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Political Briefs

Political Briefs

Madison Loses Key Supporter Incumbent Kelly Boyd, after remaining steadfast in his support of Laguna Beach City Council candidate Jon Madison over the last month, reversed himself this week. “I waited patiently for his information to come in,” said Boyd, referring to the well-liked restaurant owner’s promise to produce university diplomas after his academic credentials […]

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There’s a New Trail Boss in Town

There’s a New Trail Boss in Town

By Donna Furey | LB Indy After moving to Newport Beach a year ago from Flagstaff, Arizona, Alan Kaufmann worked with Earthroots Field School, based in Trabuco Canyon, teaching children wilderness survival skills. Kaufmann is now working on wilderness survival of a different sort. Recently hired by the Laguna Canyon Foundation for the newly created […]

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Festival Façade Comes to Blows

Festival Façade Comes to Blows

Several arts leaders and Laguna Beach’s mayor took turns pulverizing a faux stone entry arch at the Festival of Arts this past Monday, Oct. 13, marking the start of a $3.5 million construction project on the city-owned land that since 1941 has been the permanent home to the city’s original art festival and Pageant of […]

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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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Hospital Halts Elective Surgery

Hospital Halts Elective Surgery

Out of an “abundance of caution,” the chief executive of Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach and Mission Viejo on Friday temporarily suspended elective surgeries at both campuses. Meanwhile, nurses at St. Joseph’s hospital in Orange, operated by the health system that also owns Mission Hospital, publicly called on hospital management to take immediate measures to ensure […]

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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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Still Tilting at Windmills, Chamberlain Earns the Praise of His Peers

Still Tilting at Windmills, Chamberlain Earns the Praise of His Peers

Artist, photographer, gallerist, socio-political activist, college professor and mentor are among the varied roles Laguna Beach resident Mark Chamberlain has filled over a span of four decades. And they inform why he’s this year’s recipient of the Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award as an “Artistic Visionary,” given by Arts Orange County on Wednesday, Sept. 22. […]

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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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New Festival Façade Wins Award

New Festival Façade Wins Award

The designer of the Festival of Arts’ new façade, Bauer architects of Newport Beach, has been presented an award of merit in the un-built category by the Orange County chapter of the American Institute of Architects. “There is no greater honor than peer recognition,” said Jay Bauer, founder of Bauer Architects. The award comes as […]

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Costa Mesa Defeats Laguna 48-0, Worst Orange Coast Loss

Costa Mesa Defeats Laguna 48-0, Worst Orange Coast Loss

Football (1-5) The Mustangs celebrated their homecoming last Friday, Oct. 10, on Jim Scott Field at Estancia High School with their first win of the season at the expense of the Breakers in a very one sided event, the worse on-field effort since the 1997 season. This contest was also the most lopsided loss for […]

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Candidates Endure More Scrutiny in Backlash of Scandal

Candidates Endure More Scrutiny in Backlash of Scandal

Political Briefs The recent disclosures of falsehoods in the biography of a candidate for City Council have eviscerated “the honor system” in Laguna Beach’s political culture, as one elected official put it, intensifying scrutiny of every candidate’s claims. Residents are quick to find flaws in statements from the seven candidates seeking election to Laguna Beach’s […]

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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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Defrocked Pastor Shares His Story

Defrocked Pastor Shares His Story

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist minister in Pennsylvania who was defrocked for refusing to renounce his support for same-sex marriage, will speak at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. Schaefer’s visit comes at a historic moment for the gay rights movement, a week after […]

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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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School Candidates Split Over State Standards

School Candidates Split Over State Standards

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy At the only official public forum prior to the Nov. 4 election, candidates running for the Laguna Beach Unified School District board voiced a wide spectrum of positions Wednesday at Top of the World Elementary. Out of four candidates for three vacancies, voters can choose from two candidates who […]