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August 31, 1992 | LESLIE EARNEST
Saying the city's most powerful political organization has lost touch with "moderate to conservative" residents, a new political group calling itself the Laguna Coalition has formed. Members say their organization offers an alternative to Village Laguna, a political action committee that has enjoyed considerable success in getting candidates elected to the City Council.
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November 6, 2008 | Christopher Goffard, Goffard is a Times staff writer.
Like many of his neighbors in the Orange County retirement village of Laguna Woods, Dave Blodgett, 87, might seem like a natural John McCain man. He fought on Navy PT boats in the Pacific during World War II and was moved by the Republican presidential candidate's story of survival in a Vietnamese prison camp. Yet while Orange County on Tuesday held true to its image as a reliably Republican county, with a majority voting for McCain, Blodgett and most other Laguna Woods voters bucked the trend.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1988
We are appalled to read front-page newspaper articles wherein (Laguna Beach City Manager) Ken Frank bemoans the loss of money from the city's potential sale of Laguna Canyon open space for the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor. Village Laguna bemoans the potential loss of Laguna Canyon. Apart from Frank's environmental insensitivity, what kind of city manager spends money before he has it? We think Ken Frank's views are out of step with the prevailing sentiment of Laguna Beach.
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February 18, 2001
The decision by state parks officials not to allow a resort hotel at Crystal Cove was very gratifying to those of us who have believed all along that the park belongs to the people and should not be developed. Had these officials sought public input instead of making secret plans and commitments, they would have known early on that no one wanted a high-end resort. Save Crystal Cove, a coalition of environmental groups (including the Sierra Club and Village Laguna) headed by Jeannette Merrilees, has been opposing development in the park for the last four years, and recently other coalitions and Joan Irvine Smith have joined the battle.
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September 13, 1994 | LESLIE EARNEST
Residents will have an opportunity to question City Council candidates during a forum at City Hall tonight. School board and water district candidates will also introduce themselves at the forum, which starts at 7:30. Sponsored by Village Laguna, one of the city's oldest political action committees, the forum will be televised at a later date. Village Laguna President Gary Jenkins said 10 candidates were invited to attend, regardless of whether they are seeking the group's endorsement.
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September 8, 1989
The City Council will hold a study session regarding chloroflurocarbons in packaging on Oct. 14. The council, which will direct the city manager to invite representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Village Laguna, Laguna Greenbelt and the Laguna Canyon Conservancy, is following an example set by the city of Irvine, which adopted an ordinance regulating the manufacture, distribution, sale and recycling of products containing CFCs. Councilman Neil G.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1992
In recent months, the boards of directors of three highly regarded Laguna Beach civic organizations--Laguna Greenbelt, Village Laguna and the Coalition of Neighborhood Associations--have voted to support the buyout, non-development option for Diamond-Crestview Tract 764. These organizations all have different missions and purposes. Their membership is made up of citizens from throughout the community. They reside in neighborhoods from North Laguna to Three Arch Bay. Yet it is important to note that the leadership of these groups all hold one position in common: The 41 acres that make up Diamond-Crestview should be spared from bulldozers and asphalt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1994
I would like to thank Councilman Bob Gentry for his levelheaded and thoughtful handling of the Explorer Scout agenda item. I appreciate him having brought this situation to the city's attention, and I appreciate his position. It is a confusing message to our youth to have a city law against discrimination for any reason, including sexual orientation, at the same time the city signs a contract agreeing to the Boys Scouts of America's policy of discrimination against gays. It is confusing to us adults too. Because Gentry did not want to see a program beneficial to our youth terminated, he compromised.
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April 24, 1994
I want to correct some misinformation printed in a letter to the editor from Steve Bridges (April 17), in which he attempted to link a new community organization, Protect Laguna, with other groups. Protect Laguna is not affiliated with United Laguna, Laguna Taxpayers, Village Laguna or any other political organization. We will cooperate with and welcome participation by other groups and individuals who want Laguna to be free of divisiveness, blaming and partisan bickering, and who will insist on fiscal responsibility from city leaders, emphasize public safety, support healthy activity outlets for kids, have respect for diversity and continue the general plan policies of environmental preservation.
