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Gelson’s Moves Closer to Opening

Staff from other nearby Gelson’s markets conducted interviews last Saturday, March 19, with about 75 hopeful applicants, all hoping for a position at the new Gelson’s store expected to open in Laguna Beach in late April. The job fair brings South Laguna residents one step closer...

Refuting Critics of Cultural Arts Plan

Editor, Johanna Felder’s recent Village Laguna letter criticizes the new cultural arts plan — on method, conclusions, recommendations. She makes good points. The city can, as Johanna suggests, be more proactive with local arts organizations. That said, the new challenge grants...

Plein Air Painters Deserve City Support as Well

Editor, Thank you to the Laguna Beach City Council for a consensus over the March 15 meeting and the Cultural Facilities Matching Grant Program. Councilman Kelly Boyd and Mayor Pro Tem Toni Iseman acknowledged that plein air painting is indeed a valuable historic tradition with...

Flawed Plan Should be Discarded

Editor, I’m writing in response to the cultural plan that is currently being considered.  As a business executive, a gallery owner and a resident of Laguna Beach I am dismayed not only at the plan being proposed but also the process with which it was created. For such an...

Reader Sees Flaws in Arts Plan

Editor, The far majority of us who live in this fair city are very supportive of the arts. It is part of our rich heritage and makes us different than our coastal neighbors, however it is just one component of this city.  After reading the new Cultural Arts Plan produced by yet...

Stop Playing Politics With Artists

Editor, It is time to save artists from being taken advantage of by politics and organizations because the currently proposed cultural plan has nothing to offer the arts other than potential. This plan is detached, has no cultural vision, no purpose nor direction, and the 46 big...

‘New’ Arts Report Repeats Vision Plan

  Editor, In 2001 Laguna residents spent $100,000, invited 1,000 participants and wrote the LB Vision Plan for 2030. The plan established clear goals and roughly seven action items in seven categories. The categories: community character – people, community character –...

Where is the cohesive plan?

Editor How pleased I was to read the statements of Bob Whalen, regarding the creation of an arts renaissance in Laguna Beach, imbuing our city with vibrancy and further opportunities to assist the arts community and to build upon our reputation as an international artists colony....

Humor Subject to a Different Interpretation

Editor, I really admire the cartoon of the two “criminals” in a bunk bed wondering if a skatepark built in their town of Laguna Beach could have helped channel their energy towards their passion of skateboarding. A park should have happened years ago but it seems the...

View Preservation Rules Should Not Omit Fences

Editor, My name is Joseph Risi and I am the owner of a home located at 1283 Skyline. A very unfortunate incident has occurred which shines a light on the disparity that exists with the city ordinances regarding view protection. If a new home or remodel is proposed in Laguna, the...

Greed is Good

Editor, The fictional character Gordon Gekko in the 1987 film “Wall Street” famously made this declaration when attempting to rally a group of average Americans to join him in his quest for easy money and ill-gotten gains. His audience of ordinary, hard working people had come to...

Tagging Begone

Editor, I am a resident in South Laguna and wanted to forward photos of Table Rock Beach to you. The vandalism on our beaches (especially the outrageous tagging of the cliffs themselves!!) is out of control and no one seems able to do anything about it. I emailed these to the...

Building Character With Every Swing

Editor, On the first day of spring I drove by Riddle Field. The scene was alive with kids and the promise of a new season, when dreams will be played out on sunny mornings and brisk nights under the lights. As a kid I used to run wild in those Boat Canyon highlands, before anyone...

Heart Talk

A Luddite’s Lament I heard a story at a brunch that should have shocked me, but sadly did not. An acquaintance was walking along Heisler Park and spied a blue whale remarkably close to shore. He excitedly shouted to the person next to him to take notice of this magnificent...

Pet Peeves

Spring is Here It’s that time of year again. The crocuses push their way up for the first sign of spring. The second sign, the deer eat them. “Honey, is spring here?” “Not yet. No crocuses. Just deer.” In Laguna, the first sign of spring is different. “Honey, is spring here...