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November 21, 2003
Mike Swanson This year alone, 700 to 1,000 lots have been cleared either by landowners or city workers as part of efforts to prevent a repeat of the fire of 1993. Efforts to limit fire danger in the city can be most generally separated into two categories: weed abatement, which focuses on build-able lots, and fuel modification on public property controlled most frequently by the city's goats. The goats work year-round chewing away to create a defensible perimeter around the city, Mike Macey, battalion chief with the Laguna Beach Fire Department, told the City Council this week.
NEWS
July 6, 2007
Laguna Beach city officials should think long and hard before giving the "can" to the city-funded goat herd that mows down combustibles on hard-to-reach hillsides. As our columnist James Pribram points out this week, this is a pretty scary year for Laguna Beach, fire-wise. Southern California has had the lowest rainfall on record since the late 1800s, and it's been 14 years since the 1993 wildfire that all but wiped out entire neighborhoods. That last number would be meaningless if not for the fact that 14 years before that there was another big wildfire in Laguna.
LOCAL
By Rosalind Russell | September 15, 2009
Soka University of America has collaborated for well over a year with my work in Nepal by offering an intern, Shivangi Chaundhry , to assist. Last year Shivangi worked closely with me by researching grants, writing her very first grant, doing a presentation, writing programs for the school in Nepal which will have a daily PEACE teaching, and more things.  Shivi gained actual knowledge of how to run a foundation.   Shivi has returned for another year, but will do less based on her schedule with a job now in place as well as studies.
LOCAL
By Josh Aden | May 11, 2007
With fires blazing across Los Angeles and Yorba Linda parks this week and dangerous fire conditions coming early this year, local fire authorities are being proactive to prevent wildfires. The goats herded across Laguna Beach's hills are part of the city's effort to prevent wildfires. The goats eat swaths of flammable vegetation near homes and buildings that border undeveloped land. This year there will be 125 fire-preventing goats protecting the city, far fewer than in past years.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 6, 2007
Goats may not be the most discriminating grazers, but they are the cheapest and most agile creatures for clearing brush that could fuel a wildfire, according to Fire Chief Mike Macey. Macey listed the pros and cons of using the goats in a report presented Tuesday to the City Council. The report was made at the request of the council, prompted by concerned residents who offered alternatives in certain areas, including a surprising recommendation to use water cannons as a weapon rather than fuel breaks to create defensible space for firefighters.
NEWS
May 6, 2005
Barbara Diamond City officials hedged their bets Tuesday against goat grazing as the best, most inexpensive way to clear rampant brush on city hillsides. The council voted unanimously to extend the goats' $594,000 contract for three more years, but tacked on a 60-day termination clause and required spot checks of grazed areas by a botanist. "We are upset by the destruction of biological habitat by the use of goats for fuel modification," South Laguna resident Michael Beanan said.
NEWS
By Charlotte Masarik | August 3, 2007
I am sorry about the hyped-up-paranoia the goats and fuel modification controversy has sparked. I want to remind those who have been vocal about this argument and who want more fuel modification that out of 1,900 letters sent in May by the Fire Department to homeowners who live adjacent to open space that asked them if they want a visit from the fire department to help them determine how best to protect their homes, only 15 returns have been...
NEWS
May 13, 2005
Up with goats, down with skateboarders Responding to two letters in the May 6 Coastline Pilot: Bill Jihn doesn't like the goats that eat up the excess hillside vegetation. He doesn't like the stinky schmutz they leave which may have seeds from mysterious alien vegetation. He's worried the goats might trample some other weeds that they don't munch. He doesn't want them down in South Laguna and he thinks the rest of us in Laguna should go along with him and kick the goats out. Not me, I like the goats, I like the happy goats jumping around on the hillsides.
NEWS
May 24, 2002
Suzie Harrison Mike Phillips, the city and a herd of goats recently received a commendation for an innovative fire prevention program. The Office of Emergency Services presented the city with the commendation at the Disaster Resistance California Conference on May 8. As the environmental specialist for the public works department, Phillips expanded an existing fire-prevention program after the devastating Laguna Beach fire of 1993. The goats are the main players in the city's basic, yet efficient and cost-effective program.
NEWS
December 17, 2004
Suzie Harrison What started out as a spiritual journey in Nepal for Laguna Beach resident Rosalind Russell 16 years ago has turned into a quest to help others. Much has happened since Russell's first visit to Nepal, including the establishment of her nonprofit organization the R Star Foundation. With her foundation, the money she raised and contributed allowed for two goats for each woman in two Nepal villages during her trip last winter.
