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September 17, 2012
Age: 67.  Education: University of San Francisco.  Top issues: environment/sustainability, community character, arts.  Website:   www.VernaRollinger.com .
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By Bryce Alderton | July 18, 2013
Laguna native Jeremy Frimond loves a good adventure - including swimming with sharks - and has found one in his hometown as the city's marine protection officer. Frimond reportedly stood out from among 100 applicants for the job, in which he will supervise the city's coastline from Irvine Cove on the northern end to just south of Aliso Beach Park and educate the public about the ocean's ecosystem. "There's no greater deal than working in my hometown," Frimond, 25, said by phone Monday afternoon on a break during his first day on the job. "This is something I've always wanted to do. " He graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 2005 and spent seven years as a lifeguard in town, along with his twin brother, Trevor.
NEWS
March 18, 2005
The Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot went to Top of the World Elementary School and asked students in Susan Dick's fifth-grade class, 'Why is recycling important?' "So we don't waste stuff that we don't use -- and so we don't have to keep on making stuff." ZAC LEBON, 11 "So we don't have to cut down more trees. I like to walk on trails, and the trails are going out because they're cutting down all the trees." MATT O'BRIEN, 11 "It's important for our environment, so we can have a nicer community without trash everywhere."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2009
Earth Day, observed annually on April 22 since 1970, is a day to honor and celebrate the planet and raise awareness about the environment. Here are some ways to participate: ? ?Crystal Cove State Park has purchased native plants with a $2,000 grant received from Edison, which they will plant with volunteers at El Moro, Reef Point and Pelican Point (Lot No. 2 and the Los Trancos Lot) from 9 a.m. to noon April 25. ?Laguna Outreach for Community Arts will host an ?earthy art?
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By Cindy Frazier | April 2, 2009
Two Laguna Beach men, a hotel and an environmental nonprofit foundation were honored by the Laguna Beach City Council on March 24 for their contributions to the environment. The honorees — Arnold Hano, Tom Osborne, Casa Laguna Inn and Endangered Planet Gallery — were selected from a “strong” list of nominees by the Environmental Committee, said Max Isles, a committee member. Hano has arguably the longest tenure of activism, Isles said. “He has decades of service, from preventing the dynamiting of wilderness caves to stopping high-rise hotels, at a time when Laguna Beach was the only city with an anti-high-rise ordinance,” Isles said.
NEWS
By Gustavo Grad | October 21, 2010
Two weeks to go into to the election, on a rainy Sunday morning, I walked with a cup of coffee to a chair next to the window trying to make up my mind on three initiatives on the Nov. 2 ballot. I grabbed the travel section of the LA Times, when the "Crazy Beautiful" title and the pictures from Yosemite National Park caught my attention. "Before you begin, let me warn you about something, I am not objective about Yosemite. I can't be, my view has been shaped by more than 50 years of visits," Mark Boster wrote.
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By Cherril Doty | July 31, 2009
“Summertime…and the living is easy…” lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward Another song from this musical comes to mind as I write and causes me to smile, “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” The fullness of summertime — with both ease and hardship — is upon us. Big surf, heavy traffic, muggy heat and a certain slowness that seems fostered by all of these fill the days and nights in...
NEWS
By Gustavo Grad | November 4, 2010
No matter how you cast your vote on Tuesday, now we have to work together. As Jon Stewart said at the "Rally to Restore Sanity" last weekend, "We hear every damn day about how fragile our country is — on the brink of catastrophe — torn by polarizing hate and how it's a shame that we can't work together to get things done, but the truth is we do. " It's worthwhile to think seriously about these positive words, because this is a...
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | October 16, 2008
The City Council had a wealth of choices for the Environmental Committee, a testament to the public interest in protecting the environment, from high school seniors to senior citizens. Laguna Beach High School Student Body President Graham Harris, Chip McDermott and Scott Sebastian were selected from 10 applicants, including one incumbent, with impressive credentials. Harris had proposed creating a student liaison position on the committee, but he was appointed to a regular term that runs to 2010.
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By Bryce Alderton | February 20, 2014
A proposed 30-unit, live-work space for artists in the canyon would provide environmental benefits, according to the sculptor who wants permission to build the development. Louis Longi said his project would include a way to capture storm water runoff from Laguna Canyon Road before it reaches Laguna Canyon Creek, which borders the eastern edge of his property. Plans call for several bioswales - ground depressions where water would gently seep into the soil and be filtered before it runs into the stream - surrounding the two, two-story buildings.
