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In Defense of Mrs. Penney-Hall

Editor, I read with interest Mr. Navarro’s very strong and almost nasty letter in your fine paper of Nov. 12. In it, he appears to respond to a letter in the previous week’s edition from Mrs. Penney-Hall, which I did not read, since I was out of the country that week (I try to...

The Heisler building : cultural impacts to the City

Editor, City Council member Verna Rollinger’s recent commentary regarding “preservation over restoration” of historic buildings and their ability to comply with Mills Act standards disregarded the fact that historic buildings can also be evaluated based on their cultural...

How About a Skateboard Park?

Editor, I have been following the skateboarding saga over the past few months. My own experience having a son who grew up in Laguna Beach, and who was an avid skateboarder, causes me to be sympathetic with the desires of the young. My son went overboard on his “skating.” He...

Speaking Out About a Reckless Skateboarder

Editor, [a version of this letter was also sent to the City’s mayor and council members] While holding my tongue for the last eight months against my better judgment, I now realize it is not only time to save the life of a skateboarder, but probably my own and all motorists...

What’s Good for Mozambique’s Neighbors?

Editor, In the article, “New Era of Collaboration at Laguna’s City Hall?” that appeared in the Nov. 12 issue of this paper, Mozambique Steakhouse owner Ivan Spiers is quoted as saying, “What’s good for Laguna is what’s going to bring people here.” This statement, as insensible as...

News of Bishop Simon

Editor, This letter is intended for the people of Laguna Beach. The bishop of St. Francis by the Sea in Laguna Beach wants to extend his apologies for any misunderstandings or missed appointments. He also wants to thank St. Mary’s and Reverend Elizabeth Rechter for so generously...

Paul Sets OC Record

Breakers Air It Out 49-39 Laguna Beach High School Football (3-7, 2-3) closed out their injury riddled season with a wild 49-39 victory over Saddleback (1-9, 0-6) last Friday night at Guyer Field.  Outgoing seniors Chris Paul and Austin Paxson, two of only five seniors on the...

School Power’s Lumberyard Chef Challenge Crowns Winner

What do you get when you take two dedicated principals, give them each a gourmet menu, have it prepared by master chef, Armando Ortega, and then ask school supporters to vote for a winner? SchoolPower’s 2nd annual Lumberyard Chef Challenge! For the second consecutive year,...

Students Guaranteed ‘Safe Rides’ Home

The Safe-Rides program, sponsored by Laguna Beach Rotary, Mission Hospital and the Boy Scouts of America, is now underway for this academic year. Safe-Rides, which has a dedicated telephone number that has been publicized to Laguna students, provides transportation home for...

Tenth Sawdust Winter Fantasy Holiday Festival Opens Saturday

The Sawdust Art Festival is ringing in the 2010 holiday season with its annual Winter Fantasy. The 10th such holiday fest, it features 170 artists under the banner “A Palette of Holiday Treasures.” All items for sale are original and hand-made, consisting of a mix of holiday...

Local Teen Athletes Sweep Gravity Games

More than 10 Laguna Beach downhill skateboarders joined an international field of competitors as they vied for the podium last weekend at the International Gravity Sports Association’s (IGSA) U.S. National Championships, held in San Dimas. After two days of time trials and...

Public meeting Nov. 20

League Pushes Homeless Back on the Agenda The League of Women Voters will host a town meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, to convene a discussion about the city’s progress pursuing a broad platform of recommendations adopted by the City Council early in 2008 to address...

Maverick Church and Iconic Leader Face Uncertain Future

For four decades, Bishop Simon Talarczyk has presided over Laguna Beach’s most unusual church, an unaffiliated American Catholic congregation that worships in a historic chapel considered one of the world’s smallest cathedrals. Annie Ratta, of Trabuco Canyon, accompanied by her...

Beetle Trappers on the Hunt

Agricultural inspectors discovered a second palm tree infested with the destructive red palm weevil in North Laguna. But since traps were set last month near the first ever infestation of the exotic pest in the U.S., no more of the insects have turned up beyond the two dying...

New Era of Collaboration at City Hall?

With outgoing City Manager Ken Frank known as the wizard of all things Laguna, city officials as well as community and business leaders hope his successor, John Pietig, will be more democratic than autocratic. “We’re supposed to be the captain of the ship,” said City Council...