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City Hall Meetings

Monday, Aug. 15 Heritage Committee, 6 p.m., Council Chambers    Tuesday, Aug. 16 City Council, 6 p.m., Council Chambers

Community Datebook

Home Store Hosts Design Star Laguna Beach home décor boutique Stephen Frank Garden & Home will host a meet and greet with home décor designer Julia Knight on Saturday Aug. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The in-store event is open to the public and will feature champagne and hors...

City Hall Meetings

 Monday, Aug. 8 Tech Committee, 4:30 p.m., Community Center Arts Commission, 5:30 p.m., Council Chambers   Tuesday, Aug. 9 Complete Streets Task Force, 5 p.m., Community Center   Wednesday, Aug. 10 Laguna Canyon Flood Mitigation Task Force, 4 p.m., Community Center...

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Balancing Coastal Perspectives The lights were blazing all night long in the AVCO Community Developers’ property south of Monarch Bay. Giant grading machines were scraping non-stop through the hillsides, shaping landforms for a new subdivision. It was fall of 1972. The public was...

Shore Scene

To Whelk or Not Occasionally one comes upon a particularly large white spiral shell deposited on the beach or in the tidepools. This beautiful shell is the hard protective covering of the largest gastropod (snail) found in Laguna, the Kellet’s Whelk (Kelletia kelletii). Capable...

Pet Peeves

A Funny Thing Happened… A funny thing happened on the way to the forum. I found parking. It was a dream California style. There were avocado plum fairies and open spaces dancing in my head. Even, the seven candidates running for city council found parking, too. We had arrived to...

Wisdom Workout

Moonlight Becomes You The moon has been my companion the past few nights. It dapples the covers on my bed so that it casts both light and shadows, nudging me awake and then giving me a reprieve as long as I don’t disappear into a deep sleep. Apparently, it enjoys my...

Taking Stock

Volatility Is Back After stock market averages set record highs in mid-August, stocks sagged, interrupting the market’s recently re-established uptrend. The buoyant markets of the last couple of years must have spoiled investors; financial media featured predictions of doom even...

The Slant

Slapped Down Do you remember being 16? Just a few weeks into having a driver license, dreaming about what your dream car could be? I wanted a back and gold Firebird just like I’d seen in the “Smokey and the Bandit” movie. I also fantasized cruising the streets in a Ferrari 308....