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By Bryce Alderton | February 20, 2014
A proposed 30-unit, live-work space for artists in the canyon would provide environmental benefits, according to the sculptor who wants permission to build the development. Louis Longi said his project would include a way to capture storm water runoff from Laguna Canyon Road before it reaches Laguna Canyon Creek, which borders the eastern edge of his property. Plans call for several bioswales - ground depressions where water would gently seep into the soil and be filtered before it runs into the stream - surrounding the two, two-story buildings.
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By Bryce Alderton | December 5, 2013
Festival of Arts officials want to spruce up their front yard, so to speak, with a revamped facade and landscaping. Festival board President Fred Sattler repeated the words "old" and "tired' when describing the facility's exterior facade, which needs an upgrade, he said. Sattler presented preliminary designs for a revamped exterior with landscaping and a more welcoming pedestrian environment at the festival's annual meeting in November. The festival is home to a summer fine art exhibit and the Pageant of the Masters, a 90-minute stage show of "living pictures" - art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look like their counterparts in the original pieces.
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By Bryce Alderton | July 18, 2013
Laguna native Jeremy Frimond loves a good adventure - including swimming with sharks - and has found one in his hometown as the city's marine protection officer. Frimond reportedly stood out from among 100 applicants for the job, in which he will supervise the city's coastline from Irvine Cove on the northern end to just south of Aliso Beach Park and educate the public about the ocean's ecosystem. "There's no greater deal than working in my hometown," Frimond, 25, said by phone Monday afternoon on a break during his first day on the job. "This is something I've always wanted to do. " He graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 2005 and spent seven years as a lifeguard in town, along with his twin brother, Trevor.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | May 9, 2013
A group of residents have dubbed the removal of nine ficus trees from downtown streets as "The Chainsaw Massacre. " Seven speakers voiced their anguish and anger about the removal of the trees at Tuesday's City Council meeting. They urged more prudent pruning and aesthetic consideration in the future - rather than destruction or replacement - to preserve the character of downtown Laguna. "It's true, as Joni Mitchell sang, 'you don't know what you've got till it's gone,'" Barbara MacGillivray said.
NEWS
September 17, 2012
Age: 67.  Education: University of San Francisco.  Top issues: environment/sustainability, community character, arts.  Website:   www.VernaRollinger.com .
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | March 8, 2012
What a difference a few months make. Last year, there were no applicants to serve on the Environmental Committee. On Tuesday, there were 11. Seven were appointed. The council selected Michelle Availlone-Noailles, Scott Epstein, Kristen Martin, Katy Moss, Stephen O'Neil, Eric M. Sargeant and Martin Taylor from a bumper crop of applicants for the repurposed and renamed Environmental Sustainability Committee. The committee will research, review and aid the council on items related to protecting the environment and improving the community's sustainability, but with more oversight by the council.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kelly Parker | October 27, 2011
Looking for spooks and scares? Thrills and chills? There are plenty of opportunities to dress up, party down and get creeped out in South Orange County this Halloween. In Laguna Beach, Oak and Brooks streets will both be closed for trick-or-treaters and other Halloween revelers on Halloween night, Monday. Check out what else is going on around the city and neighboring areas this weekend: * Boo Blast El Morro Elementary School's annual Halloween carnival is from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the school, 8681 N. Coast Hwy. The theme this year is "Medieval Knights and Dragons.
NEWS
By Gustavo Grad | November 4, 2010
No matter how you cast your vote on Tuesday, now we have to work together. As Jon Stewart said at the "Rally to Restore Sanity" last weekend, "We hear every damn day about how fragile our country is — on the brink of catastrophe — torn by polarizing hate and how it's a shame that we can't work together to get things done, but the truth is we do. " It's worthwhile to think seriously about these positive words, because this is a...
NEWS
By Gustavo Grad | October 21, 2010
Two weeks to go into to the election, on a rainy Sunday morning, I walked with a cup of coffee to a chair next to the window trying to make up my mind on three initiatives on the Nov. 2 ballot. I grabbed the travel section of the LA Times, when the "Crazy Beautiful" title and the pictures from Yosemite National Park caught my attention. "Before you begin, let me warn you about something, I am not objective about Yosemite. I can't be, my view has been shaped by more than 50 years of visits," Mark Boster wrote.
LOCAL
By Roger von Bütow | November 3, 2009
Caltrans Stimulus Paving Project in Laguna Beach Pollutes Air and Sea "Oh, Mr. Caltrans: Thank you sir, may I have another?" or "Christmas in November: Thank You Santa Caltrans!" The federally funded Obama stimulus paving project by State highway agency Caltrans in Laguna Beach constitutes cruel and unusual environmental punishment. This fiasco of this pitiful paving effort by the ironically-named All-American Asphalt has slipped into Twilight Zone mode: (1)
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