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Fired Up Over Archaic Tattoo Policy

Editor,   Recently, I was shopping at Albertson’s in South Laguna near my home when I ran into one of our local firemen. He was doing his daily shopping as well, putting together something tasty for the other guys to eat no doubt. I struck up a conversation with the...

1928 Cottage Spared for Now

South Coast Water District intends to appeal a prohibition against the demolition of a 1928 beach house deemed “unsalvageable” by city staff. The water district has 14 days to appeal the Aug. 14 decision by the city’s Design Review Board to preserve 400-square-feet of the...

Village Matters

Down to Earth In May of 1971 I had just graduated with a master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan.  I made my way west in the white 1964 Ford Fairlane my dad had given me to take to graduate school. He was happy to be rid of it because it was gutless and...

Old House in Jeopardy for 100-year Pipeline

A long empty house may get demolished to make way for a private tunnel to the beach for workers to access a sewage pipeline as a first step in a $50-million, six-year sewer renovation project expected to start by next September.  South Coast Water District asked for city approval...

Unusual Hoard Reset in a New Home

Large blue San Onofre Breccia boulders were installed last week in South Laguna’s community garden, giving added permanence to the plot-filled corner and creating an informal memorial to longtime resident Frank Keneley. His widow, Hilde, donated some of the indigenous slabs her...

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French 75 The rumor-mill hummed with news that an “out-of-town chef” was teaming up with a long standing Laguna Beach restaurant to re-vamp and freshen its menu. In fact, months ago Newport Beach restaurateur and French chef Pascal Olhats took command of French 75 Laguna Beach. ...
Posted On 19 May 2011

Community Datebook

Call for Gardeners in South Laguna The South Laguna Community Garden’s expansion to the lot’s lower level nears completion with the finishing of the stairway that connects the two levels, and community members are invited to help prepare the lot for the installation of planter...

Fences Make the Best Neighbors

Editor,   Laguna Beach is still one of the prettiest places to live in Southern California.  When I moved here 35 years ago, the attraction was the virtual anonymity of South Laguna and the small town environment. A small town where people were polite and cared about their...

Fences Make the Best Neighbors

Editor, Laguna Beach is still one of the prettiest places to live in Southern California.  When I moved here 35 years ago, the attraction was the virtual anonymity of South Laguna and the small town environment. A small town where people were polite and cared about their...

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Maro Works Wonders Over a Wood Grill With open arms and a grateful palate, I extend a gracious welcome to my new neighbors Mariano and Patricia Molteni, chef-owners of Maro Wood Grill on Coast Highway. Along with sister, Fiore, and the creativity of executive chef Debra Sims,...
Posted On 17 Mar 2011

Clutter Less, Inspire More

By Ann Christoph   It’s piled here in my living room — all the notes and documents for my unfinished South Laguna history book project, the souvenirs from the Japan trip, still not organized. At the office are other notebooks and files; for jobs, product literature,...

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Global Dishes Round Out Sapphire’s Menu   Well-known to Laguna Beach locals as the location of the old Pottery Shack, Sapphire Laguna has been offering cosmopolitan dishes since 2007. The restaurant’s indoor-outdoor dining areas – enchanting outdoor fire pit, warm...
Posted On 29 Oct 2010

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Sizing Up Newcomer Tommy Bahama    Restoration of the historical Heisler Building downtown is near complete and tenant Tommy Bahama is set to open shortly. The store inventory and restaurant menu will vary significantly from other Tommy B locations in order to reflect the...
Posted On 22 Oct 2010