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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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Monks Return for Tibetan Art Tour

Monks Return for Tibetan Art Tour

Tri-chord chanting will begin and end each day of the Sacred Tibetan Arts tour by Drepung Gomang Monks of southern India, who are returning to Neighborhood Congregational Church in Laguna Beach beginning next week. At 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, the visit begins with an opening ceremony and the drawing of the wisdom mandala, which […]

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Costume Parade Coming to Forest Avenue

Costume Parade Coming to Forest Avenue

The Laguna Beach Parents Club’s annual Halloween Walk steps off at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, beginning on Main Beach. The community is invited to watch the costumed children and often equally outrageously outfitted parents as they parade down Forest Avenue gathering candy and trinkets from local merchants. The parade ends at the Laguna Beach […]

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Personnel File

Personnel File

A New Manager Sets Music Festival’s Tone With the annual Laguna Beach Music Festival set for early next year, a new festival director, Laura Ricker, was recently appointed to take the reins. Ricker worked for nine years with Western Arts Alliance, a membership association based in Portland, Ore., of touring and performing arts professionals. She […]

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Mary L. Farrar

Mary L. Farrar

Dec. 22, 1925-Oct . 5, 2014 Mary L. Farrar, affectionately known as MiMi, passed away peacefully with family by her side Oct. 5, 2014. She was born on Dec. 22, 1925, to Luis John and Maria Lawrence Santos in Tulare, Calif. She was raised on the family farm west of Tulare. For many years, she […]

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Hotel Hit by Two Break-ins

Hotel Hit by Two Break-ins

Laguna Beach police surrounded a hotel in the pre-dawn Saturday, Oct. 11, to search for a suspected cat burglar after one guest reported a break in and another guest reported bashing a burglar trying to make entry in the 600 block of Coast Highway. A thief stole a purse and its contents valued at $444 […]

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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 […]