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Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

Surf Legend Remembered as a ‘Genius and a Gentleman’

With hundreds of well-wishers reciting his name three times in unison, Hobie Alter’s daughter Paula concluded an outdoor memorial service on the Aliso Creek golf course fairway, saying “we release you to the elements: earth, air and sea.” Hundreds more are expected at Doheny State Beach to further fulfill that promise by joining a memorial […]

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College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

College Mourns a Student of Wit and Talent

  They stood in solemn formation, their faces illuminated by electronic candles or glow string head and wristbands, along Laguna Canyon Road at the edge of the Laguna College of Art and Design’s main campus. As lights in the crosswalk brought traffic to a stop last Thursday, April 10, students from LCAD’s Big Bend campus […]

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Music Fest Wins New Fans

Music Fest Wins New Fans

Organizer and promoter Rick Conkey agreed to some unusual concessions in setting up last month’s Blue Water Green Earth Music Festival. Besides hiring police for security, keeping an ambulance on standby, he agreed to pull the plug on amplified music for 30 minutes Saturday evening due to a wedding scheduled at a neighboring venue, Seven […]

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The Truth Behind the Fiction

The Truth Behind the Fiction

  When I was a girl, a police officer lived with his sweet wife and three fresh-faced children in the ground floor apartment. Think Norman Rockwell in the Bronx. Now and then, angry shouts and frightening sounds were heard behind their door. When I asked my mother about it, she said that things happen between […]

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New Appeals Keep Artists on Hold

New Appeals Keep Artists on Hold

Artists are already lining up for the chance to take up residence in Louis Longi’s controversial work-live project in Laguna Canyon, which was approved by the City Council last week. When they will get the chance to apply remains to be seen as opponents are pursuing new avenues to halt the project. On one front, […]

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Student’s Death Revives Safety Questions

Student’s Death Revives Safety Questions

The section of Laguna Canyon Road where an art student from France was fatally injured had long been known to her college, city officials and Caltrans as a crossing in dire need of a traffic signal. Fine art major Nina Fitzpatrick, 22, died this week after being struck April 3 by an elderly motorist from […]

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Planners Tackle Surf and Turf

Planners Tackle Surf and Turf

Commercial stand-up paddle board instructors may be subject to some rules restricting how they operate in Laguna Beach as a result of a draft ordinance considered by the Planning Commission on Wednesday. The regulations will require City Council approval at a future date. The panel found much less favor with the concept review of a […]

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Home-Invasion Bandits Tie Up Laguna Couple

Home-Invasion Bandits Tie Up Laguna Couple

A Laguna Beach couple asleep in their home were tied up and robbed in the 100 block of Acacia Drive by two men who broke into the house around midnight Saturday, April 5, police said. The couple, who were not physically assaulted, freed themselves after the bandits fled and ran outside to raise an alarm, […]

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Service Set for Hobie Alter

Service Set for Hobie Alter

A memorial paddle out for Hobie Alter, whose innovations reshaped surfing and sailing, is planned for 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Doheny State Beach. The water ceremony should begin at 4:30 p.m. The gate will be open free of charge from 4 to 7 p.m., says a statement on the company’s website.

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Pearson Will Not Seek Re-Election

Pearson Will Not Seek Re-Election

After 12 consecutive years on Laguna Beach’s City Council, Mayor Elizabeth Pearson says she will not seek a fourth term, due to the demands of a new job, and looks forward to being a “normal” person with fewer demands on her evenings and time for her dogs, the gym and movies. When Pearson was interviewed […]

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Student Struck in Crosswalk Dies, Vigil Set

Student Struck in Crosswalk Dies, Vigil Set

Art student Nina Fitzpatrick, 22, died Tuesday, April 8, at Mission Viejo’s Mission Hospital as a result of being struck by a car as she crossed Laguna Canyon Road last week, a school official confirmed today. Students and staff of Laguna College of Art and Design will honor her with a vigil from 8:30 to […]

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Services Set for Hobie Alter

Services Set for Hobie Alter

A memorial honoring the life of Hobie Alter is set for 4:30- 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at Laguna Beach’s Aliso Creek Inn. Trolley service will be provided to Aliso Creek Inn from Salt Creek Beach, stopping for passengers at designated trolley stops in-between, including Mission Hospital, says an announcement on the Hobie company […]

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Council on the Menu for Cafe Owner

Council on the Menu for Cafe Owner

Jon Madison, owner of Laguna Beach’s Madison Square and Garden Café and a longtime member of the city’s Heritage Committee, last week confirmed rumors of his candidacy by declaring his intention to run for City Council. Two other challengers so far are also vying for the three seats that will be up for grabs in […]

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Bandits Tie Up Laguna Couple in Home Invasion Robbery

Bandits Tie Up Laguna Couple in Home Invasion Robbery

A Laguna Beach couple asleep in their home were tied up and robbed in the 100 block of Acacia Drive by two men who broke into the house around midnight Saturday, April 5, police said. The couple, who were not physically assaulted, freed themselves after the bandits fled and ran outside to raise an alarm, […]

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Laguna's Mayor Will Not Seek Fourth Term

Laguna’s Mayor Will Not Seek Fourth Term

Mayor Elizabeth Pearson officially announced Friday, April 4, that she will not seek a fourth term on the Laguna Beach City Council in November, because of job demands. She is president and chief executive of the Pacific Chorale, which is the resident choir of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. She said that when she interviewed for […]