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By Bryce Alderton | October 31, 2013
Landscape architects and Laguna Beach planning commissioners are working to give the city's landscape-related policies teeth. The Landscape and Scenic Highways Element Committee's goal is to consolidate two existing documents that focus on landscape and scenic highways into one unified section of the city's general plan. "This element [document] seeks to create a long-term comprehensive plan that highlights the significance of our picturesque natural setting and unique artistic heritage," reads a description on the city's website . The group includes lead consultant Greg Vail, a former Laguna Beach planning commissioner, current commission Chairman Robert Zur Schmiede, Commissioner Anne Johnson, landscape architects Ann Christoph and Robert Borthwick, and Assistant City Planner Belinda Ann Deines.
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NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | June 13, 2013
Fire control in Laguna was a hot topic at the June 4 meeting of the City Council. The City Council directed department staff to develop a priority list of "hot spots" in the city that might need more defensible space — the reduction or elimination of vegetation around structures to reduce the fire danger. The council also directed the city planning staff to explore a defensible space ordinance. "The No. 1 job of the city is safety," said Councilman Robert Whalen. "It has been 20 years since the (October 1993)
NEWS
December 12, 2012
Rosalind Russell, affectionately known as the "Goat Lady" around town, is asking the community's help to meet an increased demand for goats. Russell's R Star Foundation has purchased 200 pregnant goats for women in Nepal, where women earn an income by selling their goat's offspring. However, an extra 50 women have signed up to receive goats that the foundation is not able to purchase. Each goat costs $200, which includes vaccinations and training on how to care for them. Russell has already left for Nepal to help the woman, but the foundation is also asking for $250 in donations to install a hanging garden to grow vegetables and flowers at the school R Star built.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | December 29, 2011
A goat might not seem like an important asset. Most don't own one and never will. However, in Nepalese villages, the introduction of a goat can completely change their economy. Lagunan Rosalind Russell, founder of the R Star Foundation and the "Women Helping Women and Children ... Therefore the World" campaign, learned this when she first brought a goat to Nepal as a gift and watched the village transform. Russell buys goats in the mountains of Nepal and gives them to village women through a lottery system.
NEWS
May 10, 2011
Woman Of The Year Named The Laguna Beach Woman's Club has selected Ann Quilter, a long time contributor to the community, as its 2011 Woman of the Year. Quilter recently lead the effort to aid victims of the December flood. "No one asked her to do it," Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson said in a news release. "She just jumped in and assessed the needs and started helping victims — one by one. " As co-chairwoman of the campaign to raise funds for Susi Q Senior Center, Quilter is also credited with spearheading the drive to bring the center to fruition.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | October 7, 2010
Where else can you find tap-dancing goats, a singing city treasurer and the city manager portrayed as a flamboyantly caped member of Queen? Or how about an all-nude version of "The Last Supper"? Look no further than No Square Theatre's Lagunatics 2010, opening Oct. 16 at the Forum Theatre on the Festival of Arts grounds. This year's Lagunatics "roast of the coast" promises to be another hilariously madcap dash through musical theater history, with some rock 'n roll to spice it up. As usual, nothing is sacred and everything and everyone "Laguna" is up for grilling.
FEATURES
April 16, 2010
Fundraiser for Nepal project “Come Together for Nepal,” a night of live music, dance and exotic foods to support Rosalind Russell’s work in rural Nepal, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, at Bridge Hall adjacent to the Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Drive. Since 2003, Russell, a Laguna Beach resident known as the “Goat Lady,” has worked to improve the lives of women and children in the Kavre district of northern Nepal. Her effort, called Women Helping Women & Children … therefore the world, part of Russell’s nonprofit organization, R Star Foundation, began with a gift of 200 goats to 25 Nepali women.
LOCAL
By Rosalind Russell | September 15, 2009
Soka University of America has collaborated for well over a year with my work in Nepal by offering an intern, Shivangi Chaundhry , to assist. Last year Shivangi worked closely with me by researching grants, writing her very first grant, doing a presentation, writing programs for the school in Nepal which will have a daily PEACE teaching, and more things.  Shivi gained actual knowledge of how to run a foundation.   Shivi has returned for another year, but will do less based on her schedule with a job now in place as well as studies.
LOCAL
By ROSALIND RUSSELL | June 15, 2009
You are invited to an Afternoon Tea and Sweater Drive Event   When: Saturday, June 20   Time: 2:00-4:30PM   Price: $30 plus one donated sweater (new or used)   Place: Shoja-Sebari Residence, 12 Sitges, Laguna Niguel Susan Munson: Slideshow from trip to Nepal Rosalind Russell: Affectionately known as “The Goat Lady,” presentation on her work in NepalRaffle Prizes Silent Auction •  Proceeds will support the Zonta Club of Newport Harbor Delegate Fund Bring a Friend!
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