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Boarding a Flight Into History

Laguna Beach lawyer and former WWII bombardier Charles Brady leaves with his son today for a three-day whirlwind trip to the nation’s Capitol. By coincidence, the visit falls during the Memorial Day weekend, the national day of remembrance on Monday, May 30, for those who have...

Home-Grown Events Celebrate Memorial Day

The Laguna Beach Exchange Club plans its annual Memorial Day pancake breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, in Heisler Park, staffed by local police and firefighters. Due to construction underway near the park’s Monument Point, Memorial Day observances by the Veterans of...

Laguna Retailer Finds Friendly Vibe at City Hall

Like many business owners before him, Reuse Jeans owner George Powell received his share of sardonic “good luck” quips when mentioning his plan to open shop in Laguna Beach. Either he experienced good luck or something has changed at City Hall because Powell described an “ultra...

Slow It, Spread It, Sink It

Anneliese waterproofs school with rain pools When it floods, there’s only one thing that should get depressed, even in Laguna Beach, says rainwater-harvesting expert Brad Lancaster, referring not to an emotional state but a concave landscape.   Flooding could be prevented in...

Four Finalists Vie for Sept. 11 Monument

The Arts Commission is working quickly to award the commission for the city’s latest and unquestionably most poignant work of public art in order to speed its completion by the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. From 10 entrants who answered the call to compete...

Garden Tour of Edible Delights

Where once water-hungry lawns grew, 11 families within a six-block radius of Laguna Beach’s Oak Street tilled and turned the earth into a cornucopia of homegrown produce and an edible garden village. From patchwork quilts to elegant designs of wild fennel, trellised beans,...

Eavesdrops

Memorial Day Grampa will we go to the cemetery this year? Only if you want to. You’re too old to drag anyplace. It would be better to go before the picnic.. Yeah. could we go early? That way you won’t be anxious. And get cranky. I don’t get cranky and I’m not anxious. Oh yes you...

Double Digit Returns From Blue Chip Stocks

The stock market hit some slick spots, skidded but remained on the road. From now to the fall is a traditionally less dynamic period for stocks, summed up by the old saying, “Sell in May and go away.” Even if seasonal waning of buying enthusiasm for stocks makes their prices...

Guest column

Why I’m Supporting the Open Space Initiative Is it consistent for a fiscal conservative to support raising taxes in order to purchase open space? On the surface, the answer may appear to be no, but on closer analysis, and particularly in this case, the answer is clearly yes for...

Appreciation for Swift Action

 Editor, Unfortunate and sick vandalism occurred on the two canyon tennis courts last Tuesday night after hours, leaving the courts unplayable.  A thank you to Tom Toman, the city’s recreation supervisor, for quick action and helping us immediately.  Tom and his crew were there...

Open Space Initiative Doesn’t Compute

Editor, Promoters of the open space initiative for Laguna Beach claim the $20 million dollars it raises by imposing additional taxes on every property owner will fund the acquisition of 550 acres of open space.  This claim is patently false. Most of the land in question is...

No Pyrotechnics for this Veteran, Please

Editor, I find the argument regarding such frivolous displays as wonderfully reflective of patriotism or nationalistic pride not only bogus, but hysterically ridiculous (“Show to Go On,” May 20).  In fact, war veterans have a lot of reservations about such symbolic gestures by...

Another Voice Against Pyrotechnics

Editor, Thanks Roger, for putting to words things that have long bothered me about our “celebrations” surrounding the 4th of July. As a mother, environmental advocate, naturalist, nature mentor, and educator, it has been hard for me to understand why we blatantly pollute our...

Don’t be Fooled Again

 Editor, If we are very lucky, Arnold’s increased sales tax of several years ago will finally end on June 30th. That’s the good news but the bad news is that Gov. Brown loves to steal your money just as much as Arnold. He and his Democrat majority want to keep high...

Taking a Color Trip

Editor, Color is where it’s at. The summer street banners make our town a more colorful place. Our gardens are colorful too and strike a note of individuality and interesting diversity for the growing number of Lagunatics who walk. I thought black clothes were for evening wear,...