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Garden Appeal, an Attempted High-jacking

Editor, After watching last week’s City Council meeting and reading Rita Robinson’s column (“City Asked to Put Green in Garden,” Sept. 21 edition) I had to write this letter. Members from the South Laguna Community Garden with help from Councilwomen Iseman and Rollinger...

One Summer Story

Ode to Yield When I was 17, I went to Newport Beach on a hot summer’s day with my brother.  I threw down my towel, ran straight into the ocean, dove through the surf and started to swim out. I left my brother standing on the sand, feeling a little cocky, like I was showing off. ...

‘Quiet Zone’ Proves a Ticket Trap

There’s just one thing about the new no-parking-at-night signs in the “quiet zone” near Mozambique Steakhouse, installed to appease residents’ unceasing complaints about noisy late-night patrons. Some say they can’t be seen at night. Frank Mattingly of San Clemente said he forgot...

Red Ink Excised, Balanced Budget is Approved

By moving money leftover in other city accounts, freezing salaries and trimming costs to cover a third-year deficit, the City Council on Tuesday gave final approval to a balanced general fund budget of $44.9 million for 2011-12. Saying the national economy is not making its usual...