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Archive for December, 2010

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Special-Needs Rocker Back in the Spotlight

Special-Needs Rocker Back in the Spotlight

Scott Siegel, the autistic songwriter and vocalist who leads the Arrest My Sister alternative rock band, is among 11 honorees at the first Genius in Autism Awards, scheduled at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Jan. 10. Siegel’s parents, Laguna Beach residents Leeni and Michael, as well as the band, signed on early to support fundraising […]

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Of Service To More Than Veterans

Of Service To More Than Veterans

By Lee Winocur Field and Marion K. Jacobs   Chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919, the American Legion is devoted to advocating on behalf of all armed service members and veterans. But as Laguna Beach’s Post # 222 Commander Frank Daniel explains, “Representing veterans is but one of the four pillars of our work. […]

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Experts Find Third Infected Palm

Experts Find Third Infected Palm

By Ted Reckas | LB Indy   Experts detected another palm tree near North Coast Highway and Wave Street with signs of red palm weevil damage earlier this month. The pest is a major killer of palm trees worldwide and was found on U.S. soil for the first time in the same North Laguna neighborhood […]

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“The Little Engine That Could” Gains Ground

“The Little Engine That Could” Gains Ground

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy The easy part was scrambling for two years to buy a deserted retirement home at Ruby Street and S. Coast Highway. The hard part now is making the rent. The property and building with views overlooking the Pacific Ocean were purchased for $6.5 million as the future site of […]

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Preparing for the Next Onslaught

Preparing for the Next Onslaught

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Even as flood-wary residents monitor weather forecasts and hope to avoid a repeat of last week’s destruction, city officials are tallying damage to 30 homes and 59 businesses, estimating $10.2 million in storm damage from the Dec. 22 deluge, the worst in several years. “Unfortunately, this was just the […]

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Suspected Smugglers Land at Crystal Cove

Suspected Smugglers Land at Crystal Cove

By Ted Reckas | LB Indy   Possible human traffickers landed a boat at Crystal Cove State Beach early Tuesday morning. Its 10 occupants fled toward Coast Highway, a witness told a Newport Beach police officer, who was flagged down by a park visitor around 7 a.m. This would be the fifth similar incident of […]

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Flood Blamed on 2002 Council Decision

Flood Blamed on 2002 Council Decision

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy After $3.5 million in estimated damages and clean-up costs, and countless anxiety attacks in downtown merchants, the flood in the village business district that came with the winter’s first rainstorm could have been prevented years ago, according to past and present city officials. “A few years back, there was […]

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After Laguna Returned to a Lagoon

After Laguna Returned to a Lagoon

Despite a precautionary city flyer distributed to downtown merchants the day before last week’s first heavy winter rainstorm, nearly 60 businesses, heeding the warning or not, incurred damages estimated by city officials at $3.5 million.  Water and mud lines are still visible on some store walls. The flyer suggested that merchants take safety measures, such […]

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Tested by a Force of Nature

Tested by a Force of Nature

Editor, This past week has been extremely challenging and has tested our very souls. The mud and floodwaters took our studios, art work and everything we had worked so hard to accomplish. We would like to thank our friends and family who have arrived at our property with a shovel in their hand: Bob Bonn, […]

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Care Demonstrated in a Crises

Care Demonstrated in a Crises

Editor, On behalf of the homeless people who call the City of Laguna Beach’s Alternative Sleeping Location home, I am writing to express our profound thanks for the quick work and caring approach that the city and the Red Cross took in ensuring appropriate shelter was available for our residents during the recent flooding.   […]

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“No Take” Is a Gift to Laguna

“No Take” Is a Gift to Laguna

Editor, Protection of our new marine reserves and enforcement of the Fish and Game regulations will be easier than people might think. Already, many of our residents are aware of the importance of restoring our marine habitats. Likewise, tourists to Laguna share a desire to see our marine life rebound. Not only is the public […]

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Ocean Closure is Nonsense

Ocean Closure is Nonsense

How sad to see all the self-serving silly comments in the Independent article (“Marine Reserve Unsettles the Waters,” Dec. 24) regarding the closing of the Laguna Beach coast to fishing.

Closing off this 21 square miles of prime fishing grounds really does nothing but put a lot of people out of work, damage our tourist industry, and ruin a great sport and cut off the source of healthy food for a lot of people.

Comments from those supporting the ocean closures like, “I want to see kelp beds” is ridiculous. Fishing does not damage kelp beds. Kelp comes and goes with water temperature, sunlight, red tides, etc. Other comments like, “I want to see big giant fish,” are equally silly. Guess what? Big fish eat little fish. We already have big predator fish out there including giant black sea bass (fully protected), white sea bass (must be very large and limited to one fish), sharks, and occasionally transient barracuda and yellowtail. Yes, man is a transient predator too, but hook and line fisherman, following Fish & Game regulations, only have a minor impact.

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Ringing in Environmental Victories

Ringing in Environmental Victories

Editor, Great News for Laguna’s Greenbelt; more land is donated for open space (“ Contested Tract Dedicated for Public Use,” Dec. 10 edition). 75 acres of Hobo Aliso Ridge, aka Driftwood Estates, (and the likely addition of an adjacent 80 acres) is now permanent open space scheduled for restoration.  This gift to the city by […]

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Taking up the Torch

Taking up the Torch

Tiki torches, barbecues, and fire pits banned in Laguna Beach. How absolutely absurd! Our freedom to entertain in the privacy of our own backyards has been reduced to ashes.

Building and fire safety codes are formulated over years of research by qualified professional fire safety authorities. And who wrote this amendment to the city of Laguna Beach fire code? I inquired with our City Council, building department, city clerk, and city manager about who authored this piece of legislation. Answer was: we don’t know.

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Facts vs. Scapegoats

Facts vs. Scapegoats

Editor, I agree with Ganka Brown and her call to limit campaign spending for city council elections. How about an ordinance?   Oh yeah, we already have one. In fact, Village Laguna championed one several years ago and the City Council passed a $30,000 spending limit and because of our First Amendment rights the limit needed […]