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By Steve Kawaratani | May 28, 2010
"Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow…" "…and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." — Joni Mitchell T oday is my birthday … one year short of being a 60-year Lagunan. That's a big number, which I once considered old, if not elderly. At this point in time, I believe it is definitely middle-aged. Today's column is also my last as the Coastline Pilot's gardening guy, as I've just received my pink slip. It was an early birthday gift from the parent paper, the Los Angeles Times — budget cuts and mandatory retirement age (not really)
NEWS
August 19, 2005
STEVE KAWARATANI o7I believe that if it were left to artists to choose their own labels, most would choose none.f7 -- BEN SHA o7Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.f7 -- ISAAC ASIMOV The acacia is situated prominently in his garden. Its finely cut, grey foliage is a stark contrast to the nearly treeless neighborhood. Gly Cooper had asked me to find this particular tree; I countered that it would bloom but once, early in the year.
LOCAL
August 12, 2008
Fred Karger On Saturday, August 9th Laguna Muse http://www.lagunamuse.com/  organized a very successful cleanup of the Garden of Peace and Love located on the bluff on the way down to the beach at the end of Mountain Avenue just below the Boom.  Michele Martinay started this living memorial to those who have passed away from HIV AIDS, and he has taken care of this special garden for the last 18 years.  Now Michele's own battle with the disease has made it no longer possible for him to maintain the garden.
NEWS
July 16, 2004
Steve Kawaratani "Good drama must be drastic." -- Friedrich Schlegel "It was the wish to drink from many flowers, That gave the hummingbird his wings." -- Anonymous A male Anna's Hummingbird greets me as I leave for work each morning; his platform depends on his mood -- atop a Peppermint tree, salvia or potted orchid. I watch as he and his mate dart, hover, eat, chase, court, build nests and raise young. When he isn't busy eating, he spends his time defending territory or preening himself.
NEWS
November 5, 2004
STEVE KAWARATANI "The idea of an election is much more interesting to me than the election itself ... The act of voting is in itself the defining moment." -- Jeff Melvoin "The trouble with gardening is that it does not remain an avocation. It becomes an obsession." -- Phyllis McGinley Now that I have exercised my right to vote, I plan to get my hands dirty. The initial disappointment of hearing holiday music in October was briefly lost by the election season (which also concluded as a disappointment)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Steve Kawaratani | February 26, 2010
“A bargain is in its very essence a hostile transaction ...” — Lord Byron Although I freely dispense advice weekly in this column, I also have the pleasure to visit gardens and dispense advice professionally. As a businessman, I hope that Laguna gardeners will support the local nurseries and businesses. As a pragmatist I am aware that many shoppers are influenced by cost and believe that bigger (either a city or building) will offer a better price.
NEWS
June 4, 2004
Steve Kawaratani "Remembrance and reflection how allied. What thin partitions divides sense from thought." -- Alexander Pope "More grows in the garden than the gardener knows he has sown." -- Spanish Proverb My garden was a refuge from last weekend's holiday -- a safe house for curious reflections. Another birthday came and went; I struggled with the thought that it really didn't matter, until I read my birthday cards again and then again.
NEWS
October 10, 2003
Steve Kawaratani "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the gardeners who make our souls blossom." -- MARCEL PROUST "Ye cannot rival for one hour October's bright blue weather." -- HELEN HUNT JACKSON On last weekend's walk through the village, Catharine and I spotted several couples working together in their gardens. Gardening provides an opportunity to work and play together -- witness flowers and shrubs throughout Laguna lovingly tended by couples like Eve and Ken. As with all of our leisure pursuits, gardening is about happiness and enjoyment.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Steve Kawaratani | July 24, 2009
“Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.” One of the joys of being Buster’s doggy daddy is meeting fellow dog walkers in town. From Main Beach to the village streets, our conversations invariably move directly from how cute our dogs are to the quantity and quality of tomatoes harvested. It’s not that we’re struck solely by the lure of gardening, but the lore is equally important. After the rush of June blossoms, it is often difficult to maintain color from shrubs, which often become quite drab by late July.
NEWS
January 31, 2003
As they approached the garden, the enthusiasm resonated among the students. They exclaimed "Oh my gosh," "Wow" and "Look at the little bulbs that we planted." Top of the World students in Terry Hustwick's third-grade class have been learning what it takes to tend to a garden. Between math a science lessons they learn to use shovels and rakes and their pride in their work is apparent. Each class has the opportunity to grow their own garden and Hustwick's class was working on two. "The garden area has been here for over 15 years," Hustwick said.
