Fiscal

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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An extensive utility undergrounding campaign funded by taxpayer dollars is well underway by city officials, staff, and hired legal and finance consultants targeting a November 2018 ballot measure. The urgent move to underground city power poles has become a concerning and controversial issue for many reasons but primarily because it…

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Unanimous vote by City Council to underground Edison utility lines on “Key Evacuation Routes” by Ballot Measure, without first addressing the overwhelming concerns expressed by majority of residents aptly delivered during Public Comment. The opposition was well represented by a factual reasonable presentation delivered by the newly formed resident advocacy…

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Coastal Commission Will Vote To Support Laguna’s STL Ordinance

STL Ordinance still in effect… Click here Guest Letter by Roger Bütow – Click here On December 14, 2017, The California Coastal Commission (CCC) made the decision to deny the City’s request to prohibit short term lodgings (STL) in residential zones. The CCC approved the City’s request for additional operational…

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Measure LL Oversight Committee Reports

This committee reviews the uses of the LL tax revenues to ensure that the City Council spends the revenue generated from this local voter approved tax as of Nov. 8, 2016 as promised.  These are the areas that are currently approved by council for funding by the LL tax: Public Safety…

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Swimming After Gold or Plunging into Red Ink?

In 2016’s Laguna Beach Community Survey, respondents were asked to rate 21 different ‘perceived local problems’ in terms of seriousness. Respondents could select: Extremely Serious Very Serious Somewhat Serious Not too Serious Don’t know in response.  As you might imagine, issues such as traffic congestion on PCH & LCR, traffic…

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Update on Rutan & Tucker LLP costs to Laguna Beach City Tax payers in city funded lawsuits through 2018. Click here This past March Laguna Beach witnessed its 38th anniversary of its relationship with the Rutan & Tucker LLP (R&T) law firm. 38 years is an extraordinarily long run for…

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Pietig’s Pay; Plenty Perplexing

At about 11pm at the end of the March 28 City Council meeting, the council addressed the last item on the agenda: the annual review of City Manager Pietig’s employment contract.  This author was the only ‘member of the public’ remaining in the City Hall chambers to watch this annual…

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LagunaBeachCHAT has embarked on an extensive and thorough analysis of the City’s history of claims, settlements and litigation.  We felt that tax payers deserved to know the facts behind how the City chooses to direct resources and taxpayer funds to defend the City against claims. Also of public interest are…

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Fiscal Prudence – Qualifications for City Treasurer Position

The City treasurer position held by Laura Parisi is being challenged by local resident Anne McGraw.  Ms. McGraw is endorsed by Council members Boyd, Whalen, Zur Schmiede and Dicterow.  The issue for residents has become whether the position requires a CPA with City Government and investment experience vs a small…

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Million Dollar Parking Garage

Story courtesy of the LB Indy – There’s life again at the village entrance, a highly visible and often-congested downtown corner where hundreds of people park their vehicles between a concrete flood channel and a chain-link fence. Over several decades, the asphalt parking lot has seen multiple virtual iterations. But…

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Mayor Dicterow’s Bankruptcy

 Fact’s about Mayor Steve Dicterow – Laguna Beach has a Bankrupt Mayor!  He says,”Everyone in Laguna knows. Did you? Filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in 2014… less than two years into his 4th Council term. Did not publicly disclose bankruptcy to voters/homeowners until exposed by resident  at the City Council Meeting…

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