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Incensed Over Tree Ordinance, Cutting

Incensed Over Tree Ordinance, Cutting

Editor, Not a return to the old village; not common sense; not economically responsible. This city council continues to march to its own drum, not its promises, building an ill-conceived cement entrance to Laguna and destroying all of our old growth trees. The new view ordinance does not let a neighborhood decide or even be informed […]

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Late Check Out Canceled for Hotel’s ‘Guests’

Late Check Out Canceled for Hotel’s ‘Guests’

Six people occupying three different rooms at Laguna Beach’s most expensive hotel and suspected of credit card fraud received an 8 a.m. wake-up call from police on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Hotel security learned of the fraudulent cards and notified authorities, Sgt. Louise Callus said. “Most of the suspects were in possession of methamphetamine as well […]

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Recapturing Essential Local History

Recapturing Essential Local History

Editor, Dizz’s As Is restaurant is great but it’s not 80 years old.I knew Rick and Shannon, the two owners who opened Dizz’s in the early 1970s, not the 1930′s. With limited funds, they bought mis-matched silverware, plates and glasses at garage sales. Rick ran the “front” and Shannon managed the kitchen. Cioppini was $5.95 […]

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Where the Boys Are

Where the Boys Are

Old School Barbershop Provides Cuts and Camaraderie    Tyler Berryhill confesses to cheating on his regular barber while ensconced in a vintage chair at The Den, a retro barbershop and shave parlor that opened this month in Laguna Beach. “I get my hair cut every two weeks and wanted to try out Brandon’s new place,” […]

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Houston, We Have a Problem

Houston, We Have a Problem

Editor, Since the institution of the drain-the-lagoon program at Aliso Beach, the amounts of sand accumulating on neighboring beaches is startling, and makes one wonder how much of our narrow slices of tide pool ecosystems are being buried by this drastic increase in sand deposits. Yet another case of man messing with nature in a […]

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Trail Information Source Vanishes

Trail Information Source Vanishes

Editor, This morning, I took my regular morning hike out on the Westridge Trail. I was shocked to discover that all four bulletin boards along that particular trail were gone. All that is left at the four sites is some churned up dirt. At least three of those structures have been in place since the […]

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Cupcake Queen Makes a Dream Come True

Cupcake Queen Makes a Dream Come True

Casey Reinhardt, owner of Newport Beach-based Casey Cupcakes, recently partnered with Make-A-Wish Foundation to help fulfill the wish of Sarah, an 8-year-old girl suffering from juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia. She wanted to become a chef for the day. After Sarah’s limo ride to the store, Reinhardt dressed her in a pink apron, and the pair began […]

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Ill Prepared Hiker Rescued from Hillside

Ill Prepared Hiker Rescued from Hillside

A sheriff’s helicopter was used to extract a hiker who suffered an anxiety attack and was unable to move from a steep trail in Laguna Beach’s open space about 6 p.m. Sunday, June 9, police said. Lifeguards in an all-terrain vehicle coordinated the extraction from thick brush and a steep slope between Alta Laguna Park […]

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A New Vision for Laguna

A New Vision for Laguna

Editor, At last we’re getting a new vision for Laguna brought to us by the view ordinance and anti-skateboard park folks that will give us the sterile environment we have long craved. The problem is they haven’t gone far enough, but let’s first start with a review of what has been proposed so far for the […]

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Keeping our Historic Trees

Keeping our Historic Trees

Editor, Beautiful old historic public trees went the way of the chainsaw. City staff said it was needed due to maintenance costs, and liability issues.  I’d like to suggest that the problem isn’t the trees. The problem is the way we deal with our trees in the public space. Anyone who has successfully grown anything from […]

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Skeptical About View Committee’s Make-up

Skeptical About View Committee’s Make-up

Editor, Several years ago, Buena Park’s City Council decided to remove  a whole street of beautiful old jacranda trees because  their  roots  were  affecting  the sidewalk. I  remember  thinking,  “Thank  God  I  don’t  live  in  a  city  where  they  would  cut  down  old trees  to  maintain  flat  sidewalks.”  Little did  I  know  that  I  did  live  in  such  a  city. Now  we  have […]

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A Plea for Tree Preservation

A Plea for Tree Preservation

Editor, Judging by the letters to the editor, public feedback to the city council and other community commentary, the decision to kill a dozen mature, healthy and beautiful trees may have been a mistake. If the ficus trees were buckling the sidewalks, the eucalyptus probably are too. Those could all come down also. Then change […]

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Saddened by Tree Cutting

Saddened by Tree Cutting

Editor, How disappointing it is to see our council members decide to rush the cutting down of our beautiful ficus trees during the spring nesting season. They choose to ignore Lagunas as a bird sanctuary. I remember seeing dead baby birds on Third Street sidewalks when the city decided to heavily prune the ficus one […]

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Support for Rules to Preserve Views

Support for Rules to Preserve Views

Editor, Since the ‘80s I have had an interest in preserving ocean views.  I attended meetings in the ‘90s on this subject and watched in dismay as Village Laguna, led by Ann Christoph, orchestrated tactics to waylay this effort. Fear tactics included no trees, no birds, even an 8-year-old sobbing that “he would never experience […]

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Debt Restricts Fixing Other Needs

Debt Restricts Fixing Other Needs

Editor, So, here we are back to 1995 with our village entrance project. Thirteen years ago we were looking at a project of $10 to $20 million. Today it is pegged by Elizabeth Pearson at $35.3 million and this appears to be a “guestimate” until the project is put out to bid. Has anyone seen […]