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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 […]

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Contested Tract Dedicated for Public Use

Contested Tract Dedicated for Public Use

The staff of the California Coastal Commission will recommend two orders at a Dec. 16 hearing, which, if approved, would result in the addition of 75 acres of open space for public use and potentially end years of enmity between would-be developers and opposing neighbors and environmentalists. Bordered by the Laguna Terrace Mobile Home Park […]

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Artist-Developer Creating New Paradigm

Artist-Developer Creating New Paradigm

To encourage the development of the city’s first live-work complex for artists, the city council got creative; voting unanimously last week, the council decided to absorb half the fees on the project and postpone payment of the other half until building permits are issued. “I hope we’ve found a way to make artists’ live-work actually […]

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Final Round of Hearings Set on Marine Reserve

Final Round of Hearings Set on Marine Reserve

The state Department of Fish and Game Commission meets Wednesday, Oct. 20, in San Diego for the second to last public hearing before deciding whether most of Laguna Beach’s coastline will be declared a protected marine reserve. Such a designation would ban fishing in a town known historically for shore anglers, spear fishermen and lobster […]