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December 9, 2001 | MICHAEL PINTO, Michael Pinto is president and founder of the Laguna Canyon Foundation (www.lagunacanyon.org). and
Those of us who have lived in Orange County for a long time have seen many changes as it has gone from rural to urban. But we have also known that the seemingly open land was really owned by someone who had the right to develop the property. The San Joaquin Hills--including Laguna Canyon--could have been developed completely, but, driven by the commitment of Laguna Beach residents and a farsighted landowner with a deep concern for future generations, the story has a happy ending.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1999
Re your June 20 editorial, "Progress for Open Space": Today we have additional highways, such as Aliso Creek Road and Santa Maria, scheduled to be cut into Laguna Canyon. Is this progress for open space? Most of the greenbelt in the coastal area surrounding Laguna Beach that was not purchased by the taxpayers, such as Crystal Cove State Park and open space in Laguna Canyon, was mandated to be set aside by the California Environmental Quality Act as mitigation for development along the Newport Coast and in Irvine.
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May 4, 2000 | DAN BENNETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's late spring, that lusty, romantic time of year, when each day ends with a simple question: Did I admire a castor bean today? Or a California buttercup, rusty popcorn or even a scarlet monkey flower? Take your pick. This is a great time of year to view big, blooming wildflowers in local parks and wilderness areas. Though the odd weather patterns this spring mean a late-blooming crop, April's heavy rains could make May a heavenly time to spot colorful patches of local wildflower favorites.
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June 14, 1999 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It started with an improbable idea hatched by an improbable crusader. What the late Jim Dilley saw during a stay in England in the 1960s helped focus a dream for a corridor of open land around Laguna Beach known as the greenbelt. "Jim returned from Europe with the idea of doing a greenbelt here," said Mary Fegraus, Laguna Canyon Foundation executive director. "He got the support of a lot of people in Laguna Beach and the Board of Supervisors.
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August 7, 2003 | Duane Noriyuki, Times Staff Writer
Artist Camille Przewodek paints in quick, short strokes then peers up from below her visor at the ravine high above. "A friend of mine told me William Wendt painted here, so I wanted to come," she says, mixing paints with her brush to match the colors in the Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. For more than a century, Wendt and other American impressionists have been seduced by the light, the land and the feeling that Laguna Beach was somehow different than anywhere else.
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