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Soroptimist’s Surprise a Santa Ana Mother

Soroptimist’s Surprise a Santa Ana Mother

Teresa Rodriguez of Santa Ana broke into tears upon hearing that she had won the Women’s Opportunity Award from Laguna Beach’s Soroptimist’s chapter. The single mother of a 5-year-old son is struggling to build a life for her son and herself. She is in second year working part time for the Extended Opportunity Programs and […]

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Closing Shop to Assist Mom

Closing Shop to Assist Mom

Editor, To my dear clients and friends who have given me so much joy here in Laguna Beach: thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support of me and my business over the years. I wanted to let you all know that my trajectory has changed for now, due to a downturn […]

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A Call for Change

A Call for Change

Editor, I have not paid as much attention to local politics as I should have until recently when I became familiar with the proposed Social Host Ordinance. Whatever your opinion on whether a “SHO” is right for our community, we should all be greatly concerned about the process in which it has been brought to […]

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Questioning Motives of Local Democrats

Questioning Motives of Local Democrats

Editor, We have heard for years that in Laguna Beach one person can create havoc. Is it true that Audrey Prosser, a member of the local Democrats, does not like Mayor Jane Egly and caused the group to refuse endorsing her for election? Is it true that county Democrats never contacted Bob Whalen, a long-time […]

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Giving Hikers Their Due

Giving Hikers Their Due

Editor, Thank you for including information about the dangerous section of trail connecting the fire trail from Top of the World neighborhood to Arch Beach Heights and council plans to review the situation (“Looking for Safer Footfalls,” Aug. 24). Having lived in both neighborhoods during my four years as a Laguna Beach resident, I can […]

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Contention Absent from Today’s Hearings

Contention Absent from Today’s Hearings

By Robin Zur Schmiede Recently, Laguna Beach locals have been reminiscing in print about infamous Design Review Board experiences. Residents and visitors alike might wonder if these stories are the norm for a Design Review decision today. They are not. In the past few years, the Design Review process has greatly improved as a result […]

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Woman Arraigned in Collision Death

Woman Arraigned in Collision Death

Leslie Juarez, 27, of Laguna Beach, was arraigned Tuesday in the death of a motorcyclist and injury of another motorist, the district attorney’s office announced. A preliminary hearing was set for Aug. 2. Juarez is charged with vehicular manslaughter, causing great bodily injury, and driving with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit […]

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Burglary Victim Gives Chase

Burglary Victim Gives Chase

Still angry about a recent car break-in at his Top of the World home, web marketing entrepreneur Michael Beresford was not about to be victimized a second time. Leaving NetScope Inc.’s Coast Highway office about 6:30 p.m. for an underground parking structure, Beresford last month came upon a flashlight’s shaft illuminating the cabin of his […]

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Identity Thief Leads the High Life

Identity Thief Leads the High Life

A 36-year-old man apparently living the high life, hopscotching for months between Laguna Beach and Costa Mesa resort hotels by using purloined credit card information, was arrested last week by Laguna Beach police. On Monday, April 16, Harold Eric Larson, 36, of Orange, entered not guilty pleas in Newport Beach’s Harbor Court to 20 felony […]

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Schools Offer a Lure to Retire Early

Schools Offer a Lure to Retire Early

The school district is offering early retirement incentives to teachers and staff to reduce personnel costs due to budget constraints and state funding cutbacks. And some departing employees may not be replaced, district officials said Tuesday. Whether or not the district goes through with the golden handshake, which would credit employees with two extra years […]

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Checking In

Checking In

Whose House, Anyway?   Design Review has always been contentious, and how could it not be?  A property owner wants to alter their home to their unique tastes or physical needs only to find that that they are pitted against neighbors and a panel of city selected officials.   The recent bickering over whether a […]

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Checking In

Checking In

Whose House, Anyway?   Design Review has always been contentious, and how could it not be?  A property owner wants to alter their home to their unique tastes or physical needs only to find that that they are pitted against neighbors and a panel of city selected officials.   The recent bickering over whether a […]

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Firefighters Halt Blaze in Condo Complex

Firefighters Halt Blaze in Condo Complex

An apparently accidental fire in the kitchen of an Ocean Vista Drive condo caused $500,000 in damage before being contained by Laguna Beach firefighters Thursday, March 15, around 7:30 p.m. Firefighters encountered a significant blaze in the upper story of the three-level, 34-unit unit complex that overlooks Aliso Beach. They went into action by making […]

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Church's Followers Beget an Unholy Mess

Church’s Followers Beget an Unholy Mess

An Orange County probate court was asked this week to settle conflicting claims over control of Laguna Beach’s most unusual church, St. Francis by the Sea, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Ownership of the diminutive structure 17-feet wide by 16-feet long is at the heart of a dispute between disillusioned congregants and […]

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Wisdom Workout

Wisdom Workout

The Importance of Doing Nothing   As this new year  comes out of the gate, my personal consulting work is bringing me aspects of life that can’t be fixed or figured out with a quick solution or a fast answer. Often, all that is appropriate is to just show up. Be there. Listen. First, hearing […]