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SPORTS
September 12, 2007
Laguna Beach athletes turned in strong performances Sunday at the 10th annual Avia Pacific Coast Triathlon, led by Helen Briglio’s first-place finish in the women’s 55-59 age group division. The event was held at Crystal Cove State Park and consisted of a half-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride and three-mile run. In all, 15 locals finished among the top 10 in their respective divisions. Donna Phelan, 35, of Encinitas, was the overall top female finisher and won the women’s title with a time of 1:10.
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NEWS
June 15, 2007
Presidential hopeful Barack Obama held a fundraiser in Crystal Cove on Monday morning. About 100 people attended the event, where the Illinois senator, a Democrat, spoke about the environment, health care and the war. Among the attendees were Laguna Beach residents and co-hosts Frank Barbaro and Keiko Sakamoto, with her son Nicholas and daughter Olivia. Other Lagunans included Curt Barwick and his sons Brian and Chris, Dennis Berryman, Mark Christy, Bret Englander, Richard and Maggi Henrikson, Mike Meyer and his daughter Marissa, Bob and Stephanie Mister, Joe Smith and Peter Zeughauser.
SPORTS
March 30, 2007
The California State Parks Foundation will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its annual Earth Day Restoration & Cleanup Program at state and community parks throughout California on April 21. Community participation is critical as continued funding pressures and a backlog of more than $900 million in deferred maintenance projects threaten the vitality of parks and beaches across the state, Foundation officials say. Volunteers will complete environmental...
NEWS
By Dave Brooks | May 26, 2006
Crystal Cove has found an interesting ally to help restore its historic district ? prison inmates. Convicts from the Prado Conservation Camp in Chino are a major labor force in the restoration effort, working hard to build retaining walls, clear paths and do heavy lifting. Unlike chain gangs depicted in films like "Cool Hand Luke," the inmate labor force are trained, nonviolent offenders used to restore state parks during the off-season and fight wild land fires during the summer.
NEWS
By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | May 26, 2006
Javier Sosa's life is an example of the classic American success story. He was born in Tijuana, came to California as a young man and then worked his way up from dishwasher to waiter to manager at Tortilla Flats restaurant in Laguna Beach. Eventually, with the help of his partner, Mark Post, he opened his own restaurant on Coast Highway, followed by another much larger, elaborately designed version in the Irvine Spectrum. They are planning a move to a beautiful new ocean-view location in Crystal Cove.
NEWS
By Dave Brooks | May 5, 2006
Beachfront accommodations at California's state parks always sell out fast, but the renovated cottages at Crystal Cove State Park may have set a new record April 27 when four months of overnight stays sold out in about four hours on the first day the rentals were available. Close to 900 cottage reservations were made between 8 a.m. and about noon that day, leaving some people complaining that they couldn't get through by phone or online to get a spot. Hundreds of people took a second shot Monday at renting one of the 13 refurbished beach cottages in November, jamming phone lines and booking the high-demand vacation homes in a matter of minutes.
NEWS
August 12, 2005
It's great that the mayor's Adopt-a-Landslide-Family program is bearing fruit. Four families that had not found permanent or long-term-temporary housing since losing their homes June 1 will be placed on donated land on Laguna Canyon Road in mobile homes that were vacated by residents of El Morro Village at Crystal Cove. It's all coming together, and we should all give a big pat on the back -- or tip of the hat -- to our mayor, Elizabeth Pearson-Schneider, whose dogged efforts sometimes drew gasps of opposition but in the end have panned out beautifully.
NEWS
May 20, 2005
The public has waited a long time for the day when the cottages at Crystal Cove will be open to be enjoyed as the previous tenants did for so many years. And state parks officials need to ensure that day is not far off, even as squabbles over this oceanfront parkland continue. Former Crystal Cove residents -- like those at El Morro today, where mobile-home tenants are fighting to stay on state lands -- clung on to all hope that they could live forever in their historic bungalows perched on a beachfront paradise.
NEWS
May 13, 2005
Lauren Vane After walking from Tijuana to Laguna Beach, Nathan Auerbach was tired. Sitting on the tailgate of an SUV parked in a lot off the highway, Auerbach unlaced his athletic shoes and rubbed his feet. Instead of taking a nap, Auerbach took a box from the back, pulled out a fresh pair of shoes and laced them up. He had been walking for days, but Auerbach was not finishing up -- he was just getting started. Friday was day six of Auerbach's quest to walk the West Coast from Mexico to Canada in the name of eradicating polio worldwide.
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