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Shell Hunters Harming Limpet Population

Shell Hunters Harming Limpet Population

So named because the inside of the empty shell is glossy and colored with a dark and light silhouette that is supposed to resemble an owl, the Owl Limpet (Lottia gigantea) is the largest member of the order patellogastropoda, the true limpet group found in North America.  A mollusk that is found in the mid […]

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Good for the Soul

Good for the Soul

By Kimberly O’Brien- Young Sometimes nostalgia can transport us back in time to memories that fill us with joy. Even to days gone by, when life was simpler, before technology and social media dominated the day. Remember that time? Our current generation has no idea of what I speak. I would venture to say that […]

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Inconsistencies in Proposed View Ordinance

Inconsistencies in Proposed View Ordinance

While I sympathize with people who have lost views, and I applaud Councilman Kelly Boyd for initiating the effort to try to help, and the View Preservation Committee has worked long and hard to come up with as fair and as workable an ordinance as they could, never-the-less there are still a number of questions […]

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Tennis Anyone

Tennis Anyone

My neck hurts. I’ve been watching the back and forth volley regarding resurfacing the tennis courts. The baseline-to-baseline action has been fast and furious. Many Laguna spectators have given up altogether and have switched to the lawn bowling action in Heisler Park.  “Much easier on my neck muscles,” reports a disavowed tennis spectator.  A few, […]

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Foliage as Invasive as Cancer

Foliage as Invasive as Cancer

Editor, Cancer is an interesting disease; you cannot just trim it away and hope for the best. It requires a doctor with expertise. I say this as I perceive the new version of a proposed ordinance is like a map for not dealing with a cancer in this city. Vegetation that is going viral is putting […]

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View Rules Need Revision Again

View Rules Need Revision Again

Editor, I urge, more like beg, you to vote no on the current final draft of the view ordinance.  This ordinance does nothing to protect the wonderful views in Laguna Beach. If the irresponsible neighbor who refuses to trim his trees is allowed to negate the new ordinance by withholding his consent, then what has […]

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Who Cut Down the Tree Ordinance?

Who Cut Down the Tree Ordinance?

Editor, What has happened to our view ordinance with “teeth” in it?  It seems to have completely fizzed out and fallen apart in favor of the stubborn tree people. After fighting this thing for nearly a year and a half with great hope for a resolution that would favor our spectacular view sheds we are […]

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Is Legislating Neighborliness Possible?

Is Legislating Neighborliness Possible?

On May 13, 1997, I read the following letter to the City Council.  Since then these issues have become much worse. The view ordinance, as proposed, has no teeth in it!  I don’t see how the City Council can be in favor of it. Since it does not address the problem of view obstruction of existing […]

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Plan for Wildlife Corridor Moves Forward

Plan for Wildlife Corridor Moves Forward

The Laguna Canyon Conservancy recently hosted Mike Ellzey, chief executive officer of the Great Park Corporation. Ellzey summaried changes to the Great Park master plan as a result of recent agreements between the developer, FivePoint Communities, and Irvine’s City Council. The new location and layout of the long-planned wildlife corridor was of particular concern by […]

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Shout Out to Local Markets

Shout Out to Local Markets

The LBHS girl’s water polo team would like to thank Pavilions and Vons Markets for their continued financial support. The ability for our team to team up with Pavilions and Vons in the ongoing eScrip program and the 10% Back to Schools program has been amazing for us. We appreciate all that Pavilions and Vons […]

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Surely a Compromise Exists

Surely a Compromise Exists

I am writing to you regarding the proposed Longi live/work project in Laguna Canyon.  I am appealing to you today as a Laguna Beach real estate professional, a board member of the Laguna Canyon Foundation and as a passionate admirer of all things beautiful about Laguna Beach. I have been following the progression of the […]

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Large Development Will Mar Laguna’s Gateway

Large Development Will Mar Laguna’s Gateway

I am writing in opposition to the proposed artist live work building in Laguna Canyon. I support the arts and embrace the history of Laguna being an artist’s colony. However, the true village entrance to our beautiful city is Laguna Canyon and the proposed Longi development is a monstrosity at 36 feet high. This building will destroy the rural […]

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Longi Project Merits a Second Look

Longi Project Merits a Second Look

Editor, I am not a campaigning advocate, nor a vocal obstructionist to the proposed live/work project being proffered before the City Council on April 1. I have, however, been involved with the evolution of this decision by attending meetings, listening, and reading.  Differentiating between facts and fears has been an important part of the process […]

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Concern Over Canyon Development

Concern Over Canyon Development

Editor, My name is Andrew Cmiel and I am a long term resident of the Laguna Beach area, I am also president of a local club Friends of Laguna Canyon, with a membership of over 200. Our club’s primary interest is to enjoy the beauties of Laguna Canyon, engage in hikes, nature walks and other […]

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Eight Affordable Units Isn’t Worth the Loss of Character

Eight Affordable Units Isn’t Worth the Loss of Character

Editor, This letter addresses the artist live-work project proposed in Laguna Canyon that will be coming before the City Council soon. I have asked each Council member to consider having the developer scale back the project to the 12-unit concept that was originally proposed to the neighborhood two years ago. It would be wonderful to have an […]