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New Tech Chief Hired

New Tech Chief Hired

Also Schoolpower fundraising earns ‘A’ grades Drawing from applicants nationwide who went through several rounds of interviews before a district-wide panel, school board members unanimously approved hiring a new technology director Tuesday who is currently employed at Saddleback Valley Unified School District. Michael Morrison, a technology specialist at the south country district since 1996 and […]

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New Group Plays Classic Tunes

New Group Plays Classic Tunes

By Roberta Carasso, Special to the Independent A new musical organization tuning up in Orange County will hold its second concert in its inaugural season next month in one of the county’s newest performing spaces. Laguna Beach resident Ronald Harris, continuing in his 12th year as one of the original members of Laguna Music Festival […]

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Lamb Wheels Into Volvo’s Spotlight

Lamb Wheels Into Volvo’s Spotlight

Swedish automaker Volvo, the corporate sponsor of the recently concluded LA Art Show 2014, invited Laguna Beach photographer Tom Lamb to be the signature exhibitor. Though his acclaimed aerial photographs with an environmental focus certainly got their attention, but his ownership of a vintage 1962 Volvo-Jensen PI 800 Coupé sealed the deal. Lamb’s meticulously maintained […]

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Dentist Puts Down His Own Roots

Dentist Puts Down His Own Roots

By Donna Furey, Special to the Independent A year ago as Dr. Alex Kalmanovich walked about downtown Laguna Beach, as he does with his wife Polina and their baby daughter most weekends, he received a phone call. A local dental practice was for sale. In the market for his first practice, he’d already kicked the […]

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Stray Cat to Rock the Concert Band

Stray Cat to Rock the Concert Band

He strutted into rockabilly fans’ consciousness with hit singles in the ‘80s as a bassist for the Stray Cats and now Lee Rocker will rock his hometown as a guest artist with the Laguna Concert Band. The band’s musical director, Ed Peterson, anticipates a full house at the Laguna Playhouse on Feb. 22 and 23, […]

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 Fine Art Painter Featured at Artist Eye Gallery

Fine Art Painter Featured at Artist Eye Gallery

Artist Eye Laguna Gallery will feature fine art paintings by San Clemente artist Edward G. Beyer from Jan. 1-31. Beyer will be on hand, along with the 17 other gallery artists, during First Thursdays Art Walk, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2. In addition, the gallery, 1294-A S. Coast Highway, will host […]

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Updated: Dragna Found Guilty in Nicholson Murder

Updated: Dragna Found Guilty in Nicholson Murder

After deliberating less than six hours, a jury found Matthew Dragna of Lake Forest guilty of the 2009 bludgeoning death of Laguna Beach’s Damon Nicholson. The jury’s verdict was announced in the Santa Ana’s Central Justice Center late Friday afternoon. Earlier in the week, the opposing attorneys conveyed dramatically divergent portraits of the accused. Prosecutor […]

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A Gift That Keeps Giving

A Gift That Keeps Giving

Santa Claus temporarily took up residence at the corner of Forest Avenue and Glenneyre Street in a tiny abode known as Santa’s Hut. Frequented this time of year by wide-eyed kids and cheerful adults, the festive street corner also serves as a rendezvous spot for families selected for the annual Adopt a Family drive and […]

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Familiar Face Leads Local GOP

Familiar Face Leads Local GOP

About 50 members of the Laguna Beach Republicans elected longtime resident Howard Hills as its incoming president at a meeting on Saturday, Dec. 14. Wasting no time, Hills and the local GOP group jumped into a political battle at the county Board of Supervisors this past week, contributing to the defeat of a proposal for […]

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Trial in Nicholson's Murder Underway

Trial in Nicholson’s Murder Underway

The defense attorney for a Lake Forest man accused in the bludgeoning-murder of Laguna Beach resident Damon Nicholson told a Superior Court jury that an accomplice was responsible for the deadly attack during his opening statement on Wednesday. Matthew Thomas Dragna, 23, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder committed during the […]

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Emerald Bay Gate Improvements Get Green Light

Emerald Bay Gate Improvements Get Green Light

In a matter that has proved extraordinarily divisive to Emerald Bay residents since 2011, Laguna Beach’s City Council voted 3-1 on Tuesday to approve proposed road improvements at the gated community’s main entry, which do not include a controversial traffic signal as originally envisioned. The Council approved specific design review and coastal development permits for […]

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Mold Be Gone, ‘Lagunatics’ Back On

Mold Be Gone, ‘Lagunatics’ Back On

After three months of self-imposed restraint, “Lagunatics” will let loose their skewed sense of ethnocentric humor on the local stage once again. The 29 volunteer cast members of the annual spoof on la vida de la Laguna were sequestered from using the stage at the Forum Theater on the Festival of Arts’ grounds since October […]

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Jailed Suspect Faces Trial in ’09 Murder

Jailed Suspect Faces Trial in ’09 Murder

Opening statements are expected Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the trial of a Lake Forest man suspected in the bludgeoning-murder of a Laguna Beach resident in 2009, the district attorney’s office announced Tuesday. Matthew Thomas Dragna, 23, charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder during the commission of a robbery, faces a maximum sentence […]

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Touring Laguna’s Underground

Touring Laguna’s Underground

Getting past complaints over a five-year, $100 million project to widen a sewer tunnel and lay new pipeline in Laguna Beach’s coastal bluffs has been a major public relations hurdle for the South Coast Water District, which serves South Laguna and other cities. When the water district opened its tunnel doors at Aliso Beach and […]

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Misgivings Surface Over Opening Up Views

Misgivings Surface Over Opening Up Views

  Chris Toy, a member of a committee appointed nearly a year ago to devise a new view ordinance for Laguna Beach, expressed profound disapproval of the latest draft during a public meeting this past Tuesday, Dec. 3. With new stipulations, the current draft reads like a contract put together by city staff and attorneys, […]