February 25, 1998 |
Clobbered again by Mother Nature, businesses in this sodden community began patching themselves back together again Tuesday and talking of ways to woo back customers. In hard-hit Laguna Canyon, mudslides, road closures and power outages conspired to close many businesses while, downtown, most shops opened on time. Bill Paulsen, who owns Canyon Towing and Canyon Auto Repair in Laguna Canyon, stayed open by using a generator to operate his telephones, lights and radio.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1998 |
In the pretty little town of Laguna Beach, every small shop is its own story of hopes and dreams of success, fulfillment and independence. So when fire or other catastrophe visits, as it is almost supernaturally inclined to do here, it is like an indignant challenge to the human spirit. Five years ago, a momentous firestorm damaged or destroyed more than 400 homes and yet the city survived and rebuilt.