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October 13, 1990 | LESLIE EARNEST
Two of Laguna's nine City Council candidates raised more than $20,000 by the end of September, according to mandatory campaign financial reports filed with the city clerk's office. As of Sept. 30, incumbent Robert F. Gentry led all candidates in the race for three seats up for grabs in November with cash and in-kind contributions totaling $21,744. Planning Commissioner Ann Christoph had $20,377.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1994 | LESLIE EARNEST
Residents will have an opportunity to question City Council candidates during a forum at City Hall tonight. School board and water district candidates will also introduce themselves at the forum, which starts at 7:30. Sponsored by Village Laguna, one of the city's oldest political action committees, the forum will be televised at a later date. Village Laguna President Gary Jenkins said 10 candidates were invited to attend, regardless of whether they are seeking the group's endorsement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1994
I want to correct some misinformation printed in a letter to the editor from Steve Bridges (April 17), in which he attempted to link a new community organization, Protect Laguna, with other groups. Protect Laguna is not affiliated with United Laguna, Laguna Taxpayers, Village Laguna or any other political organization. We will cooperate with and welcome participation by other groups and individuals who want Laguna to be free of divisiveness, blaming and partisan bickering, and who will insist on fiscal responsibility from city leaders, emphasize public safety, support healthy activity outlets for kids, have respect for diversity and continue the general plan policies of environmental preservation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1994
I would like to thank Councilman Bob Gentry for his levelheaded and thoughtful handling of the Explorer Scout agenda item. I appreciate him having brought this situation to the city's attention, and I appreciate his position. It is a confusing message to our youth to have a city law against discrimination for any reason, including sexual orientation, at the same time the city signs a contract agreeing to the Boys Scouts of America's policy of discrimination against gays. It is confusing to us adults too. Because Gentry did not want to see a program beneficial to our youth terminated, he compromised.
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October 28, 1993 | DANA PARSONS
Dear God, not Laguna. Not sweet, cheeky Laguna. Please, not this little village that is at once so vain and yet so vulnerable. Not this pastel and fragile corner of the county that once gave us an all-night diner named Bennie the Bum's and still gives us a woman who calls herself the Truth Fairy. How could anyone send something as awful and violent as fire into a place so delicate and tranquil? This isn't a place that should ever have soot and ashes strewn upon it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1992 | LESLIE EARNEST
Saying the city's most powerful political organization has lost touch with "moderate to conservative" residents, a new political group calling itself the Laguna Coalition has formed. Members say their organization offers an alternative to Village Laguna, a political action committee that has enjoyed considerable success in getting candidates elected to the City Council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1992
In recent months, the boards of directors of three highly regarded Laguna Beach civic organizations--Laguna Greenbelt, Village Laguna and the Coalition of Neighborhood Associations--have voted to support the buyout, non-development option for Diamond-Crestview Tract 764. These organizations all have different missions and purposes. Their membership is made up of citizens from throughout the community. They reside in neighborhoods from North Laguna to Three Arch Bay. Yet it is important to note that the leadership of these groups all hold one position in common: The 41 acres that make up Diamond-Crestview should be spared from bulldozers and asphalt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1988
On Dec. 14, the County of Orange, through its Environmental Management Agency, conducted a public meeting with regard to scoping the environmental impacts of the Irvine Co.'s proposed Laguna Laurel project and Caltrans' proposal to widen Laguna Canyon Road between El Toro Road and Interstate 405. This is a very important process. The fate of Laguna Canyon rests with public interest and input. We are invited to submit questions and comments to the agency by Jan. 5 by writing to Bob Rusby, Environmental Agency of Orange County, P.O. Box 4048, Santa Ana, Calif.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2001
The decision by state parks officials not to allow a resort hotel at Crystal Cove was very gratifying to those of us who have believed all along that the park belongs to the people and should not be developed. Had these officials sought public input instead of making secret plans and commitments, they would have known early on that no one wanted a high-end resort. Save Crystal Cove, a coalition of environmental groups (including the Sierra Club and Village Laguna) headed by Jeannette Merrilees, has been opposing development in the park for the last four years, and recently other coalitions and Joan Irvine Smith have joined the battle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1990 | LESLIE EARNEST
Two of Laguna's nine City Council candidates raised more than $20,000 by the end of September, according to mandatory campaign financial reports filed with the city clerk's office. As of Sept. 30, incumbent Robert F. Gentry led all candidates in the race for three seats up for grabs in November with cash and in-kind contributions totaling $21,744. Planning Commissioner Ann Christoph had $20,377.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1989
The City Council will hold a study session regarding chloroflurocarbons in packaging on Oct. 14. The council, which will direct the city manager to invite representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Village Laguna, Laguna Greenbelt and the Laguna Canyon Conservancy, is following an example set by the city of Irvine, which adopted an ordinance regulating the manufacture, distribution, sale and recycling of products containing CFCs. Councilman Neil G.
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