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Drug Panel Leaves Strong Impact

With an overflow crowd in the high school’s 444-seat Artists’ Theatre, eight panelists presented some hard facts about using drugs, even once. The presentation on Monday was designed to persuade teens to reject opportunities to experiment with drugs, even prescription drugs, and...

Teens in for a Shock from Drug Panel

Drug use, especially cheap heroin, is on the rise, and the results aren’t pretty, says an Orange County Superior Court judge, who’s overwhelmed by felony drug cases. “I have to tell you, I’m not a drug counselor. I’m a judge. And yet I feel my days are consumed,...

City Candidate Sets Up a Big Tent

  About 100 people attended an $85 per person fundraiser for Robert Zur Schmiede this past Sunday, kicking off his campaign for Laguna Beach’s City Council. The candidate, the current appointed chair of the city’s Planning Commission, outlined his top priorities, which...

Hospital Makes Good on Rx for Longevity

Making good on growth plans outlined in 2011, Mission Hospital Laguna Beach will begin a $15 million seismic retrofitting project next week to bring its patient building up to state-mandated quake standards. Michael Beck, vice president of operations at the Laguna campus,...

Ira Silverstein

Dr. Ira Silverstein, 74, of Laguna Beach, passed away on Oct. 9 after an accident while traveling overseas. He grew up in New Jersey where he graduated from Hillside High as class valedictorian. At Princeton, he was pre-med but majored in English. After graduating from University...

Playhouse Welcomes New President

Joe F. Hanauer was elected president of the Laguna Playhouse and began his new responsibilities July 1. Hanauer, a long-time resident who develops commercial real estate and real-estate Internet sites, has served on the Playhouse’s board for  two years. He also serves on the...