Editor, In Laguna Beach there is a project approved by the city’s Design Review Board in my neighborhood, and I am looking again at how this project got the okay. Is everyone turning his or her head away? Once upon a time known for its charm, quaintness, and exceptional neighborhoods, the character of our […]
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Where Blue Meets Green There are times when going back in time perpetuates the future; perhaps one concept that progressives and conservatives might agree on. Now and then. New Year’s Day, Laguna Beach will become the first city in California to be ringed by blue and green belts. A line only on a […]
Can Gentrification and Preservation Co-exist? I spent a recent afternoon in Venice Beach. Haven’t been there in years and much seems to have changed. Muscle Beach’s circus performers and bikini-clad roller skaters are still around. But the entire town, particularly the Abbott-Kinney shopping district, which is comparable to our downtown, has gentrified into an […]
Summer trolleys will be boarding football fans in downtown Laguna Beach this Friday, Dec. 2, forcing Santa Claus to detour from his usual City Hall destination on Hospitality Night due to overlapping events sure to create traffic congestion in the early evening. Fans attending Laguna Beach High School’s semi-final CIF playoff game against archrival Corona […]
s long as the human race has created art there have been patrons of the arts. From the first patrons of feudal Japan to the Medici of Florence or the Warburgs and Guggenheims of New York, certain families are ubiquitous and generous. Laguna is no exception.
Public comment is invited at a 10:30 a.m. workshop Wednesday, Oct. 19, at City Hall over the city’s proposed ordinance banning the distribution of plastic carry-out bags to customers. Comments from owners or managers of local retail and eating establishments in particular are sought. The proposed ordinance would also apply to city-sponsored events or […]
Part 3 In recent weeks, the Indy came to the aid of authors Foster Eubank and Gene Felder in assembling content for the “Then and Now” photo book about Laguna Beach. Readers’ responses to published historical photos aided them in recapturing the identical but contemporary scene. Now, they seek help in locating specific historic […]
Ode to Yield When I was 17, I went to Newport Beach on a hot summer’s day with my brother. I threw down my towel, ran straight into the ocean, dove through the surf and started to swim out. I left my brother standing on the sand, feeling a little cocky, like I was showing […]
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 […]
Editor, The last-minute “overbid” by Mission Hospital on the Domanskis property has the rotten odor of an inside job. How does a “done deal” so quickly become an “undone deal”? Yes, the hospital needed details which Domanskis was only too happy to supply. His modus operandi as a soulless maximizer is well known. But […]
Like many business owners before him, Reuse Jeans owner George Powell received his share of sardonic “good luck” quips when mentioning his plan to open shop in Laguna Beach. Either he experienced good luck or something has changed at City Hall because Powell described an “ultra business friendly” reception and staff that smoothed the opening […]
Art Walk Awaits! Check out the next Artwalk on Thursday, June 2, by taking advantage of the pre-event reception for the Art-To-Go “Go Gold” exhibit at 5 p.m. at City Hall before taking a self-guided tour on foot and by trolley of gallery openings, artist demonstrations and receptions, live music and refreshments. “Go Gold” is […]
Protecting Endangered Life on Our Beaches By Howard Hills I have been playing in the sand at Fisherman’s Cove since I got my first tin shovel and bucket at the age of 2. By the summer I turned 4 the ruins of the old boathouse on the lower bluff was where we recruited kids into […]