Articles by LBChat

Guest Letter from Resident Mike Morris

I’ve been attending City Council meetings regularly for several years. I like civic engagement and hope that my singular focus on spending-issues has made positive contributions to our collective wallet. In the past, no matter the issue, no matter how contentious, there was always a level of decorum and civility…

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Candidate’s Public Background Records

November 6th is almost here!  LBChat has compiled candidate statements, websites/podcasts, news articles and public information obtained from candidates and public information sources. This includes Campaign Finance Disclosure 460 Forms. And, this year we are setting the vetting bar higher by including the California Public Record Act Code# 6253 (CPRA)…

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Lorene Laguna Statement On Endorsements

Lorene Laguna: Independent candidate serving the residents of the community. Registered organizations endorsements: NO POLITICAL ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN, PAC, candidate endorsement NO SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP candidate endorsement NO POLITICAL PARTY candidate endorsement, City Counsel is a NON-PARTISAN OFFICE I retained the services of a professional Campaign Compliance Officer to serve as…

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Blake Statement On Endorsements

PETER BLAKE: I hate both the republicans and democrats equally. I’m an independent and have always been one. I.m pro-abortian, gay rights and not into your religion. On the other hand, I’m also not willing to work seven days a week to support your social programs and don’t stay up…

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Don’t Bury Our Money Underground! Vote No On Measure P

S.T.O.P. Team, The Sales Tax Increase is now officially called “Measure P” and will appear on the November 6th ballot misleadingly titled as “Laguna Beach Utility Under-grounding and Fire Safety Measure.” S.T.O.P. is ramping up to defeat Measure P as an unnecessary tax increase, the second in two years. We…

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PAC and 501(c)4 Group Campaign Disclosure Forms

Liberate Laguna – 460 Oct 21 – Dec 31, 2018 – Click here Liberate Laguna PAC – 460 Sept 23 – Oct 20 2018 – redacted – Click here Liberate Laguna Campaign Contributions Form 460 Jan. 1 – June 2018 – Click here Liberate Laguna Campaign Contributions Form 460 –…

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City Council Candidates – November 6, 2018 Election

1) Elizabeth (Liz) Bates liz@lizforlaguna.com. Picked up nomination papers on 07/17/18 TURNED IN nomination papers: AUGUST 10, 2018 (Signatures verified by ROV – no Candidate Statement) 2) Peter Blake peterblakegallery@mac.com. Picked up nomination papers on 08/06/18 TURNED IN nomination papers: AUGUST 13, 2018 (Candidate Statement & Signatures verified by the ROV) Check…

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Guest Review: South Laguna Tourist Quagmire

Date: August 16, 2018 Subject: August 15, 2018 meeting on tourist Impacts in South Laguna. Comments from South Laguna resident Michele Monda: I attended the South Laguna Civic Association (SLCA) meeting on Wednesday night (August 15th) to hear an update on what the Laguna police, lifeguards and county parks staff…

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Coastal city Short-Term Rental proponents ignore legally-binding land use concepts, typically using meritless, fatally flawed arguments at hearings. They’re good for business? Unfortunately, coastal trends since 2000 are “Commerce first, residents second.” By residents I mean those NOT owning potential STR parcels. Favoring commerce over 40+% of the population who…

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Guest Letter – Why Underground Powerlines?

Why do City Councilmembers think it’s the resident taxpayers’ responsibility to pay for these misguided “Key Evacuation Routes” (“KER”) on state-owned LCR, Glenneyre/Monterey St and Virginia Way at double expense bonds and forever one percent sales tax to finance [the] Proposed Underground Tax and Bond agenda that “our Council” voted…

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Guest Articles – Laguna Historic Ordinance Meeting

The City Council is accepting applications for the Historic Preservation Ordinance Task Force. The Historic Preservation Ordinance Task Force was created by the City Council at its January 23, 2018, City Council meeting. The Task Force will consist of (9) nine members of the Public selected by two City Council…

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Comparison Shows An Outdated Historical Ordinance

In a recent ‘Letter To The Editor’ submission in the LB Indy Newspaper, local resident Doug Cortez addresses problems with one historical ordinance coming before Planning Commission this month. He states, “Over the years many Lagunans have been critical of Laguna’s historical preservation program. On Oct. 18 the Planning Commission…

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ACLU Threatens to Sue OC Supervisors Over Alleged Free Speech Violations

Orange County supervisors (from left): Michelle Steel, Shawn Nelson, Lisa Bartlett, Todd Spitzer, and Andrew Do. (Photos by Nick Gerda/Voice of OC and Katlin Washburn for Voice of OC) By Nick Gerda  March 17, 2017 In recent months, Orange County supervisors have been putting tighter and tighter restrictions on speakers who try to address…

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New Employee Receives Special Perk – Updated

Story Update – Guess who earns more than the Governor of California? The excessively high salaries of city managers is a troubling California epidemic. Our City Manager and Assist City Mgr/Dir public works both earn far more in total remuneration than the GOVERNOR of California. CY2019 Pietig: $359k Dupuis: $330k (est)…

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81-Year-Old Tax Payers’ Watch Dog Uncovers County Misspending

An article in the Voice of OC shows local activists bring attention to County’s mishandling of Tax Dollars. The article reports on a complaint that Ms. Shirley Grindle filed with the FPPC against OC Supervisors Andrew Do and Lisa Bartlett (who is OUR district 5 supervisor and current Chair of…

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South Laguna Resident Speaks Up In Community Forum

Local South Laguna Resident posted letter in the South Laguna Neighborhood Nextdoor forum. Posting October 2016: Steve Dictorow’s financial situation is sad and personal – leave him alone about that.  Why do you think that involves his commitments to the City Council?  If there were dubious issues regarding the City,…

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