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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...

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...

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...

A Canvas That Creates Community

Editor, (This was also addressed to the City Council) It is with great joy that I write this letter. A year ago, my husband and I married, and moved into a little cottage on Virginia Way. My heart jumped when I saw that only feet away, right across the street, a beautiful little...

Village Matters: Nudging Toward a Miracle

Sometimes things are meant to be and they fall into place just right.  Sometimes they are meant to be and they need a serious nudging.  A lot of what we are involved in seems to be in the latter category, but after the nudging is over and everything falls into place it still...

Village Matters: Harvesting Common Purpose

It could seem puzzling that at the low price end of the culinary spectrum we can go to a buffet and have unlimited plates of whatever items we choose, but at the higher price point we may be served only a small exquisitely arranged exhibit of tiny bits. Is it a match between...

Village Matters: Who Started This Anyway?

It’s complicated, but South Laguna has lost its power to vote on the running of the water district that the community established in the 1930s. Way back in 1910 when the Egan family homesteaded 40 acres where West Street and Paso del Sur is now, they managed to get water from a...

Citizens Needed to Serve on City Committees

Laguna Beach is accepting applications for three people on the South Laguna Water & Sewer Advisory Committee as well as four people interested in serving on the Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Committee. The water and sewer committee is comprised of two board members from...

Art Workshops

Outdoor Art Classes in South Laguna Laguna Outreach for Community Arts is offering nature-themed art classes at two outdoor locations in south Laguna this week. Watercolors on the Beach will be held at Treasure Island Park on Sunday, May 13, 10-11:30 a.m. A docent from Laguna...

Repairs Require a Gift of Dirt Below Ground

The water district in South Laguna needs five feet of land below ground to repair a sewage tunnel buried in the ocean bluffs, but some ocean-side property owners aren’t showing signs of cooperating. Instead, last week South Coast Water District exercised eminent domain, where...

Happy Returns for Design House’s Boutique Seller

The Gallery of Wearable Art, a defunct 10-year Laguna Beach shop, returns to its former roots to participate in the OC Philharmonic House of Design boutique, opening this week through May 21 in a hilltop South Laguna home. To tour the design house and meet designers, catch a free...

Happy Returns for Design House’s Boutique Seller

The Gallery of Wearable Art, a defunct 10-year Laguna Beach shop, returns to its former roots to participate in the OC Philharmonic House of Design boutique, opening this week through May 21 in a hilltop South Laguna home. To tour the design house and meet designers, catch a free...

Hot Dish

Comfort Food is Anything But Common   At 6’1” and brandishing tattoos beneath his shirt-sleeves, Chef Ryan Adams’ appearance suggests a ruffian, ex-prison inmate. On closer inspection, though, each artistic piece of ink signifies Adams’ passion for all matters culinary....
Posted On 18 Jan 2012

Guest Column

Let’s Make Progress By Michael Beanan Every day each of us contributes to a sewage system serving 232,000 residents from Emerald Bay and Laguna Beach to the Dana Point Headlands plus another half dozen inland cities. Annually, 3.9 million visitors add their contributions. The...

Guest Opinion: Preservation of ‘Dog House’ is Unjustified

  By Thomas Slattery   This letter was addressed to the City Council   As the designated unpaid member of the South Laguna Water and Sewer Advisory Committee, serving at the Council’s pleasure for over seven years, I have serious issues and concerns regarding...