for which she has sacrificed her body.
In the battle to stop the construction of the toll road she was
arrested for tying herself to machinery. Her body is seen every
Saturday at Main Beach toting signs advocating peace.
"She is most proud of the 11 years of the Laguna Peace Vigil,"
Berstein became involved in the environmental movement as military
action drew to a close in Vietnam.
Bonnie and Arnold Hano discovered Laguna Beach when it stoutly
reflected the conservative bent of the county, including the Birch
Arnold Hano protested against proposals to prohibit dogs on the
beach but allow high rises to be built there. He describes himself as
the founding chair of Village Laguna.
The Hanos were at the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles when
presidential nominee John F. Kennedy announced a plan for the Peace
Corps. They promised themselves they would join. It took 30 years,
but they finally made it -- and returned to tell the tales.
Arnold Hano is a story-teller by trade, a former freelance
reporter and writer of sports books.
"Laguna Beach would not be the way it is today if Bonnie and
Arnold had not moved here in 1955," said fellow Treasure Phyllis
Sweeney came to Laguna in the early 1960s with her husband and
four children. Her public service began with the protest against the
ban on dogs on the beach and continues today. She most recently
facilitated the donation by the Brown Family of land that has been
converted into an oceanfront pocket park.
She was a big supporter of Main Beach Park. She was appointed to
the City Council and served as mayor.
"Phyllis is the one who got me interested in public issues," Wood
said. "In fact, she appointed to me to the Telecommunications
Committee, in 1976 I think, before the city was completely wired. So
if you don't like something I do, blame her."
Swenson was a latecomer to Laguna Beach, She moved here in 1979,
three years after daughter Verna Rollinger was first elected city
However, once here, Betty became active in the community. She