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Taking Stock

Relief, Rally Or Reality Rally? Our House of Representatives brought the nation and the global economy to the brink of disaster and passed a stopgap measure with a day or so to spare. The preceding shutdown of the federal government cost the economy billions. Nothing seems to...

Personnel File 10/25/13

Canyon Foundation Names Director
 Laguna Canyon Foundation announced the appointment of Hallie Jones as its new executive director. A Laguna Beach native, she previously worked for Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay and has 12 years of experience in non-profit management. Jones...

Ebell Club Celebrates 80-Years Serving the Community

The Laguna Beach Ebell Club is making plans to celebrate its 80th year, the town’s oldest philanthropy and one that returns all funds earned to Laguna Beach. The club is recruiting new members who are committed to combining friendship, fundraising and fun! For infor: visit...

Art Seen 10/25/13

Museum Takes the Initiative Laguna Art Museum’s first annual Art and Nature initiative, Nov. 7-10, is complemented by three nature-themed exhibitions, two of which open with a reception on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6-9 p.m. Work by Los Angeles-based artists Adam Silverman and...

Inside Out: The War of Art, Laguna Style

  Sex sells. Aggression sells art. Maybe. Freud believed that creativity is libido and aggression sublimated. This Victorian father of psychology dared to propose that when humankind has a conscious relationship to instinctual drives, societies realize higher collective strivings...

Two ‘Music Matters’ Showcases Tuning Up

The second annual “Music Matters” Halloween party takes place at the Cliff’s Fireside Theatre, 577 S. Coast Highway, Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6-10 p.m. The event will feature Robert Jon & The Wreck, named best live band by the O.C. Music Awards, and a costume contest. No...

Pet Peeves: Plein Air, Plain Sight

  Back when I was a small boy and before I became a small man, my Mother would say, “Why don’t you go outside and get some fresh air?”  This was Mom code for, “You are driving me nuts, and if you don’t leave soon, I can’t be held accountable for a spanking that will come your way...

The Write Stuff 10/25/13

Book Blooms With Local Flora The latest publication from Laguna Wilderness Press is “Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains” by Robert L. Allen and Fred M. Roberts, Jr. Wilderness Press is “Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains” by Robert L....

Indy Calendar Oct.25-31, 2013

Friday, Oct. 25 Boo Blast, 2:30-7:30 p.m., El Morro Elementary, 8681 N. Coast Hwy. 949-497-7780 Pageant of the Monsters, 6 p.m., Festival of Arts grounds, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. 949-494-1145 www.festivalofarts.org  (Also Oct. 26, 27&31) Dana Pt. Harbor Boo Cruise, 5-7 p.m.,...

The War Is (Could Be) Over

Council members: Just decide, “no funds will be authorized, appropriated, or expended before Jan. 1, 2015.” The Village Entrance War will be over for now! The troops can return home. Three seats on the Council will be decided in November, 2014. Those who want the people to...

Coping with Popularity

Editor, The city of Irvine is in negotiations with home-builder Five Point Communities to invest millions of dollars in construction of the Great Park in exchange for doubling the amount of homes already agreed upon to to 9,800 from 4,900, the Los Angeles Times reported on Oct....

Another Thought on the Village Entrance

Editor, As I approached John Wayne Airport in the pre-dawn darkness, I reflected on how a later-built parking structure completely obscured any view of the stunning airport architecture. Once visible from MacArthur Boulevard, all that can now be seen is a looming multi-story...

Scrutinizing Two City Real Estate Deals

Editor, The city’s recent purchases and removal of two major pieces of private property from the tax rolls is puzzling. The first $1.4 million purchase for the 479 Ocean Ave.  office building (2,500 square feet) was rationalized to house 15 city employees. This is a whopping...

If not now, When? If not here, Where?

Editor, These simple questions put forth by a Planning Commission member last month encompass the heart of the matter concerning the live/work project proposed along Laguna Canyon Road. They succinctly distill the last seven years of unrelenting compliance on the part of the...

Village Matters: Flickering Memories Illuminate Future

  It was the early ‘70s and neighbor Ralph Davis pleaded with the Orange County Planning Commission, “Remember the Bel Air fire!” Somehow he had been there, perhaps as a firefighter.  Ridge and hill top development above South Laguna was being considered by the Commission. Davis...