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May 17, 2002
Suzie Harrison Lerp psyllids and eucalyptus trees shouldn't be mistaken as friends, despite the fact that they are seen in public together. The psyllid, an insect and unwelcome pest of the eucalyptus, is, in fact, damaging and killing the trees throughout Laguna Beach. The problem starts when the lerp forms a protective white shell of crystallized honeydew on the leaves of the trees; the shell or "lerp" protects the insect. These insects extract energy from the tree and block sunlight, impairing tree growth and health.
NEWS
By Josh Aden | May 4, 2007
Many who spend time in the area know eucalyptus trees are a defining part of Downtown Laguna Beach's character. They line many streets and are a prominent part of the landscape. The reason the large Australian trees line Laguna Canyon Road and other streets goes deep into Laguna history. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law. The Act encouraged people to settle in the western territories by giving them free land. The law said anyone who squatted on a section of federally owned land for five years, and could prove they had improved it somehow, was entitled to 160 acres of land — for free.
LOCAL
By Catharine Cooper | March 20, 2009
It is the scent of the leaves, pungent and sweet, that I most remember. My 8-year-old mind said that the trees were “very tall and smelled like the earth.” Dad said they were “messy.” Mom taught me to pronounce their tricky name. The grove of eucalyptus trees that surrounded our house on Ledroit Lane fascinated me. I had never seen these types of trees. We had recently moved from Long Beach to a 50-year-old house spread out over acres on a hilltop ledge.
NEWS
By David Hansen | December 29, 2011
If you thought 2011 was an interesting year in Laguna Beach, wait until you see what's coming. Here are the hot predictions for next year's news. Out: Fireworks In: Fireworks smackdown Faced with continuing funding problems over fireworks, the city of Laguna Beach will simply annex Emerald Bay using eminent domain and steal its fireworks show. Out: Art Walk In: Wine tastings while standing near art In 2012, Laguna Beach galleries will finally admit that during Art Walk, the better the wine, the better the party.
NEWS
April 3, 2009
It?s about time the city took a hard look at views. When our columnist Catharine Cooper wrote recently lamenting the loss of her home?s ocean view as trees and landscaping have grown taller year by year ? some of it on distant properties ? we received a slew of comments from people with similar complaints. Most of these people did not want their names published in the paper out of concern that they would alienate their neighbors. Some were published. Most people with tall trees probably don?
NEWS
By Cherril Doty | September 14, 2007
“I saw old autumn in the misty morn stand shadowless like silence, listening to silence.” — Thomas Hood, Autumn   Autumn is definitely here, no matter what the calendar may say. Ever since summer solstice way back in June the days have gotten shorter. It is only now in the time just preceding and past Labor Day that the distinct changes we associate with a shift from summer to autumn take place. Early morning and evenings have brought a distinct chill.
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By Cherril Doty | April 9, 2013
…the world offers itself to your imagination. —Mary Oliver Spring has sprung! It brings with it an awe and appreciation of many things. Finches and wrens greet each morning with their cheerful songs. The mourning doves coo their soft, underlying refrain. Sky color at dawn seems to have greater depth, as does the mingling of blue shades at twilight. The mockingbird gets in his licks by serenading through the night with his many tunes. I am reminded of Oliver's words on gratitude — questions really — meant to bring us to greater awareness of the beauty around us. On gratitude, the questions ask what you noticed, what you heard, what you admired, what you found astonishing in a given moment.
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By STEVE KAWARATANI | June 15, 2007
"Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian..." "The time not to become a father is 18 years before a war." Seasoned gardeners recognize the usual problems riding roughshod in their garden. Powdery mildew, aphids, caterpillars and mites are expected at this time of year. There are many tried-and-true control options available, with varying degrees of efficacy, depending on your toleration of plant damage versus pesticide pollution. But what happens when something bad occurs in your garden and you don't recognize the problem?
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | July 18, 2013
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - and Laguna has some very dedicated beholders. Laguna Beach Beautification Council members scour the city for homes and businesses that add visual charm to the city for all to enjoy. Winners selected by the council are awarded certificates of merit. The 2013 awards were presented recently at the Laguna Art Museum, following a brunch at Las Brisas. Council Vice Chairwoman Eleanor Henry picked the business winners. Scott Allen and Chloe Echternacht chose the residential winners.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 18, 2013
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder - and Laguna has some very dedicated beholders. Laguna Beach Beautification Council members scour the city for homes and businesses that add visual charm to the city for all to enjoy. Winners selected by the council are awarded certificates of merit. The 2013 awards were presented recently at the Laguna Art Museum, following a brunch at Las Brisas. Council Vice Chairwoman Eleanor Henry picked the business winners. Scott Allen and Chloe Echternacht chose the residential winners.
