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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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Political Briefs

Political Briefs

Will Candidates Take Off Their Gloves to Debate? The public is invited to witness the first debate among the seven candidates running for Laguna Beach City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Allan Simon, chairman of Firebrand Media and the Indy’s owner, will lead the 6 p.m. event planned for City Hall’s Council Chambers. Simon has […]

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Former Executive Indicted for Insider Trading

Former Executive Indicted for Insider Trading

A federal grand jury indicted the former chief executive officer of an Orange County medical device company on insider trading charges Wednesday, Sept. 24, the Department of Justice announced. James V. Mazzo, 57, of Laguna Beach, the chief executive officer of Santa Ana-based Advanced Medical Optics, Inc., was added to an indictment that had previously […]

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Limelight Shines on Magician of Color and Light

Limelight Shines on Magician of Color and Light

The Laguna Art Museum presents its third California Art Award to Light and Space artist Peter Alexander on Saturday, Sept. 27, at a reception. Art scholar Ruth Westphal received the first award two years ago, with painter Wayne Thiebaud following last year. The award had been designed to recognize Southern California individuals who have made […]

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Police Arrest Man Suspected of Mortgage Fraud

Police Arrest Man Suspected of Mortgage Fraud

After a two-year investigation, police investigators arrested a 51-year-old Pasadena man Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Los Angeles, now accused of a $400,000 mortgage fraud involving a Laguna Beach home. Police allege Paul Clark siphoned $400,000 in cash from Chase bank in 2012 by obtaining a new mortgage on a home in the 3000 block of […]

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Bikeways on Trial in Widower’s Suit

Bikeways on Trial in Widower’s Suit

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy For his own safety, former Olympic cyclist and bike shop owner Paul Deem would rather cycle through the stop-and-go traffic of downtown Los Angeles than the wide-open roadways of Orange County, where motorists expect to accelerate to highway speeds on four and six-lane parkways. “Bicyclists are in the way,” […]

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What Next for Mozambique?

What Next for Mozambique?

By Randy Kraft, Special to the Independent Mozambique’s restaurant main floor dining area, voluntarily closed last year in lieu of opening rooftop dining, will not reopen anytime soon. The Planning Commission last week unanimously denied such a proposal by Zambique Properties, LLC. Architect Marshall Innins devised an elaborate plan to satisfy the city’s parking requirements […]

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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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133, More than A Winding Road

133, More than A Winding Road

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Imagine gathering together eight of your favorite local musicians, each with big talent and often a big personality (some strong and brooding, some strong and loud), most of whom you’ve known a good part of your life, and creating a new band? First, you’ve got to have some bucks […]

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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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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 […]

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Owners Close Big Fish, Hire Hotel Managers

Owners Close Big Fish, Hire Hotel Managers

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy The House of Big Fish and Ice Cold Beer restaurant in Laguna Beach will close next month, part of a reorganization by Casa Resorts Inc., which also operates other hospitality properties in Laguna Beach and Anaheim. Closing the restaurant and hiring a hotel management company will allow the owners […]

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Drought Shuts Water Recovery Plant

Drought Shuts Water Recovery Plant

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy South Coast Water District shut down its groundwater recovery plant in Dana Point Monday because there’s little to no water coming from the source, the San Juan Groundwater Basin, district officials announced Tuesday. The Dana Point facility produced 15 percent of the district’s drinkable water, or 400 million gallons […]

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Church Without Walls Looks Outward

Church Without Walls Looks Outward

By Donna Furey | LB Indy A non-traditional breakfast club held their first meeting this month at Zinc Café on Ocean Avenue. All are members of the two-year old Salt Church of Laguna Beach, who are led in bible study by a veteran pastor, Gene Molway. The group relocated from The White House restaurant, which […]

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Public Envisions Ideal Police Chief

Public Envisions Ideal Police Chief

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Integrity, the ability to interact compassionately with the community and an understanding of the uniqueness of Laguna Beach are among the top qualities residents hope their new police chief will possess. These and other preferences surfaced at a forum held this past Tuesday, Sept. 9, to gauge public opinion […]