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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 bought it, it was never open […]

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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 had voted […]

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Village Matters

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.”  Fortunately our cats were on their […]

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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 the […]

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Village Matters

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 shopping center really needs is some […]

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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 communication at the end of the […]

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Village Matters

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 appeared in my […]

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Village Matters

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 time I […]

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Locals Collaborate on Award-Winning Beach Trail

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 expertise to the project, including landscape architect Ann Christoph, who assisted with planting design, and […]

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Village Matters

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 […]

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Village Matters

When and where generosity really counts   Picture a walk down a bark path, through a meadow to an old barn.  Then we turn into the north woods, past a woodland pond with ducks bobbing in the distance.  Deer cross our paths, delicately, unafraid.   Here and there are rustic benches, so although we feel […]

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Village Matters

Ten Percent into a New Century     Far away from Laguna, into a different life, a life of family that takes us in when we are orphans of Christmas time. Stories of love and sadness, of imperfect childhoods making new patterns in fresh lives that could have been more simple and serene. Broken marriages, […]

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Marine Protection Decision Lures a Capacity Crowd

Marine Protection Decision Lures a Capacity Crowd

Amid a standing room only crowd a committee appointed by the state Fish and Game Department was set to vote this past Thursday on a plan for marine protection along southern California’s coast, nearly bringing to a close a lengthy public review process and establishing stricter regulations that will effect marine ecosystems, fishermen, tourists, and […]