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Commentary: Steve Dicterow is 'a voice of reason'

October 02, 2012|By Gene Gratz

Laguna Beach, it appears, has finally grown up. Karl Rove would be so proud.

We have in the Sept. 20 Coastline Pilot a "hit piece," titled "Dicterow seems so full of himself," worthy of the national campaigns at their most ugly — vitriolic, ignorant, based on half-truths, and, unmistakably, the work of a "Super PAC." It's not the work of the campaign itself, but an outside organization, which has tasked this vile hatchet man to write this bile to create the appearance that it is a citizen writing, and not a toady of another candidate's or group's campaign.

And who is this jerk who produced this piece of political filth? Obviously, he did not attend the event, but has excerpted a few sentences from Barbara Diamond's review about the meeting, from which he draws the offensive conclusions that were his goal in the first place.

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As regular readers of the local Laguna Beach newspapers and online news sources will have noted by now, this is one of a series of letters, all full of invective about Steve Dicterow, clearly, part of an organized letter-writing campaign. By whom? Well obviously, by a group almost hysterical at the possibility that a voice of reason, possibly even two, will be elected to City Council, and will break the rigid control that Village Laguna, along with other civic associations and their minions have been able to exercise through the three-vote majority they control.

I lived in Laguna and tried to build a house between 1987 and 1992, when Village Laguna controlled City Council — and, therefore, the Design Review Board. It was a nightmare for anyone trying to build anything but a 1,700-square-foot cottage. Why 1,700 square feet? Because that was the size of the house in which the chair of the DRB lived, and if it was good enough for her, it was good enough for everyone. Many people, myself included, lost their life savings trying to build a reasonable home for themselves and their families. Dicterow's election – not alone, along with other sane councilmembers — righted the city's course and corrected many of the abuses that were so rife, just as he said on Sept. 11.

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