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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...

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...

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.

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

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...

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 Changing the baby with the bathwater   Remember the days when city hall’s offices would close for lunch?  So did Laguna Lumber. I hear that Laguna Lumber would also close for two weeks in the summer to allow its employees to have a summer vacation. And of course, until Ganahl...

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Cottage Sequel  It just happened that the beginning of my planned trip to Italy with my nieces coincided with the council’s decision on the “final solution” for the cottages at Big Bend.  I had done all I could think of, to no avail.  I was sorry to hear by email that the council...

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Cuervo Trusting, a crow perched on our patio steps.  Just standing there, looking up. He’d spread his too-short wings and jump-fly from one step to another, then look around bewildered as if to say, “How did I get here? And now what? I don’t see mom and dad anywhere.” ...

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All in the Point of View For nine years I lived and worked in a house on the oceanfront.  Dramatic views and crashing waves were constant embellishments to my life.  It was lovely but lonely. Our house was one in a row of houses, every one facing out to the ocean view. There was...

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Formulas Don’t Fit Laguna “It will ruin the views of the hills from the parking lot,” my friend said when he saw the stakes outlining the new roofs and walls at the Aliso Creek shopping center (CVS and Albertson’s.) A management company in Baltimore has decided that what our...

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Rejoice; people want to be involved! A woman came up to the microphone in an almost empty council chambers.  It was near midnight. Council members were tired, but this was time for public communication. I was a council member in the 1990s and at that time we scheduled public...

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A Laguna Love Story Does no one want to tell his or her love story?  In my last column—thinking ahead for our upcoming Valentine’s fest—I told my dear friend’s love story.  Then I asked if anyone else had a story to share, and promised to publish them this week. Nary a one...

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Does no one want to tell his or her love story?  In my last column—thinking ahead for our upcoming Valentine’s fest—I told my dear friend’s love story.  Then I asked if anyone else had a story to share, and promised to publish them this week. Nary a one appeared in my inbox. Next...

Locals Collaborate on Award-Winning Beach Trail

Laguna resident Bob Borthwick, a principal of Borthwick Guy Bettenhausen landscape architects of Irvine, recently received the award of merit from the American Society of Landscape Architects for the San Clemente Beach Trail. Three other Laguna Beach residents added their...

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Do we have control issues?   I never smoked a cigarette and I never dyed my hair.  No one could ever persuade me to smoke.  I grew up with a chain-smoking dad who coughed for a half an hour every morning before he left the house at 5 a.m. to milk the cows.  Lying in my cold...