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Surprising Observations From Down Under

Surprising Observations From Down Under

I visited Australia recently to see my daughter, Gabrielle, 21, near the end of her college semester abroad. With me is my girlfriend, Kim Bowen, who grew up in London but moved to Sydney at 23 and was appointed fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Australia. Heady stuff, especially at that age. For her, this visit was […]

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Stepping Around a Sticky Situation

Stepping Around a Sticky Situation

In the last few weeks, some sticky blotches of a black tar-like substance have been appearing on several beaches in Laguna.  Many people assume that this phenomenon is being caused by industrial pollution associated with the extraction, transportation and storage of petroleum. In fact, as much as 50 percent of it is naturally caused by […]

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Voters Should Decide View Ordinance

Voters Should Decide View Ordinance

Editor, “The Tragedy of the Commons,” a classic essay published in Science in 1968 and written by the esteemed UC Santa Barbara ecologist Garrett Hardin, is a must read for anyone interested or involved with the view preservation debate. The theoretical commons in his essay is a pastureland used by many herdsmen. Due to social […]

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Beatriz Lopez Mead

Beatriz Lopez Mead

June 22, 1946 – May 23, 2014 Beatriz Lopez Mead, known to her friends affectionately as Bianca, passed away peacefully after an 18-month struggle with cancer. Her loving spirit, sharp sense of humor and contagious laughter will remain with all that knew her. Mead spent the better part of her life working in the arts. […]

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No Radiation Detected in the Ocean

No Radiation Detected in the Ocean

On its three-year anniversary, radiation from Japan’s nuclear power plant disaster at Fukushima has not shown up along the local coastline, according to radiation-monitoring scientists who released findings of their first sampling last week. They expect to eventually detect small amounts of fall-out traveling on ocean currents by next year. “We really don’t know when […]

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A Work of ‘Grace’ Adorns a Prominent Spot

A Work of ‘Grace’ Adorns a Prominent Spot

“This is gorgeous!” exclaimed several passersby as Laguna Beach sculptor Terry Thornsley put the finishing touches on “Grace,” a mural commissioned by the city to adorn a wall adjacent to Main Beach’s lifeguard headquarters. Thornsley finished the metal mural on Sunday as Mother’s Day crowds swirled around the site and the early afternoon sun gave […]

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Secret Cash Stashed Offshore

Secret Cash Stashed Offshore

Although we seldom find evidence of them on the beach, many coves of Laguna Beach have a secret treasure residing on the sandy bottom just off shore. Getting its name from the similarity it has in size and shape to the silver dollar, it is the Pacific sand dollar (Dendraster excentricus). Colored in shades of […]

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An Appreciation

An Appreciation

Editor, Many thanks for reporting on the new Aliso Creek Reclamation Facility (“Plant Prevents Runoff From Reaching the Sea,” May 2 edition). I especially appreciated remarks by SCWD staff linking this project to better ocean water quality. Last week’s visiting gray whales close by 1000 Steps and Aliso Beach and many ocean swimmers certainly appreciate […]

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Plant Prevents Runoff from Reaching the Sea

Plant Prevents Runoff from Reaching the Sea

Thanks to the acknowledged efforts of a local waterman for pressing local authorities to clean the creek water spilling onto Aliso Beach, the ribbon was officially cut on a water reclamation facility in Aliso Canyon last week. If creek levels allow, the $2.8 million Aliso Creek Water Reclamation Facility will be able to divert 400 […]

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Greg MacGillivray: The King of IMAX

Greg MacGillivray: The King of IMAX

By Norm Baur | NB Indy Greg MacGillivray’s story goes back to 1959 when he began production on his first surf movie, “A Cool Wave of Color.” The 80-minute film was released in 1964 and turned a profit. With his parent’s best wishes and support, MacGillivray, who grew up in Corona del Mar, dropped out […]

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Scouts ‘Help the Kelp’ Fest

Scouts ‘Help the Kelp’ Fest

More than 300 Girl Scouts from 5 to 18 will descend on Laguna Beach for Kelp Fest on Saturday, April 26, in hopes of having fun in the sun while also earning a popular scout patch. Tara Coffey, 18, of Huntington Beach, created the new Girl Scout patch with multi-colored kelp leaves that form a […]

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Questioning Proposed View Rules

Questioning Proposed View Rules

About 150 angry, well-organized people have continued a writing campaign to go after the airspace of their neighbors. They make it look like the new view ordinance law is too lenient. A clever approach. They have attended each meeting while only a few stalwart people who love trees have spoken against the ordinance as too harsh. Right now any uphill […]

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Slow Down, Mindful of Life's Preciousness

Slow Down, Mindful of Life’s Preciousness

Editor, Our hearts are broken over the lost of Nina Fitzpatrick. Our sympathy, while heartfelt, is little consolation for her friends and family. We wish it were the case that tragedy was not a prerequisite for learning how precious and fragile life is, but it seems we have a difficult time with this lesson. If […]

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Unnecessary Complexity Over View Rules  Silliness

Unnecessary Complexity Over View Rules Silliness

Editor, Laguna’s famous and unique view sheds of the ocean, islands, hills, and valleys is one of the many things that makes living in Laguna a pleasure and adds dramatically to the value of homes and neighborhoods. Sadly, for a very long time these precious public and private view sheds have been, are being, destroyed […]

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Enforcement Needed Where Entreaties Fail

Enforcement Needed Where Entreaties Fail

Editor, Imagine spending months or years searching for an affordable home in Laguna Beach with a beautiful ocean view. You invite family and friends to enjoy your little piece of paradise, and wake up in awe every morning over this gift. A few years go by. One day you notice that foliage is beginning to grow […]