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Political Briefs

Political Briefs

Boyd, Madison Skip Firebrand Forum Incumbent Kelly Boyd and candidate Jon Madison skipped the final public forum Wednesday, Oct. 29, for candidates seeking election to the Laguna Beach City Council. Madison, who also failed to make a scheduled appearance on a KX 93.5 radio show this past Sunday, could not attend due to “unforeseen business […]

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Measures Ease Summer Parking Woes

Measures Ease Summer Parking Woes

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Better promotion of peripheral parking lots supported by a strong trolley system prevented more cars from circulating downtown in Laguna Beach this summer, according to a city report. While aspiring candidates espouse the strategy in campaign speeches, the current City Council has implemented it. Preliminary data shows a dramatic […]

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Dump Clean-Up Costs Soar

Dump Clean-Up Costs Soar

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy   The clean-up of a decades-old dump site for broken glass and debris in a Laguna Canyon ravine should be completed by Nov. 15, but the City Council learned Tuesday that the cost of remediation and restoration is $1 million more than the $2.25 million budgeted. The Council approved […]

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Forum Reveals Daylight Between Candidates

Forum Reveals Daylight Between Candidates

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Seven candidates for the Laguna Beach City Council took the podium for a sixth debate Tuesday ostensibly focused on downtown development, but which strayed to cover a range of topics from homeless issues to climate change and senior housing. Along the way, the candidates revealed positions that had yet […]

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Mission Hospital Prepares for Ebola

Mission Hospital Prepares for Ebola

In the wake of the disturbing news that two Dallas nurses contracted the deadly Ebola virus after caring for a patient, staff of Mission Hospital Laguna Beach has readiness protocols in place to both protect their personnel and treat a victim of the infection, officials confirmed this week. “Mission Hospital staff, including physicians, have received […]

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Zur Schmiede Takes the Lead in Candidate Contributions

Zur Schmiede Takes the Lead in Candidate Contributions

Robert Zur Schmiede has taken the lead in campaign contributions for the Laguna Beach City Council race with $54,443 donated to him so far, according to financial disclosure statements filed earlier this week. Contender Jon Madison, who led in collecting contributions through June 30, comes in second with cumulative donations totaling $53,455 for the period […]

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Fire Prevention Sparks an Unexpected Nuisance

Fire Prevention Sparks an Unexpected Nuisance

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy When law enforcement began regularly patrolling around the Top of the World neighborhood park in late June because of heightened fire danger, they discovered that Yelp reviews had made the area a very popular nighttime hangout for young people involving drugs, alcohol and other hazardous behavior. Since June 21, […]

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Mayor Reverses Vote for Perk

Mayor Reverses Vote for Perk

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy City Council members gave up their short-lived perk of a lifetime shopper’s permit when they voted unanimously Tuesday, Oct. 7, to rescind the reward they approved for themselves and former elected colleagues in June and modified in August. Mayor Elizabeth Pearson had previously agreed that it would be a […]

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A Drought of Solutions for Drawing More Water

A Drought of Solutions for Drawing More Water

Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Even as Laguna Beach County Water District prepares to raise rates over the next five years to pay for the escalating cost of supplying local customers with 1.5 billion gallons of imported water annually, local resident Michael Beanan sees a solution in what he describes as a “goldmine”: 4 billion […]

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Debate Elicits Sparks From Candidates

Debate Elicits Sparks From Candidates

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy “Is this a three-ring circus I’m in, or what?” asked incumbent City Council candidate Kelly Boyd about midway through a boisterous debate hosted by Firebrand Media, owner of the Indy, Tuesday night at City Hall. Firebrand owner Allan Simon fired provocative questions at the seven candidates vying for three […]

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Candidates Support a New Arts Center

Candidates Support a New Arts Center

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy A year-round cultural arts venue, nudity in public art and the city’s role in fostering a creative environment were among the issues addressed by seven City Council candidates at a forum held last Saturday, Sept. 20. The candidates all proclaimed their strong support for the arts in general, though […]

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Hurricane Devastates Sister City

Hurricane Devastates Sister City

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Laguna Beach Sister Cities Association President Karyn Philippsen was on a plane returning from England this past Monday just as Hurricane Odile slammed the Baja California peninsula of Mexico, unleashing 125 mile per hour wind and rain on the tourist-thronged resort area. She and 17 other emissaries had just […]

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Utility Pole Removal OK’d in Woods Cove

Utility Pole Removal OK’d in Woods Cove

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Karen Klammer calculates that dedicated volunteers put in about 1,000 hours over the past 18 months to obtain the necessary support of 60 percent of Woods Cove property owners to establish an assessment district. Yard signs throughout the area spoke to their diligence in pursuit of undergrounding their utility […]

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Candidates Weigh in on Sustainable Issues

Candidates Weigh in on Sustainable Issues

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Not surprisingly, Laguna Beach’s seven candidates running for City Council paid a lot of lip service to mobility issues and water conservation at a debate hosted by Transition Laguna last week. Despite the candidates’ relative consensus on some basic desirable outcomes in those arenas, the forum did shed light […]

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Utility Pole Removal OKd in Woods Cove

Utility Pole Removal OKd in Woods Cove

Karen Klammer calculates that dedicated volunteers put in about 1,000 hours over the past 18 months to obtain the necessary support of 60 percent of Woods Cove property owners to establish an assessment district. Yard signs throughout the area spoke to their diligence in pursuit of undergrounding their utility poles. Those hours paid off when […]