rss

Archive for June, 2012

0
Merchant Pressured for Cash in Phone Scam

Merchant Pressured for Cash in Phone Scam

After one local business owner reported an aggressive fund-soliciting push by telemarketers that represented themselves as Laguna Beach police affiliates, the real authorities last week cautioned merchants against heeding such appeals. The business owner was suspicious about their true affiliation and did not give them a donation, police Lt. Jason Kravetz said in a statement […]

0
Machete-Swinging Man Arrested

Machete-Swinging Man Arrested

A 31-year-old Lake Forest man who allegedly swung a machete at a Laguna Beach teacher was taken into custody by law enforcement authorities in Irvine last Saturday afternoon, police said. Juan Vigil Portillo allegedly swung a machete at an Anneliese School teacher, who observed him acting strangely in the school’s Laguna Canyon parking lot and […]

0
Four Arrested in Sweep of Sex-Registrants

Four Arrested in Sweep of Sex-Registrants

Local police and state parole agents, checking on the conduct of a dozen paroled sex offenders in Laguna Beach, took into custody four people for parole violations, Kravetz said. Last Saturday, June 23, Ismael Rodriguez, 47, was taken into custody at his home on Cozumel, while Sergio John Gomez, 38, and Anthony James Scarpinato, 44, […]

0
Police Blotter

Police Blotter

Monday, June 18 Pedestrian stop. 11:57 p.m. A 35-year-old Laguna Hills man was arrested for warrants and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Wednesday, June 20 H&S activity. 4:49 p.m. 300 block of Pinecrest Dr. After a citizen reported four youths doing drugs in a drain pipe, police issued three citations for tobacco […]

0
Merchant Pressured for Cash in Phone Scam

Merchant Pressured for Cash in Phone Scam

After one local business owner reported an aggressive fund-soliciting push by telemarketers that represented themselves as Laguna Beach police affiliates, the real authorities last week cautioned merchants against heeding such appeals. The business owner was suspicious about their true affiliation and did not give them a donation, police Lt. Jason Kravetz said in a statement […]

0
Grads Focus on the Horizon

Grads Focus on the Horizon

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach High School’s graduating class of 2012 reveled in their commencement, where some 239 students met the end of their high school careers. The air last Thursday, June 21, in the Festival of Arts’ Irvine Bowl was jocular if not occasionally sentimental as student and teacher speakers […]

1
Long Hot Summer of Debate Over San Onofre

Long Hot Summer of Debate Over San Onofre

As a result of findings from a radiation leak inspection at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, regulatory officials now plan a series of local meetings this summer exploring unresolved issues that will keep the plant offline indefinitely. A first meeting this past Monday in San Juan Capistrano concerned the NRC’s inspection of worn metal […]

1
Poll Tests Opinions on Council Election

Poll Tests Opinions on Council Election

A recent opinion poll of Laguna Beach residents appears to be gauging support for two local residents who are not declared candidates for the upcoming City Council election. Among many questions, the survey takers asked respondents of their opinion of real estate seller Audrey Prosser, a champion for gay rights and active in the Democratic […]

0
Gift Adds to Pageant History

Gift Adds to Pageant History

Four images by Modernist photographer Paul Outerbridge related to the Festival of Arts’ early years add another sliver of history to the Festival’s permanent collection as a result of a gift by the Laguna Art Museum. The four photographs, all from 1950–51, have recently been identified as relating to the Festival of Arts and Pageant […]

1
Local Bicyclists Get Boost in City Budget

Local Bicyclists Get Boost in City Budget

The City Council approved the 2012-13 $47 million city budget with a balance of $71,000 Tuesday, in compliance with a July 1 requirement of the municipal code, The city’s Complete Streets Task Force received a bonus beyond City Manager John Pietig’s recommendation of $5,000 from the city’s public pathways and complete streets contingency fund to […]

0
A Recipe for Changing Lives

A Recipe for Changing Lives

Laguna Beach resident Lucy Mercer began her professional culinary journey years ago in Warsaw, Ind., when a friend opened a restaurant and asked her to supervise lunches. That led her to write a cooking column for a local paper and later for the Charlotte Observer. After a return to school for a master’s degree in […]

0
Taking Stock

Taking Stock

On The Bargain Counter The stock market managed to work itself back into an uptrend with volume rising on consecutive up days. No sooner had it achieved this short-term reversal of May’s “correction” than a 200-point down day put its new uptrend under pressure. As economic developments here and in Europe have not produced any […]

0
Academy Trains To Guard Lives

Academy Trains To Guard Lives

Photo by Mitch Ridder   Lifeguard Lt. Kai Bond and other staff of Laguna Beach’s lifeguard academy train cadets through simulated rescues in the “Giggle Crack” just north of Diver’s Cove. More on the rigors of lifeguarding in Limelight.

0
Tops in Academics, Students Impress on Other Levels Too

Tops in Academics, Students Impress on Other Levels Too

By Justin Swanson, Special to the Independent   Of the graduating seniors in the 2012 Laguna Beach High School class, the students who earned the two highest grade point averages are Conor Ross and Katherine Barton, a distinction that earned them the honor of addressing their classmates at this week’s commencement ceremony. Even so, GPAs […]

0
Art Sleuth Maps Plein-Air Locations

Art Sleuth Maps Plein-Air Locations

Few painters have captured the majesty of California’s mountain terrain as dramatically as Edgar Payne, at home in the Sierra Nevada as well as the shores of Laguna Beach and diverse settings in Europe and the American West. Payne, who co-founded the Laguna Art Association early last century, returns to the limelight in “Edgar Payne: […]