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December 9, 1990 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Banking away from the freeways toward the seashore, Laguna Canyon Road fairly sings of the beauty, escape and fun ahead. It skims past a shallow lagoon, then sweeps by towering eucalyptus trees and cattle grazing on hillsides. The road spills out onto Coast Highway and Main Beach, where on a warm fall day the carefree and the bronzed play volleyball and bask in the sunshine.
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April 24, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt
Laguna Beach's coastline reopened completely Wednesday morning after a massive sewage spill shut down two miles of the city's shoreline. A failing clamp on a sewer main's air release valve and subsequent difficulties repairing it last week resulted in about 58,000 gallons of sewage flowing into the sea. The city was able to fix the leak temporarily Saturday morning, City Manager Ken Frank said. City workers are scheduled to make permanent repairs to the sewer Monday through Thursday of next week, causing partial closures of Coast Highway between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., said John Pietig, assistant city manager.
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January 6, 2008 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
He had wandered the world, selling butter in czarist Siberia, fighting in France during World War I, walking the Appalachian Trail with his dog -- and strolling down Colorado Boulevard, unofficially bringing up the rear of the Rose Parade one year. But when he got to Laguna Beach, Eiler Larsen was so captivated by it that he stayed and welcomed the rest of the world there. Laguna Beach returned the salute, naming him its official greeter.
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April 24, 2008 | Susannah Rosenblatt, Times Staff Writer
"You just come in to Laguna Beach, brand new?" Police Officer Jason Farris asked the weathered man in the brown, floppy hat. Lolling at the edge of the city bus depot -- bedroll, canteen and cane plunked by his side -- the man stiffened warily. But Farris was undeterred. Less than 15 minutes later, Johnny, as the man calls himself, was chattering about life as a tattoo artist as he flashed the cop photos of his former wife.
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June 6, 2005 | Seema Mehta and Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writers
Laguna Beach officials today expect to name a director to oversee recovery efforts in Bluebird Canyon, struck last week by a landslide that destroyed or seriously damaged 22 homes and left more than two dozen others at least temporarily unsafe. City officials said Sunday that they planned to choose the recovery director as they await a state disaster declaration that would allow the city and residents to qualify for emergency funds.
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August 12, 2006 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
By midnight the drag queens were at it full throttle, strutting about in billowy blond wigs, faces caked with rouge and offering up ample "cleavage" for those generous or inebriated enough to slip in a few bucks. Women yelped joyfully as taut, leggy guys dressed like Celine Dion and Cher belted out anthems on stage. Elsewhere in the bar, dozens of men huddled close while others slung an arm around their partner. Women preened, and buff men exchanged smoldering stares.
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October 25, 1998 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It seemed a miracle house. The crisp white stucco walls and red tile roof impossibly unscathed, rising from the canyon's slope though nearly everything else on Mystic Hills ridge was lost. The house next door was gone. Across the street, gone. Down the block, gone. Only concrete slabs and chimneys were left--remnants of the homes where people once made their lives--embers smoking here and there. But Doris Bender and To Cong Bui's home was still there.
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November 12, 2006 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
On election eve when much of the country was transfixed by the nation's political races, a hastily assembled panel of school board candidates sat uneasily on stage at the Laguna Beach Women's Club. Facing them was an audience of parents looking for answers. Not answers about academic standards, curriculum or school funding, but answers on where candidates stood on something far more divisive: MTV.
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May 12, 1998 | SCOTT MARTELLE and ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As friends mourned the death of a young man who drowned at Laguna Beach on Sunday, city officials Monday began reviewing policies covering public access to potentially dangerous stretches of oceanfront, despite their own doubts that they have legal authority to effect much change.
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June 28, 1996 | LESLIE EARNEST, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With a Dixieland band setting the mood, the Sawdust Festival opened Thursday for its 30th season. "Everything's fresh and new. The artists are excited," spokeswoman Theresa Marino said as the arts-and-crafts fair's first visitors of the day strolled onto the grounds. The Art-A-Fair festival next door, also celebrating its 30th year, opened to the public Thursday too, after a private Wednesday night preview.
