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By Kirk Morgan | March 10, 2011
Forget the skateboarders — look out for the cars ripping up and down our street. We live on a steep part of Temple Hills and cars hit 40, 50, 60 mph past our house on a regular basis. Many folks do drive reasonably, and we thank you, but we've had three accidents within 100 feet of our driveway in the last five years. You know our house — our trash can says, "Please Slow Down. " I wanted it to say, "Please Slow Down, Relax and Enjoy Life, You Over-Caffeinated-
September 12, 2003
Sandpiper and Island Shade, two of three teams who finished in a three-way tie for first-place in Wednesday League regular season action, advanced to the winner's bracket final in postseason play in Men's Summer 16 Slow Pitch Softball at Riddle Field. Both teams advanced to the bracket final as Sandpiper downed Used Cars, 6-2, and Island Shade defeated Team Viagra, the other team that finished in the three-way tie for the regular season title, by a 6-2 count.
August 1, 2003
Sandpiper retained sole possession of first-place in the Tuesday/Thursday League standings and its status as the league's only unbeaten team following a 6-4 victory over Ganahl Lumber in City of Laguna Beach sponsored summer 16-inches slow pitch softball play. Steve Lafferty and Ryan Neptune hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning to propel Sandpiper (4-0) to a 3-0 lead. Sandpiper tacked on two more runs in it first at-bat as Chris Howell doubled and David Schmid and Bill Reimer each singled.
August 22, 2003
Forty Majority tightened up the race in the Tuesday/Thursday League standings in the City of Laguna Beach Community Service Department's Summer 16 Slow Pitch Softball action as it defeated league-leader Sandpiper, 3-1. Forty Majority used a home run by Bill Burk and an RBI double by Mike Hilburn and a run-scoring single by Arlin Reid to earn the victory, its second of the season. Sandpiper managed six hits -- five singles and a solo home run by Ryan Neptune.
October 20, 2006
Two division champions were determined last week at Riddle Field, as Used Cars and Hennessey's claimed league titles in the city of Laguna Beach Community Services Dept. summer 16" slow pitch softball postseason playoffs. Tuesday League Used Cars 12, Sandpiper 8 Regular-season champion Used Cars gained control of the game in the third inning and went on to win the postseason title. Ryan Neptune hit a solo home run and Chris Raub delivered a grand slam for Sandpiper, and Michael McKenzie and Kevin Mohan each hit home runs for Used Cars.
July 5, 2002
Barbara Diamond [City to consider change in size of parking spaces] SUVs, vans and trucks take up more space than is allotted for compact cars, but that hasn't stopped drivers of the bigger vehicles from parking in compact car spaces. It's legal, but it makes it tough sometimes to open the doors of cars parked in the adjoining space. The city code specifies a measurement of 8-by-15 feet measures compact spaces, compared to other spaces that measure 8-feet-4 inches by 18 feet.
September 24, 2004
Sandpiper downed Ganahl Lumber and Team Viagra got past Used Cars to advance to a winner's bracket final in Tuesday League postseason playoff action in the city of Laguna Beach Community Services Dept. Summer 16 Slow Pitch Softball League. All games were played at Riddle Field. Tuesday League Sandpiper 7, Ganahl Lumber 2 Mickey Allen had four RBIs and Jeff Heminghaus knocked in a pair of runs as regular season champion Sandpiper knocked Ganahl Lubmer into loser's bracket play.
By Beth Kruger | January 16, 2012
I don't know why Skyline Drive has become the skateboarding interstate in the last few weeks, but it is out of control. Skyline is known for large blind curves, a steep downhill, but it is also notorious for many work trucks and homeowners' cars parked on the sides, which limits a lot of Skyline to just one lane at any given time. Take that into the equation with cars, cyclists and now the hordes of skateboarders, we are in for some serious problems. I am not opposed to these kids being able to skateboard, but it has become so dangerous to drive up and down Skyline that I am fearful every time I leave my driveway.
December 24, 2004
During my three-day stay with Daniel and Natalie, I had the chance to leisurely prepare for my bike trip down the Marne Canal. The first thing I did was to unpack my large box sitting in their garage. Usually reassembling a bike is as easy as putting together a set of Legos. Once, in fact, while I was taking my bike apart to put it on a plane in Sweden, a large group of spectators gathered around me. One gentleman in the airport crowd, impressed with my ability to use a wrench, asked if I could repair kitchen appliances, too. This time, though, I couldn't figure out how to attach the brakes to the front wheel of my new "top-of-the-line" KHS bike.
January 24, 2003
CHASING DOWN THE MUSE "You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but you must approach each man by the right door." -- HENRY WARD BEECHER Laguna Beach is an unfriendly place? Just kidding ... right? When I read the column in a recent issue of this newspaper stating that Laguna might be an unfriendly place, the hackles raised up on the back of my neck. OK. I was in a fighting mood now. How could anyone say this? The Laguna Beach I know is warm and friendly.
