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Why Not Allow a Decision by the Majority?

Editor, One of the interesting things about living in Laguna is the bubble mentality that so many of the residents seem to cling to, especially regarding parking. There was an article about Laguna in the Los Angeles times in 2004 which I saved.  At that time there were...

Ficus Reconsidered

Editor: I thought that some background on the trees planted in our downtown area might be of some interest to you and your readers.  Not sure if anyone “alive” knows some of the background. Decades ago a major force in Los Angeles was a women named Mrs. Valley Knudsen. She was a...

An Invitation to a Treasure Hunt

Wolfgang Bloch, Sandra Jones Campbell, Jorg Dubin, Tony DeLap, David Milton, Tom Swimm, Jacques Garnier and the Bartels family are but a few of the contemporary local artists donating works to the annual Laguna Art Museum Art Auction taking place on Feb. 9. The live auction tops...

Neal F. Amsden, M.D., Nov. 14, 1927 – June 13, 2012

Neal Amsden was born on Nov. 14, 1927 to Clifford N. and Mabel H. Amsden in Los Angeles. He attended Fairfax High School in Los Angeles and went on to USC as an undergraduate and graduated from USC’s Keck School of Medicine in 1953. Amsden was issued a California medical license...

Bill and Judy Sinisgalli

Bill and Judy died a year apart from one another; Judy passed Sept. 7, 2011, and Bill on Sept. 19, 2012. Bill was born on May 13, 1922 in New York; Judy was born Nov. 26, 1933 in Los Angeles. Both loved each other, their families, friends, and Laguna deeply. Bill would tell us...

Still Winning Ovations in a 20-Year Run

Friendship, love, cliques and gangs, violence, drop-outs, haves and have nots, unintended pregnancy and booze keep fueling angst among teens and their parents regardless of the passage of time. These subjects set to rock ’n’ roll comprise the gist of the ‘70s era musical and...

Local Surfer, Entrepreneur Gives Back

Ron McElroy knows what it is like to come from the wrong side of the tracks. A native of Hawaii who grew up in southern California and now lives in Laguna Beach, McElroy comes from a family that battled mental illness, abuse, drugs, and alcohol. Despite the overwhelming odds, he...

Eugene (‘Gene’) Benjamin Levin

Last Friday, Gene Levin saw patients at his office on Park Avenue, as he has for the last 41 years.  On Saturday afternoon, he had wine and cheese in the garden with Vivian, his wife of 60 years and collapsed shortly thereafter.  He was 85 years old when he died. Born in...

Obituary: Rose Skenderian

Rose Skenderian of Laguna Hills died Monday, July 30, 2012 of natural causes at the age of 104. She was born to the late Mugerdich and Sultan Hamparzoomian on Nov. 28, 1907, in Parlier, Calif., and is the last survivor of siblings May, Gerard, Charles, Lena, and Barr. When a...

An Artist Challenges Viewers to Notice the Details

A snow-covered plain in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, a set of pipelines traversing barren soil, a concrete channel that was once a bucolic river bed, views of downtown Los Angeles and, finally, the Pacific Ocean at Long Beach, tinged resplendently by the setting sun....

More Trains Roll Out

Four new weekday Metrolink trips were added between Laguna Niguel and Fullerton at 8:50 and 11:30 a.m. beginning this week, making all stops along the Orange County lines. On weekends, four additional trips will run between Los Angeles and Oceanside along the Orange County lines....

Fashion Raises Funds for AIDS Services

The Friends of Dorothy Guild raised more than $68,000 to support AIDS Services Foundation Orange County on Wednesday, May 23, during its Runway fashion show, held near the airport. The fundraiser was chaired by guild founder Barbara Venezia. The crowd of 500 were treated to...

Lynda Roth

Lynda Roth, composer and performer and 25-year Laguna Beach resident, died June 2, 2012, at her home surrounded by her life partner Lisa Richter and several close friends.  She is survived by her brothers Bill and Dennis and sister Keren Grass, and numerous family members and...

Tying the Knot

Kelsey Forde and Marc Wilson Wed A perfect California day blessed the April 28, 2012 wedding of Kelsey Rhoads Forde and Marc Devant Wilson as they exchanged vows under a majestic, Georgette-draped Italian rotunda overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Pelican Hill Resort, Newport...

New Leaders Remake Art Scene

  A retrospective of Laguna Beach’s art scene in 2011 shows that high watermarks are likely to leave an indelible impression in the years to come, especially concerning major changes in the leadership of the art community. After 14 years at the helm of the Laguna Art Museum,...