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March 27, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein
Bon Jovi lead guitarist Richie Sambora was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of driving under the influence, police said Wednesday. Sambora, 48, failed a series of sobriety tests after being pulled over south of downtown Laguna Beach shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday, Sgt. Jason Kravetz said. The musician chose a blood test over a Breathalyzer test, Kravetz said. His blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit of 0.08%, but a specific level would not be available for at least a week, Kravetz said.
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January 6, 2008 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
He had wandered the world, selling butter in czarist Siberia, fighting in France during World War I, walking the Appalachian Trail with his dog -- and strolling down Colorado Boulevard, unofficially bringing up the rear of the Rose Parade one year. But when he got to Laguna Beach, Eiler Larsen was so captivated by it that he stayed and welcomed the rest of the world there. Laguna Beach returned the salute, naming him its official greeter.
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November 27, 2007 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County Superior Court judge has rejected arguments by illegal immigration opponents who want Laguna Beach to stop funding a controversial day labor center. Judge Gregory Munoz issued a ruling Monday saying Laguna Beach residents Eileen Garcia and George Riviere had failed to prove that the $22,000 the city has been spending annually on the center is an illegal expenditure or a waste of public money.
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September 2, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
The southbound lanes of a major route to Laguna Beach were reopened Saturday, about 24 hours after a 70-foot oak fell onto several power lines, causing the road to be shut down. Laguna Canyon Road was reopened to traffic heading toward the ocean, authorities said, though lanes going the other direction were expected to remain closed until sometime today.
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July 10, 2007 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
The site of the Laguna Beach Day Worker Center has been put up for sale following repeated protests by anti-illegal immigration activists about the use of the land. Caltrans officials say the property on Laguna Canyon Road could fetch about $950,000 at a public auction July 23.
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June 20, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A former employee has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $1 million from a Mercedes-Benz dealership. Under a plea agreement, David Delgado, 36, could face up to three years in federal prison when he appears for sentencing Sept. 7 and must repay the $1,053, 970 he embezzled, the FBI reported. Delgado supervised temporary employees at Mercedes-Benz of Laguna Niguel.
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February 12, 1994 | LESLIE EARNEST
A task force formed after the October fire to consider changes to city building codes that could help make homes less vulnerable to fire will hold a workshop today. Recommendations from the task force will be presented to the Laguna Beach City Council on March 1. "This is just one facet of a multifaceted approach to the risk reduction in the city of Laguna Beach," Fire Chief Rich Dewberry said Friday. Any changes to the city building codes would apply citywide.
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November 12, 1993 | LEN HALL and RICK VANDERKNYFF, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For the first time in the Irvine Bowl's 50-year history, weather-caused damage has forced immediate performances to be canceled, although next year's Pageant of the Masters probably won't be affected. The 2,700-seat outdoor bowl had barely survived when flames roared down Laguna Canyon on Oct. 27. But Thursday's post-fire rainfall proved too much as a powerful river of mud washed down the steep, newly barren hillside and burst into the bowl.
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November 12, 2006 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
On election eve when much of the country was transfixed by the nation's political races, a hastily assembled panel of school board candidates sat uneasily on stage at the Laguna Beach Women's Club. Facing them was an audience of parents looking for answers. Not answers about academic standards, curriculum or school funding, but answers on where candidates stood on something far more divisive: MTV.
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September 8, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A 300-foot stretch of ocean in Laguna Beach has been closed to swimming and diving at least through Saturday because of a sewage spill, authorities said. About 400 gallons of raw sewage flowed into the ocean from Aliso Creek about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday after a pipeline company pumped too much water into a sewer line it was testing in Aliso Viejo, said Monica Mazur, a spokeswoman for the county's Environmental Health Division.
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