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Historic Home Threatened by Development

Editor, Arno Hano’s recent letter opining that Mission Hospital may be “land rapists” is a bit over the top. However, alert residents of Laguna Beach only have to look a little bit north of the Mission Hospital campus to encounter actual “land rape”...

Awaiting for the Next Shoe

Editor, News travels fast in this new wired world. By the time the sun rose over the Pacific, the news of the betrayal by Mission Hospital of its Laguna Beach neighbors was big news even in Shanghai. I read the electronic pages of the Indy with growing incredulity over Mission...

High Fives to Mission Hospital

 Editor, A very high five to Mission Hospital for purchasing the vacant land inland of their campus. Mission Hospital has done this (south) Lagunan and every citizen of Laguna Beach a great favor. First of all, Mission Hospital exercised its right to simply buy the property at an...

Summertime is Anything But Easy for Guards

 The summer season that lures sun-seekers has seen multiple overhead south swells lighting up local beaches, and lifeguards making 220 rescues last weekend, far more than the 25 to 75 average. Lifeguard Chief Kevin Snow, describing “a very busy weekend,” said it was due in part...

God Trumps Mother Nature

Editor,   I find it hard to sympathize with those that complained about Mission Hospital purchasing parcels abutting their current location. It’s about time that they had a wake-up call. Just because you are trying to save some weeds and space for a small group of hikers and bird...

Inside Job

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...

An Open Letter to Mission Hospital

 The letter is addressed to Michael Beck, vice president of operations for Mission Hospital Laguna Beach   A few months ago I attended a meeting at Mission Hospital at which you presented Mission Hospital’s plan for the next few years.  During your thoughtful and...

Betrayed

Editor, That’s what the Laguna Beach community has been.  Betrayed by Mission Hospital (“Hospital Outbids Open Space Buyers,” July 1). I have been approached by more than two dozen people asking how could this happen. All of them, no exceptions, opining that the officials at...

A Little Good News for Taxpayers

Editor,  It was good to read that the Mission Hospital purchased the empty lots behind the hospital.  Maybe now that land will be put to some useful purpose for the citizens of Laguna Beach. Too bad that a trail may eventually have to be routed around it. We only have zillions of...

Land Buy Elicits a Hospital Loyalty Test

Editor, Count me among many Lagunans who are profoundly disappointed and angered by Mission Hospital’s last-minute pre-emptive action to prevent the city from acquiring nearly eight acres of open space behind the hospital. While there probably is nothing legally wrong with it, it...

Hospital Outbids Land Conservationists

Nearly eight acres of undeveloped land that could connect canyon trails and provide hikers access to South Laguna beaches is being sold to neighboring Mission Hospital just two weeks after Laguna’s City Council approved a competing bid. The deal angered some local open-space...

Hospital Fails the Good Neighbor Test

Editor, It’s disappointing that Mission Hospital would undermine our community’s efforts at the last minute to purchase a critical hillside parcel of land in South Laguna.  Our City Council approved the deal June 7 using Prop. 12 monies and it would have closed by the end of the...

Loved Ones Honored With Fragile Creatures

The community is invited to participate in a special butterfly celebration honoring loved ones on Sunday, June 5, at 3 p.m. at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach. The hospital’s auxiliary hosts the event to support hospice care services. Each participant will receive their own...

Street Beat

Monday, May 9 Burglary. 8:53 p.m. 21600 block of Ocean Vista. Ski gear and clothing stolen from a storage area were recovered during the earlier arrest of three people allegedly also stealing mail. Tuesday, May 10 Burglary. 12:46 p.m. Mission Hospital. Two duffle bags of clothing...

Epic Challenge Raises Funds and Spirits

Thurston Middle School’s Epic Challenge, a new fundraiser conceived by the school’s enterprising PTA, recently raised $23,000, all of which will directly support the school’s PTA and educational programs. Generously sponsored by Mission Hospital and Bank of America, the Epic...