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By Barbara Diamond | October 30, 2008
A proposal to allow rentals of some of the trailers vacated by families displaced by the Bluebird Canyon landslide was tabled by the council at the Oct. 21 meeting. Canyon Acres residents complained that they had not been given timely notice of the Planning Commission hearing scheduled for the next night on the proposal to extend the expired temporary-use permit for the trailers and to allow the property owner to rent some or all of the trailers, as the Bluebird families leave.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | October 9, 2012
Not since Mel Brooks served up the movies of Alfred Hitchcock like so much chopped liver in "High Anxiety" has the master of suspense been more comically garroted than he is in "The 39 Steps," the latest attraction at the Laguna Playhouse. And, as he did with Brooks, Hitch probably would give a big thumbs up to "Steps" creator Patrick Barlow, if the master were still around to appreciate the tribute. Barlow even titles his farcical funfest "Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps. " This four-character exercise in creative satire moves at the speed of a runaway train, so you may require a second viewing to fully appreciate it. To begin with, four actors portray all of the characters in Hitchcock's 1935 flick, which was made before he crossed the pond for "Rebecca" and stayed on, memorably.
NEWS
June 27, 2003
Evan Marmol "The Italian Job" is a fast-paced joy ride charged with panache and charisma. The film has a star-studded ensemble cast. The characters range from the drolly humorous Seth Green to the feisty Jason Statham, a devious Ed Norton, the impenetrable Mark Wahlberg and the absolutely lovely Charlize Theron. Combined with a gripping plot, this film is a real winner. When this team embarks on the robbery to end all robberies, everything goes off without a hitch.
NEWS
June 24, 2005
Barbara Diamond Planning Commissioners Linda Dietrich and Norman Grossman were reappointed Tuesday by the City Council for another two-year hitch. This will be Dietrich's second term on the commission. "It has been a huge learning curve," said Dietrich, who previously served on the Arts Commission. "I am on two commission sub-committees -- the land use element and artist live/work. "I'd like to see the projects through completion." Grossman has served the city since 1984.
NEWS
July 8, 2005
Lauren Vane The barbecues in Heisler Park were claimed by early morning, and nearly every square of sand at Main Beach was occupied before noon. It was Fourth of July in Laguna, and the town population seemed to balloon several times its size. With increased staffing from police, fire and marine safety departments, the city was equipped to handle anything the day might bring. Fortunately, the holiday went off without a hitch. As sun-seekers hit the beach, lifeguards faced a challenging day. Marine safety employed 10 extra lifeguards and extended patrol hours, Marine Safety Chief Mark Klosterman said.
NEWS
April 11, 2003
Evan Marmol Chris Rock awes us with his scintillating witticisms and charm in his latest film "Head of State." Wading through the argot, specifically the peculiar idioms that he coins, is the only effort required to enjoy this uproariously hilarious comedy. In our trying times this "Head of State" is a refreshingly unique perspective into the perplexing and tiresome world of politics. Chris Rock uses this government back drop to expose the pandering and demagoguery that has left the common man feeling alienated to the world of political discourse.
NEWS
By BARBARA DIAMOND | March 10, 2006
The 2006 Patriots Day Parade started with a hitch, but ended without a glitch. Laguna's Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legionaires stepped in for the U.S. Marine Mounted Color Guard when the horses pulled up lame on Friday and had to be scratched from the parade, but once under way, nothing marred the day. This year's theme, "America ? Still United" was mot juste, at least on Parade Day. Fears about disruptions ended when the last entry passed the reviewing stand in front of City Hall without disruption, which supporters of the Minuteman Project threatened when the group which was denied entry in the parade.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | June 16, 2006
California Coastal Commissioners voted 6-2 this week to hear an appeal of city permits issued for the troubled Mar Vista project in South Laguna. The decision overruled the recommendations of its own staff. City officials had not been advised of an appeal hearing date as of Thursday. "They have asked the city to shut down the project, which we are not going to do, based on the city attorney's preliminary advice," City Manager Ken Frank said. The 17,000-square-foot house and 4,700-square-foot garage proposed for the 12-acre site at 31401 Mar Vista has been repeatedly challenged by neighbors of the project, who argue the project defies the city goal of neighborhood compatibility, and by opponents of "mansionization," who want to see limits set on the allowable size of homes.
NEWS
By: TOM TITUS | October 7, 2005
With its production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music," Laguna Beach's No Square Theater will be living up to its name, founding director Bree Burgess Rosen said. Although Saif Eddin, a successful entertainer known on the club scene from Long Beach to San Diego, is directing the show, the real power will rest in the baton-wielding hand of chorus director Linda Haylett, Rosen said. "Miss Linda is most famous for her outstanding work with local children, by way of her dance school, Miss Linda's Castle," Rosen said.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | January 12, 2007
City officials will comply with a California Coastal Commission staff opinion that the temporary relocation of the Third Street Cottages needs a coastal development permit. The hitch in the relocation of the cottages to Laguna Canyon was announced in City Manager Ken Frank's Jan. 4 update. "While we disagree with this interpretation, rather than argue with the Commission staff, we have delayed the Planning Commission's consideration until Jan. 24 and have noticed it for a Coastal Development Permit as well as a Temporary Use Permit," Frank said.
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By Tom Titus | October 9, 2012
Not since Mel Brooks served up the movies of Alfred Hitchcock like so much chopped liver in "High Anxiety" has the master of suspense been more comically garroted than he is in "The 39 Steps," the latest attraction at the Laguna Playhouse. And, as he did with Brooks, Hitch probably would give a big thumbs up to "Steps" creator Patrick Barlow, if the master were still around to appreciate the tribute. Barlow even titles his farcical funfest "Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps. " This four-character exercise in creative satire moves at the speed of a runaway train, so you may require a second viewing to fully appreciate it. To begin with, four actors portray all of the characters in Hitchcock's 1935 flick, which was made before he crossed the pond for "Rebecca" and stayed on, memorably.
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By Barbara Diamond | October 30, 2008
A proposal to allow rentals of some of the trailers vacated by families displaced by the Bluebird Canyon landslide was tabled by the council at the Oct. 21 meeting. Canyon Acres residents complained that they had not been given timely notice of the Planning Commission hearing scheduled for the next night on the proposal to extend the expired temporary-use permit for the trailers and to allow the property owner to rent some or all of the trailers, as the Bluebird families leave.
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