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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | December 16, 2010
Recreational and commercial fishing will be banned along Laguna's coastline under strict rules adopted Wednesday by the California Fish and Game Commission The commission voted 3-2 on Wednesday to adopt a network of marine protected areas, often called MPAs, along the Southern California coast. Newly protected areas from the Mexican border to Santa Barbara will connect with the existing network from Santa Barbara to the Mendocino County coast. "I am very pleased by the decision," said Councilwoman Verna Rollinger, who attended all but one of the commission hearings held during the past year.
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By Judy Yorke | July 10, 2009
Thank you to our courageous city councilwomen (Toni Iseman, Jane Egly, Verna Rollinger and Elizabeth Pearson) for their votes for a Marine Reserve for all of Laguna Beach. A Laguna Beach Marine Reserve would provide Laguna with an environmental and recreational benefit, enhancing the value and economy of Laguna Beach, and would serve as a marine ecological engine for the restoration of the depleted fish populations along California?s Coast. In contrast, our mayor [Kelly Boyd] appears to be looking after his own economic interests and is courting his Marine Room customers, who can?
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By Kelly Boyd | June 26, 2009
On June 16 the City Council voted 4 to 1 to pass the Iseman Marine Reserve Plan. The plan will take control of over seven miles of our coastline from Laguna and give that control to the State of California. There will be no spear fishing, diving for lobster, kayak fishing, recreational fishing, commercial lobster fishing, commercial squid fishing or commercial bait fishing. Yes, a total NO FISHING ZONE! One woman at Tuesday?s council meeting supporting this vote claimed to represent four stakeholder groups, two of them Village Laguna and South Laguna Civic Assn.
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June 26, 2009
Shock waves are still resounding regarding the Orange County Museum of Art sale of 18 of Laguna Art Museum?s former early paintings. Thank you, Barbara Diamond, for your relevant and painful accounting of Laguna Art Museum?s takeover and ?merger? (Our Laguna, ?Art museum merger attempt still stings,? June 19.) For those of you unaware, please understand that these are not just paintings; these are a part of Laguna and California art?s history. William Wendt, Edgar Payne and all of the early Impressionists included in this sale were actual residents and trailblazers.
BUSINESS
By Josh Aden | January 25, 2008
Tourism is a major part of Laguna Beach?s economy and the beach is the main attraction. So it may not be a surprise that one Laguna hotel has launched a package aimed at environmentalism. Vacation Village partnered with extreme athlete Tom Jones to offer the Wipeout travel package, an environmentally-geared promotion. The package includes discounted room rates and a chance to win surf lessons from Jones. A percentage of each Wipeout package will be donated to Jones? Plastic-Free Ocean.
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By Barbara Diamond | February 11, 2010
Emergency actions taken by the City Council at the Feb. 2 meeting reflected city officials’ concerns about the health of Laguna’s coastal waters and its denizens. The council voted unanimously to direct the city manager to ensure that a city staff member of his choice or an elected official would attend hearings that pertain to the council majority’s support for a citywide marine reserve and to endorse a federal grant to restore the abalone population along Laguna’s shoreline.
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By CATHARINE COOPER | January 13, 2006
Simplicity. The silhouette of a solitary surfer. Pink clouds touched by the warmth of dawn. Dolphin fins arching through cool ocean waters. A child's fingers wrapped around my hand. The flutter of a hummingbird outside my window. New Years Day: 2006. The earliest hint of dawn sprinkles the eastern sky with rays of light streaming upwards from the horizon. The night's stars vanish into blue grey, while the lap of tiny waves beckons me from my sleeping bag. I pull on paddling pants and a warm hat and quietly slip toward the water.
NEWS
December 16, 2010
In a highly anticipated decision, the California Fish & Game Commission this week approved a strict set of new rules for what can and cannot take place on the shores and in the coastal waters off of Southern California, from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border. The rules, mandated by the decade old Marine Life Protection Act, are designed to conserve sea life and preserve the marine environment. But the commission's 3-2 vote shows that not all are convinced of the need or efficacy of such rules.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | December 16, 2010
Recreational and commercial fishing will be banned along Laguna's coastline under strict rules adopted Wednesday by the California Fish and Game Commission The commission voted 3-2 on Wednesday to adopt a network of marine protected areas, often called MPAs, along the Southern California coast. Newly protected areas from the Mexican border to Santa Barbara will connect with the existing network from Santa Barbara to the Mendocino County coast. "I am very pleased by the decision," said Councilwoman Verna Rollinger, who attended all but one of the commission hearings held during the past year.
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By Judy Yorke | July 10, 2009
Thank you to our courageous city councilwomen (Toni Iseman, Jane Egly, Verna Rollinger and Elizabeth Pearson) for their votes for a Marine Reserve for all of Laguna Beach. A Laguna Beach Marine Reserve would provide Laguna with an environmental and recreational benefit, enhancing the value and economy of Laguna Beach, and would serve as a marine ecological engine for the restoration of the depleted fish populations along California?s Coast. In contrast, our mayor [Kelly Boyd] appears to be looking after his own economic interests and is courting his Marine Room customers, who can?
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