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Updated: Document Raises New Questions About Candidate’s Claims

Updated: Document Raises New Questions About Candidate’s Claims

Embattled Laguna Beach City Council candidate Jon Madison, whose academic and professional claims could not be independently verified earlier this month, on Monday said he has obtained one of two college transcripts that demonstrate the veracity of his resume. Even so, the authenticity of the document Madison produced only raised more skepticism. The Cornell University […]

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Candidate Vows to Keep Education Creative Not Common

Candidate Vows to Keep Education Creative Not Common

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Annette Gibson gets fiery when she talks about changes in education policy, a subject she thinks is slipping into classrooms without close scrutiny. Gibson, 47, a first-time candidate for the Laguna Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education, passionately opposes any dictums from the state or federal government about […]

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Surviving the Eye of the Storm

Surviving the Eye of the Storm

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Friends call Eric Parizek “Lucky Boy.” Now, after surviving the ferocity of Hurricane Odile while visiting in San Jose del Cabo last week, the 42-year-old Laguna Beach resident concedes the term of endearment suits him. “It was the first time in my life I thought I was going to […]

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Divers May Snag a Research Grant

Divers May Snag a Research Grant

By Donna Furey | LB Indy Local Amber Jackson and her scuba diving partner Emily Callahan are finalists in Expedition Granted, National Geographic’s search to find the next generation of explorers. One of the ten finalists will win $50,000 to fund their dream expedition, the magazine announced last week. Jackson, a UC Berkeley graduate, met […]

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Police Capture Memories for Perpetuity

Police Capture Memories for Perpetuity

      About 200 residents joined most of Laguna Beach’s 84-person police department this past Sunday at the dedication of “Eternal Legacy,” a sculpture installation in memory of two police officers who died in the line of duty 60 years apart. Constructed of glass and brass, materials both fragile and strong, the work is […]

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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 […]