Hallie Jones to be guest speaker at Canyon Conservancy dinner on Monday, Dec 3

By BARBARA DIAMOND

Laguna Canyon Foundation Executive Director Hallie Jones will be speaking to the choir on Monday, Dec 3, when she addresses the Caltrans Laguna Canyon Road project at the Laguna Canyon Conservancy dinner at Seven 7 Seven.

The project is a source of angst for the Foundation and the Conservancy. The proposed plan extends a merging lane for inbound traffic that creates a second traffic lane for vehicles to cross entering or exiting from the Willow Parking Lot. Of further concern is the proposed contoured grading that digs 40 feet into the wilderness park, loss of riparian habitat and removal of 14 oak trees.

“I think it is really important to the community that we all understand the project – the details and the reasoning behind it,” said Jones. “I will be updating the Conservancy on recent developments and on the path forward.”

Hallie Jones closeup

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Hallie Jones will speak at the Canyon Conservancy dinner on Dec 3

Mary Fegraus, founding executive director of the foundation, credits Jones with taking the lead in organizing the facts about the project.

Jones will also discuss the progress on the Massen Greene House, the Foundation’s Wilderness Center.

The Conservancy dinner meeting is open to the public. Tickets are $15 for members or $20 for non-members and may be paid at the door with prior reservations.

Reservations are required and may be made online at lagunacanyonconservancy.org, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning (949) 235-8277.

Leave your name, phone number and number of reservations you want. Spell the names for the reservations requested so name tags are accurate.

The Conservancy must pay for all no shows, so those who have reservations but cannot attend are asked to call and cancel. 

Reservations must be made by December 1, no exceptions.

A no-host bar opens at 6 p.m. Dinner is served at about 6:35 p.m., with the program to follow.