rss

Tag: "South Laguna"

0
Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights

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 of […]

4
Trolleys to Run on Non-Summer Weekends

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 service, supported by a grant. But there’s one catch. An average […]

0
Dog Doo on Sunset Avenue Ruins the Vibe

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 […]

0
Economic Upturn

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. Economic indicators have been erected in our neighborhood in the form of two by […]

1
Supporting the Right to Choose

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 […]

0
Garden Property Sold

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 supporters who tried to raise money, obtain […]

3
Association Protests Lack of Tree Protections

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. Neighbors of Carol Chua’s property on Sunset Avenue gathered outside as […]

0
South Laguna's Trees Lose Heritage Standing

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 Toni Iseman dissenting and Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson absent, dashed the hopes […]

0
Fourth of July Limelight

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 time was had by all!       […]

0
Tunnel Project’s Demolition Set to Start

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 to a report by the water district, which acquired the […]

1
Culture Karma: Searching for Coffee in South Laguna

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, and the warmth of […]

0
The essence of days of yore

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 feel.  A place where you can walk to “town,” where you […]

0
Survey Extracts Positions on Water District Election

Survey Extracts Positions on Water District Election

Despite that South Laguna residents live within the South Coast Water District, residents have not played a role in electing its governing board since 1999 when Laguna Beach contracted with the district for services, a spokeswoman explained. Nevertheless, a South Laguna citizen’s group submitted written questions to the candidates, all of whom responded, with the […]

0
Singing a Garden’s Praises

Singing a Garden’s Praises

Editor, I am a long-term Laguna resident and love this community for its physical beauty and its character of engagement. Currently I am chair of the board of trustees of the Laguna College of Art and Design. As the former executive dean of the UCLA College of Letters and Science, I have a longstanding commitment […]

0
Smarter Methods to Douse Fire

Smarter Methods to Douse Fire

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the City Council.) As much as $10 million will be available in state grants for local urban runoff and water reliability projects and Laguna can benefit if we have a talented grant writer assigned to secure some of these funds. Laguna cannot be green wasting expensive, imported potable […]