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Political Briefs

Political Briefs

Candidate Kicks Off School Board Campaign Carol Normandin described the reasons for her candidacy for one of the three open seats on the Laguna Beach school board to supporters this past Sunday, Sept. 14. Normandin, who ran an executive search business, spoke about her belief in public education and her eight years helping raise funds […]

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Eight Grader Embarks on a Haiti Mission

Eight Grader Embarks on a Haiti Mission

Sydney Mangus, a Thurston Middle School student, will travel to Cap Haitian, Haiti, on a nine-day medical mission trip with the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Irvine in January. While there, the eighth grader will be responsible for teaching basic first aid and distributing 25 first aid kits. She is hoping for community help with […]

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Laguna Adopts Another Sibling

Laguna Adopts Another Sibling

The Laguna Beach City Council officially adopted St. Ives, England, as a sister city, joining current siblings in Menton, France, and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. An official recognition ceremony took place earlier this month with Mayor Elizabeth Pearson signing a proclamation, which her counterpart, Linda Taylor, will sign in St. Ives. The economy of […]

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Library Spotlights a Favorite Son

Library Spotlights a Favorite Son

The Newport Beach Arts Commission honors California scene painter Rex Brandt on Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., which hosts an exhibition of the local resident’s work and a 2 p.m. program and reception. Exhibition curator Gordon McClelland will host the program and a friend will provide information about the work […]

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Concert’s Grace Notes Aim for Inner Peace

Concert’s Grace Notes Aim for Inner Peace

The Healing Touch Ministry of the Neighborhood Congregational Church invites the public to a complimentary 7 p.m. performance of music, dance and meditation by the One Heart, One World music ensemble Saturday, Sept. 27. The concert’s movement and instrumentation is intended to elicit states of peace, balance and inner harmony. Members of the ensemble will be […]

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Each Candidate Deserves Equal Scrutiny

Each Candidate Deserves Equal Scrutiny

Editor, The eruption of outrage regarding Laguna Beach City Council candidate Jon Madison’s questionable educational and career history was like watching the flag come down at the Indy 500: Let the dishing dirt phase of the 2014 Election Games begin! I was informed this week that several public officials thought that I was the “mastermind,” […]

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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 […]

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Scientists at Odds Over Sea Star Die-Off

Scientists at Odds Over Sea Star Die-Off

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Scientists are at odds and still at a loss in their attempts to pinpoint the culprit behind the massive die-off of sea stars along the California coast this last year. Water pollution is surfacing as a suspected cause, they say, while research continues. Meanwhile, local ocean observers are sighting […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Old Pilots and Bold Pilots Apple (AAPL-$100) kicked off the fall stock season with a trio of new products. Its new iPhone expands the screen and the iWatch shrinks it. Apple will sell millions of these to people who didn’t know that they really wanted them until this week. The iPay system is less dramatic […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

Lessons in Kindness Cultivating kindness is a goal of Anaheim’s Mayor Tom Tait. We may not think of this urbanized town in that light, but as a way of improving their community from the inside out, the city embraced his initiative to promote kindness and encourage volunteers to share their time and talent as a […]