head into the next round it appears the bell has rung. I would like to share my own learning experience for those who make themselves targets by daring to participate in the political dialogue.


For the Troglodytes or Don’t forget the mustard:


I’ve been slimed and much maligned and told to go to Hell

As sticks and stones will break my bones

And make me bleed and swell

Mere words cannot hurt me a lot

That is a truth to tell.

The gift of speech

Unique to each

Cannot be cut short

Baseless innuendo

Will motivate retort.

Although I try and

I don’t know why

To be a decent sport.

So don’t abate the continuing spate

of insults or complaint,

in the interest of fair debate,

all will be answered without restraint.



C. Penney – Hall

Laguna Beach

The real reason Prop 19 failed?

Fifty seven percent of Laguna voters voted NO for proposition 19 the so-called legalization of marijuana initiative. Forty two percent voted yes. Northern California voters, where lots of “pot” is grown along with voters across the state turned down the proposition.


Simply stated, voters don’t want government meddling in the long established production and supply lines and since it is a “cottage industry” people want the government to stay out. Along with this desire, people are afraid of big business coming into marijuana production, even tho[ugh] it is California’s largest cash crop.

Farming, preparing and selling “pot” is working quite well without big brother’s interference and I don’t think any marijuana proposition in the future will win either.

The cops got their way but for reasons they will never understand.

Roger Carter

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Main Sequence Stars – exoplanets – Super Earths?

Perhaps the greatest scientific discovery in the last 15 years has been the identification of planets revolving around stars outside our solar system. Over 500 extrasolar planets or exoplanets have been discovered orbiting nearby stars. Virtually everywhere astronomers look carefully at nearby stars, planets are observed. Some stars have only one planet while other stars harbor multiple planets. The evidence is now mounting that when a star forms a solar system also forms.

Astronomers have also discovered that almost any kind of star that forms out of the massive clouds of nebular gas scattered throughout the universe may also form with a planet. When Stars emerge from their nebular wombs they tend to come in seven types according to mass, surface temperature, color, and brightness. These seven types of stars are known as Main Sequence Stars. Star types O, B, and A are blue, blue-white, and white in color. Type O-B-A stars tend to be hot, bright, and much more massive than our sun. Star types O-B-A also have short life spans because they are so hot they burn up their nuclear fuel quickly and die away usually within a few hundred million years. Stars that are designated F, G, and K are about the same mass and surface temperature of our sun and come in yellow-white, yellow, and orange colors. Our sun is a G type star. Star types F-G-K burn their nuclear fuel slowly. The last types of stars are known as type M stars. Type M stars are cool in temperature, red in color, and much less massive than our sun but longer lived.

In the search for exoplanets, the holy grail for astronomers is to find an Earth-like planet. Every star has a “Habitable Zone” where it is possible for liquid water to exist. Venus, Earth, and Mars occupy the habitable zone for our sun but only Earth has liquid water flowing freely on its surface.

Where liquid water can exist in the habitable zone, life can also evolve. Since it takes billions of years for life to evolve, to find an Earth-like planet where life may exist, intelligent or not, astronomers look toward F-G-K-M type stars because those stars have a 10 billion year and longer life spans. Plenty of time for evolution to do it’s thing.

Most of the exoplanets that have been discovered are Jupiter-like gas giants. A few of the newly discovered exoplanets are Earth-like rocky planets except that these rocky planets are two, three, four or more times more massive than Earth. Astronomers have dubbed these massive rocky exoplanets as “Super Earths!”

Four planets have been discovered orbiting the Type M star Gliese 581. The Super Earth exoplanet Gliese 581d is about seven times more massive than the Earth. Gliese 581d orbits within its star habitable zone and surprisingly 581d may be covered with an ocean!

With the discovery of exoplanets within our Milky Way Galaxy, is it possible that exoplanets orbit stars in other galaxies? Recently The European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile announced the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a 10 billion year old star, which migrated into our Milky Way Galaxy from another nearby galaxy. The ESO discovery is further evidence that planet formation is more common than once thought.

Serious scientists around the world agree the discovery of exoplanets is an astounding achievement. So why is the big corporate lame stream news media ignoring this story? Could big media be ignoring the discovery of exoplanets because of it’s religious implications?...hmmmmmm

T.C. Borelli

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Then and Now…too late for a U-turn?

