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Tag: "Ann Christoph"

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Village Matters

Village Matters

Effecting Change   I had a mysterious call last week from someone who wanted to know what the chances are that change can happen at city hall. Not only did he want the answer to that question, but there was a condition in his question, “Can we make change happen without the effort ruining my […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

Heart and Soul Live On   The view outside our kitchen window on the farm where I grew up was of the rolling Wisconsin fields, farmhouses and barns, interspersed with patches of woods.  Most striking of all, on the horizon, was a stone country church with a tall steeple, an anchor of inspiration and rustic […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

It’s all connected   To reassure the reader who was concerned about the fate of the our late neighbor Paul Pflueger’s chickens mentioned in my last column, I am told they have been taken to their new home in Santa Barbara.  The coop has been dissembled.  Our neighborhood is quieter and more somber.  We miss […]

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Kudos to Christoph

Kudos to Christoph

Editor, I just had the chance to read Ann Christoph’s column for the Independent (“View from the Coop,” Village Matters, March 9. The sweet, flowing verse was like a wonderful warm blanket. Really, thank you so much for taking the time and effort to remember Paul and to express so well what we all felt […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

The Rhythm of Change   When do they realize you’re not going away? That you’re going to nag and keep at it until things change? It’s hard to know because even when you win it’s so subtle usually no one notices.   Environmental activism is not like the Super Bowl. No cheering from the spectators, […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

Loose in Laguna   The ocean view is not the only advantage of having an office in Laguna.  Our neighborhood of shops, offices and homes is a beehive of intrigue and melodrama.   I feel like I’m on stage, except I don’t know the lines or the plot.  I never know what or who is […]

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Tree Sniping

Tree Sniping

Editor,   I like the idea from Transition Laguna members about planting fruit trees (Letters, “A Fruit-Bearing Solution to Eucalyptus Problem,” Jan. 6).   I also suggest that the proceeds from all fundraising by Laguna Village and Ann Christoph be used to support local residents who don’t have enough money to trim their beloved eucalyptus […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

A Shared History   Guard at a state prison, mechanic at a copper mine, child day-care provider. Kids working as security guards while attending school, grade-school janitor and Mexican restaurant waiter, someone who does something having to do with making technical monitoring devices, civil engineer, banker, Japanese translator and insurance office worker.   School bus […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

 Home is Here   When I climbed the steps to the Congregational Church on Thanksgiving day, I didn’t know what to expect.  In all the years I have lived in Laguna, I’ve never gone to the community potluck.  Hesitating at the upper landing while carefully balancing my recently cooked pumpkin casserole, I started to see […]

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Correction

Correction

Ganka Brown’s letter “Keeping Score,” in the Oct. 28 edition misquoted the end of Ann Christoph’s Village Matters column of Oct. 21.   Christoph signed off saying, “Love it. Live it. Be Laguna,” rather than Brown’s summation “Love it or leave it.”

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Village Matters

Village Matters

Perhaps one day we will look back on this period since 2008 wistfully, as the time we gained a new and better perspective. Discredited were the institutions we relied on to keep our country stable. The economy that depended on growth and building more outrageously expensive houses stopped making any sense. Personal tragedies abounded. Sad and frightening tales, losses of homes and jobs, were the result of an economic “adjustment.”

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Vacant Cottage Will Get Bulldozed

Vacant Cottage Will Get Bulldozed

Reversing a city board’s approval to preserve a long-abandoned cottage in South Laguna, the City Council sided with the property owner, South Coast Water District, to raze what was described as a ruin. The city’s Design Review Board earlier agreed that the 1928 cottage, sitting empty for nearly 40 years on Fourth Street near S. […]

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Planter Mix Mud Play

Planter Mix Mud Play

Planter mix mud play is completely okay with members Johanna Borella  and Brian Andrews, who along with hose minders Jack and Alani, helped with the expansion of more raised boxes to the lower level of the South Laguna Garden this weekend. Photo by Ann Christoph.

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Gripes About the Indy and its Columnists

Gripes About the Indy and its Columnists

Editor,   Your liberal, whining biased Democratic paper goes right in the trash or used for sending packages.   Ann Christoph is on another planet. No wonder the city is so screwed up. Ever try responsible government by the people?   Ben Jones, Laguna Beach

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Unusual Hoard Reset in a New Home

Unusual Hoard Reset in a New Home

Large blue San Onofre Breccia boulders were installed last week in South Laguna’s community garden, giving added permanence to the plot-filled corner and creating an informal memorial to longtime resident Frank Keneley. His widow, Hilde, donated some of the indigenous slabs her husband kept for five decades, said Ann Christoph, one of the garden’s founders. […]