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Hall Represents a Generational Break

Editor, The LBHS Alumni torch of leadership in our hometown is being passed to Michele (Oliver) Hall, Class of 1985. Michele has been active in community affairs, charity endeavors and civic politics for over a decade and is the first of her generation to run for Laguna Beach...

Vazquez Handicaps the Race

Editor, The Transition Laguna Candidates’ Forum at the Congregational church offered me these insights: Kelly Boyd. Issues: safety, sidewalks and saving water. Not out of the box thinking; concerns about behavior during council meeting (re: see Sept. 2 village entrance...

Conservation Stalls Deeper Water Cutbacks

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Thanks to the conservation policies of the two water districts supplying Laguna Beach, residents may not feel as keenly the impact of recently mandated statewide curbs on outdoor water use. Prompted by dire drought conditions, the state Water...

An Apology of Sorts for Parade’s Cancellation

Editor, When John Dumas, of NOAA’s National Weather Service Science and Operations Office, announced that California needs a March miracle to help end the drought, the Laguna Beach Beautification Council took him seriously.  Beautification Council members, in conjunction with the...

Development Should Halt Due to Drought

Editor, California’s top water experts say that we are in the third year of drought that may very well become the worst drought in 500 years. That’s right 500 years. We are going face mandatory water rationing very soon. Our state’s reservoirs are already nearly...

The Write Stuff 10/25/13

Book Blooms With Local Flora The latest publication from Laguna Wilderness Press is “Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains” by Robert L. Allen and Fred M. Roberts, Jr. Wilderness Press is “Wildflowers of Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains” by Robert L....

Taking Stock

Congress Vs. The U.S. Economy Stocks paused for breath after a strong rally, quietly sliding for a week but remaining well ahead for September. Their big rally followed the Federal Reserve’s decision last week to continue its monthly $85 billion stimulus measures. With that issue...

Museum Receives Conservation Grant

Some older works in the Laguna Art Museum’s permanent collection of California art date from the mid 19th century. But no special funds had ever been earmarked specifically for framing and conservation until Yvonne J. Boseker pledged a $100,000 nest egg. The funds will also...

Museum Receives Conservation Grant

Some older works in the Laguna Art Museum’s permanent collection of California art date from the mid 19th century. But no special funds had ever been earmarked specifically for framing and conservation until Yvonne J. Boseker pledged a $100,000 nest egg. The funds will also...

NO on Measure CC

Editor, Lagunans want to preserve open space so Measure CC sounds like a good idea.  But Measure CC is not needed. Laguna has a local coastal plan that designates undeveloped parcels as “residential hillside”, “open space conservation” or “passive open space” and infers that...

Crystal Cove Alliance Hosts Gala

About 450 guests attended Crystal Cove Alliance’s 10th annual gala Saturday, Sept.  22 on the bluff top overlooking Crystal Cove, which proved unforgettable and exceedingly charitable as the spectacular underwater-themed event reeled in $238,000 to help fund the alliance’s...

Long Hot Summer of Debate Over San Onofre

As a result of findings from a radiation leak inspection at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, regulatory officials now plan a series of local meetings this summer exploring unresolved issues that will keep the plant offline indefinitely. A first meeting this past Monday...

Scout Takes Up a Torch for Kelp

For the next five years, the third Saturday of April will be declared kelp day in Laguna Beach thanks to the efforts of Patricia Cosulich, who successfully sought Mayor Jane Egly’s endorsement for the proclamation. “This is monumental for the preservation and conservation of our...

Work Frozen on Halliburton’s Historic House

A stop-work order temporarily halted remodeling of an iconic historic Laguna Beach home after questions arose over the project’s approval without review by historic conservation experts. Even though the city’s chief building director confirmed all work underway was being...

Adding Another Twig to Wildlands

The Laguna Canyon Foundation, the city of Laguna Beach and the California Coastal Conservancy added two acres of sensitive coastal sage scrub and oak woodland habitat, as well as a scenic public trail, to Laguna’s open space with the recent $325,000 purchase of the McGraw...
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