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By Cindy Frazier | December 25, 2009
A bill by Rep. John Campbell that would place some 40 offshore rocks and small islands under the authority of the California Coastal National Monument for long-term maintenance and stewardship has been passed by Congress. The legislation will affect rocks, such as Bird Rock, off the coast of Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Dana Point. The rocks were originally intended for use as far back as 1935 as lighthouses and for other civil defense purposes, but were never needed for that purpose, Campbell said.
NEWS
March 20, 2009
Several weeks ago, I took my two granddaughters to Top of the World Park to enjoy the new play equipment. Too bad the city didn?t provide some fun structural pieces for the older children. I?ve heard other complaints about that, but I guess that?s water under the bridge. The main concern I have is the large rocks placed in the sand at the corner of the sidewalk by the swings. My 10-year-old granddaughter tripped on one of these hazards and broke her arm. Talking with my neighbor, I?
NEWS
July 16, 2004
Suzie Harrison To use the word summer and school in the same sentence would repel a lot of youth. Those in Mary Blanton's summer school class, by the looks on their faces July 9, were relishing it. It was their time to shine. The assignment was to create an individual exhibit for their class fair. The only stipulations were that the family pet, or any other live animal, couldn't be involved, that it had to fit on their desktop, and it had to be created by the students with minimal parental help.
NEWS
June 28, 2011
A teen was rescued after his leg was trapped under boulders, with one weighing about 1,000 pounds, at Aliso Creek Beach on Monday. Lifeguards reported the incident to the Fire Department, which upgraded the situation after they discovered his upper and lower leg were stuck, Division Chief Dan Stefano said. The Aliso Viejo boy, either 14 or 15 years old, was climbing the rocks when the sand gave away and rocks collapsed around his leg. "The biggest challenge was that his entire thigh was pinned," Stefano said.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | September 13, 2010
A diver who was pulled into the Giggle Crack rock formation off Fisherman's Cove in north Laguna on Sunday afternoon died after efforts to resuscitate him failed, according to Laguna Beach police. The diver, identified as Kenny Lee, 41, of Irvine, had been diving with a friend when both passed an opening in the rocks known as the Giggle Crack because of the unusual sound it makes. Both were pulled into the rocks by pounding surf, and Lee disappeared, according to Sgt. Louise Callus.
NEWS
March 12, 2004
Mia Davidson I am a volunteer tidewater docent in Laguna Beach. On Saturday, I worked at the beach below Heisler Park from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (low tide), and I was shocked by how ignorant fellow beachgoers were about the marine environment and the large number of violations of state law that I saw. Because of the recent storms, the sand had been washed out, which exposed rocks not normally visible. Also, because we had a -0.6-foot tide, even more rocks were exposed.
NEWS
January 21, 2005
ELISABETH M. BROWN For 25 years we lived next to an intermittent stream in Laguna Canyon, taking the pulse of storms through their runoff. About 15 minutes after measurable rain began, the creek would begin to flow, turbulent and brown. In a significant storm, we would hear deep bumping sounds -- boulders being dragged along. As the storm eased and the torrent slowed, it all quieted down, and the water cleared. When the stream stopped flowing and dried up, it left a new layer of silt, clearly marked with the water currents.
NEWS
November 28, 2008
Zero Trash Laguna cleans district lot Students from Laguna Beach High School picked up litter around district headquarters and the high school last Saturday with the help of Zero Trash Laguna. About 14 students filled one large recycling bin and three-quarters of another bin, according to Chip McDermott of zerotrashlaguna.org . The kids competed to see who could collect the most trash, with the first and second place winners getting a $25 coupon to Avila?s El Ranchita.
NEWS
May 14, 2004
"I'm going to say a song we're performing, 'The Greatest Love of All.'" ALISON AZERA, 12 "'Your Song' by Elton John -- it expresses a lot of feelings, it's good." BLAKE HENDERSON, 13 "'Rock the Casbah' by the Clash. It has good rhythm -- it's just kind of fun to sing along with and you can't really get tired of it." HANNAH DELINE, 11 "'Smokey Joe's Cafe,' I like the beat." LASSLIE MARTINEZ, 12 "Currently my favorite song is 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2010
CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK Crystal Cove State Park, 8471 N. Coast Hwy, has 3.5 miles of beach and 2,000 acres of undeveloped woodland. $15 day-use parking fee. Note: Due to inclement weather the backcountry hiking and biking trails are closed. The coastal area is open. To check conditions, call 949-494-3539. Los Trancos — from Coast Highway, turn inland at Los Trancos. Meet near the trailer. Pelican Point Lot No. 2 — From Coast Highway, turn coastward at Newport Coast.
