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 Dual at Dawn

Dual at Dawn

What’s going on at Pimco? At a place well known for bonds, there appears to be a broken bond between our native sons, Bill and Mohamed. Could they really be breaking up?  It’s too squirrelly to consider. Speaking of squirrelly things, I’ve never seen squirrels in Laguna. That’s good because squirrels don’t like me.  I’m […]

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Own Your Own Dish at Slapfish

Own Your Own Dish at Slapfish

  Chef Andrew Gruel is launching a recipe contest tied to next month’s opening of his latest Slapfish restaurant at 211 Broadway St. Gruel is giving guests the opportunity to contribute to his menu by submitting recipes that meet Slapfish’s standards of sustainability and emphasize seasonal, local ingredients. Gruel will select three finalists and the […]

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Tennis Anyone

Tennis Anyone

My neck hurts. I’ve been watching the back and forth volley regarding resurfacing the tennis courts. The baseline-to-baseline action has been fast and furious. Many Laguna spectators have given up altogether and have switched to the lawn bowling action in Heisler Park.  “Much easier on my neck muscles,” reports a disavowed tennis spectator.  A few, […]

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MADD Thanks Laguna Beach Officers

MADD Thanks Laguna Beach Officers

Police Officers Luke Gilbertson, James Gramer, and David Gossamer were recognized by Tiffany Townson with Mothers Against Drunk Driving for removing drunk drivers from Laguna’s streets. Between the three, they arrested 152 DUI drivers in 2013. New Hedge Height Arbiter Named Tony Farr, the city’s code enforcement officer, has been assigned to replace Jim Dockstader, the […]

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Chardonnay Wives: Hungry Husbands

Chardonnay Wives: Hungry Husbands

By Michele McCormick  A Laguna Beach husband comes into my therapy office and says, “She’s drunk. I just texted from my car. She said dinner was ready. She’s in the kitchen working on her second bottle of wine. The first one is trashed. So is she. Right, Doc? Look, I know she’s just come from […]

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Firefighters' Pay Up as Benefits Slip

Firefighters’ Pay Up as Benefits Slip

The City Council ratified a four-year contract Tuesday awarding firefighters a 4.5 percent pay raise that nevertheless fails to completely offset the rate increase in their own contributions to retirement benefits. The pact ends nearly a year of contentious negotiations with the Orange County Firefighters Association Local 3631. The city expects to save about $175,000 […]

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Weighing the Cost of Burying Utilities

Weighing the Cost of Burying Utilities

Each time a utility pole topples on Laguna Canyon Road it emphasizes the town’s vulnerability. Residents most often contend with the traffic jam that results from a crash scene under investigation or a downed live wire or the disruption caused by a power outage. Yet the inconvenience of congestion and spoiled goods pales compared to […]

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Clinic Keeps Pace as Healthcare Evolves

Clinic Keeps Pace as Healthcare Evolves

Laguna Beach Community Clinic added a new associate medical director to its roster in Dr. Jorge Rubal, though Rubal is far from new to the clinic. While a medical student at UC Irvine, he completed a rotation in family medicine at the clinic in 2005 and continued to volunteer after finishing his residency. After several […]

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Rooms Close, Displacing Homeless Back to the Street

Rooms Close, Displacing Homeless Back to the Street

One of Laguna Beach’s rare private refuges for local homeless people to find a permanent place to live was recently ordered closed by city officials, displacing five people back to the street and confounding homeless advocates. The five residents living at the row of rooms in a mobile trailer in Laguna Canyon once used as […]

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Laguna's Girls Wins CIF's Water Polo Crown

Laguna’s Girls Wins CIF’s Water Polo Crown

Girls Water Polo (30-1) Makenzie Fischer scored five goals and had five steals to help power Laguna Beach past Newport Harbor 10-7 to capture the CIF’s top tier Division I girls water polo title Saturday at Irvine’s Woollett Center. Cara Borkovec added three goals and Bella Baldridge two to round out Laguna’s scoring.  Newport played […]

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Will the Parade Go On, Weather or Not?

Will the Parade Go On, Weather or Not?

The 48th Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade is scheduled to step off at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, from Laguna Beach High School if it’s not raining hard. The National Weather Service is predicting a “strong” storm starting Friday night and continuing into parade day. In preparation for the storm, extra city personnel will be […]

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Personnel File

Personnel File

New Executive Takes Chamber’s Helm Tamara Campbell was appointed executive director of Laguna Beach’s Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Kristine Thalman, who left the post after three years earlier this month. Campbell, a local resident and former member of the city’s Heritage Committee, has experience representing business interests and engaging in political action. “We are confident […]

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Local Investor Doubles Down

Local Investor Doubles Down

As a youngster growing up in Laguna Beach, Chris Dornin considered himself steeped in artists. The high school’s teams then were still named Artists, rather than the current Breakers. He studied art with retired art teacher Peter Tiner, entering projects in local art competitions. Many of Dornin’s childhood friends have now become working artists. Some, […]

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Thiebaud Revealed Through the Lens of Friendship

Thiebaud Revealed Through the Lens of Friendship

  Slices of cake, cupcakes dripping with frosting, ice cream cones and gum ball machines rendered in oil paint rather than flour and sugar might momentarily fool the senses and blur distinctions between a sweet shop and the Laguna Art Museum’s newest exhibit, “Wayne Thiebaud: American Memories.” Comprised of nearly 60 paintings selected by the […]

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Tasting and Toasting the Town

Tasting and Toasting the Town

Celebrate Good Taste, billed by promoters Visit Laguna Beach as a three-day culinary adventure, takes place March 7-9, with prix fixe menus, dinners with food and beverage pairings, and seating at chef’s tables in many Laguna Beach hotels and restaurants. March 7: The Rooftop Lounge at hotel La Casa del Camino, 1289 S. Coast Highway, […]