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NEWS
By Beau Nicolette | December 12, 2013
The future of the South Laguna Community Garden Park is uncertain, as the land it is rooted in has been sold. The previous owner, Paul Tran of Louisiana, sold the land at Eagle Rock Way and South Coast Highway for $1.2 million on Oct. 28, according to South Laguna Civic Assn. President Bill Rihn. Rihn said with the land sold to a unknown buyer, the future of the garden, which opened in 2009, remains a mystery. "What we really hope is that the new owner will let us stay there for a couple years," Rihn said.
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NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 1, 2013
Wayne Lawrence and Lee Durler of Laguna Beach tied the knot Monday. Mayor Kelly Boyd officiated at the ceremony, held in the Laguna Beach County Water Department garden. Lawrence and Durler, both in their mid-70s, have been together 51 years. "Back in the day, we never dreamed we could do this," said Lawrence. Born in the same hospital about a year apart, Lawrence and Durler were high school classmates in Coachella Valley. They have lived in Laguna Beach for 41 years and registered here as domestic partners by then-City Clerk Verna Rollinger.
NEWS
February 7, 2013
The South Laguna Civic Assn. is asking gardeners and those interested in the South Laguna Community Garden Park to join them at 11 a.m. Saturday at Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course, 31106 S. Coast Hwy. The group will discuss ideas and funding to make the park permanent, according to a news release. Fundraising is already underway and donations also have been made. A no-host lunch at Ben Brown's Cafe will take place afterward. Those interested should RSVP to Tom Joliet at longbrdr@hotmail.com.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | November 29, 2012
South Laguna Civic Assn. officials will host a potluck from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday and other activities at the South Laguna Community Garden to bring attention to their efforts to buy the land. The group believes bringing folks into the garden will raise support and funding for the purchase of the two plots in the 31600 block of Coast Highway that local gardeners have tilled for three years. The asking price is almost $1 million, which does not include fees to fundraising companies and the city's development department for a conditional use permit.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | November 29, 2012
Another magical season has come to a close for the Laguna Beach High football team. The Breakers had their bid to reach the CIF Southern Section Southern Division championship game halted Nov. 23 by Garden Grove as the host Argonauts pulled away to a 35-21 semifinal victory. The loss, the first of the year for Laguna, prevented the No. 2-seeded Breakers (11-1-1) from reaching their first division final in 50 years and only fifth title game appearance all-time. They also were upended in the semifinals for the second straight year.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | November 24, 2012
GARDEN GROVE - For the first time this season, the Laguna Beach High football team met its match. And then some. The Breakers had their bid to reach the CIF Southern Section Southern Division championship game halted Friday by Garden Grove as the Argonauts pulled away to a 35-21 semifinal victory. The loss, the first of the year for Laguna, prevented the No. 2-seeded Breakers (11-1-1) from reaching their first division final in 50 years and only fifth title game appearance all-time.
NEWS
November 23, 2012
At the City Council meeting on Oct. 16, Mayor Jane Egly stated that she wanted to support the South Laguna Community Garden, but that she needed to know about the soil contamination and to see an appraisal.   Specifically, she said, "If that is what you all choose, we can go.  But I need to have the answers to those two questions before I can say yeah.  But then I'll say yeah!" Naïve us in south Laguna, we took her at her word.  We spent $1,500 to get an appraisal.  We spent a huge number of hours chasing down the 12-year-old soil reports.  But we did get both of these documents and we shared them with the city.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | November 21, 2012
The team with the most victories in a single season in Laguna Beach High football history is a step away from achieving another milestone. The No. 2-seeded Breakers face their next challenge Friday in what already has become a memorable season when they battle No. 3-seeded Garden Grove in a CIF Southern Section Southern Division semifinal game. To the winner, goes a spot in the division championship game Dec. 1 at Angel Stadium. Friday's kickoff is 7 p.m. at Garden Grove High.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | November 15, 2012
South Laguna Civic Assn. won't get seed money from the city to buy community garden plots. The City Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday to deny the request by the association for $251,000 to jump-start the drive to raise almost $1 million to purchase the land that local gardeners have been tilling for the past three years. Financial uncertainty and competing requests were cited as the reasons. Councilman Kelly Boyd feared the city would dig itself into a hole if the request was approved.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | October 18, 2012
City officials want some more information before they fork over a $250,000 windfall to help the South Laguna Civic Assn. buy its fruit and vegetable garden. The City Council directed staff on Tuesday to dig into the history of the parcels to ascertain if they are free of contamination and hazardous materials left by the dry cleaners that once occupied the site on Coast Highway and don't require remediation. The council also said an appraisal must be completed by a qualified professional to determine the fair market value of the parcels before it decides whether or not to move forward with the financial assistance.
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