April 30, 2014
A woman was hospitalized after two cars collided on South Coast Highway on Friday morning, Laguna Beach police said. The crash occurred at 8:05 a.m. in the 2400 block when a 24-year-old San Clemente woman, who was driving a Toyota Corolla, made an illegal U-turn from the northbound side of South Coast Highway north of Upland Road, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. A 62-year-old Laguna Beach man driving a Chevrolet Volt hit the Corolla, sending the car across southbound lanes, police said.
April 8, 2014
A 22-year-old Laguna College of Art + Design student was struck by a vehicle and critically injured in a crosswalk on Laguna Canyon Road on Thursday night, Laguna Beach police said. The woman was crossing from the main campus side of the road at 8:46 p.m. when she was hit by an 83-year-old Minnesota woman driving a Honda sedan, said Capt. Jason Kravetz of the Laguna Beach Police Department. Police did not elaborate on the extent of the pedestrian's injuries, but said she was transported to the trauma center at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.
March 13, 2014
A Laguna Beach teen was hit by a BMW at Thalia and Glenneyre streets Monday and injured, Laguna Beach police said. Police said the boy,14, was walking south on Thalia in the marked crosswalk when a car driven by a 68-year-old Laguna Beach resident struck him as it traveled west on Glenneyre about 6:05 p.m., Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. The teen was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, where he received sutures for an elbow laceration and was released, Callus said.
February 20, 2014
A Laguna Beach resident accidentally backed her car into the Laguna Canyon Creek storm channel Wednesday afternoon but was uninjured, city police said. The 62-year-old woman had parked her two-door Mercedes Benz convertible at the Verizon Wireless lot, 495 Broadway St., Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. When the driver got back in, she mistakenly backed the car through a chain-link fence, and it dropped into the channel, Callus wrote. Laguna Beach Fire Department personnel evaluated the woman, but she refused medical treatment and called a cab, Callus said.
By Bryce Alderton | February 13, 2014
An attorney for the family of one of two men killed in a head-on collision on Laguna Canyon Road has sued a driver who survived the wreck, a witness and multiple cities and public agencies. Attorney Otto Haselhoff, who represents the family of Alberto Casique, levels allegations ranging from driver negligence to poor road maintenance in his Jan. 21 Orange County Superior Court lawsuit. Among the defendants is Robert McFarland Pettis, 48, a Laguna Beach physician whose Tesla Model S sedan collided with the Honda Accord sedan driven by Casique, 47, at 6:45 a.m. April 2. Armando Gonzalez, 38, a passenger in Casique's Honda, also died.
By Jennifer Lane, Special to the Coastline Pilot | January 31, 2014
Three wooden cars raced down a 30-foot track at blinding speeds, blending into a blur of color, surrounded by the excited cheers of the Laguna Beach Cub Scouts. They raced, again and again, car after car, cheering the names of winners. The Pinewood Derby, which drew about 70 spectators to the Laguna Presbyterian Church on Tuesday night, has been held annually since 1953 and involves all levels of the Cub Scouts, from the littlest Tigers to the tallest Webelos. "The derby is a great opportunity for the kids to create, learn, spend quality time with their parents who help them, and enjoy recognition for their efforts," Cub Master John Hovanesian said.
By Rhea Mahbubani | November 5, 2013
White gloves conjure images of butlers, orthodontists and Mickey Mouse. So when Breck Rothage slipped on his pair, half a dozen possibilities flashed through an observer's mind like a film reel. Once accoutered, he lifted "The Essence of Image - Automotive Artistry" and reverently flipped through images of a 1957 Jaguar XK140 Roadster, 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Dubos Coupe, 1965 Shelby Mustang GT 350 and 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT, gazing upon them as one might at a firstborn. The $350 book - 50 early-bird buyers can snag it for $300 - contains 39 of Rothage's best artworks, printed on Kodak professional photographic paper.
September 18, 2013
A 77-year old Laguna Beach woman suffered a fractured elbow after the car she was driving launched into the air and landed on its side Sunday along Laguna Canyon Road, police said. Officers rescued Efy Shirazi from the Toyota Camry, which had slid to a stop at 4:47 p.m. in a commercial driveway at 2975 Laguna Canyon Road., Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. Paramedics took Shirazi, who was the only one in the car at the time of the crash, to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo for overnight observation, Callus said.
September 17, 2013
A car stuck and injured a pedestrian trying to cross South Coast Highway at Cress Street in Laguna Beach on Monday, police said. A 56-year-old Medford, Ore., resident was walking within the crosswalk when a Lexus RX 350 hit her at about 1:10 p.m., Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. The driver, a 59-year-old Laguna Beach man, tried to make a left turn onto South Coast Highway but failed to see the woman, Callus said. The woman complained of pain to her left hip and leg and was transported to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, according to police.
By Billy Fried | July 25, 2013
"We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there 'is' such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action. "  - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A turning point came in last year's presidential debates when Mitt Romney accused Barack Obama of weakening our defense by funding fewer naval ships then we had in 1916.
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