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Archive for September, 2013

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Video Inspires Underwater Awe

Video Inspires Underwater Awe

An educational video featuring Laguna Beach’s Marine Protected Areas was released this week by the Laguna Bluebelt Coalition, five organizations whose mission aims to protect and restore marine life. Short, fun and informative, it features local personalities Patsee Ober, Mike Beanan and marine safety Capt. Tom Trager along with stunning photos of Laguna’s underwater marine […]

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Marking the Start Line for Student Athletes

Marking the Start Line for Student Athletes

Kathy Coakley was watching her son play in a Laguna Beach High School baseball game last year when a batter, Brett Tracy, fouled a fast pitch off his bat and directly into his right eye.  The ball smashed into his eye socket and the impact instantly broke his cheekbone; he was bleeding from his mouth […]

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Old Venues Serve Up New Concepts

Old Venues Serve Up New Concepts

  As summer segues into fall, Laguna Beach’s vibrant food scene undergoes its own seasonal change as well with new restaurants poised to open and some old favorites kicking things up a notch. New chefs will wield their knives at three eateries in well-established restaurant spots where the previous tenants all served their last meals […]

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Laguna Officer Eulogized With Mirth and Respect

Laguna Officer Eulogized With Mirth and Respect

   

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Pet Peeves: Birthday Suit

Pet Peeves: Birthday Suit

Mark D. Crantz 2100 Ocean Way Laguna Beach, CA  92651 847.570.9411 I have a secret that I can’t live with.  I’m a senior citizen and I do nude male modeling.  I never intended to tell anybody, but you know the cat is out of the bag. I need to get in front of the publicity […]

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Green Light: Trolling for Trash

Green Light: Trolling for Trash

 Hopefully an army of Californians was out picking up trash along the Golden State’s 1100 miles of coastline on the morning of Sept. 21.  That was the California Coastal Commission’s annual cleanup day.  Having gone online with no success in finding out whether there was an organized effort in Laguna Beach, I decided to pick […]

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Community Datebook 9/27/13

Community Datebook 9/27/13

Four-footed Celebrity Steps Out for Pet Parade The Laguna Board of Realtors and affiliates will be holding their 17th annual Pet Parade and Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Tivoli Too! Pet owners of all ages can compete for awards by entering pets in six different categories and both pet and owner will participate […]

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Let Those Who Pay Have a Say

Let Those Who Pay Have a Say

Editor, The board of the Laguna North Neighborhood Organization (LANO) opposes proceeding with the village entrance project without a mandate from the voters.  t is clear that not enough effort has been made to convince residents who live here and pay the bills that the benefits outweigh the substantial costs.  Although Council members generally favor […]

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Entrance is City-Funded Welfare for Businesses

Entrance is City-Funded Welfare for Businesses

Editor, I understand that the council will now be giving a period of public input on the village entrance project. Still, I believe that until this revenue-bond project is rejected by the City Council, people will continue to express their opposition. From my investigation of a revenue bond I found this definition, “A revenue bond is a […]

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Parking Garage Belongs at Existing Lot

Parking Garage Belongs at Existing Lot

Editor, It has been very amusing to read letters from the proponents of the parking structure when they use descriptive words and phrases such as “visionary” “new” and describe opponents as “fearful.” Many cities around the world are seeking genuinely new, exciting, visionary and creative solutions to address automobile traffic and parking issues and I […]

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No Consensus For Landmark Project

No Consensus For Landmark Project

Editor, Two realities have become clear in regard to the parking structure and other improvements proposed for the village entrance: this is a landmark project, and no broad consensus exists. The project will impact the city of Laguna Beach for decades to come— aesthetically, environmentally, and financially. However, despite untold numbers of public hearings, no […]

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Drive a Stake Through It

Drive a Stake Through It

Editor, Concerning the Village Entrance project:  Why? Former Mayor Neil Fitzpatrick succinctly said it all at a meeting last month when he said he’d thought we’d driven a stake through the heart of that idea. The argument that we should get off the dime and finally pass this thing is specious; a bad idea remains […]

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Shore Scene:  September’s Sunshine Stinger

Shore Scene: September’s Sunshine Stinger

By Mia Davidson and Jan Sattler The round stingray (Urobatis haller) is one of the two most common rays found in Laguna Beach. It is scientifically classified with skates and sharks because its skeleton is made of cartilage instead of bone. Reaching a maximum of 22 inches in total length, it has a circular flat […]

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Democratic Club Endorses an Entrance Vote

Democratic Club Endorses an Entrance Vote

Editor, The Laguna Beach Democratic Club joins with and endorses “Let Laguna Vote” based on the following findings: The $65 million dollar village entrance project proposal is fiscally irresponsible, environmentally unsound, fails to serve the needs of the community and further deteriorates the serious congestion problems at the intersection of Forest Avenue and Laguna Canyon […]

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Appreciation for Shedding Light on Good Work

Appreciation for Shedding Light on Good Work

Editor, I would like to express my gratitude for Susan Velasquez’ column (“Where Faith and Community Meet,” Sept. 20) on the Interfaith Council meeting. It is good to know so many people from our churches in Laguna are dedicated to helping our homeless friends in so many ways. One of the highlights of my Christmas […]