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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 […]

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Murder Suspects Move Closer to Trial

Murder Suspects Move Closer to Trial

Four days after the second anniversary of Damon Nicholson’s bludgeoning death, a judge ordered two Lake Forest men bound over for trial to face a special circumstances murder charge during a preliminary hearing last Thursday in Harbort Court. “I do feel we made a step forward,” said Debbie Ambrose, of Tucson, Ariz., one of Nicholson’s […]

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‘Quiet Zone’ Challenger Wins in Hearing

‘Quiet Zone’ Challenger Wins in Hearing

Editor,   I read your Sept. 8 article (“Quiet Zone Proves a Ticket Trap”) about the ticket zone where you stated that 48 of the 314 tickets handed out over a two month period were contested, one being dismissed. Happily I am the one, however at great expense. Calculating my time at $5 per hour, […]

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Flood Insurance Unnecessary in Laguna's Canyon Acres

Flood Insurance Unnecessary in Laguna’s Canyon Acres

Unlike nearly every other Laguna Beach neighborhood, 37 Canyon Acres residents were recently informed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that they needed to purchase floodplain insurance, which can cost up to $600 a year.  City officials, though, say the federal agency is mistaken and no one will need to pay. According to city officials, […]

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Inside Job

Inside Job

Editor,   The last-minute “overbid” by Mission Hospital on the Domanskis property has the rotten odor of an inside job. How does a “done deal” so quickly become an “undone deal”?  Yes, the hospital needed details which Domanskis was only too happy to supply. His modus operandi as a soulless maximizer is well known. But […]