Balancing Coastal Perspectives The lights were blazing all night long in the AVCO Community Developers’ property south of Monarch Bay. Giant grading machines were scraping non-stop through the hillsides, shaping landforms for a new subdivision. It was fall of 1972. The public was very aware that California was threatened with development that could close off […]
Tag: "Aliso Canyon"
Editor, I, like many of my Laguna Beach friends and neighbors, was extremely disappointed to learn that the Planning Commission approved the redevelopment plans of the new owners of Aliso Canyon golf course without taking any action to create a pedestrian/bicycle trail connecting Laguna to the water district road leading to Aliso Viejo. Such […]
Editor, Great article on The Ranch (“New Era Unfolding in Aliso Canyon,” May 23 edition) Still, I’m bummed about no through-trail for hikers/bikers. I hike the Aliso Creek Ridge Trail regularly, longing to see a through-trail at the bottom of the canyon. That entire watershed is so culturally and environmentally rich that it seems a shame […]
Thanks to the acknowledged efforts of a local waterman for pressing local authorities to clean the creek water spilling onto Aliso Beach, the ribbon was officially cut on a water reclamation facility in Aliso Canyon last week. If creek levels allow, the $2.8 million Aliso Creek Water Reclamation Facility will be able to divert 400 […]
Amazing Stories “Only Make Believe,” the Pageant of the Masters presentation this year, included a series of art covers from the 1930s science fiction magazine “Amazing Stories.” That set off a whole link of community history tidbits floating through my mind. It turns out that one of the Laguna Beach and South Laguna community leaders, […]
Part 1 By Michelle Boyd In early spring 1871, the Thurston family of eight left their home in Utah in search of government grant land in California. The nine-month journey involved a train ride to San Francisco, a boat ride to San Diego, and a journey by covered wagon with a six month stay […]
Part 1 Pennsylvania mining heiresses Blanche and Florence Dolph chose the coastal foothills of Laguna and south Orange County as the focus of their property investments in the early 1900s. Blanche, the more prominent of the sisters, was not just an investor. While Florence lived in Los Angeles, Blanche made her home in Laguna Beach […]