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Christy Expresses His Gratitude

Editor I just wanted to take a moment to personally thank the hundreds of people who took the day off of work, school or their lives to show their support for The Ranch at Laguna Beach at the Coastal Commission hearing last week. The outpouring of love and support felt a bit like...

Pet Peeves

Posse I loved cowboy shows when I was a kid. My 12 pair of cowboy boots is a testament of my fan devotion even to today. These same 12 pair that are never lined up right in the closet is the opposing testament of my wife’s disdain of cowboy shows. My little wife of the prairie...

Requests for Minutia Irritate a Ranch Backer

Editor,   If you could pass this request on to Liliana Roman of the Coastal Commission now that she is empowered somehow to serve as the Hotel & Development Czar of Laguna Beach: In your documentation request of The Ranch owners, you neglected to ask for a map of animal...

Tour Reveals Ranch’s Assets

Editor, “Coastal Commission Halts Ranch Remodel.” A few points come to mind of my recent tour of the Ranch property with Mark Christy. What an amazing property that is there for us all to enjoy. What was once overgrown dilapidated and tangled now shows a renewed...

Christy’s Predicament Points to a Larger Issue

Editor: Only the cold hearted could read Mark Christy’s plan for his special property without feeling extra sympathy for him. (“Laying Out Ranch Plans,” July 17, 2014). What is most striking, beyond his unquestionable sincerity and optimism, is the tangled web of boards and...

Ranch Re-review is Unwarranted

Editor, The Coastal Commission’s review of The Ranch remodel appears to be a reaction of other city actions and approvals. In recent example, the city approval of the 30-unit Laguna Canyon Road housing project was new development and square footage that clearly should’ve had an...

She’s a Ranch Fan

Editor, I am a fan and support Mark Christy for his vision and action in his restoration of Ben Brown’s Aliso Creek Inn. Thank you, Mark! for all you are doing for Laguna business (visitors, hotel and golf), conserving the natural site and Laguna Beach histori...

Let the Ranch Go On

Editor, I worked at Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course, which is now The Ranch, when Ms. Brown owned it. It truly is Laguna’s Yosemite and yet it’s just 1300 feet from Aliso Beach and the closest hotel to South Laguna’s international “gay” beach, West...

Complaints Distract from a Tested Solution

Editor, At the City Council’s meeting April 22, Mark Christy in particular recited anecdotes about bad behavior on the part of persons that he identified as homeless. His narrative was dramatic and it may deserve a public airing, but his timing was a diversion from the job of...

Involve the Homeless as Part of the Solution

Editor, At the recent City Council hearing about subsidizing housing for the permanent homeless Mark Christy spoke eloquently about his fears for the community. Dawn Price offered a reasonable case that homeless people will use any scheme or ruse available to them to get out of...

Finding Home

There are over 100 registered non-profits in Laguna Beach. Nearly every one of them supports the needs and interests of locals, and every one of them is constantly on the quest for funding to fulfill their missions. Today, every day, and year after year, non-profit organizations...
Posted On 20 Mar 2014

New Look for Laguna Hotel Taking Shape

The Aliso Creek Inn will shut down for several months beginning Nov. 1 to begin room renovations by the new owners, though the golf course and banquet facilities will remain open and available for holiday bookings, a co-owner and manager said this week. Changes at the Aliso...

Christy Acquires Laguna’s ‘Yosemite’

The acquisition of Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course was announced Thursday by a private investment group led by lifetime Laguna Beach resident and business owner Mark Christy. Terms were not disclosed. Laguna Beach Golf & Bungalow Village, LLC purchased the property from Aliso...

Welcome or Not, Laguna Design Shop Opens its Doors

Even though any potential customers had already scurried home by 9:30 p.m., Gina Marie Harris went straight to her new Seaside Interiors design store and threw open the doors Tuesday after winning approval from the City Council to finally conduct business despite other downtown...
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