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By Barbara Diamond | August 28, 2009
City environmental watchdogs have come up with a proposal to ban plastic bags in Laguna and put a surcharge on paper bags for some retailers — but not just yet. The Environmental Committee adopted a recommendation Monday that the city join with other communities that support the creation of a statewide Master Environmental Assessment that would greatly reduce the cost of separate impact reports the courts have required for similar ordinances...
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | August 4, 2011
Almost two years ago, the city's Environmental Committee proposed a ban on plastic bags in Laguna — and now some action may finally be seen. The city's Water Quality Department has begun the process of creating an ordinance, pending a California Supreme Court ruling on whether Manhattan Beach's ban on the bags required an environmental impact report. The court recently ruled that Manhattan Beach's declaration of no adverse or at least fixable impacts was sufficient to comply with California Environmental Quality Act, which had been challenged by Save the Plastic Bag Coalition.
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By Britney Barnes | January 2, 2013
The New Year rang in a new law in Laguna Beach that requires shoppers to bring their own bags, or pay for ones. Walking into Pavilions off North Coast Drive, a large sign explaining the situation faced both doors along with a rack of reusable bags. "It's the least we could do," said Nancy Bernstein as she unloaded her groceries into her car on Wednesday. "Whatever we can do, whatever people can do to keep the environment clean. " The City Council unanimously approved the Disposable Bag Reduction Ordinance, which went into effect on Tuesday forcing shoppers to bring reusable bags or pay 10 cents for a recycled paper carryout bag. The council approved the ordinance in February — the first city in Orange County to do so — as a way to reduce the environmental impacts related to single-use plastic and paper bags.
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By Barbara Diamond | September 8, 2011
Single-use plastic bags were put on the endangered list Tuesday, earning applause from environmentalists. The City Council voted unanimously, with overwhelming support from the audience, to direct staff to get to work on an ordinance banning the bags in Laguna. The ordinance will be modeled on one passed in Manhattan Beach, which the California Supreme Court ruled complied with the state Environmental Quality Act. "I encourage the council to move forward on this," said Max Iles, sporting a Ban the Bag T-shirt.
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By Barbara Diamond | February 9, 2012
Laguna Beach retail customers need to begin collecting reusable shopping bags to prepare for a ban on single-use, carry-out plastic bags and a fee of 10 cents per paper bag starting Jan. 1, 2013. The City Council on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that will ban retail establishments from packing merchandise in recyclable plastic bags that environmentalists contend are damaging to the environment and its denizens. "One World One Ocean is a multimedia campaign ... with the goal of restoring the ocean," said Barbara MacGillivray in support of the ordinance.
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By Britney Barnes | December 13, 2012
Many Top of the World Elementary School students said goodbye on Wednesday to one-time-use plastic bags, brown sacks and Lunchables. Instead, students came with colorful lunch boxes, Tupperware of all sizes, and a few kids even had Tiffins. "I was really surprised," said student council member Spencer Collins, 11. "I thought there was only going to be a couple of kids, but there was like 80. There was a lot of kids. We should keep doing it. " The K-5 school kicked off its newest Green Team initiative, Waste-Free Wednesdays, to encourage kids to live more sustainability at least one day a week.
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By: | September 14, 2005
Kiki Kiki, a gray female kitten, has just been diagnosed with feline leukemia. She will be a carrier of the disease for the rest of her life, but may not get sick from the disease herself. Kiki is a really cute little kitten with a "bulldog tail." She loves exploring paper bags and has a loving, easygoing personality. This kitten must go to a home with no other cats. Her identification number is 32669. She is currently being fostered by one of the shelter's volunteers, so please call Anne for more information at (818)
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By Candice Baker | November 23, 2007
El Morro Elementary School celebrated both sides of the Thanksgiving story earlier this week at its annual Colonial Days. Inside the traditional colonial village, set up in the school’s multipurpose room, students went from station to station, carrying paper bags hand-calligraphed with their names. They learned sewing and weaving, calligraphy, leather tooling, silversmithing and candle making; had a silhouette drawn of themselves; practiced colonial dances; and made corn husk dolls.
