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Nokes Leads the Chamber’s 97th Year

Nokes Leads the Chamber’s 97th Year

The Chamber of Commerce’s new president, Larry Nokes, was sworn in and the organization’s Spirit winners announced during a presentation on Jan. 31. The chamber’s other officers and board members include president-elect Gregg Abel, as well as Debbie MacDonald, Aaron Talarico, Todd Orlich, Michael Kinsman, Chris Keller, Julie Cimpko, Michael Beack, Ken Fishbeck and Kate […]

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Pet Peeves: Tantalizing Tuesdays

Pet Peeves: Tantalizing Tuesdays

Laguna Beach is a gastronomical delight.  But then, gastronomical is a word that doesn’t go down right.  You could choke on any one of those five syllables.  Let’s say instead, Laguna Beach has good places to eat.  Much yummy-er.  Put away the tums.  Laguna Beach is a tummy ache free belt. Locals love their restaurants […]

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Laguna’s Mayor Battles Bone Cancer

Laguna’s Mayor Battles Bone Cancer

Mayor Kelly Boyd stunned the City Council audience by announcing that he is battling multiple myeloma, a form of bone cancer. “Fortunately, it’s at stage two, and I have no intention of stepping down from this dais,” he said, as a compassionate audience rose in a standing ovation this past Tuesday. Boyd, re-elected to a […]

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Who Shapes Laguna’s Contours?

Who Shapes Laguna’s Contours?

Who do you know that pulls the strings in Laguna Beach? Last year, Laguna Beach Magazine profiled 25 of the city’s most influential people. The editors aim to replicate that feat, sharing with readers profiles of a new set of kingmakers, trendsetters and tastemakers in an upcoming edition. Some of you griped about the previous […]

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Ex-Building Industry Exec Takes Helm at Chamber of Commerce

Ex-Building Industry Exec Takes Helm at Chamber of Commerce

Kristine Thalman was named interim executive director of the 200-member Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, president Chris Keller announced this week.   Thalman, a former executive of the Building Industry Association’s Orange County chapter, replaces Rose Hancock, who recently resigned to start her own events management company.   Thalman previously worked in government affairs for […]

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Embracing Competition

Embracing Competition

Editor,   How refreshing to read the comments of Chris Keller, president of the City’s Chamber of Commerce, in which he welcomed the new high profile restaurant called Katsuya (“New Hot Spots Burnish Laguna’s Dining Reputation,” July 8).   Unlike the recent controversy between the owners of Tuvalu and another home furnishings store wishing to […]