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By David Hansen | April 3, 2014
Not everyone was happy with the Blue Water Music Festival over the weekend. [Seven-degrees], which was right next door to the Sawdust event, had a wedding on Saturday and a fundraiser on Sunday. The music was simply too loud, said Executive Director Dora Wexell "I'm very disappointed," Wexell said. "I don't want to be the bad guy. [Seven-degrees] is very supportive of music. But a rock concert needs a rock-concert venue. " Wexell said the music consistently went above the 70-decibel limit set by the city.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | October 28, 2013
For ticket holders, music festivals can be a treat. But for area residents, the only upshots can be bawdy fans, gridlocked traffic and noise de trop. Anticipating such criticism, Tyler Russell was determined to do things differently. So he conceived an event that straddles the line between exciting and toned down. Starting out, he rifled through a list of a couple hundred musicians and contacted only those who were of a high enough caliber, who then had to agree to a charity show.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | March 12, 2013
Dennis Taylor wants to know why an "L" emblazoned on a Laguna hillside isn't better protected. The "L" is dear to Taylor, who was one of the kids who helped in the original construction in the 1930s. He urged the council at the March 5 meeting to make it clear that malicious vandalism will not be tolerated on the refurbished "L," which has withstood decades of relatively innocent high school hijinks, until recently when it was nearly destroyed. "It has been used and abused by about every senior class at Laguna Beach High School and sometimes during football season, guys from Tustin would come over and make a 'T' out of it or come from Brea and make a 'B' out of it — it was all kind a good-natured thing, not mean in any way, but it isn't in fun anymore," Taylor said.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | February 1, 2013
The final portion of grant money generated from a proposition passed in 2000 will be going to protect a 56-acre swath of Rim Rock Canyon. The Laguna Canyon Foundation spearheaded the acquisition of the land previously owned by the McGehee family. The $1.5 million-purchase is a partnership with the city of Laguna Beach, the county of Orange, and California Coastal Conservancy. The city owns the land that extends from Temple Hills Drive to Old Top of the World Road and west to Morningside Drive in Rim Rock Canyon, according to a foundation release.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | September 1, 2011
A Laguna Beach Police Department employee has sued the city, claiming a poorly maintained road is the reason she crashed her electric bicycle and suffered bodily injuries. In an April 4 civil complaint filed in Orange County Superior Court, Robin Ellen Levinson, a community services officer, says she was riding on Eagle Rock Way in South Laguna at 11:45 a.m. Feb. 15, 2010, when she struck a deformity in the road, which caused her to lose control and be ejected from her bike. The city of Laguna Beach filed a denial with the court July 8. Levinson, who was not working at the time, suffered a broken hip, shoulder fracture, abrasions and bruises, according to a report by the California Highway Patrol.
NEWS
June 28, 2011
A teen was rescued after his leg was trapped under boulders, with one weighing about 1,000 pounds, at Aliso Creek Beach on Monday. Lifeguards reported the incident to the Fire Department, which upgraded the situation after they discovered his upper and lower leg were stuck, Division Chief Dan Stefano said. The Aliso Viejo boy, either 14 or 15 years old, was climbing the rocks when the sand gave away and rocks collapsed around his leg. "The biggest challenge was that his entire thigh was pinned," Stefano said.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | April 7, 2011
Maira Khan was somewhat apprehensive as she walked along the sand at Pearl Street Beach on Wednesday night. A few days before she had been saved from the waters that were creeping in toward her. She was there to meet the man who rescued her, local surfer James Pribram. Khan, her friend Meghan Mathur, 22, and her brother Aadil, 14, decided to head down to Laguna for a walk on the beach Sunday afternoon. Climbing onto the rocks, near what locals call the "blowhole" or "Volkswagen," Khan posed for pictures.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | April 1, 2011
Halle Ford was about 4 years old when she held her first violin. By the time she was 8, the Kentucky-raised violinist got the attention of a Louisville concertmaster. About 30 years later, Ford is celebrating the release of her very first album, "Pretty Girl," which capitalizes on her classical training but incorporates a youthful, pop sound. No stranger to the stage, the 36-year-old has performed at Laguna Beach's Marine Room Tavern, the Hotel Café in L.A. and the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, among others.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2010
CRYSTAL COVE STATE PARK Crystal Cove State Park, 8471 N. Coast Hwy, has 3.5 miles of beach and 2,000 acres of undeveloped woodland. $15 day-use parking fee. Note: Due to inclement weather the backcountry hiking and biking trails are closed. The coastal area is open. To check conditions, call 949-494-3539. Los Trancos — from Coast Highway, turn inland at Los Trancos. Meet near the trailer. Pelican Point Lot No. 2 — From Coast Highway, turn coastward at Newport Coast.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ashley Breeding, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | October 7, 2010
A group of musicians and life-long friends from Laguna Beach are coming together to support the arts, and fellow artists, in a special debut "Dirty Circus" performance at the Dirty Bird on Monday. Hosted by local singer-songwriter Brian Roark, the show will feature an eclectic line-up of musical talent including Chili Davis, Rachel Heussenstamm, Ryan Rickman and Andrew Russell, who will be joined by Roark for a variety of hip-hop, dance, folk, bluesy and rock performances. "There is so much amazing talent in this town," Roark said.
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