© Charles Michael Murray
“We Saved Our Canyon – Laguna Beach CA USA”
An Homage to the People and Events that Helped Rescue Laguna Canyon from Development
According to Harry Huggins, executive director of the Save Our Canyons Walk: “My memory of the Save Our Canyons Walk, November 11, 1989 was a time and place where the environmental movement made a stand for future generations to preserve open space and the jewel of Orange County – Laguna Canyon.” Numerous groups and individuals came together and united around the original ‘walk and protest’ concept by Charles Michael Murray of Endangered Planet Gallery, which propelled the event into reality. Thousands took part by walking, bike riding, running, hiking and engaging around the stage and an area at the base of Laguna Beach gallerist Mark Chamberlain and Jerry Burchfield’s “The Tell” – a significant art statement about preservation.
The event was launched when Harry Huggins and Charles Michael Murray wrote a public service announcement that was produced and performed by award-winning singer, Jose Feliciano, which aired on radio stations throughout Orange County. Murray met with Feliciano and his wife and was given the 30-second recording that aired live during Huggins’ passionate presentation at a Laguna Beach City Hall meeting – a call for united action to “Save Laguna Canyon”.
The “Save Our Canyons Walk” and its numerous organizers including the Laguna Canyon Conservancy, The Laguna Greenbelt Inc., Village Laguna, the City of Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, Laguna Beach City Council Mayor Bob Gentry, Mayor Pro Tem Lida Lenney, Martha Collison, Neil Fitzpatrick, and Dan Kenney, others included Toni Iseman, Carolyn Wood, Jim and Linda Rushing, Gene Felder, Mark Chamberlain, Jerry Burchfield, Richard Henrikson, Elisabeth Brown, Verna Rollinger, Linda Eckmann, Sally Rapuano, Kurt Cornell, Joel Easton, Chauncey Werner, Ken Kube, Terri Quam, Bill Atkins, Doug Rowe, Don Took, Mario Mendoza and many others ignited a positive negotiation with then Laguna Beach Mayor Pro Tem Lida Lenny and The Irvine Company. The successful negotiations resulted in a decision to sell the property to the City of Laguna Beach, thus preserving Laguna Canyon from development.
(above appears on the back side of the card)
- Boxed set includes 4 greeting cards (same card)
- Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
- High quality giclee printing
- Inside: Blank (opens to 11″ x 8.5″)
- Back side: A tribute to many that were involved in Saving Laguna Canyon
- This is part of a collectible series
- Giclee Prints are also available
Charles Michael Murray – director and founder of:
Endangered Planet, Endangered Planet Foundation, one earth | one dream, Endangered Planet Outpost and CMM Studio.