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Author Archive for Andrea Adelson

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Final Arguments Underway in Murder Trial

Final Arguments Underway in Murder Trial

Andrea Adelson | LB Indy In their final arguments before a jury charged with determining if a Lake Forest man is responsible for the 2009 murder of Laguna Beach’s Damon Nicholson, the prosecutor and defense attorney conveyed dramatically divergent portraits of the accused in a Santa Ana court Wednesday. Prosecutor Matt Murphy described the now […]

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Familiar Face Leads Local GOP

Familiar Face Leads Local GOP

About 50 members of the Laguna Beach Republicans elected longtime resident Howard Hills as its incoming president at a meeting on Saturday, Dec. 14. Wasting no time, Hills and the local GOP group jumped into a political battle at the county Board of Supervisors this past week, contributing to the defeat of a proposal for […]

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Trial in Nicholson's Murder Underway

Trial in Nicholson’s Murder Underway

The defense attorney for a Lake Forest man accused in the bludgeoning-murder of Laguna Beach resident Damon Nicholson told a Superior Court jury that an accomplice was responsible for the deadly attack during his opening statement on Wednesday. Matthew Thomas Dragna, 23, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder committed during the […]

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Police Cleared in Inmate’s Death

Police Cleared in Inmate’s Death

An inquiry into the death of a 43-year-old homeless man while in the custody of Laguna Beach police found no evidence of criminal negligence, the district attorney’s office announced Tuesday, Dec. 10. A coroner’s pathologist determined that Stephen Gregory Gage died of pneumonia and organ failure and detected the presence of multiple drugs in his […]

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City’s Treasurer to Help Oversee Major Fund

City’s Treasurer to Help Oversee Major Fund

Laguna Beach Treasurer Laura Parisi was appointed by state Treasurer Bill Lockyer to a two-year term on the Local Agency Investment board, which provides oversight of a $18.9 billion fund. The fund’s 2,604 participants include Laguna Beach and other cities and special district. The fund provides participants in-house investment management expertise at no additional cost. […]

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Bid for County Office Gains High-Level Support

Bid for County Office Gains High-Level Support

The campaign by Dana Point’s Lisa Bartlett for a seat on the county Board of Supervisors received a boost this week in an endorsement by several fellow elected officials, including Laguna Beach’s mayor. Voters will likely need a scorecard to track the upcoming primary election in June, which promises a dizzying shift in the political […]

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SEEDS Offers Filmmaking Workshop

SEEDS Offers Filmmaking Workshop

Aspiring filmmakers, ages 8-15, who want to produce content for YouTube can learn the skills of storytelling, camera movement, acting, directing and editing in a day long  workshop on Sunday, Dec. 8. The 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. workshop will be held at the Willowbrook Campus of the Anneliese School, 20065 Laguna Canyon Rd. The […]

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Louise Street Home Consumed in Blaze

Louise Street Home Consumed in Blaze

  Investigators have yet to determine the cause of a destructive early morning fire in North Laguna that potentially threatened neighboring structures on Monday, Dec. 2, firefighters said. No one was injured by the blaze, which caused an estimated $400,000 in damages. Twenty‐one firefighters from Laguna Beach and Newport Beach were dispatched to the 1600 […]

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Off the Table

Off the Table

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Rash of Vandalism Targets Realtor

Rash of Vandalism Targets Realtor

A real estate agent’s signs in four different locations were vandalized with the numbers “666” spray painted in silver on Tuesday, Nov. 19. The reporting party told police he suspects a brother, according to the public log. Properties on Starlit, St. Ann’s, Glenneyre and Noria streets were hit, said Sgt. Louise Callus. Monday, Nov. 18 […]

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Author Reveals Laguna’s Lesser Known History

Author Reveals Laguna’s Lesser Known History

The public is invited to local author Skip Hellewell’s discussion of his works “Loving Laguna” and “Early Homestead Families” at a Laguna Beach Historical Society program Tuesday, Nov. 26. The free 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. program will be held at the Laguna Beach City Hall Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. The program will be videotaped […]

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Minding Our Business: The Business of Art

Minding Our Business: The Business of Art

When I moved to Laguna, I was pleased to see a museum downtown, and subsequently disheartened by the collection’s limited scope. I also felt the facility had set itself up as a landmark more than a community art center and I more often attended as an afterthought than a destination. These days, Laguna Art Museum […]

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Art Seen

Art Seen

One-Woman Show Arrives at Avran Gallery New works on canvas and paper by Bay area figurative abstract painter Ursual O’Farrell will be featured at a reception at Avran Art+Design, Saturday, Nov. 23, from 6 – 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy live music and refreshments at the event, 540 S. Coast Highway. The artist will be […]