June 12, 1994 |
Inside the meeting room, Jim Allen listened quietly, his face expressionless, a loyal neighbor at his side, as this city's oft-maligned Design Review Board all but assured him he could go forward with plans to rebuild on his fire-ravaged lot. Once outside, however, the 63-year-old Allen released the breath he had seemed to be holding throughout the hearing and broke into a grin that left his ruddy face aglow.
October 24, 1994 |
As the city grapples with rebuilding a year after the disastrous firestorm that consumed some 400 homes, it can count one stroke of fortune: Homeowners have fared better with the insurance industry than other scorched Southland communities have. State regulators and many of the city's fire victims give reasonably good marks to insurers, who have processed nearly 2,600 claims totaling more than $350 million in the aftermath of the Laguna blaze.
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November 16, 1993 |
The American Red Cross, which sent more than 1,200 volunteers to Laguna Beach to help victims of the recent fire, has been swamped with calls from people who want to learn how they can help. More than 1,500 people have offered to aid the Red Cross since the Oct. 27 wildfires, said spokeswoman Kara Lakkees. "But there's a misconception that you can just show up at a volunteer center and start working," Lakkees said. "We prefer to have our volunteers trained."
November 3, 1993 |
Business leaders, vowing to make the community even better than it was before the fire, announced a campaign Tuesday to help local agencies replant scorched hillsides to restore Laguna Beach's scenic beauty. Another main goal of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce's "The Greening of Laguna" campaign is to let people throughout the country know that business and tourist destinations are open as usual, chamber President Joe Orsak said.
November 3, 1993 |
In the first public gathering of its besieged City Council since a wicked wildfire consumed 360 homes, a hurt and divided community Tuesday night alternately clashed with city leaders and urged that everyone pull together toward a speedy recovery. Both raucous and somber, the 4 1/2-hour meeting crystallized a range of feelings from the past six days since a fire swept through Laguna Canyon, changing lives and landscapes.