As city editor of this paper for five years, I've had the privilege — and challenge — of being the "boss" of a reporter who writes rings around me every week. And she'll turn 78 this year.
Of course I'm talking about Barbara Diamond, who on Tuesday marked her 25th year as a reporter in Laguna Beach.
Barbara is such an icon in this town that she has her own seat at City Council meetings, right next to the assistant city clerk. She's always sitting right up front watching the political show as it unfolds and writing down almost every word. (I've sat in that seat myself only once, when Barbara was injured and unable to get out; I can tell you that it was a big chair to fill!)
Aside from that one minor lapse (and maybe one other), it's safe to say that Barbara has been at nearly every council meeting and every important public meeting in Laguna Beach for the past 25 years.