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Scores Turn Out for Chapman Family

Scores Turn Out for Chapman Family

About 100 people contributed $16,000 at a fundraiser for cancer-stricken Stephan Chapman last weekend at the home of Steve and Rona Gromet. Funds will help pay for health-care deductibles and everyday living costs for the local family, organizer Michele Hall said. Garfield Logan bid and won a custom surfboard donated by Laguna Surf and Sport, […]

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Incensed by a Comparison

Incensed by a Comparison

Editor, Re: “Victims of View Abuse” letter on March 7. How dare Mike Rybah compare losing your view to being raped! That is the most offensive comparison I have heard in a long time. I understand views are important to Laguna Beach residents, and maybe being fortunate enough to live in paradise leads some people […]

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Two Pedestrians Struck by a Vehicle

Two Pedestrians Struck by a Vehicle

Two pedestrians suffered injuries after being struck about 7:30 p.m. by a vehicle  turning onto Thalia Street from Coast Highway on Thursday, March 6. No one was cited in the incident, Sgt. Louise Callus said. The southbound vehicle had a green light and hit the two pedestrians as they began to cross Thalia northbound, she […]

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Demystifying Changes in State Testing

Demystifying Changes in State Testing

Parents are invited to a workshop Tuesday, March 18, on the state’s Common Core, which will be held at the high school’s library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This spring, public school students are participating in a field test of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which replaces the Standardized Testing and […]

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Violent Crime Drops by 30%

Violent Crime Drops by 30%

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Violent crime dropped by 30 percent in Laguna Beach last year, while illegal activity related to property, such as thefts and break-ins, declined by 13 percent, according to statistics compiled annually by the police department and released last week. Laguna Beach is not alone in reporting declines in crimes […]

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High Drama in High Seas Rescue

High Drama in High Seas Rescue

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Something about the body language of a young woman and a man with a surfboard striding toward Aliso Beach’s creek berm signaled to Matthew Barker that they were inexperienced in the water. When the couple purposefully got up and entered the ocean Saturday, March 1, swimming into 15-foot swells, […]

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Streetbeat

Streetbeat

  Monday, Feb. 24 Fraud. 1100 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 8:28 a.m. A resident received a phone call from Kohl’s about the victim’s personal information being used to buy $1,000 in furniture, which was to be delivered to San Bernardino. The delivery was halted. Vandalism. 200 block of Grandview St. 4:58 p.m. A car […]

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Hit and Run Victim Remains in Coma

Hit and Run Victim Remains in Coma

By Andrea Adelson A homeless man remains in an induced coma in Mission Viejo’s Mission Hospital after he was critically injured a week ago in an early morning hit and run collision in Laguna Canyon. An appeal by police for the public’s help in tracking down the fleeing driver has yielded little, Sgt. Louis Callus […]

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One Dead in Crash of Small Plane

One Dead in Crash of Small Plane

A small plane piloted by a couple who divided their time between Laguna Beach and Lake Tahoe crashed Monday, March 3, near Truckee, Placer County sheriff’s authorities said. Killed in the crash was Darla Farnell, 55, of Carnelian Bay, said Debby Smith, a coroner’s assistant in Auburn, Calif., adding that the crash site was near […]

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Local Dies in Crash of Small Plane

Local Dies in Crash of Small Plane

A small plane piloted by a couple who divided their time between Laguna Beach and Lake Tahoe crashed Monday, March 3, near Truckee, Placer County sheriff’s authorities said. Killed in the crash was Darla Farnell, 55, of Carnelian Bay, said Debby Smith, a coroner’s assistant in Auburn, Calif., adding that the crash site was near […]

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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 […]