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Village Laguna Deserves Gratitude, Not Demonizing

Editor, Now that the election is over, I thought it a good time to clear up a few distortions. According to the local pro big developer and commercial lobby, the real villain in Laguna is…Village Laguna. According to letter writers on the “develop at any cost” side of the...

Village Laguna Deserves Gratitude, Not Demonizing

Editor, Now that the election is over, I thought it a good time to clear up a few distortions. According to the local pro big developer and commercial lobby, the real villain in Laguna is…Village Laguna. According to letter writers on the “develop at any cost” side of the...

Sore Winners and Sour Grapes

Editor, What does it mean when the winner of an election is bitter and resentful, while a candidate who lost is grateful and optimistic? How come spirits were higher at election night gatherings where candidates who lost felt good about the campaign, and toasted with candidates...

Weed Abatement of a Different Kind

Editor, The Laguna Beach Police have formed a special unit to tackle unlicensed pot usage. The new unit is code named The Weed Whackers. Their most potent weapon against weed appears to be rubber bullets full of RoundUp weed killer. So many people have been smoking pot at Main...

Pet Peeves

Green with Envy I’m green with envy after reading the Indy article, “A Bond Forged In Salt Water.”  I could never wear those green bathing hats. But the Hales look quite good.  Just to double check, I went to Aliso Creek’s CVS Pharmacy and bought a white bathing cap. They were...

Aliso Beach Reopens After Spill

County health officials re-opened a half-mile stretch of Aliso Beach on Wednesday after a two-day closure due to a 9,500-gallon sewage spill, the second largest spill locally in six years. Closure signs were removed following two consecutive days of testing to determine if water...

Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

With hundreds of well-wishers reciting his name three times in unison, Hobie Alter’s daughter Paula concluded an outdoor memorial service on the Aliso Creek golf course fairway, saying “we release you to the elements: earth, air and sea.” Hundreds more are expected at Doheny...

Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

With hundreds of well-wishers reciting his name three times in unison, Hobie Alter’s daughter Paula concluded an outdoor memorial service on the Aliso Creek golf course fairway, saying “we release you to the elements: earth, air and sea.” Hundreds more are expected at Doheny...

Have We Forgotten?

Editor, Since before 1999, Aliso Creek has been the subject of multiple, expensive studies alarmed by erosion of SOCWA sewage pipes buried beside the creek. We have become habituated to a failing sewage system while awaiting the next major sewage spill without a plan. Fifteen...

Green Light: Momentum Rebuilding to Clean the Creek

Reportedly, on average 3 million gallons of pollutants empty into Aliso Beach daily–rain or no rain.  Motor oil, fertilizers, animal dung, and more contaminate this much-used public beach and the waterway that flows into it.  Imagine the impact of this on public health; put...
Posted On 30 Aug 2013

Drowning in Sand?

Regulars at south Laguna beaches are noticing what they’re calling a relatively new phenomenon, believed to be borne of urban encroachment:  a slow build-up of sand on beaches that’s covering fragile tidepools and curtailing desirable side-swell breaks for wave riders. Charl...

Houston, We Have a Problem

Editor, Since the institution of the drain-the-lagoon program at Aliso Beach, the amounts of sand accumulating on neighboring beaches is startling, and makes one wonder how much of our narrow slices of tide pool ecosystems are being buried by this drastic increase in sand...

New Owners to Remake Aliso Creek Inn

Among Laguna Beach’s 20 hotels, Aliso Creek Inn may well be the lone holdout to lack flatscreen TVs in its suites. In two of its 62 rooms, guests still dial on rotary phones. Reviews on Tripadvisor alternately rave about its unspoiled natural splendor or rant about smelly, dated...

Keeping Visitors at Bay

Editor, I support pressing forward with the village entrance project. (Can we cut the fat out of the costs for the park?) But to address parking and traffic congestion, here is my proposal:  parking “hubs” at ACT V, Aliso Creek and El Morro. Laguna residents get...

Among Friends the Game Never Ends

Despite his 95 years, Art Gilmore refused a golf cart and insisted on lugging his golf clubs over his shoulder, wandering alongside his six golf buddies each week. More like brothers, the golfers for the past 29 years have gotten together weekly to rehash their war years or just...
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