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April 15, 2005
The Woman's Club of Laguna Beach has named landscape architect Ann Christoph -- a former planning commissioner, council member and mayor of Laguna Beach -- as its 2005 Woman of the Year. Christoph will be honored at the Club's annual Woman of the Year luncheon, to be held at the clubhouse, 286 St. Ann's Drive, at 11:30 a.m. June 3. The public is invited to attend. Over the years, Christoph has worked to preserve the unique village quality of life in Laguna Beach.
August 8, 2003
TUESDAY Cliff Drive: A resident in the 1200 block reported that his motorized scooter was stolen from his garage at 11:33 p.m. He said he wasn't sure if the garage was locked. Pala Way: A resident in the 2500 block said he was having problems with a neighbor being outside smoking all the time. He said the neighbor had come out earlier in the day, cussed at him and took a picture. No crime report was taken. La Costa Court: A resident in the 10 block told police at 6:46 p.m. that her ex-husband had stolen her mail while she was at the beach.
May 16, 2003
At 8 a.m. Saturday, all are invited to participate in special docent-led hikes with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island and coastal parks. Wildflowers are vibrant this time of year on the popular five-mile Dartmoor Street and the four-mile Ridge Park hikes in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Meet at the Willow Canyon staging area, 20101 Laguna Canyon Road, just south of the El Toro Road intersection, and ride the free bus to trail access points.
September 12, 2003
Coastal Cleanup Day will be from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 20. Volunteers from across the state are set to participate in a massive effort to maintain the shoreline. The cleanup at Main Beach will be led by Roger von Butow of Clean Water Now! Coalition. He can be reached at; The cleanup at Aliso Beach will be led by Joanette Willert and Dennis Yune. The other Laguna cleanup will be at the Laguna Canyon Channel and led by Jim Meyer of Orange County Trails4All.
By Cindy Frazier | July 18, 2008
Karl Warkomski is happy to be back in South Orange County — and with his new job as executive director of the Laguna Canyon Foundation, based in Laguna Beach. Warkomski was appointed in June to fill a vacancy left when Meg Jones — who took the position a year ago after founding director Mary Fegraus stepped down — resigned to focus on motherhood. The foundation raises money and lobbies for preservation of the wilderness areas in and around Laguna Canyon. It has been so successful that now more than 31 square miles of wilderness have been set aside and turned over to the state parks system, from Crystal Cove to Laguna Niguel and east to Irvine.
By Barbara Diamond | June 28, 2012
Lee Childress is revered for founding the MACY Awards to honor high school musical performers, but around Laguna, she's known as a performer. Childress lived in Laguna for years with her late husband, John, and daughter, Cathe. The family performed onstage and backstage at the Laguna Playhouse and in the Pageant of the Masters. Although now a resident of Laguna Woods, Childress still owns property in town. Her connection to Laguna began long before she moved here. She used to visit the Brown family at their El Morro campsite when former Mayor Cheryl Kinsman was growing up. Kinsman's mother, Virginia Brown, wife of longtime Riverside Mayor Ab Brown, met the beautiful blond Lana Turner look-alike while their husbands were fighting in World War II. "We called her Auntie Lee and we thought she was our aunt until we were teenagers," said Becky Brown, Kinsman's sister.
By David Hansen | March 21, 2013
When historians look at old photos of towns, they look for telltale clues to guess the era: horses or cars, gas lights or electric, corsets or mini-skirts. In Laguna Beach, however, future historians may have trouble because of one glaring anomaly — overhead power lines. Laguna Niguel doesn't have overhead power lines. Neither does Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods or even Laguna Seca. Almost no modern city has overhead power lines anymore, except maybe the bad parts of Bakersfield.
By Barbara Diamond | September 15, 2011
Recipes, booths, dogs and one cat were judged Sunday, but the real winners were Laguna's three animal shelters. The 15th annual Pet Parade & Chili Cookoff raised $18,000 for the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, Blue Bell Foundation for Cats and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. All three facilities are located in Laguna Canyon and suffered damage in the December deluge, but all are now operating at full bore. The city shelter cares for lost, stray, sick or injured animals rescued by Animal Services officers in Laguna Beach and Laguna Woods.
June 25, 2004
BARBARA DIAMOND Hisako Ishida, 77, received her diploma from Laguna Beach High School on Saturday. Former classmates applauded as Ishida graciously accepted the cap and diploma at the 60th anniversary of their graduation, a commencement that Ishida could not attend. Instead of being handed a diploma with her graduating class, Ishida, her mother, her father and her sister Midori, were handed over to an internment camp for Japanese civilians created after the outbreak of World War II. "I graduated from high school in the camp; this was better," Ishida said.
June 14, 2002
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