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Archive for October, 2012

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Complete Streets Roll Forward in San Clemente

Complete Streets Roll Forward in San Clemente

Editor:   Some cities are making the modern shift to a sustainable multi-modal mobility plan. On Wednesday night (Oct. 17) the San Clemente Planning Commission approved a new mobility plan into their city’s general plan. Some startling highlights from their comprehensive “Policy Framework – Draft Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan” follow: “We shall incorporate bicycle […]

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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 […]

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Questioning Campaign Culture

Questioning Campaign Culture

  Editor, I am writing as a very concerned 45-year resident of this amazing special community. I have worked behind the scenes for so many years to make a difference for many in this community and when asked years ago to run for public office I now know why I said, “No, thank you”. I […]

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Incumbent Receives Poor Marks

Incumbent Receives Poor Marks

Editor, Bill Landsiedel should be expelled from the LBUSD school board for poor spelling on his website, not doing his homework before his video presentation, telling lies, and bullying his peers.   Mark Stewart, Laguna Beach

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A Call for Change

A Call for Change

Editor, I have not paid as much attention to local politics as I should have until recently when I became familiar with the proposed Social Host Ordinance. Whatever your opinion on whether a “SHO” is right for our community, we should all be greatly concerned about the process in which it has been brought to […]

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Scary Safe Halloween

Scary Safe Halloween

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Remembering Bygone Merchants

Remembering Bygone Merchants

Editor, After attending a most enjoyable evening of the “Lagunatics” show, one of the numbers “Down in Laguna,” listed about five long gone downtown businesses. My memory was stimulated to remember over 50 more! See those listed below. I only go back to about 1960 in Laguna so I’m sure there are many, many more. […]

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Local Currents: Beware the Jabberwock

Local Currents: Beware the Jabberwock

“”Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!” – from the Lewis Carroll poem “Jabberwocky.”   Local political races in small towns are not usually where you find the hot action during a presidential campaign year. But it’s gotten a bit […]

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Correction

Correction

It was incorrectly reported in “Skateboard Confiscation Law Ok’d,” Oct. 19, edition, that a law requiring the confiscation of skateboards by helmet-less riders had received final approval by the City Council.  Rather, the proposed law received preliminary approval and is tentatively scheduled for a final reading on Nov. 13. Also in that article, Kathryn Doe’s […]

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Small Town Memories

Small Town Memories

By Natalie Hills   I watched the City Council candidates on TV. Mr. Whalen talked about how hard it is to raise kids in Laguna, keep them positively engaged at school, because of the party scene. To show how much he cares about teen drinking, Whalen supports the proposed Social Host Ordinance (SHO), which the police […]

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Dodgeball Hits Its Mark

Dodgeball Hits Its Mark

Rubber balls and rivalries provided priceless entertainment last Wednesday at the Laguna Beach High School gyms for SchoolPower’s much awaited Dodgeball Tournament. The third annual tournament proved so popular, the schedule required adjusting to accommodate extra teams. Altogether, 52 teams made up of more than 400 costume-clad competitors battled for dodgeball domination in three divisions. […]

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Schools Plan Alcohol and Drug Prevention Plan

Schools Plan Alcohol and Drug Prevention Plan

The school district’s strict alcohol and other drug prevention steering committee is beginning a three-year plan focused on prevention, intervention and restorative plans, the district announced earlier this month. The district plans life skills education in grades 4 – 9; increased parent education opportunities; increased student activities to connect students to school; and formation of […]

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Students Bring Home the Gold

Students Bring Home the Gold

Two-hundred seventy-one Thurston Middle Schoolers were honored and rewarded for their academic accomplishments at Thurston’s Honor Roll Breakfast / Gold Card Program. Recognizing all seventh and eighth grade students who achieved an overall GPA of 3.5 or better during their previous spring semester, each student received a special Gold Card giving them special discounts at […]

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Returning Parents to the Classroom

Returning Parents to the Classroom

The school district is offering a free, 10-week parent education program entitled “Parent Project – Changing Destructive Adolescent Behavior,” beginning Wednesday, Nov. 7. Classes will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Susi Q Senior Center. This interactive class will provide parents of adolescents an opportunity to learn effective strategies and skills for eliminating frequently […]

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Planting Farm-to-Market Lessons

Planting Farm-to-Market Lessons

A new seed of interest is sprouting among Top of the World students thanks to a recent arrival on campus: a garbanzo bean bush deposited by Debra Appel, the district’s nutrition services director. After she described how garbanzo beans are a central ingredient in hummus, students sampled raw beans and asked for samples to bring […]