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Does the OC Measure Up? Find out how far your tax dollars go when the League of Women Voters hear from Lisa Burke, project manager for the Community Indicators Report, at 9:15 a.m., Saturday Feb. 26, 1041 Madison Place, who will describe how Orange County measures up. Burke will...

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Flood Task Force Seeks Members The City Council is accepting applications for seven at-large members of the community, including two from canyon neighborhoods, to serve six months on a flood mitigation task force. The deadline is Feb. 23. The task force, which will also include...

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Portraits From Laguna’s Street People

  Early Memories of the Homeless in Laguna I remember as a kid driving back home to Laguna after a day at the Fun Zone up in Newport.  After dark we rode the auto ferry to Balboa Island, crossed the old bridge into Corona del Mar and headed south on PCH. Looking out the...

When I was a kid things were different. I wore knickers. Today, kids wear low riders that begin where my knickers left off. I’ve kept the knickers in hopes that the style will come back. I have to be patient because clothing trends are fickle. A couple of years ago, I tried...

Budget Stretch

The school’s retirement funds are broke again. Sounds like a broken record. Oops, let me update that. Sounds like a broken MP-3 player. Oops, oops. Sounds like a broken IPod. Whew, I dated myself there. And my wife, who knows me, wishes I dated myself again. It seems schools are...

Laguna, the Sea and Earth Day

  Earth Day is an international celebration begun in 1970 and championed by former Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. It grew out of the environmental movement of the 1960s and was given impetus by the Santa Barbara oil blowout in 1969. Ever since that headline-making...

The New Face of Homelessness

By OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens Orange County, meet the new face of homelessness: a single mother in her 20s with two young children. Of the estimated 12,700 homeless Orange County residents – an alarming number by itself – nearly half are young mothers struggling to care for very...

Round ‘Em Up, Move ‘Em Out, or Bring Them In?

By Michele McCormick Fear was palpable; the room charged on April 22, in Laguna’s City Council chambers. Following Friendship Shelter Director Dawn Price’s presentation on permanent supportive housing for the homeless, a line of residents formed to express genuine concern as well...