The more things seem to have changed the more they seem to be the same. My generation was born in the Great Depression era of the 1930’s.  Reflect with me what my life was like as a kid growing up in Los Angeles. It was nothing unusual for the time.

We ate dinner together as a family every night, and I didn’t get up and walk away from the table when I was done eating. I asked my father to be excused from the dinner table. Sometimes I was refused permission until I had eaten everything on my plate, whether I liked the food or not. I didn’t fear my parents, I respected them and I learned from them.

Kids stood up when ladies entered the room, and addressed male adults as “Sir” and ladies as “Mam”.  This was out of respect for our elders and we didn’t think it was something stupid or downgrading to do.

My family ate freshly popped popcorn and drank Root Beer Floats made with Hires Root Beer as we sat around a radio and listened and laughed at unseen comedians like Bob Hope or Red Skelton.  Our imaginations ran wild with the “Green Hornet” or  “Gang Busters”.  Family togetherness was fun. It wasn’t corny.

We all shared the terrible grief of the lady who lived across the street from us who lost her son as a Marine on Iwo Jima.  She hung a Gold Star banner in her front window. She didn’t burn the flag or curse her country.

Our family went to the movies together every Friday night.  We survived just fine without computers, cell phones, iPods, HD TV’s, and not many of us kids had cars in High School.

We didn’t have credit cards to induce us to buy things we couldn’t afford and to live beyond our means. We didn’t need to have a lot of material “things” to keep us happy. Kids were taught to save money for a “rainy day” and don’t spend it like there is no tomorrow.

My generation was taught as kids not to lie or cheat, and that our word was our bond.  Some pretty big business deals were even made on a handshake in my time.  We were raised to understand that the most valuable “things” that we could ever posses was our good name and good reputation.

So why is today so different than when I was a kid? Is it wrong now to disrespect your elders?  What happened to family, honesty, and patriotism?

I lived in an economic down turn called a  “depression”.  Is that really so different from today’s economic down turn which is called a “recession”?

Some where along the line my generation failed to teach the lessons we were taught very well. I hope that it is not too late for a “U turn”.

Don Knapp

Laguna Beach

Festival grounds is a public park

Regarding the Festival of the Arts plans for a façade redesign along Laguna Canyon Road, I hope new signage will include “Irvine Bowl Park”.  The Festival of the Arts ground uses the City of Laguna Beach’s “Irvine Bowl Park” and the park should be properly identified.

While most people do not realize that it actually is a public park, ironically, the Irvine Bowl Park is the largest municipal park in the City of Laguna Beach. Unfortunately, if you stop by on most any day, you will likely find the area where exhibitors stalls are used during the summer deserted and unused.

FOA Photo

Festival of Arts grounds circa 1959

From “History Of Laguna Canyon” written by Laguna Beach Historical Society President Emeritus Belinda Blacketer May 2001:

“The site of the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters was to be a community park, which was chosen in 1938. In April 1940, the citizen’s of Laguna Beach passed a ‘Park, Music and Advertising Tax’ of 10 cents on each $100 of assessed valuation to purchase and develop the Irvine property.

“The area that is now the festival grounds was shown on a map of the proposed park site as the ‘play area’, the canyon where the police firing range is now was to be used for ‘rustic trails’ and the Amphitheater the Festival wanted to build was to use a very small portion of the park land.

The original deed stated that the City ‘shall use said real property for the following purposes only, and for no others, to wit:  for the construction, enlargement, improvement, maintenance and operation of the outdoor amphitheater now situated thereon and known as Irvine Bowl, for the production and holding of public concerts, theatrical performances, festivals, exhibits and any all forms of public entertainment and recreation’.

“In 1947, after James Irvine’s death, the park was donated to the City of Laguna Beach by the Irvine family. The community planned a community center, a children’s playground, and community kitchen along with many other civic uses. These facilities do not exist today. In the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s the park was used for the community Easter Egg Hunt, carnivals, the Orange County Goat Show, the Scottish Festival, and various other community group events. The park served as the only real community park for the City of Laguna Beach for many years. In the 1950’s a restaurant was built on the former playground terrace.”

