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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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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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Candidate Denies Fabricating His Resume

Candidate Denies Fabricating His Resume

“I am who I am. I am an honest man. I’m not trying to deceive anybody. I’m just here to work tirelessly to get this city moving again,” said restaurateur Jon Madison, a City Council candidate responding to a newspaper article questioning the details of his resume. Since the story was published Sunday, Sept. 7, […]

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Drop in Cell Service Panics Officials

Drop in Cell Service Panics Officials

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Alarmed by what seemed to be an abrupt disruption of cell phone service to AT&T customers in downtown Laguna Beach last Friday, Aug. 29, city officials returned to work after the three-day weekend poised to act. In their haste to remedy what seemed an urgent problem, they apparently misinterpreted […]

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Village Entry Plan Moves Ahead

Village Entry Plan Moves Ahead

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy The City Council signed off Tuesday on saving a historic sewer digester tower in a City Hall Parking lot, which sits on the proposed village entrance site. They also approved the estimated $300,000 makeover of the structure’s exterior, but redirected $1 million budgeted for its interior renovation to instead […]

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Kashkari to Open Local GOP HQ

Kashkari to Open Local GOP HQ

Republican candidate for governor and local resident Neel Kashkari will attend the inauguration of the new Laguna Beach Republicans’ Voter Information Center headquarters, Saturday, Sept. 13, local GOP leaders announced. Congressional Rep. Dana Rohrabacher will cut a ceremonial ribbon at a rally. He will be joined by Kashkari and local politicians for a 2 p.m. […]

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Inquiry of Officer’s Death Resolves Without Charges

Inquiry of Officer’s Death Resolves Without Charges

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy An investigation of the traffic death of Laguna Beach motor Officer Jon Coutchie last year concludes that a motorist was primarily at fault in the collision, but says Coutchie’s speed 30 m.p.h. over the posted limit was a contributing factor, according to findings in the report released Thursday. After […]

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 Trail Upgrades OK’d for Top of the World

Trail Upgrades OK’d for Top of the World

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy The steep and winding dirt footpath that joins a paved fire road between the two hilltop communities of Top of the World and Arch Beach Heights may soon be easier to maneuver for school children, moms with babies in strollers, dog-walkers, hikers, bicyclists and skateboarders. The trailhead at Top […]

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Sawdust Wraps Up With Festivities Aplenty

Sawdust Wraps Up With Festivities Aplenty

Join more than 200 Laguna Beach artists for entertainment and art activities leading up to the closing of the 48th Sawdust Art Festival. Visitors can paint, draw, make leather bracelets and create mosaics. Entertainment includes rock, bluegrass and reggae music along with magic and balloon artistry. On closing day, Sunday, Aug. 31, the final raffle […]