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Archive for June, 2011

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Hospital Fails the Good Neighbor Test

Hospital Fails the Good Neighbor Test

Editor, It’s disappointing that Mission Hospital would undermine our community’s efforts at the last minute to purchase a critical hillside parcel of land in South Laguna.  Our City Council approved the deal June 7 using Prop. 12 monies and it would have closed by the end of the month.  If Mission wants to be part […]

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Angered Over Hospital’s Purchase

Angered Over Hospital’s Purchase

Editor: It is now known that Mission Regional Medical Center has “outbid”, rather it has undercut, the city for a 7.8-acre parcel of land on Mar Vista Avenue that sits adjacent to the hospital.  The property features a popular public trail connecting to Badlands Park and Aliso and Wood Canyons Park. This is a blatant rejection of […]

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Opposing Open Space Initiative

Opposing Open Space Initiative

Editor,   We just heard about the open space initiative through another property owner in Laguna. Why weren’t the property owners notified and given the vote since they would be asked to pay? We are currently leasing our home to a fine tenant and live in Lake Arrowhead and aren’t even given a vote on this initiative. […]

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Supporting Open Space Initiative

Supporting Open Space Initiative

Editor, Gathering signatures for the open space initiative, I’ve been enjoying the opportunity to say “Hi” to a lot of people who live in and love Laguna Beach and want to help make it even better. One morning as I stood outside of the supermarket with my petition in hand, a truck drove up. The […]

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Against Open Space Initiative

Against Open Space Initiative

Editor, The Laguna property owners bought 23,000 acres of canyons and hilltops with a bond of $20 million, paid over 20 years. This debt ends this year. This new initiative is asking for another $20 million to buy 550 acres of land scattered around Laguna, which they admit isn’t likely to be developed given the […]

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Parsing City Salaries

Parsing City Salaries

Editor, At a dinner party over the weekend the topics of Laguna Beach salaries came up (“Top-Paying Jobs Under Scrutiny,” June 24 edition) and here is what the group agreed on. (1) Despite many attempts, one of the guests could not find a list of all of the contractors and subcontractors the city uses or what […]

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Helicopters a Worse Offender

Helicopters a Worse Offender

Editor, Thank you for bringing attention to the airplane noise over Laguna and Newport Coast.  It has reached epic proportions of getting out of control (“Fuming Over Jet Noise,” June 24 edition.) However, one major point should be mentioned.  It is not so much the jet noise that is so offensive. It is all the […]

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Bicyclists Ignore Traffic Laws, Too

Bicyclists Ignore Traffic Laws, Too

Editor, I have no problem sharing the road with any other user as long as they follow the appropriate laws (“Bike Lanes Planned for North Laguna,” June 17 edition). As the number of bicycle riders has increased so has the hazard. Many of them do signal intention of turns. The problem comes when they roll […]

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A Peek at U2

A Peek at U2

Editor: How refreshing to hear, amongst the scandalous and titillating headlines of late, that a mega star like Bono somehow manages to stay grounded and cognizant of his fans, even after all these years.  Thank you, David Vanderveen (“Local Currents” column, June 24 edition), for giving us an inside peek at the ordinariness of this […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

Cottage Sequel  It just happened that the beginning of my planned trip to Italy with my nieces coincided with the council’s decision on the “final solution” for the cottages at Big Bend.  I had done all I could think of, to no avail.  I was sorry to hear by email that the council had voted […]

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Corrections:

Corrections:

An article about a grand jury report in the June 24 edition (“Top-Paying Jobs Under Scrutiny” incorrectly identified the location where the city manager’s pay came fire. It was in Laguna Hills, not Laguna Niguel. Jason Cullmann’s name was misspelled in the June 24 article “New Artists Enliven Summer Festivals.” Georgia Andersen’s role was imprecisely […]

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Street Beat

Street Beat

 Monday, June 20 Fraud. 10 a.m. 32000 block of Virginia Way. A loss of $1,476 was made in unauthorized ATM withdrawals. Grand theft. 3 p.m. 1400 block of Coast Hwy. A $1,275 loss of a handbag and its contents from a birthday party at a restaurant. Fraud. 6:44 p.m. 100 block of High Drive. A […]

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Girl Pack Digs In to Rescue Pet Rescuer

Girl Pack Digs In to Rescue Pet Rescuer

Dog rescuer Gina Kantzabedian, the owner of the Animal Crackers pet shop in South Laguna and founder of nonprofit Animal Crackers Pet Rescue, is in need of rescue herself. Thanks to a chance meeting of three local women outside the pet shop, Kantzabedian may soon receive some help in making ends meet. She’s the beneficiary […]

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Historic Laguna Cottages Dismantled

Historic Laguna Cottages Dismantled

Big Bend Trailhead Takes Shape         After nearly four years in limbo, deconstruction of four historic cottages relocated to Big Bend from downtown began on Monday to allow for the establishment of a new trailhead and wildlife corridor in Laguna Canyon. Over the next 16 months, the 3.7-acre city-owned property will be […]

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Guide Book Explores the Local Wilderness

Guide Book Explores the Local Wilderness

Find out about the best hikes near the Orange County coast and throughout the county while enjoying a day at the beach during Saturday’s, July 2 event at Crystal Cove State Park sponsored by the Crystal Cove Alliance.   Laguna Beach resident Karin Klein, author of the county’s newest, updated hiking guide, “50 Hikes in […]