Gene Felder

Laguna Beach

Photo courtesy LB Historical Society from the Tom Pulley Postcard Collection

Give David Perlman a call

PearlmanMy husband’s (David Perlman) regular 30-mile bike ride was significantly reduced when he was struck by a car in Irvine last Monday. He was traveling on the sidewalk towards a crosswalk to enter the bike lane when a driver of a Jeep waiting to exit from a driveway into traffic suddenly accelerated and hit him, resulting in a hairline fracture of the tibia.

My 74 year old husband is an exceptionally physically active person and his major complaint, other than his new “bionic” splint is that his usual walks on the Fire Road and Pilate classes at the Suzy Q are now on hold.

(David is not aware that I am writing this/sending it to you. He knows quite a few people from walking the Fire Road, but on a first name basis. I thought that some might read it and give him a call, as our phone number is in the Laguna directory.)

JoAnn Perlman

Laguna Beach

Thank You Laguna Beach!

The Second Annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week was a great success thanks to the support of our community.

With the help of our partner Waste Management, you donated about several tons of food...and we’re still counting.

The Hunger Bowl event, hosted by the Neighborhood Congregational Church, was a wonderful evening with guests sipping soup donated by La Sirena Grill, K’YA, Marks, Nick’s, Stalkers Fine Foods and Sundried Tomato. Devine Desserts and The Laguna Coffee Company served up delicious coffee and dessert.

Our enthusiastic guests turned the silent auction into a “competitive sport” as they bid on the bowls donated by generous artists and our VIP’s, while listening to music of Jamie Browning, sponsored by Mozambique.

The evening ended with a gift of bowls made by children at St. Catherine of Siena Parish School and the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach.

The City of Laguna Beach Housing and Human Services Committee wishes to thank all the businesses, organizations and individuals who donated their time and resources to this very important week benefiting the Laguna Relief and Resource Center.

Faye Chapman

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Frederik Chel

Chel PhotoFrederik Chel, father of Deputy Laguna Beach City Clerk Lisette Chel, died on October 5, 2010 in his Long Beach home. He was 80.

Chel, who emigrated to the U.S. from Holland during Word War II, was an attorney, businessman and former California State Assemblyman. He served two terms in Sacramento representing the 58th District in Long Beach.

He was 17 when he left Holland avoiding conscription by the Germans by fleeing to the U.S. He quickly obtained a scholarship to Pepperdine University and earned his law degree from UCLA’s law school.

He maintained a private law practice and was both an alternate judge in Long Beach and later a volunteer hearing officer in Laguna Beach. In 1978 Chel was named as President of Snug Top, a manufacturer of fiberglass camper shells replacing the firm’s owner and founder who died. Chel had been the company’s chief legal counsel.

In addition to his daughter Lisette, his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth, and son Fred survive him. A celebration of his life was held in Long Beach in October.

Letter to the Editor

Traffic light on Laguna Canyon Rd is vital

There is a vital need for a traffic signal at the entrance to LCAD [2200 block of Laguna Canyon Rd].  Students are virtually taking their lives in their hands each and every time they attempt to enter or exit the campus.

The recently installed crosswalk does not adequately serve the students needs.  Nor does it protect drivers in the Canyon. I have personally stopped for pedestrians and have nearly been rear-ended twice in the past year.

Please don’t wait until someone is seriously hurt - or worse!  We need to protect our children and our community!

Glenna Lineck, Laguna Beach

Letter to the Editor

Another traffic concern on LCR

Ed. Note: This letter was sent to all Councilmembers

I believe you all have an opportunity to save a life.

I just witnessed a near miss on the Canyon Road at the Big Bend where LCAD is now in session.  Something should be done soon to prevent a major accident.

Gary Simpson, Laguna Beach

Guest Columnist

State judges rule that new Ignition Interlock-restricted license eligibility law includes multiple DUI offenders with violation dates earlier than July 1, 2010

By Barry T. Simons, Esq

Superior Court Judge Sheila Fell joined Marin County Superior Court Judge Verna Adams in near simultaneous rulings in favor of California licensees seeking the reinstatement of their driver’s licenses following multiple DUI offense convictions under a law that went into effect on July 1, 2010.

