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Pet Peeves: Water Wise

By Mark D. Crantz   Laguna Beach is good for walks on the beach. CSI found my footprints and I’m reporting to you readers while on the run. Apparently, waves do not wash away all footprints. I don’t like being a fugitive, but what’s worse is imagining the end. That’s when...

Houston, We Have a Problem

Editor, Since the institution of the drain-the-lagoon program at Aliso Beach, the amounts of sand accumulating on neighboring beaches is startling, and makes one wonder how much of our narrow slices of tide pool ecosystems are being buried by this drastic increase in sand...

Pushing for a Popular Vote

Editor, The citizens of Laguna Beach deserve the opportunity to vote on the proposed $50 million village entrance garage. We have reached a point in the process where there is the appearance that the council is willing to ignore the will of the people in favor of a handful of...

Predicting an Entrance Bailout

Editor, In reference to the proposed village entrance parking structure: In the Los Angeles Times on July 5 there is a report, “The O.C. Tollway needs to refinance debt,” which is about the tollway going deeper into debt to avoid bankruptcy.  The state Treasurer is...

Citizen Voting for Entrance

Editor, The refusal of our City Council majority to allow a citizen vote regarding the village entrance project seems to confirm that the Council acts more like a private club than as duly elected representatives of the citizens of Laguna Beach.   What is the council majority...

Championing a Plebiscite on Entrance

Editor: On June 11, in a packed City Hall meeting devoted to the proposed village entrance, three City Council members voted to strip $15 million from the city’s general, parking, and sewer funds and put residents in debt for more than 25 years. Many residents, such as I,...

Hoarders Can Be a Danger to Themselves

Editor, At a recent City Council meeting, the issue of parking came up. Yes, many side streets are being used by tourists. However, many of the cars belong to our neighbors who may have more than one car or two cars and their garages are packed full of things.  Thus, in some...

Distinctive Flora Rooted in Laguna’s Character

Editor, I’ve always thought a really spooky ride through the giant, old eucalyptus trees on Bluebird Canyon Drive on Halloween night could be quite a trip. Around the gazebo at the north end of Treasure Island Park are some beautiful palm trees and four fabulous beaches....

Local Currents: Give Notice

…and then Dad said, “You know what I believe? I remember in college I was taking a math class, this really great math class taught by this tiny old woman. She was talking about fast Fourier transformations and she stopped midsentence and said, ‘Sometimes it seems the universe...

Marine Safety Correspondance

Fuming Over Paddling Prohibition   This letter was addressed to lifeguard chief Kevin Snow.   Today I went down to Boat Canyon to go for a paddle on my paddle board. This is the same routine I have done a couple days a week for years.  To my extreme surprise, the...

Schoolpower Selects One of Their Own

Parent Robin Rounaghi, who served two terms as volunteer president of Schoolpower, was selected as the non-profit’s first, paid executive director. Rounaghi leaves her job as an attorney to take on the newly created job. After an extensive hiring search and interview process,...

Helped at Home, Student Goes On to Gallery Show

Samantha Crane, a Laguna Beach High School 2009 graduate, continues on the path she began with encouragement and inspiration while enrolled in photo classes with former high school art teacher Peter Tiner. Crane, who continued as a studio arts major, concentrating in photography...

Class Notes 7/26/13

Student Exchange Opens  ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE) is seeking local host families for international high school boys and girls.  These students are 15 to 18 years of age, and are coming to this area for the upcoming high school year or semester. These...

Marathon Swimmers Set Catalina Record

Late on a recent summer evening, a relay team of three men and three women, all in their 50s, braved profound darkness, four-foot seas and stinging jellyfish to cross 21 miles of open ocean between Catalina Island and San Pedro. When they arrived on the rocky shores of the Palos...

LBHS Update 7/26/13

Breakers Surprise at Summer Tournament In a preview of what hopefully will be a successful high school swim season, Laguna Beach’s Breakers competed in the top summer tournament for California high school teams this past weekend at Corona del Mar. The boys division featured the...