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Archive for January, 2011

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Artists’ “Live-Work” On Hold

Artists’ “Live-Work” On Hold

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Looking not quite as shredded as his bronze sculptures of rag-wrapped human forms, Louis Longi slumped over his notebook, jotting down points he wanted to make. His 800-square-foot cottage-studio, the seed of a $6-million, glass-fronted artists’ live-work colony, was nearly washed away by muddy waters that raged through Laguna […]

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This Costume Drama Ends Happily

This Costume Drama Ends Happily

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Storm waters that flooded Laguna Beach homes and businesses last month also inundated the high school’s theater basement, threatening a treasure trove of costumes and props that over the years have added a dash of period authenticity to countless productions. Thanks to the able direction of Angela Irish, doyenne […]

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David Gerth

David Gerth

Gustav David Gerth of Laguna Beach died Dec. 29, 2010, at the Long Beach Care Center in Long Beach. He was 82 years old. Gerth was much loved, a friendly, upbeat, talented musician, gourmet chef and loyal friend. Though he spent the last five years of his life in hospitals and nursing homes, including several […]

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From muddy waters, clarity

From muddy waters, clarity

By Ann Christoph For days during the Christmas holidays the Canyon Road was closed, and many of us in the rest of the city had little awareness of the tragedy that was playing out in that creekside world. Then came the news of the flooding and damage to homes, studios, schools and businesses. Now the […]

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City Hall Calendar

City Hall Calendar

Tuesday, Jan. 18 City Council, 6 p.m., Council chambers

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The Democracy of Discourse

The Democracy of Discourse

Editor, Re:  Peter Navarro’s letters. Thank you for setting me straight. In fact, I was truly impressed by your defense, and now believe we share many of the same opinions. My portfolio could indeed use some improvement and I will certainly look into your investment analysis. However, you are mistaken in some of your assessments […]

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Setting the Record Straight

Setting the Record Straight

Editor, Having spent the better part of the holidays digging out from under the mud that inundated my canyon neighborhood, it’s time to deal with some more mud that a Village Laguna board member, Cindalee Penney-Hall, has thrown at me (Letters, Dec. 24, 2010). Here are appropriate corrections to her latest unguided missive: 1. I have […]

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A Brother Nonetheless

A Brother Nonetheless

Editor, On behalf of myself and my family, I would like to publicly thank Lifeguard Chief Kevin Snow, and Fire Chief Kris Head, and the fine men and women of the Laguna Beach Marine Safety and Fire Departments for honoring us with their presence at a memorial service held last Friday at Treasure Island Park […]

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Cell Towers Pose Little Health Risk

Cell Towers Pose Little Health Risk

Editor, As a 20-year telecommunications veteran, I wanted to address the ongoing protests against cell tower construction in Laguna Beach. The concern over cell tower radiation led residents to block the construction of a planned T-Mobile tower in the Top of the World neighborhood, and efforts are underway to prevent another planned tower in Arch Beach […]

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Perspective on Cell Tower Radiation

Perspective on Cell Tower Radiation

Editor, This past Jan. 12, the Planning Commission was scheduled to review a proposal to install a new 4G microwave antenna at a residence in the Arch Beach Heights area. This residence already houses Sprint and (in twin faux chimneys) AT&T towers. The 4G microwave antenna is to be, I have been told, an addition […]

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Nice Work

Nice Work

Editor, I want to thank you for writing about the TOW fifth grade holiday boutique. Your reporter, Jennifer Erickson, is so nice. She asks really good questions. She took the time to talk to many of us students and find out details, which made the story fun to read. Sincerely, Owen McMurray, Ms. Campbell’s class

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Shelter Supporters Deserve Kudos

Shelter Supporters Deserve Kudos

Editor, Our Laguna Beach Animal Shelter was decimated in the recent rains. We lost nearly everything from electronics to paperclips. And, once again, people have been there to help us. I want to thank as many as I can. The Animal Control officers came in on their days off. Although it was too late for […]

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Animal Shelter Needs More than a Makeover

Animal Shelter Needs More than a Makeover

Editor, Let me preface my letter with the disclaimer that I am not discounting the damage that has been done to private homes and businesses in town with the recent flood. If you did not know, construction was just about to begin on a remodel of our town’s animal shelter. The facility was going to […]

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Conflicting Views

Conflicting Views

Editor, In the short time John Pletig has been city manager, he has brought a breath of fresh air to our town. His waiving of rebuilding fees is great, but only til Jan. 10? This sounds too much like our last city manager. His leadership during the rains was great. A wall of water went […]

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Doctors of Dedication

Doctors of Dedication

Editor, While the whole downtown and all of the canyon was impassible the day after the big flood, our Laguna Beach Community Clinic was open for business and serving our citizenry. Even though Dr. Tom Bent’s own home had flooded, he, the clinic medical director, left his wife holding the wet vac as he made […]