The new law (Senate Bill 598) amended California Vehicle Code Section 13352 making most second-time offenders eligible for an Ignition Interlock restricted license after 90 days of an actual suspension and most third time offenders eligible after 180 days of an actual suspension. In order to qualify for the restriction, offenders had to show proof of the installation of the Ignition Interlock Device, that they were enrolled in an 18-month alcohol education program and that they had paid appropriate fees and submitted proof of liability insurance to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Persons who refused a chemical test or individuals who had been found impaired by drugs only were ineligible.

The Department of Motor Vehicles took the position that the Ignition Interlock restrictions only applied to individuals who had been arrested on or after July 1, 2010, the effective date of the amendment. Both Judges rejected the Department of Motor Vehicles argument that the legislation was intended to apply only to persons with offense dates after July 1, 2010 and expressly found that the legislative history of the amendment at issue indicated that it was intended to provide, “One more tool to proactively fight drunk driving.” and by providing incentives to repeat offenders to install an Ignition Interlock Device on their vehicles. Both Judges relied on studies that the legislature considered showing that these devices reduced recidivism by an estimated 75% and reduced alcohol related fatalities by 7%. Judge Fell concluded that the purpose of the amendment was to provide an incentive to repeat DUI offenders to install Ignition Interlock’s by allowing them to obtain a restricted license sooner if they installed the device. By increasing the number of repeat offenders installing the device, the intent was to reduce recidivism and incidences of offenders driving on a suspended license.


Barry T. Simons, a Laguna Beach Attorney who specializes in drunk driving offenses and the co-author of “California Drunk Driving Law” urges individuals who still have suspended licenses because of multiple DUI’s to obtain an Ignition Interlock restricted driver’s license so that they can drive to and from work and in the course of their employment lawfully and safely. This new law is not about being soft or sympathetic to drunk drivers; it is about implementing a new tool to enhance public safety and stimulate the economy of California by allowing persons to get work related restrictions and drive safely and lawfully.

Be heard Wednesday if you are against Emerald Bay red light

Do you want to stop at another signal driving north on PCH? If not, the county of Orange wants to hear from you with an email and an appearance!

The community of Emerald Bay has applied to install a signal at PCH and the Emerald Bay entrance. Caltrans has stated in writing: “A signal is not warranted based on the accident history of the location.” The signal would provide a left turn into and out of EB for the convenience of members and guests. The Caltrans warrants under consideration are for peak hour traffic and 4-hour traffic 99.9% of which is northbound PCH traffic. Emerald Bay has six other gates for entering and exiting the community.

If you oppose this project, please send your email to the Orange County Planning Commission…[by Tuesday 11/9]…if you have not already done so. The email address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax: 714-667-8858.

Be sure to include the project number: PA080047 Emerald Bay Improvement project and why you are opposed. This can be very short: environmental concerns, opposed to signal, not approved by homeowners, etc. or you can simply state that you are opposed for many reasons. Send an email from each family member. Supposedly all count!

Please plan to attend the Planning Commission Hearing on this project on Wednesday, November 10th at 1:30 p.m. This is a very important hearing and may be our only opportunity to express our opinions and concerns in an objective forum.

If you need a ride to the hearing we will make arrangements for you. If you have questions of any kind, please call 497-2523 or cell: 228-2811

Patty Collisson

Emerald Bay

The Patrascu vote

2781 Lagunatics voted for [Emanuel] Patrascu. You know something’s wrong with city government and the Laguna Beach City Council when almost 3000 citizens vote for a unknown city council candidate...

I drove to Pasadena yesterday and saw only three highway patrol and police cars during the whole trip until I got on Laguna Canyon Road and by the time I got back, I saw four Laguna cop cars and meter police everywhere. King Frank has used the parking meter personnel and police to raise millions of dollars, including over $3500 a month for parking on any part of a white line.

Mayor Pearson said in a question and answer session at the Susi Q Senior Center that high city department manager salaries and out of sight pensions will eventually bankrupt the city. City employees are unfriendly and when you send an email to city council members suggesting there’s a problem, you will usually get an email back telling you why everything is ok.

Tell that to the nearly 3000 who think something’s wrong.

Roger Carter

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Sarah who?

I’ve been trying to figure out what Republicans want. Inspired by a local businessman I decided to make friends with a Republican. So I jumped on the bus and went down to the Chamber of Commerce but they wouldn’t talk to me because I just got off the bus and I wasn’t wearing a gray pinstriped suit.

