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Archive for October, 2012

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Doggone Fun

Doggone Fun

Dog Park Brunch Upcoming All are invited to the sixth annual “My Best Friend’s Brunch” on Sunday, Oct 28 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Tivoli Too! Restaurant, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd.  The event is presented by the Friends of the Laguna Beach Dog Park.  The park itself is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Comedian […]

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Charlotte Barker

Charlotte Barker

We are sad to announce the passing of Charlotte Barker on Oct. 17, 2012, at the age of 92. Barker was born in 1920 in Minnesota.  In the 1940s, she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for Craig Corporation and where she also met her husband, Roy. After vacationing in Laguna Beach for many […]

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Matthew Kirk Murphine

Matthew Kirk Murphine

12/28/56 – 10/18/12 Matt Murphine was a happy loving person.  He grew up in Laguna surfing, hanging with friends, playing baseball, and graduated from Laguna Beach High School in 1975.  Surfing at Sleepy Hollow with his buddies, having all the girls hanker after him, that was the best. Everyone loved Matt. He was so unpretentious […]

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Landing a Whales Tail Winner

Landing a Whales Tail Winner

Kylee Friederichs, a member of The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, was selected out of many participants for her “Whales Tail” watercolor art piece. The winning artwork was submitted through an art contest posed by April Rath, the club’s arts director. Wyland chooses winning art pieces submitted from budding artists that participate in […]

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Beckstrand Raises $1 M to Assist Cancer Patients

Beckstrand Raises $1 M to Assist Cancer Patients

Beckstrand Cancer Foundation’s gala on Saturday, Oct. 13, celebrated the life of actress, model and mother Farrah Fawcett, who died from anal cancer in 2009. Fawcett’s longtime friend, author and filmmaker Alana Stewart was recognized for her contributions, and Fawcett’s longtime companion Ryan O’Neal accepted the honor. The black-tie gala was with a Russia theme was […]

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Indy Arts Calendar 10/26/12

Indy Arts Calendar 10/26/12

Friday, Oct. 26 El Morro’s Boo Blast Halloween carnival, 2:30-7:30 p.m., 8681 N. Coast Hwy. Sawdust Art Festival Art Classes: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. www.sawdustartfestival.org/studioartclasses  949-494-3030. Also 10/27. Jazz with pianist Giovanni Miradi at Romeo Cucina, 249 Broadway St. Also 10/27. 949-497-6627 www.romeocucina.com Rod & the Pistons, 9 p.m., Marine Room, 214 Ocean Ave. […]

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Laguna, the next nanny state?

Laguna, the next nanny state?

Editor, With the latest proposed ordinance to empower the police to confiscate the skateboards of helmet-less riders of any age and require offending juveniles to undergo a “counseling session”, perhaps we’ve finally reached a Gladwell-like tipping point on the intrusion of civic officials into how parents raise their kids in this town. I have great […]

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Measure CC Proponent Speaks Out

Measure CC Proponent Speaks Out

Editor: Reasonable people can debate the merits of Measure CC, the open space initiative. But the LB Taxpayers Association has resorted to purposefully distorting what this initiative is, and what it would mean. There is no new committee that would decide what parcels to buy, as they well know. The text of the initiative plainly states there […]

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Lining Up Against Measure CC

Lining Up Against Measure CC

Editor, The purpose of Measure CC is to provide funding for acquiring undeveloped open space within the city that is currently in private hands. Proponents of the measure concede the space is a mix of developable and undevelopable land. As to the undevelopable land, why should the city even acquire it?  Let the owners continue to pay insurance, […]

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Don’t Fall for Revisionist History

Don’t Fall for Revisionist History

Dear Editor, Martha Lydick in her letter to the editor attempted to discredit me and the facts I put in my letter (“Taxpayers Refute Measure CC Proponents,” Oct. 19, Letters). Over my 26 years in Laguna Beach,  Martha and I have agreed on very little but what is undisputed is that The Laguna Beach Taxpayers […]

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Preserving Today’s Vistas in the Future

Preserving Today’s Vistas in the Future

Editor: Measure CC is on the ballot because concerned citizens took the initiative to devise a method of completing Laguna’s inner greenbelt despite the ending of state funds for this purpose.  It is on the ballot because concerned citizens gathered thousands of signatures to ensure that this measure would get on the ballot.  For the measure to […]

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A Candidate in the Trenches

A Candidate in the Trenches

Editor: Prior to this election, I have been removed from active participation in local elections—other than studying the issues and candidates and casting my ballot.   However, I have been watching this local election very closely.  I am voting for Verna Rollinger because she has the best qualifications to serve on our city council. First, her […]

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Experience Counts

Experience Counts

Editor, The election season is almost over and we can soon breathe a sigh of relief. It’s been a long, contentious struggle at all levels—national, state and local. Some decisions, such as how to vote on state initiatives, may have been difficult, but the one closest to home, Laguna’s City Council race, is easy at least for […]

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Commitment Wins Their Support

Commitment Wins Their Support

Editor, Bob Whalen, quite simply stated, is an outstanding candidate for city council.  He has demonstrated his commitment to Laguna Beach through his involvement with the school board, the planning commission, Schoolpower, the Boys and Girls Club, youth sports and much more. My wife, Judy and I, have served on boards and committees with him.  […]

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High Praise for Rollinger

High Praise for Rollinger

Editor: I know why I am voting for Verna Rollinger. I trust her. She is quiet mannered and does not spend her energy calling attention to herself. Instead, she works very hard to enhance what is special about Laguna Beach – a vibrant business community, clean beaches and pristine water, a safe place to live, […]