Our family has lived in Laguna Beach for 35 years and we have seen
local papers come and go. We read that the Coastline News is now a
publication of the Times Community News. Congratulations! You have bought
one of the finest local weekly community newspapers in the country.
The Coastline’s longevity and success can be attributed to truly being
a local, small town, community paper, written by local Laguna Beach
residents who know the people and understand the issues. That’s why we’re
so grateful that you have wisely kept much of the staff.
The residents look forward to reading the paper every Friday because
of the policy of printing all the letters regardless of one’s point of
view, and timely announcements of upcoming local events. Those who work
out of town especially rely on the Coastline for this news.
News writer Barbara Diamond, a resident of Laguna, has covered the
local scene for years, which gives her the background and knowledge to
add a touch of history to an article to help the reader fully understand
Barbara’s weekly column, “Our Laguna,” is very popular with the local
folks. She not only includes news of the event, but many of the names of
the people attending. She often introduces the names of new people in
town. This adds a personal touch and reflects the spirit of Laguna Beach.
This, along with Barbara’s fair, thorough and timely coverage of City
Council activities and local events, is greatly appreciated by our
We were worried that an outside publisher might try to come in and
change everything. What is the saying? “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
We believe this applies here. It is our hope that the Times Community
News will continue to publish the Coastline News as a strictly local
community paper and carry out the tradition of it being “written by
locals -- for locals” in the years to come. We welcome the new publisher,
Times Community News, to Laguna Beach.
CAROLYN AND ANDY WOOD