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By Cherril Doty | April 9, 2013
…the world offers itself to your imagination. —Mary Oliver Spring has sprung! It brings with it an awe and appreciation of many things. Finches and wrens greet each morning with their cheerful songs. The mourning doves coo their soft, underlying refrain. Sky color at dawn seems to have greater depth, as does the mingling of blue shades at twilight. The mockingbird gets in his licks by serenading through the night with his many tunes. I am reminded of Oliver's words on gratitude — questions really — meant to bring us to greater awareness of the beauty around us. On gratitude, the questions ask what you noticed, what you heard, what you admired, what you found astonishing in a given moment.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | October 4, 2012
Eleven eucalyptus trees in Bluebird Canyon will be chopped down, settling a passionate debate that has lasted for about a year. Safety trumped aesthetics and the City Council voted 4-1 to follow the city arborist's recommendation to remove the trees, despite fervent pleas to preserve them, countered by equally fervent pleas to protect lives and property. Twenty-eight speakers went to the rostrum in the hour-long hearing: 16 for removal, 12 for preservation. "I don't think anyone here is wrong," said Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson.
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By Barbara Diamond | June 27, 2012
Bluebird Canyon residents debated Tuesday about a report from a certified arborist who had inspected city-owned trees there. Recommendations included the removal of 11 of the 31 city-owned eucalyptus trees in the heavily wooded neighborhood, which has been divided on the issue. The 26 residents who attended the meeting hosted Tuesday by Public Works Director Steve May at the Community Center appeared to have been brought no closer to agreement by the report. "Some residents don't want to see any of the trees removed; others want them all removed," May said.
NEWS
By David Hansen | December 29, 2011
If you thought 2011 was an interesting year in Laguna Beach, wait until you see what's coming. Here are the hot predictions for next year's news. Out: Fireworks In: Fireworks smackdown Faced with continuing funding problems over fireworks, the city of Laguna Beach will simply annex Emerald Bay using eminent domain and steal its fireworks show. Out: Art Walk In: Wine tastings while standing near art In 2012, Laguna Beach galleries will finally admit that during Art Walk, the better the wine, the better the party.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | December 8, 2011
The City Council on Tuesday approved a Southern California Edison proposal that will save five eucalyptus trees in Bluebird Canyon that had been headed for the chopping block. Not everyone embraced the reprieve proposed by Edison representative Steve Nelson. They cited safety as their major concern. "We saw in 1993 how catastrophic these trees are," said Peter Grohmann. "They explode in a fire, and the Fire Department has recommended their removal. " Fire Department officials said it's not just about the fire hazard, but also the fragility of the trees.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | November 3, 2011
Southern California Edison has delayed the removal of five of the estimated 100 eucalyptus trees in Bluebird Canyon. The removal, which was scheduled for Thursday, was opposed by environmentalists and irate canyon residents, some of whom appealed to the City Council at Tuesday's meeting to intervene. Although the council took no action, and in fact has no veto power over Edison projects, public opposition resonated with the utility. "Our arborist, David Faasua, is not proceeding until he gets clarification on candidate trees for the historical list and looks into the California Environmental Act form given to Edison," said SCE's regional manager, Steve Nelson.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | October 20, 2011
Safety trumped the environment Tuesday when the City Council supported Southern California Edison's recommendation to chop down five eucalyptus trees at the top of Bluebird Canyon. The utility is empowered without city approval to remove trees that pose a threat to high-voltage power lines that could cause fires. Fire Chief Kris Head and Director of Public Works Steve May supported Edison's recommendation, while opponents protested the action as desecration of raptor habitat, to be undertaken only with expert guidance.
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By Catharine Cooper | January 22, 2010
“Tag, you’re it!” declares column co-writer Cherril Doty, and it is game-on. Suddenly, I am 8 running around the grassy lawn in the backyard of my parents’ home, chasing my brother and sister in and out of the stately eucalyptus trees. My blue school dress and hair ribbons are flying behind me as I race down the slope, crying, “Catch me if you can.” I’ve pasted that phrase, “Catch me if you can,” on my bathroom wall. It’s a beckoning of my child self to my adult self, a reminder that my free spirit is always well ahead of my pondering analyzer.
NEWS
April 3, 2009
It?s about time the city took a hard look at views. When our columnist Catharine Cooper wrote recently lamenting the loss of her home?s ocean view as trees and landscaping have grown taller year by year ? some of it on distant properties ? we received a slew of comments from people with similar complaints. Most of these people did not want their names published in the paper out of concern that they would alienate their neighbors. Some were published. Most people with tall trees probably don?
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