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From the Los Angeles Times | January 2, 2013
If you're shopping in Laguna Beach, don't expect to hear a grocery clerk ask you if you'd like a paper or plastic bag -- that second option is now illegal. Laguna Beach is the first city in Orange County to enact a plastic bag ban and joins a host of others such as Pasadena and Long Beach in prohibiting single-use plastic bags in store checkout lines. Los Angeles is in the process of phasing out plastic bags. As of Jan. 1, most retail stores in the beach city of about 22,000 are prohibited from providing customers with single-use plastic bags.
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September 17, 2004
Barbara Diamond Laguna Beach Relay for Life teams collected almost four times more money this year than a year ago. "I think we will have raised a quarter of a million dollars," said City Clerk Verna Rollinger, captain of the City Hall Team. That's about $1,000 for every resident in Laguna Beach, from new-born to nonagenarian. "It's phenomenal for a city of our size," Rollinger told an applauding City Council Tuesday. The 24-hour event to raise money for cancer research and American Cancer Society programs was held from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday on the El Morro Elementary School grounds.
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By Britney Barnes | January 2, 2013
The New Year rang in a new law in Laguna Beach that requires shoppers to bring their own bags, or pay for ones. Walking into Pavilions off North Coast Drive, a large sign explaining the situation faced both doors along with a rack of reusable bags. "It's the least we could do," said Nancy Bernstein as she unloaded her groceries into her car on Wednesday. "Whatever we can do, whatever people can do to keep the environment clean. " The City Council unanimously approved the Disposable Bag Reduction Ordinance, which went into effect on Tuesday forcing shoppers to bring reusable bags or pay 10 cents for a recycled paper carryout bag. The council approved the ordinance in February — the first city in Orange County to do so — as a way to reduce the environmental impacts related to single-use plastic and paper bags.
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By Britney Barnes | December 13, 2012
Many Top of the World Elementary School students said goodbye on Wednesday to one-time-use plastic bags, brown sacks and Lunchables. Instead, students came with colorful lunch boxes, Tupperware of all sizes, and a few kids even had Tiffins. "I was really surprised," said student council member Spencer Collins, 11. "I thought there was only going to be a couple of kids, but there was like 80. There was a lot of kids. We should keep doing it. " The K-5 school kicked off its newest Green Team initiative, Waste-Free Wednesdays, to encourage kids to live more sustainability at least one day a week.
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By Barbara Diamond | February 9, 2012
Laguna Beach retail customers need to begin collecting reusable shopping bags to prepare for a ban on single-use, carry-out plastic bags and a fee of 10 cents per paper bag starting Jan. 1, 2013. The City Council on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that will ban retail establishments from packing merchandise in recyclable plastic bags that environmentalists contend are damaging to the environment and its denizens. "One World One Ocean is a multimedia campaign ... with the goal of restoring the ocean," said Barbara MacGillivray in support of the ordinance.
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By Barbara Diamond | September 8, 2011
Single-use plastic bags were put on the endangered list Tuesday, earning applause from environmentalists. The City Council voted unanimously, with overwhelming support from the audience, to direct staff to get to work on an ordinance banning the bags in Laguna. The ordinance will be modeled on one passed in Manhattan Beach, which the California Supreme Court ruled complied with the state Environmental Quality Act. "I encourage the council to move forward on this," said Max Iles, sporting a Ban the Bag T-shirt.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | August 4, 2011
Almost two years ago, the city's Environmental Committee proposed a ban on plastic bags in Laguna — and now some action may finally be seen. The city's Water Quality Department has begun the process of creating an ordinance, pending a California Supreme Court ruling on whether Manhattan Beach's ban on the bags required an environmental impact report. The court recently ruled that Manhattan Beach's declaration of no adverse or at least fixable impacts was sufficient to comply with California Environmental Quality Act, which had been challenged by Save the Plastic Bag Coalition.
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By Barbara Diamond | August 28, 2009
City environmental watchdogs have come up with a proposal to ban plastic bags in Laguna and put a surcharge on paper bags for some retailers — but not just yet. The Environmental Committee adopted a recommendation Monday that the city join with other communities that support the creation of a statewide Master Environmental Assessment that would greatly reduce the cost of separate impact reports the courts have required for similar ordinances...
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