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Incumbent is Unencumbered by Job Responsibilities

Editor, The real story as to why Elizabeth Pearson isn’t running for City Council this election year has nothing to do with dignity, or being a class act as Howard Hills says in his letter to the editor (Aug. 5) but has everything to do with a condition of her employment with the...

Sending Off ‘Lord’ Mayor Kelly Boyd

  “He’s really a man of the people,” said master of ceremonies Bree Burgess Rosen, addressing well-wishers at the Woman’s Club on Friday for a friendly roast of City Council member Kelly Boyd, Laguna Beach’s previous mayor who passed on those...

Village Entrance Project, RIP

Editor, Mayor Elizabeth Pearson, Mayor Pro Tem Bob Whalen and Councilman Steve Dicterow have every reason to be proud as we enter 2014. They saw the expensive “black hole” environmental gauntlet the former village entrance project would be required to run. They read, heard and...

Will Farmers Market Be Displaced?

Editor, If council person Elizabeth Pearson gets to build her high-rise car-lot and if you use and treasure our farmers market please consider contacting our city council about what their plans are for the farmers market. Michael Hoag, Laguna Beach    

Debt Restricts Fixing Other Needs

Editor, So, here we are back to 1995 with our village entrance project. Thirteen years ago we were looking at a project of $10 to $20 million. Today it is pegged by Elizabeth Pearson at $35.3 million and this appears to be a “guestimate” until the project is put out...

Pearson Finds Her Muse at Pacific Chorale

After a year as Laguna Playhouse’s development director, Elizabeth Pearson, will step down April 30 to take the helm of the Pacific Chorale, one of the top choruses in the nation and the resident choir for the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the...

Can Big Buses Enter?

Editor,   Re: moving the bus terminal to village entrance. Elizabeth Pearson sent an email saying the bus terminal will stay where it’s at and will not be relocated to village entrance. Toni Iseman sent an email saying she is no longer in favor of moving it because big buses...

Playhouse Receives Donation for Auction

The Laguna Playhouse will set for auction a donated still life oil painting by Virginia Woolley, by one of the founders of Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts, who was resided and painted in town from 1923 to 1971. The 20” x 16” piece, entitled “Fruit Still Life” is to be auctioned...

A Crowd Joins Gala’s Ride

Nearly 300 supporters of The Laguna Playhouse enjoyed a surf-themed gala earlier this month at Dana Point’s Laguna Cliffs Marriott. Proceeds of the event will help to sustain the operations of the 91-year-old theater, the oldest in continuing operations west of the Mississippi....

Playhouse Opens Call For Partners

Board members, friends and staff of The Laguna Playhouse are inviting companies and individuals to partner and join in on the fun at a surfing-themed Gala, “California Dreamin’” to be held Friday, Nov. 16 at the Dana Point Marriott Resort & Spa.  The net proceeds of the event...

Pearson Recognizes Inaugural CERT Graduates

Photo courtesy of Steve Dotoratos   The first 31-member class of Community Emergency Response Team graduates was recognized Tuesday by Councilmember Elizabeth Pearson, right, with class member Sue Kempf. David Sanford of Doctor’s Ambulance pledged $2,500 towards future CERT...

Kudos to Elizabeth Pearson

Editor,   Kudos to Elizabeth Pearson for standing up to bullies like Richard Picheney and his ilk who have cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars that could have been used for important projects like the sewer system instead of old shacks that were nothing but...

Kudos on Story

Editor:   Thank you for the well-written story by Daniella Walsh regarding my new relationship with the Laguna Playhouse in last week’s edition of your paper (“Pearson Ascends a New Stage,” Feb. 10).   She did a great writing job and got every quote right.  We are...

Pearson Ascends a New Stage

Elizabeth Pearson, a longtime resident and former foundation executive, was hired as development director of the Laguna Playhouse, it was announced this week. As a former mayor and current City Council member, Pearson has become one of the city’s most effective and influential...
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