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Archive for November, 2011

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Lumberyard Whips Up a Winning Recipe

Lumberyard Whips Up a Winning Recipe

Continuing a tradition of the Thurston principal winning the SchoolPower Chef Challenge, defending champion and new LBHS principal Joanne Culverhouse conceded the title to her Thurston successor Jenny Salberg. The third annual event hosted by Lumberyard owners Suzanne and Cary Redfearn raised than $9,500 for Laguna’s schools, $30,000 over three years. In a nod to […]

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Local Currents

Local Currents

Getting Past Veneers   What would it have been like to live in Laguna Beach 100 years ago? The idea of an undeveloped coastal town is idyllic: abundant open space, a pristine Pacific teeming with sea life and a slower pace.   I’m writing this column as I travel to Honduras with two Laguna families, […]

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Green Light

Green Light

A Robust Recovery As Lagunans await implementation of the Marine Life Protection Act along our coast, an exciting announcement went out two months ago from one of the world’s premier science centers, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  This past August, the Scripps website (http://scrippsnews.ucsd.edu/Releases/?releaseID=1180) reported:  “Results of a 10-year analysis of Cabo Pulmo National Park (CPNP), […]

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Remembering AIDS Deaths

Remembering AIDS Deaths

  Editor, World AIDS Day is always Dec. 1, and this year it falls on Thursday. Just as in years past, members of our city’s HIV Advisory Committee will adorn city-center trees with red ribbons bearing the names of people who have died of AIDS, but this year you’ll see them  a few days early.  At […]

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Digging Into Footpaths

Digging Into Footpaths

Editor, Temple Hills Community Association (THCA) is promoting public staircases over existing easements.  Temple Hills Neighborhood Association (THNA) includes members of THCA, the owners of the 12 homes targeted by THCA and dozens of neighbors. THCA does not represent us. Our community does not want “well trafficked” staircases passing a few feet from our homes. […]

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Overflowing with Gratitude

Overflowing with Gratitude

Editor, I would like to personally thank Elizabeth Pearson, Ann Larson, Christa Johnson, the city of Laguna Beach staff and the Planning Commission for being willing to work with and help a local business succeed. By granting me an event permit (TUP) to hold wine tasting events with food at Laguna Canyon Winery, we will […]

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Bowls of Thanks

Bowls of Thanks

Editor, On behalf of all of us at the Laguna Resource Center, I want to thank Faye Chapman for organizing and operating the World Hunger Bowl fundraiser at the Aliso Creek Inn. Over the years, Faye’s tireless dedication to helping the homeless has enabled the center to provide food, clothing and medical services to the […]

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Kudos for World Hunger Bowl’s Champion

Kudos for World Hunger Bowl’s Champion

Editor, A wonderful charity event called the World Hunger Bowl was held last Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course in Laguna Beach. The World Hunger Bowl is the brainchild of Laguna Beach resident and champion for the homeless, Faye Chapman. Approximately 200 Laguna Beach residents and outsiders attended this annual […]

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Thank You, Laguna Beach

Thank You, Laguna Beach

Editor, The third annual Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week was a great success thanks to the support of our community.   With the help of our partner Waste Management, our schools, churches, businesses and neighbors donated thousands of pounds of food and still counting.   The Hunger Bowl event, hosted by the The Aliso Creek Inn and […]

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The Case Against a New Land Tax

The Case Against a New Land Tax

Editor, A group of self-interested and self-serving people has now gathered enough of Laguna Beach’s registered voter’s signatures to force a vote to add another $20 million tax burden to our already heavily burdened real estate taxes.   The stated need for this $20 million special tax obligation is to buy undeveloped property to add […]

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Trees Should Not Trump Quality of Life

Trees Should Not Trump Quality of Life

Editor, When do property rights and quality of life issues trump tree preservation?   In Laguna Beach it is a difficult call, and, as the daughter of a landscape architect, I understand the issues.  When I remodeled my home, I made costly design decisions in order to preserve two Torrey pines planted by my father, Fredrick […]

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Tree Trouble

Tree Trouble

  Editor, “I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.”   I remember memorizing and reciting those lines in seventh-grade English class. Fast forward to present day Laguna where trees are the number one issue in the editorial pages.  Only yesterday two local landscape architects chose trees as the subject […]

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Tree Battle Continues to Smolder

Tree Battle Continues to Smolder

Editor:   In response to the editorial by Ms. Christoph (“Tree Time Passes,” Nov. 18),  why go back just to our forefathers and foremothers (they didn’t always know what they were doing if you look at history)? Let’s go back to mother nature and see what she would think about what we have done.  After […]

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Smart Girls Race For The Cure

Smart Girls Race For The Cure

 SMART Girls from the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach participated in the 3.2-mile Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure against breast cancer event in San Diego’s Balboa Park earlier this month.   The group of 10 girls raised $250 selling fruit kebobs and handmade tie-dyed shirts.   Race organizers thanked the SMART […]

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McWeather or Not

McWeather or Not

Sea and Sky Energy! With last Sunday’s generous helping of rain, nearly ¾ of an inch, we’re on a pace for an 18 inch season, a little over 4 inches above the seasonal normal of 13.95. So far there’s been good distribution of rain with a 5-7 day dry period between storms. As of today, […]