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High Fives to Mission Hospital

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 accepted price, period. End of story. The property was […]

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Summertime is Anything But Easy for Guards

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 to warmer ocean water luring beach goers from the […]

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God Trumps Mother Nature

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 watchers does not give you exclusive […]

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Inside Job

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 too happy to supply. His modus operandi as a soulless maximizer is well known. But […]

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An Open Letter to Mission Hospital

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 interesting presentation, you indicated that Mission Hospital was aware of the […]

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Betrayed

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 Mission Hospital acted in an unethical, unprofessional way.  (Actually nearly […]

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A Little Good News for Taxpayers

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 miles of trails […]

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Land Buy Elicits a Hospital Loyalty Test

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 demonstrates contempt for our city and an apparent willingness to play hardball […]

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Hospital Outbids Land Conservationists

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 conservationists, who anticipate hospital officials want the chaparral-covered blufftop as a trading […]

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Hospital Fails the Good Neighbor Test

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 month.  If Mission wants to be part […]

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Loved Ones Honored With Fragile Creatures

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 butterfly to release during the event. There will also be hundreds of […]

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Street Beat

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 and electronics equipment valued at $3,200 was stolen from […]

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Epic Challenge Raises Funds and Spirits

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 Challenge was held during student P.E. classes at the end of last month and consisted […]

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Mission Hospital's CEO Stepping Down

Mission Hospital’s CEO Stepping Down

Peter Bastone, the longtime president and chief executive of 552-bed Mission Hospital, which has campuses in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach, will resign June 30 to pursue other opportunities, St. Joseph Health Systems announced Monday, April 11. Bastone, 53, has been with Mission for 15 years, coming from Daniel Freeman Hospital in Inglewood. During his […]

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Teens Helping Teens, One Ride at a Time

Teens Helping Teens, One Ride at a Time

Navigating the eerily quiet hallways of Mission Hospital Laguna Beach on almost any Friday or Saturday night during the school year are several Laguna Beach High School students. From 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., their destination is a small, nondescript room, barely large enough to accommodate a conference table and chairs. It is unexceptional in […]