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LCAD Purchases Parking Lot to Save Open Space

By Daniella Walsh/LBIndy “They took paradise and made it a parking lot….” goes a line in Big Yellow Taxi, a song performed by Joni Mitchell, decrying shrinking natural environments. The Laguna College of Art and Design has given the classic a contemporary twist by buying...

Is Another Light Needed?

Editor, Traffic conditions in Laguna Canyon are unpredictable at any time of day, as those who travel it daily know all too well.  Even in mid-afternoon the canyon backs up before Big Bend coming into town and to the Festival grounds leaving town.  The last thing we need, in my...

College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

They stood in solemn formation, their faces illuminated by electronic candles or glow string head and wristbands, along Laguna Canyon Road at the edge of the Laguna College of Art and Design’s main campus. As lights in the crosswalk brought traffic to a stop last Thursday, April...

College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

  They stood in solemn formation, their faces illuminated by electronic candles or glow string head and wristbands, along Laguna Canyon Road at the edge of the Laguna College of Art and Design’s main campus. As lights in the crosswalk brought traffic to a stop last Thursday,...

Opposition to Large-Scale Canyon Development

Editor, (This was also addressed to the City Council) It is with great regret that Laguna Canyon Foundation asks you to reconsider the Planning Commission’s 3-2 vote approving the Longi artists live-work development in Laguna Canyon. As a longtime part of Laguna, we strongly...

Eight Affordable Units Isn’t Worth the Loss of Character

Editor, This letter addresses the artist live-work project proposed in Laguna Canyon that will be coming before the City Council soon. I have asked each Council member to consider having the developer scale back the project to the 12-unit concept that was originally proposed to...

Alarmed by a Potential Precedent

Editor: Who is in favor of a Walmart-like structure, 36 feet tall, 250 feet long, with over 30,000 square feet of live/work space, set back 45 square feet from Laguna Canyon Road, which blocks the views of hillsides and ridge lines, obscuring our rural scenic highway? Who...

Hit and Run Victim Remains in Coma

By Andrea Adelson A homeless man remains in an induced coma in Mission Viejo’s Mission Hospital after he was critically injured a week ago in an early morning hit and run collision in Laguna Canyon. An appeal by police for the public’s help in tracking down the fleeing driver has...

Making an Entrance With Nature

With the removal of invasive exotic plants and their replacement with native plants and oak trees, the first phase of a five-year habitat restoration project at Laguna Canyon’s Big Bend is completed, the Laguna Canyon Foundation announced Tuesday. The project, partially funded by...

Rescuers Extract Injured Bike Rider

A 32-year-old bike rider, injured when losing control on a steep trail above Laguna Canyon Road about 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, March 24, was extracted for emergency treatment by helicopter about an hour later, fire officials said. Firefighters hiked in from the Big Bend portion of...

Children Injured in Drunk Mother’s Pile-up

Two young children were treated for minor injuries and taken to Orangewood Children’s Home after their mother was arrested following a collision last Saturday, Jan. 7,  that closed Laguna Canyon Road for more than two hours, according to police.   Abigail Wilson, 31, of...

Historic Laguna Cottages Dismantled

Big Bend Trailhead Takes Shape         After nearly four years in limbo, deconstruction of four historic cottages relocated to Big Bend from downtown began on Monday to allow for the establishment of a new trailhead and wildlife corridor in Laguna Canyon. Over...

Once Historic Cottages Scrapped for Scrap Lumber

Laguna Beach’s City Council sent the three Third Street cottages being stored in an open field in Laguna Canyon to the wrecking crew Tuesday night, denying local landowner Scott Tenney’s offer of financial support to move at least one to open space in Bluebird Canyon for...

Open Space Prevails at Big Bend

Historic cottages to be removed Nearly four city-owned acres at a curve on Laguna Canyon Road known as Big Bend, where three dilapidating historic cottages have been stashed for years, were decreed as pristine open space by the City Council Tuesday night. Laguna Canyon Foundation...