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Archive for February, 2013

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Eye on Nature: Eucalyptus Trees, Rooted in Laguna’s Art History

Eye on Nature: Eucalyptus Trees, Rooted in Laguna’s Art History

By Ellen Girardeau Kempler   Fixed in oil and watercolor by the plein air artists who established Laguna’s art colony, the eucalyptus seems integral to our local landscape. With their graceful height, brick-colored bark, fragrant leaves, feathery flowers and button-like seeds, this Australian import lends year-round color and softness to Laguna’s parched and muted native […]

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Foltz Receives Assistance League Honors

Foltz Receives Assistance League Honors

A day after this year’s Grammy awards, Suzanne Foltz of Laguna Beach was shocked to learn she, too, was an award recipient, named the volunteer of the year by the Assistance League. Born in Seattle, Wash., Foltz moved with her family to Laguna Beach in 1969 when her father, Dr. Eldon Foltz, was recruited as […]

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Pauline Shubel Bužan

Pauline Shubel Bužan

  A longtime resident of Laguna Beach, Pauline Shubel Buzan passed away peacefully on Jan. 30, 2013, at the age of 92. Pauline (Pauli) was born Oct. 22, 1920 in New York, the day after her parents immigrated from Slovenia.  She grew up in a cultural milieu and was active in her Slovenian-American community in […]

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Am I Crazy?

Am I Crazy?

By Jane Stahlheber             The answer to that question is a resounding Yes!  But that’s beside the point. My car broke down recently.  Again (sigh).  But thanks to public transportation, I laughed like a hyena and thanked God as I unhooked the battery, checked the air in the tire with a slow leak, and wondered […]

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Purim Play’s Comic Turn

Purim Play’s Comic Turn

By Arnie Silverman   Secular scholars believe that the 2,000-3,000-year old story of Purim is pseudo-history.  In the story, a Persian king chooses the beautiful Esther to be his queen.  Keeping her Jewishness hidden, she has an uncle, Mordechai, an avowed Jew who earns the Prime Minister Haman’s hatred and anger when he refuses to […]

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Pet Peeves: Awards

Pet Peeves: Awards

By Mark D. Crantz Laguna Beach.  Another perfect day in Paradise, but oh no, it’s awards season. Ready.  Set. Snooze. Here comes Peoples Choice, Golden Globes, Country Music, SAG, Academy Awards, and on and on the thank-you goes. Each year, I get more depressed knowing that I’ll never get the nomination from the likes of […]

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Indy Calendar Feb. 22-28, 2013

Indy Calendar Feb. 22-28, 2013

Friday, Feb. 22 Sawdust Art Festival Art Classes: 10 a.m., 2 p.m. www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses  949-494-3030. Also 2/23. Nick I & A.D.D. 9 p.m. Mozambique, 1740 Coast Hwy. www.mozambiqueoc.com  949-715-7777 Guitarist-vocalist Jason Feddy, singing on his birthday, 8:30 p.m. Hotel Laguna, 425 South Coast Hwy. 949-494-1151. Also, 2/23 Laguna Beach Film Society screes “Transparentsea: The Desert Whale […]

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Questioning Fairness in Council Appointments

Questioning Fairness in Council Appointments

Editor,   I have recently become interested at the process in which our city selects individuals for a committee. For example, let’s take the recently formed “View Equity Committee”.  My understanding is these individuals were hand-selected by our mayor. It appears that they were not asked to fill out applications and explain why they were […]

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A View Embellished by Trees

A View Embellished by Trees

Editor, I would like to comment on a recent letter to the editor wherein a writer compares his interrupted view to the sea as similar to that of an interrupted view to a movie screen, when a fellow in a top hat has unwittingly sat down in front of him (“The Parable of the Top […]

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Trees Contribute to Laguna’s Beauty

Trees Contribute to Laguna’s Beauty

Editor, In considering a view ordinance for Laguna Beach, the overall look of Laguna should be kept in mind, not just individual lots. To me, our town looks much more inviting than sections of Newport Beach and Dana Point because of our lush and diverse vegetation. Sections of the aforementioned cities either look stripped of […]

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School Board Ignores Majority Opinion of Parents

School Board Ignores Majority Opinion of Parents

Editor, If the school board is apologizing to parents then it is only fair that they correct their mistake. Put the calendar back and leave it alone until you’ve allowed a proper public debate. When a student does something wrong in class he is required to correct it and/or fix it until he gets it […]

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Organizing Effort Over School Calendar

Organizing Effort Over School Calendar

Editor, During the standing room only February school board meeting, the members and Supt. Smith all acknowledged their failure to properly communicate and manage their decision to change the school calendar. While their belated admission was a positive step, there is a growing group of parents galvanized to be more active and advocate for improved future […]

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Boats Reverberate More Than Planes

Boats Reverberate More Than Planes

Editor, I agree with Robin D. Williams (“Noise Survivor Dismisses the Fuss,” Letters, Feb. 8) regarding the people complaining about airplane noise. Get your heads out of the clouds and thank your lucky stars we don’t have an international airport at El Toro. Living on Top of the World and being an avid gardener, airplane […]

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Post Takes Up Recruiting

Post Takes Up Recruiting

Editor, All veteran organizations exist to support our Constitution, serve other veterans, the VA hospitals, the active military, and our youth and community. The veterans in the Laguna Beach American Legion Post 222 are the ones who put up the flags around town on patriotic holidays and perform a myriad of other services for veterans […]

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In Search of Splinter Festival Info

In Search of Splinter Festival Info

Editor, I lived in South Laguna in the ‘60s, but have lived in Connecticut since September, 1968.  I was born Olivia Marin and I grew up in Southern California. In 1968, I joined a group of artists in an art festival that ran in conjunction with the Festival of Arts and the Sawdust Festival in the […]