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By Roger von Bütow | June 25, 2009
To: Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson, LBCC CC: Staff, CLB Ms. Pearson: You have thanked me repeatedly in public for the free water quality workshops I gave you back in 2000 when you first ran for LBCC. I did so not out of friendship but with the naive hope that this would help you to be a more educated Councilmember, hence more capable of making informed decisions. At that time, only Councilman Wayne Baglin seemed to grasp the nuances, the subtle interaction of complex regulations, NPDES Permits, etc. Sadly, nothing has changed except Wayne was run off of the Council, the object of a "Swift-Boating" tax exempt 527. You have subsequently served both on LBCC for 7 years but also served on the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (SDRWQCB)
NEWS
May 28, 2004
Lee Reymer II Under the guise of a public notice the city of Laguna Beach has actually sent a ballot. A ballot that seriously affects your pocketbook or purse. They have proposed an eight year escalating sewer charge increase. This on top of two other very significant increases in recent years. The city uses a reverse approval method -- i.e. if they do not get a 51% objection to their proposal, which must detail the writers parcel number on it, then they use the approach that everyone that did not respond is in favor of the increase and it is approved.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | May 9, 2008
It’s said Americans “live to work” and Europeans “work to live,” but many Thurston Middle School French students and their families worked hard at living well over Spring Break in the South of France. On the trip, organized by French teacher Randi Beckley, they also had an opportunity to tour Menton, Laguna Beach’s new sister city, while on a trip to Monaco; the Menton visit wasn’t on the original itinerary, but happened fortuitously. Many of the Thurston girls who went on the trip found Menton to be very similar to Laguna, with boutique shops and an area like Main Beach, but the boys interviewed said they didn’t see the resemblance.
NEWS
By CATHARINE COOPER | June 1, 2007
As she peeked her head around the corner at my front door, I held my breath, anxious to see the look on her face, to see if the secret had held. As she realized what was happening, tears filled the corner of my mother's eyes as simultaneously she took in the crowd of friends and family that jammed the entry, and listened to their harmonious, "Surprise!" It was my mother, Kay Wright's , 80th birthday. For weeks we had held the secrecy, a web of handed off communications between my step-dad, Lewie Wright and his son, Bobby . There was no way I could call the house and ask to speak to Lewie without raising suspicion, so I'd call Bobby to pass messages, and Lewie would call me back when mom had left the house.
NEWS
April 4, 2003
FOOD FOR THOUGHT Moms and dads who work outside the home and act as Family Feeder have a rough time. I sometimes wonder how they manage to survive the workday, arrive home after a nerve-wracking commute and have the strength to even think about getting a meal on the able. Do adults and children sit down to a traditional supper anymore? Even those who work at home are having a hard time preserving the tradition. Grown-ups spend longer hours in home offices and find their free time filled with meetings, errands and carpool responsibilities.
NEWS
By Billy Fried | March 19, 2013
As I write this column the fog is rolling in deep and I'm listening to Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood crush a version of "Voodoo Child. " There's a full gospel chorus behind Clapton's wailing guitar. It's "Blues On The Beach" Friday night at KX93.5 FM, and I've got it turned way up - and just right. By now you know about Laguna's start-up radio revolution, or your head is in the trees that block everyone's view. Six months in and these guys have built an independent radio model from the ground up that doesn't answer to corporate suits, where they actually play artists that aren't dumbed down and force fed from the major labels.
NEWS
April 29, 2005
City manager's efforts appreciated [Note: this letter was sent to City Manager Ken Frank.] As a 30-year resident in this beautiful resort village, appreciation and gratitude are my daily feelings. This note comes much delayed, but nonetheless, the sentiment has been with me for years. You, your city maintenance crew and magical gardeners continue to perform amazing feats on a daily basis. Namely, keeping this village's streets, sidewalks, parking areas, and gardens beautifully clean, trimmed and fresh.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | November 15, 2012
Thanksgiving is almost upon us and the Community Clinic showed its gratitude to its supporters at a brunch on Sunday. The Benefactors Brunch & Bubbly was held at Marshall and Joyce Linn's elegant hillside home with a fabulous view, scrumptious food and a guest list of some of the most caring people in town - some of whom received awards at the brunch. Dr. Pamela Lawrence was honored by the Orange County Community Foundation with the Power Pack Philanthropist Award, for which she was nominated by the clinic.
NEWS
December 24, 2004
No time to forget about El Toro fight The Coastline Pilot did the community a great service with its cautionary report "El Toro fight rolls on." The El Toro Info site www.eltoroairport.org has been covering the airport debate and El Toro news since 1996. We have grown increasingly concerned over Los Angeles' push to convert El Toro to a giant satellite of LAX. Such a plan would give L.A. control over future land use, road traffic, and noise and air pollution in Orange County.
NEWS
July 1, 2010
I never expected that the operation of a business in the city would have such a direct effect on the quality of life in a neighborhood. I enjoy living in a community where neighbors put out watch for children playing signs. I want to live in a community where neighbors respected each other's privacy and quality of life. The nightclub that exists with its million-dollar sound system and its all-star music jams is either a function of a failed business plan for a high end restaurant or a duping of the community to what type of business was to exist.
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By Roger von Bütow | June 25, 2009
To: Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson, LBCC CC: Staff, CLB Ms. Pearson: You have thanked me repeatedly in public for the free water quality workshops I gave you back in 2000 when you first ran for LBCC. I did so not out of friendship but with the naive hope that this would help you to be a more educated Councilmember, hence more capable of making informed decisions. At that time, only Councilman Wayne Baglin seemed to grasp the nuances, the subtle interaction of complex regulations, NPDES Permits, etc. Sadly, nothing has changed except Wayne was run off of the Council, the object of a "Swift-Boating" tax exempt 527. You have subsequently served both on LBCC for 7 years but also served on the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (SDRWQCB)
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NEWS
May 28, 2004
Lee Reymer II Under the guise of a public notice the city of Laguna Beach has actually sent a ballot. A ballot that seriously affects your pocketbook or purse. They have proposed an eight year escalating sewer charge increase. This on top of two other very significant increases in recent years. The city uses a reverse approval method -- i.e. if they do not get a 51% objection to their proposal, which must detail the writers parcel number on it, then they use the approach that everyone that did not respond is in favor of the increase and it is approved.
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