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Thank you for the care and support We want to take...

September 06, 2002

Thank you for the care and support

We want to take this time to thank everyone who so generously

supported and attended the benefit for our son, Joey. We are

overwhelmed with how our friends, family and the community of Laguna

Beach have embraced Joey with such compassion and love, and are

forever grateful to each and every one of you. Our hope is to bring

awareness to the disease of Epidermolysis Bullosa and to continue the

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effort to one day find a cure. This is our dream, this is Joey's

dream and with unwavering hope, determination, strength and prayer, a

cure will become a reality.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and souls.

CLAUDIO, LAURIE

AND JOEY MASSELLA

Laguna Beach

The truths about El Morro Village

As a 7-year full-time resident of El Morro Village, I am obviously

prejudiced, but here are some of my thoughts on the subject:

I'm 65, still working, and my wife and I live here full-time. We

moved from Santa Ana to provide a safer place for our daughter (now

19 and in college) to grow up since El Morro has always been

relatively obscure.

It seemed like a peaceful haven from the city -- and she loved it

and thrived here. My personal reason was to escape the insanity of

the city for a community -- I think that one of the travesties of the

current debate is that we are "not a community" That's absurd --

where else do you have a cohesive, caring, 75-year old group where we

share so much in common? We are not snobs (status-seekers), and the

people of El Morro are real, without the phony pretentiousness of

some (most?) in Orange County.

Since we are on a single income, the savings here have been a

marvelous thing -- as committed Christians, we have always tithed,

and that's a little easier if you don't have a huge residence "nut"

to crack every month; thus, in our case, El Morro has been a real

blessing.

I think that the water-quality ruse has been essentially put to

rest, and the "public access" issue seems to be the next myth. Here's

the reality, as we perceive it: The public will be restricted to

transient campers (it's very funny, by the way, that we have been

labeled a "transient" community), and will lose the happy sharing

that actually goes on here. If you counted the number of El Morro

owners and the number of outsiders on any given weekend, you would

see that the reduction of 300 units of people to 60 or so casual,

mostly summer-only units actually cuts into the total number of

people at the location by quite a large number. We personally delight

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