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‘The Fool on the Hill’

Editor, I was recently in attendance at a memorial service for a truly great man. His son was speaking to all of us about his father. Though the man was known worldwide, the son was telling everyone how he had searched high and low for something negative regarding his dad. His...

A New Place to Play

The Boys and Girls Club opened the doors of their newest branch this week at Lang Park in South Laguna. Children in first through fifth grades are welcome to join the club’s daily out-of- school enrichment program. “The Lang Branch will be a place for children to grow socially,...

Cyclists List Fixes for Safer Streets

Editor, We are writing to express our concern about the grave situation with respect to pedestrian and bicyclist safety in Laguna Beach. Nearly all of our trips around town in Laguna are by bike. We do this in order to ease the traffic situation by not adding another vehicle to...

Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights

By Howard Hills After my grandmother Julia Hills passed away in 1963 we bought a new home in Wood’s Cove. Her old cottage above Boat Canyon that we loved was sold and demolished to make way for a church. My wife and kids knew that my sense of loss about my childhood home was one...

Trolleys to Run on Non-Summer Weekends

There’s good news for residents and visitors who cavort around town on the free trolleys all summer, then rue the day that service ends when the summer art festivals close in September. They’ll be rewarded next March when Laguna Beach starts off-season weekend trolley...

Dog Doo on Sunset Avenue Ruins the Vibe

Editor, It was such a nice refreshing rain here in South Laguna. The air is so fresh, clean and the plants loved it. Then I went outside to get my morning newspaper and right there on the street is a huge pile of dog poop and I mean huge. This dog must have been backed up for a...

Economic Upturn

  Dateline Laguna Beach: On Monday, Jan. 13, as the South Laguna Civic Association board went over the agenda of proposed nearby projects, President Bill Rihn announced, “The 2008 great recession is officially over!”  The Obama administration will be notified immediately....

Supporting the Right to Choose

Editor, Roman Catholic Pope Francis has asked all to take care of the poor. I wonder what he would want us to do for a poor woman who has elected to have an abortion. Anyone who knows me knows I am pro life but I believe a woman should have the right to make decisions about her...

Garden Property Sold

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy The 11,000-square-foot lot in South Laguna, home to 53 raised garden boxes, twice as many urban gardeners and an array of vegetables, fruit and flowers for the past four years, recently sold for $1.2 million. The deal sinks the hopes of garden...

Association Protests Lack of Tree Protections

A towering pine rooted in a South Laguna slope was removed this week to make way for an extensive home addition following a decision by Laguna Beach’s City Council in August to effectively invalidate special protections for heritage trees in the formerly unincorporated area....

South Laguna’s Trees Lose Heritage Standing

An attempt to clarify the murky status of a list of mature South Laguna trees culminated with the City Council deciding Tuesday against extending to them the city’s special heritage designation, which confers certain preservation protections. The 3-1 vote, with Council member...

Fourth of July Limelight

Fourth of July Fun in South Laguna About 50 people gathered for South Laguna’s eighth annual Fourth of July Parade last week where families and friends whooped it up the old-fashioned way. From tossing eggs and water balloons to bobbing for apples and face painting, a good...

Tunnel Project’s Demolition Set to Start

Next week, South Coast Water District workers will remove a small 1928 house and detached garage on property at Fourth Avenue and Coast Highway in preparation for a five-year, $50 million sewer replacement project. No one has lived in the dilapidated house since 1974, according...

Culture Karma: Searching for Coffee in South Laguna

In the interest of full disclosure, I do not drink coffee. Never got the taste for it, although I love the scent. What I do like is to sit at a comfy café chatting with friends, reading or writing. I enjoy the energy of human connection, the occasional eavesdrop on conversation,...
Posted On 06 Jan 2013

The essence of days of yore

The holidays are associated with that Norman Rockwellian image of our country, where families are warm, loving and together; and where everyone lives in one of those villages with the clustered cottages, quaint stores, and lights in the windows; a community with that small-town...