Recently, Gina Kantzabedian found out a sweet little pit pup, Luna, needed a new home. Luna's parents needed to give her up because their landlord discriminates against pitbulls. It was either give up Luna or be evicted.

Within 24 hours of posting Luna's picture on Facebook and sending mass emails to local rescue organizations and friends, Gina found Luna a new home. As of Thursday night, Luna is living in a sweet loving home with another doggy that is a pitbull too.

That said, Gina is still looking for temporary space to relocate for about four months while her new location is being renovated. Gina's deadline to vacate her current property is Jan 5.

Please tell your family and friends. Somebody must know someone who has space for her and the animals.

Animal Crackers Pet Rescue does not charge for adoption and is a nonprofit. Contact Gina at (949) 499-1988; 30822 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651 or http://www.animalcrackerspetrescue.org

Robin Main

Dana Point

Editor's note: Author is a volunteer with Animal Crackers Pet Rescue.


Laguna is its own 'architectural museum'

This is an open letter, or more of a note, to the Design Review Board, and the city in general.

As many of my friends and acquaintances know, my legal practice is restricted to Laguna Beach, and I make my living mostly in connection with Design Review Board projects. As a result I receive seasons' greeting cards from many of the architects with whom I work — both in support or opposition — which invariable have links to their web pages.

I think that many of us forget that we live in a town with some of the most talented architects and architectural designers in America, and that what they present to the Design Review Board is part of a larger body of work that defines them as artists. Reviewing those collections can be illuminating, especially for those of us who too often are looking at a project narrowly. It can lead — at least it leads me — to a better understanding of what it is they are trying to do with a particular design, if how it fits into their oeuvre, and of how it can be affected by the modifications necessary to adapt it to the peculiarities of Laguna Beach.

Maintaining the Laguna Beach spirit, as embodied in the Design Review Ordinance, is important, but it is also important to understand that our town is, of itself, an architectural museum, and to take into account in our evaluation of a project how it "fits" as part of its architect's work and as part of that "museum."

Gene Gratz

Laguna Beach


Legion holiday party a success

Past American Legion Laguna Beach Post 222 Comr. Bill Sandlin along with Auxiliary President and Post Historian Diane Connell and Auxiliary member Barbara Rostolder joined the Holiday Party at Camp Pendleton for the Marines, sailors and their families on Dec. 19.

Inside one of the huge hangars at Camp Pendleton, approximately 49 volunteers from the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee along with 22 Marines set up tables and decorated the inside of the hangar to make the event as festive as possible. Tina Anderson was the event coordinator of the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee. Tina started giving directions to us all. I had never seen such organization with such a large group of volunteers before.