Then I decided to go to the City Hall. No one would talk to me at City Hall because I wasn’t a contractor bearing gifts. Disappointed, I decided to take one last shot at making friends with a Republican so I hotfooted down to the local bar. Just as I arrived a big burly guy riding a Harley hog pulled up. On his right shoulder was a tattoo of the American flag with a white cross in place of the stars. He was wearing a world war two style German helmet.

I walked over to the guy and asked him if he lived in a mansion or a trailer park. He asked me why and I told him I was looking for a Republican to make friends with. He replied that he was a red-state-red-meat Republican through and through. I offered to buy him a domestic beer if he would tell me what Republicans want.

He agreed to my request and said: For the Republicans a smaller government consist[ing] of the Pentagon with a trillion dollar budget, the Department of Homeland Security with a trillion dollar budget, and a trillion dollar yearly payment on the interest only portion of the national debt.

Voila! A smaller government that sucks up the entire yearly national budget. Everything is deregulated and privatized for profit because the interest on the national debt crowds out all social spending. The rest of the world won’t go along? A trillion dollar Pentagon will solve that problem. Pitch forks, torches, and barricades in the streets because there are no social services? Switch on the Patriot Act and send in Homeland Security!

I thanked my new Republican friend for his insights. Before I left I asked my new friend if he knew Sarah Palin. He said he never heard of her.

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Public hearing re: the proposed light at Emerald Bay

Thank you for your article about the main gate at Emerald Bay. I think you did a great job with a well-balanced, fair and informative report.

The results of the Emerald Bay Service District election did not end up as I had hoped with all of the candidates who favor the traffic signal winning.  Of course, these were the “one-issue” candidates whose qualifications as board members to the service district are questionable in my opinion. 
Our only remaining opportunity to stop this project is with the OC Planning Commission on Wednesday (November 10) when they will have a public hearing.

We have been trying to get more Laguna Beach residents involved but I hear the Emerald Bay proponents have rallied a large group to send letters of support of the signal.  Unfortunately, we are running out of time and few people knew what was going on before the Notice of Public Hearing was mailed on Friday.  Not much advance notice for those who wish to attend or express opposition or support.

With the recent appointment of John Pietig as City Manager, I hope he will consider the burden this signal will place on the residents of LB.

Gary Mar, DDS

Laguna Beach

Mangels maligned

I thought the Laguna Beach Independent October 29, 2010 article “Arts’ Advocate Pushes Oil Agenda” criticizing Anita Mangels regrettable. Whenever I see Anita on TV or hear her on the radio, I always respond in the same way “Boy, is she good”.

Anita Mangels has had a long history of public service in Laguna Beach years ago serving with me on the Board of the Laguna Canyon Conservancy. After the Festival of Arts was saved, its Directors decided to franchise the Pageant of Masters and make some real money. Anita ran for the Festival of Arts board and the new Directors elected her President, and later Treasurer. She served with distinction keeping the Pageant a unique Laguna Beach event.

Elections are supposed to include a respectful hearing of arguments from both sides. The article’s insinuation that nobody, and certainly no environmentalist, could possibly vote yes on California proposition 23 is particularly insulting.

Proposition 23 “would suspend the state’s landmark climate-change law.” Are there any good reasons to vote yes on proposition 23? How about unemployment is high, the economy is weak, businesses are already being driven out of the state. So a reasonable citizen might vote against taking steps to make it even more expensive to do business in California. In addition, there has been no global warming since 1998 which being a global concern, California by itself would have zero impact on global emissions, and zero impact on the world’s temperature.

I am a proud environmentalist, but I am interested in human beings enjoying a higher quality of life including enjoying the beauty and tranquility of the open space. I have fought many battles alongside environmentalists who do not like people and consider extracting minerals from the earth to be sacrilegious. Human beings exhale carbon dioxide when they breathe; CO2 is natural.

I have not used plastic grocery bags for many years, but I resent the City enacting laws making that mandatory. I like my car and being able to drive to San Clemente to visit my grandchildren. Nuclear power, the ocean’s seal level, Spain’s report on their green economy would all seem to provide information if the concern was quality of life for human beings. Rather, what we see with the “state’s landmark climate-change law” is typical: the answer to every problem or potential problem is to increase the power and scope the government and to diminish the freedom and liberty of the people.

Gene Felder

Laguna Beach

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