Fiscal

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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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 any 3rd party vendor servicing a public entity customer, especially so in the case of a City Attorney (CA). Should we…

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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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