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Personnel File

Personnel File

Firefights Move Up the Ladder Firefighters Brian Adams, Forrestt Lazicki and James Lin, who joined the department last month, were introduced to the community during a badge pinning ceremony this week. Seven other members of the department received promotions. They included Kurt Bladergroen, Danny Kalscheuer and Bryan Sarjeant, moved up to fire engineer; Brent Buccola, […]

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Public Invited to Village Entrance Discussion

Public Invited to Village Entrance Discussion

Laguna Beach will hold a community workshop to discuss the village entrance project on Wednesday, July 16, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. City staff will present an overview of the updated project concept; seek public feedback on specific elements and features, such as the historic sewer digester, carports and […]

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Big Sunday is a Big Success

Big Sunday is a Big Success

Big Sunday, a national weekend of community service sponsored by the Laguna Beach Interfaith Council, netted 2,500 lbs. of donated food items and $1,000 in donations for the Laguna Food Pantry. “The Interfaith Council’s mission is to assist our community’s less fortunate, and pantry donations were a direct way to help. We are grateful to […]

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Richard Balzer

Richard Balzer

Richard Havlin Balzer passed away on June 12, 2014, in Springfield, Ore., from a bad heart valve. He was born Aug. 25, 1945 in Los Angeles to Carl and Elsa Balzer. Balzer is survived by his son Vaughn Balzer; his grandson Calvin Balzer; his brother Rick Balzer and his niece Shannon Balzer Palmer. Richard, or […]

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Hams Tune in For Emergencies

Hams Tune in For Emergencies

Hams Tune in For Emergencies Laguna Beach’s licensed amateur radio operators (known as hams) intend to participate in Field Day Saturday, June 28, the oldest emergency preparedness exercise in the United States and Canada.  Now, as they have for the past 16 years, the Laguna Beach Emergency Communications Team will operate off the grid using […]

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Personnel File

Personnel File

Visit Laguna Beach Hires From Within Visit Laguna Beach’s eight-year marketing director Ashley Johnson was promoted to succeed Judith Bijlani, the president and chief executive who announced her resignation earlier this year. Johnson’s new title of director of brand marketing and communications allows her to continue to lead destination marketing efforts and oversee day-to-day operations, […]

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Beauty Wins Out

Beauty Wins Out

Keeping Time For the 46th year, the Laguna Beach Beautification Council used its love of beauty to honor outstanding examples in town of creative outdoor beauty. Award criteria included “curbside appeal” in keeping with Laguna’s culture. Commercial businesses, city commissioned art projects and homes were honored with certificates of merit and a presentation during an […]

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 Major Laguna Sculptor Dies

Major Laguna Sculptor Dies

By Bolton Colburn, Special to the Independent Long-time Laguna Beach resident and ceramic sculptor Jerry Rothman died Thursday, June 5, of a heart attack at a hospital near his sculpture park and home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. During the last few years of his life Rothman was unable to work due to the […]

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Georgette Robertson

Georgette Robertson

July 28, 1924-May 28, 2014 A great lady, mother, grandmother and dear friend, Georgette La Roque Robertson entered her heavenly home at age 89. She was born in San Angelo, Tex., to Annis and Forest Shakelford. After her father’s early death, her mother married a wonderful man, Robert La Roque, who adopted Georgette. Growing up […]

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Parents’ Club Welcomes New Members

Parents’ Club Welcomes New Members

The Laguna Beach Parents’ Club invites all interested families to join them for a Family Friday in the Park with refreshments and activities from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, June 27, at Bluebird Park. Bring a picnic, a blanket and mingle with new and current member families and learn about the organization’s year-round activities for parents and families. Most of the […]

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 Soul Project Opens a First Storefront

Soul Project Opens a First Storefront

Local Laguna Beach apparel brand The Soul Project opens its flagship retail location Saturday, June 21, at 1516 S. Coast Highway, and co-founder Summer Meek and her team plan a daylong celebration. The store, a 900 square foot cottage and garden, will feature the full Soul Project line of women’s, men’s and kid’s apparel and […]

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Master Gardener Shares His Knowledge

Master Gardener Shares His Knowledge

  What do master gardeners do? What are the benefits of square foot gardening? Mark Fierle, master gardener and certified square foot gardening teacher, will answer these questions and more at a 9 a.m. get- acquainted meeting between Transition Laguna members and gardeners in the South Laguna Community Garden, Saturday, June 21, at Eagle Rock […]

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Village Entrance Workshop

Village Entrance Workshop

The public is invited participate in a workshop to be held July 16 at 6 p.m. in Council chambers, 505 Forest Ave. The will be an overview of the updated Village Entrance project and an opportunity to provide feedback on specific elements and features, such as the fate of the historic sewer digester, carports and […]

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Environmental Committee Seats Open

Environmental Committee Seats Open

The Laguna Beach City Council is accepting applications to fill three openings on the city’s Environmental Sustainability Committee. The seven-member advisory body researches, reviews and advises the city council on items related to protecting the environment and improving the community’s future sustainability. Regular meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 […]

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Video Surveillance on Alta Laguna Drive

Video Surveillance on Alta Laguna Drive

The Fire Department will install a new camera at the north end of Alta Laguna Drive to help law enforcement officials document and investigate criminal activity in the area, such as smoking, use of open fires, or access to the wilderness park outside normal hours of operation. The camera, will eventually provide real-time images to police […]