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Village Laguna Deserves Gratitude, Not Demonizing

Editor, Now that the election is over, I thought it a good time to clear up a few distortions. According to the local pro big developer and commercial lobby, the real villain in Laguna is…Village Laguna. According to letter writers on the “develop at any cost” side of the...

Village Laguna Deserves Gratitude, Not Demonizing

Editor, Now that the election is over, I thought it a good time to clear up a few distortions. According to the local pro big developer and commercial lobby, the real villain in Laguna is…Village Laguna. According to letter writers on the “develop at any cost” side of the...

School Board Leaders Are Ready for Change

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Both outgoing Laguna Beach Unified School District board members leave feeling satisfied as well as some heart pangs after multiple terms of service. But neither is going far, they said. Betsy Jenkins was elected in 2002 and served three four-year...

Election Campaigns Contradict Green Slogans

Editor, I left town last week and returned to a bin full of paper that my mail lady deposited on my doorstep upon my return. Never mind she had to lug that around. Very little real mail. I sifted through all the bulk mail from our council candidates who had so much money to spend...

Village Matters

Open Space Hero Continues to Inspire It was 1989. The council chamber was filled for a citizens’ meeting about Laguna Canyon. Councilmember Lida Lenney stood tall at the front speaking from her heart, urging us to stop the Irvine Company’s Laguna Laurel project and save Laguna...

Still Tilting at Windmills, Chamberlain Earns the Praise of His Peers

Artist, photographer, gallerist, socio-political activist, college professor and mentor are among the varied roles Laguna Beach resident Mark Chamberlain has filled over a span of four decades. And they inform why he’s this year’s recipient of the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy...

Weigh Each Candidates’ Qualifications and Character

Editor, Pandering to the public seems to be the way of council candidates, but only because we (the public) seem to demand meaningless platitudes from candidates. For example, when recently asked about public arts, everyone seemed to link arms and, in one form or another, assured...

Owners Close Big Fish, Hire Hotel Managers

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy The House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer restaurant in Laguna Beach will close next month, part of a reorganization by Casa Resorts Inc., which also operates other hospitality properties in Laguna Beach and Anaheim. Closing the restaurant and hiring a...

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,...
Posted On 12 Jun 2014

Whirlybirds Survey Weeds in Laguna Parks

The Nature Reserve of Orange County, in collaboration with other agencies, is now conducting an aerial weed survey during daylight hours through June 20. Between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., a small, low-flying helicopter will document and map the distribution of over 30 weed species...

Guilds’ Bet a Win for Center

The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts held its second Spring Celebration: Bet on the Wheels on Saturday, April 12, and raised $250,000 in support of the center’s education and community engagement programs. Special honorees were Eve and Mike Ruffatto. Guilds Chair Marilyn...

Laura’s Law Falls Short of Real Needs

Editor, As a community psychiatrist practicing in Orange County for 37 years I have observed the expanding need for the implementation of appropriate assisted outpatient treatment [AOT] during this time. The main reasons for this type of treatment, which will be introduced with...

Smoke-Filled Air Blankets Town

The city of Laguna Beach issued multiple bulletins to residents on Friday to allay fears about smoke blanketing the city from fires burning in San Diego County, though air quality improved by midday as prevailing winds shifted the smoke’s direction. The city’s police...

Local Wins Accolades from National Charity League

The Sunshine Readers, founded by Julia Johnson of Laguna Beach, were selected as philanthropy partner for the 2014 National Charity League Leadership Conference, held recently in Anaheim. Johnson and her co-founder, daughter Candace, started Sunshine Readers 20 years ago. The...

The New Face of Homelessness

By OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens Orange County, meet the new face of homelessness: a single mother in her 20s with two young children. Of the estimated 12,700 homeless Orange County residents – an alarming number by itself – nearly half are young mothers struggling to care for very...