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Author Archive for Andrea Adelson

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Personnel File

Personnel File

New Executive Takes Chamber’s Helm Tamara Campbell was appointed executive director of Laguna Beach’s Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Kristine Thalman, who left the post after three years earlier this month. Campbell, a local resident and former member of the city’s Heritage Committee, has experience representing business interests and engaging in political action. “We are confident […]

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Another Hat in the Ring for Laguna’s Council

Another Hat in the Ring for Laguna’s Council

Former political consultant and nearly lifelong local resident Michele Hall declared her candidacy for Laguna Beach’s City Council this week, filing a campaign organization statement, the city clerk reported. She joins Robert Zur Schmiede, chair of the city’s Planning Commission, as the only other declared candidates in the November race for three seats held by […]

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Police Seek Info on Hit and Run Driver

Police Seek Info on Hit and Run Driver

A homeless man who was critically injured in an early morning hit and run collision in Laguna Canyon this past Monday, Feb. 24, remains in critical condition in Mission Hospital and investigators are seeking the public’s help in tracking down the fleeing driver, police said Thursday. Sgt. Louis Callus identified the victim as Shahram Mokarami-Tehrani, […]

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A Soloist’s Closing Coda

A Soloist’s Closing Coda

It’s not a headstone or even a permanent marker, but a sentimental sendoff written in a storefront window last week that publicly signaled the death of a longtime homeless Laguna Beach street musician. Clifford Harrison Mabra Jr. spent the last several years playing tenor saxophone almost daily in a downtown alley, just feet away from […]

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Streetbeat

Streetbeat

Monday, Feb. 10 Fraud. 31600 block of Fairview Rd. 5 p.m. $1251 was taken from a checking account without authorization. Petty theft. 600 block of Park Ave. 5:44 p.m. Three cell phones were stolen from three individual gym bags from inside the girl’s locker room. The following morning, police received another report of a stolen […]

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 Operator Error

Operator Error

A 62-year-old woman escaped injury this past Wednesday, Feb. 19, after unintentionally driving her car backwards through a chain link fence and into a drainage channel in downtown Laguna Beach, police said. The woman refused medical care and took a cab home, leaving a tow truck to extract her battered convertible Mercedes coup from the […]

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Streetbeat

Streetbeat

Monday, Feb. 3 Petty theft. 1700 block of Manzinita Dr. 11:41 a.m. A camera valued at $1750 was discovered taken out of a vehicle in the previous week. Tuesday, Feb. 4 Vandalism. 1400 block of S. Coast Hwy. Someone chiseled the name “Zahide” on a plaque dedicated to Harry Lawrence. DUI. 31100 block of Coast […]

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Cutting a New Crystal Cove Trail

Cutting a New Crystal Cove Trail

As a child growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Michael Berns recalls taking one school field trip, into the wilds of Culver City to the Helms Bakery plant. Since moving to Orange County in 1987, though, Berns and his wife Trisha started exploring the wilderness in their backyard, hiking and biking the combined 7,400 […]

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Thieves Raid Post Office Boxes

Thieves Raid Post Office Boxes

About 15 post office boxes in the downtown branch were pried open or attempted to be pried open sometime during the past weekend, Sgt. Louise Callus said. Possible losses are unclear as “there is no way to know what may have been in the boxes,” she said A tractor-trailer rig collided and plowed a parked […]

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Doctor Enters Not Guilty Plea in Tesla Accident

Doctor Enters Not Guilty Plea in Tesla Accident

Laguna Beach physician Robert M. Pettis entered not guilty pleas in Orange County Superior Court on Monday, Jan. 27, to felony charges stemming from a double traffic fatality last year, court records show. In addition, Pettis was also named as a defendant in a civil personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of […]

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Updated: Wild Car Chase Ends at Festival

Updated: Wild Car Chase Ends at Festival

A nearly 17-mile pursuit of a reckless motorist by Newport Beach police Thursday afternoon drew a slew of onlookers along Coast Highway and Broadway Street, and ended in the Festival of Arts parking lot where police used a stun gun to subdue the driver, police said Friday. The driver, Ryan Leenerts, 31, of Santa Ana, […]

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Monday, Jan. 20

Monday, Jan. 20

  Vehicle burglary. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 12:59 p.m. A window was smashed and a purse hidden under the seat was stolen from inside a locked vehicle. The purse and its contents was valued at $100. Disturbance. 600 block of S. Coast Hwy. 2:16 p.m. Police will investigate a conflict that escalated into […]

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Updated: Passenger Dies in Four-Car Pile-Up

Updated: Passenger Dies in Four-Car Pile-Up

An Irvine man died and six other people were injured in a four-car collision in Laguna Beach that resulted in the closure of a section of North Coast Highway in both directions for 10 hours on Sunday, Jan. 26, according to police. The victims, whose injuries ranged from complaints of pain to severe trauma as […]

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Candidate Bids for Laguna’s City Council

Candidate Bids for Laguna’s City Council

Robert Zur Schmiede, a 12-year appointee to the city’s Planning Commission, is the first to declare his intention to seek election in November to Laguna Beach’s City Council, filing a campaign committee statement last Friday, Jan. 17. The terms of the Council’s three longest-serving members, Mayor Elizabeth Pearson as well as Council members Toni Iseman […]

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Mystic Arts Rising Again

Mystic Arts Rising Again

As a Garden Grove teenager Diane Valentino would ditch school with girlfriends to hang out in Laguna Beach’s sun and sand. The visits in 1968 always included a stop at Mystic Arts World, a Coast Highway store infamously started by the acid-dropping acolytes of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love and destroyed in a still unsolved […]