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Archive for April, 2013

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Surfwear Magnate Arrested in Collision

Surfwear Magnate Arrested in Collision

Former professional surfer and groundbreaking beachwear designer  Michael Elliot Tomson was arrested for suspicion of felony drug charges after causing a two-car traffic collision in Laguna Beach on Monday, April 29, police said. A 65-year-old woman suffered injuries as a result of the 9:17 a.m. rear-end collision, which led to the temporary closure of Glenneyre […]

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Debating Downtown’s Make-Up

Debating Downtown’s Make-Up

Merchants, shoppers, property owners and residents interested in the regulatory blueprint of Laguna’s downtown might do well to attend special Planning Commission workshops welcoming public ideas. The workshops aim to look at specific topics affecting the downtown from a “philosophical point of view” before making policy decisions, said Commission chairman Norm Grossman. What emerges will […]

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City Seeks a Bird’s Eye View From Experts

City Seeks a Bird’s Eye View From Experts

As Laguna Beach moves forward on initiatives to ease congestion, increase mobility, and aesthetically enhance its downtown, the City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to investigate retaining an urban planning expert to provide an overarching analysis of the city’s various concurrent projects to ensure they mesh. Separately, they also unanimously approved the hire of Irvine’s RBF […]

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Last Days for Chateau Relaxo

Last Days for Chateau Relaxo

After what seems like thousands of requests in seemingly as many years, the boarded-up and abandoned house at the south end of 1000 Steps Beach in south Laguna is officially heading south. On Monday, workers were preparing the concrete structure, which once bore a “Chateau Relaxo” sign, for demolition with bulldozers and dump trucks readying […]

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Pizzeria to Restore Historic Former Bank

Pizzeria to Restore Historic Former Bank

Residents craving a Brooklyn-style pizza will soon be able to save their airplane miles and instead head over to Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria and Bar, which plans a casual and affordable family-style restaurant on Ocean Avenue. First, though, the owners intend to restore the 68-year-old building to its Spanish Colonial Revival design. Laguna Beach’s City Council […]

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Revving Up Girl Power

Revving Up Girl Power

Maggie Carter’s boss was “in the oil business.” He relentlessly harassed her, a situation she could not tolerate for long. Perhaps it was her own naiveté as a 20-year-old, or her own sense of self-worth. But she did what was unheard of in 1972 and reported him to his superiors. For her courage, Carter, now […]

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Restoring a Sentimental Sentinel

Restoring a Sentimental Sentinel

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   “Orange has its Circle, San Juan its Mission, and for Laguna, it’s this tower,” says local historian Andy Alison, who helped renovate Laguna Beach’s iconic landmark tower beginning in 1997. That project fortified the structural integrity of the tower, wreaked by El Niño flooding. Today, though, the town’s […]

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Hospital Seeks an Upgrade for Patients

Hospital Seeks an Upgrade for Patients

Mission Hospital will seek permission of state Public Health Department regulators to allow admitted patients to recover in under-used private rooms of the intensive care unit in the Laguna Beach campus. City officials who last week learned of the initiative initially feared that hospital administrators intended to close the unit altogether, which would also trigger […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Hits, Misses  & Forecasts Quarterly earnings reports fell upon a stock market ready to react. Which way to react was unclear as what seemed as favorable news sometimes provoked selling while missing estimates occasionally prompted buying. Wall Street analysts exaggerate this scenario of reports measured against estimates since they make the estimates and often have […]

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Easier Parking Tied to Quality Transit

Easier Parking Tied to Quality Transit

Even as Laguna Beach looks under the hood of its transit system for ways to offset rising costs, parking experts unveiled draft plans that promote reliable, high-frequency shuttles coupled with low-cost remote lots to help unclog the town’s streets. Bob Madsen of Irvine’s RBF Consulting and his team of experts presented their draft recommendations to […]

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Patchwork: Cultivating My Inner Wonk

Patchwork: Cultivating My Inner Wonk

by Chris Quilter     The City Council’s decision to spend $50,000 on a transportation consultant to scrutinize our local transit system could not have come at a better time for me personally. I am one of those people who believes passionately in public transportation, and I fully intend to try it some day. To […]

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Garden Tour Reveals Secrets

Garden Tour Reveals Secrets

A self-guided walking tour of eight of Laguna’s secret gardens takes place Friday, May 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $45 in advance. A limited number of tickets may be available the day of the tour for $50 at registration at Laguna Nursery. A ticket includes admittance to eight gardens described on […]

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Getting Out 4/26/13

Getting Out 4/26/13

Concert Follows Earth Day Cleanup The eight annual Earth Day Blue Water Music Festival takes place Sunday, April 28, at the Cliff Restaurant, 577 S. Coast Highway, from 4 to 9 p.m., the culmination of a citywide clean-up challenge by volunteers. Those interested in taking The Challenge or buying tickets should contact promoter Rick Conkey, […]

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Write Stuff 4/26/13

Write Stuff 4/26/13

An Epiphany Read   Long-time resident and trained physician, Jacques V. Souadjian M.D., will release a new book both physically and electronically, “Health Smart Epiphany!” The self-help book discusses the mechanisms of chronic illnesses and how to prevent and treat them. Souadjian will answer call-in questions as a guest on The Friendship Show on KX […]

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Art Seen 4/26/13

Art Seen 4/26/13

Young Curators Devise Portrait Show A team of eight Laguna Beach High School student curators tutored by Laguna Outreach for Community Arts will hold their second juried show at Laguna Nursery, kicking off with a public reception and awards for winning artists on Thursday, May 2, 4-5 p.m. The “Our Town” portrait exhibition will be […]