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February 1, 1989 | DIANNE KLEIN, Times Staff Writer
Robert F. Gentry gropes for the right way, sharing his pain and his anger, his grieving in the public eye. "My personal pain is very, very important. Part of my life is over. It's like I lost part of myself . . ." Laguna Beach's mayor says, his blue eyes staring with a glassy intensity. "(But) the fact that my Gary died, and we are being public about it, that helps people discuss it. And that's what I want. We've got to talk about it."
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May 27, 2001 | CHRISTINE HANLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Laguna Beach is investing in real estate to help two city officials buy homes as part of a program to help key public safety and health officers live locally in a town with ever-rising housing prices. The home-buying program, which is costing the city more than $1 million, is believed to be the first of its kind in Southern California, following--and rivaling--a trend more common in Silicon Valley, where the once-booming dot-com industry pushed real estate prices through the roof.
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April 22, 1999 | James Meier, (714) 966-5988
At Tuesday's City Council meeting resident Roger Butow requested that the city appoint a pollution control officer, a new staff position that would monitor city beaches--particularly Aliso Beach, which has been closed 19 times in five years due to high levels of bacteria. His request drew no response from the council.
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May 4, 2000 | SHARON NAGY and PHIL WILLON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Threatened with the loss of its most distinctive annual event, Laguna Beach has offered the sweetest lease deal ever to the directors of the Festival of Arts--who still might decide to leave town. The City Council's offer late Tuesday comes after years of squabbling over the future of the summertime art showcase and just a day before San Clemente was set to propose a new round of negotiations to lure the festival away. "We want to keep it in Laguna," Mayor Kathleen Blackburn said Wednesday.
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May 4, 2000 | SHARON NAGY and PHIL WILLON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Threatened with the loss of its most distinctive annual event, Laguna Beach has offered the sweetest lease deal ever to the directors of the Festival of Arts--who still might decide to leave town. The City Council's offer late Tuesday comes after years of squabbling over the future of the summertime art showcase and just a day before San Clemente was set to propose a new round of negotiations to lure the festival away. "We want to keep it in Laguna," Mayor Kathleen Blackburn said Wednesday.
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February 19, 1995 | LESLIE EARNEST, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Since the liberal, environmentally minded City Council majority that guided the city for more than a decade was replaced in December by more conservative leaders, a number of residents have wondered how council priorities are likely to change. At last week's City Council meeting, they may have gotten a clue. First, the council tackled a list of city commissions and committees that are made up of residents appointed under the previous council regime.
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March 18, 1995
LAGUNA BEACH Mayor: Kathleen Blackburn Age: 51 Occupation: Controller, Hobie Sunglasses Inc. First elected: 1992 Term expires: 1996 Key issues: Wants to focus on basic government issues such as public safety and infrastructure and reduce the city's involvement in various lawsuits and legal conflicts. She is also interested in forming a stronger partnership with the city's business community and fostering better communication between residents and city officials. * Councilman: Wayne J.
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June 13, 1994 | LESLIE EARNEST
Deputy City Manager Rob Clark, who began working for Laguna Beach 13 years ago, has accepted a job as city manager of Avalon. "I'm very excited about the opportunity," said Clark, who visits Catalina several times a year. "It should be a real adventure. We're really looking forward to it. "At the same time, I'm really going to miss Laguna Beach. It's been very good to me and I have lots of friends here. But if I get a strong telescope, I'll know what's happening."
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December 8, 1994 | LESLIE EARNEST
In an intensely emotional ceremony, three City Council members relinquished their jobs Tuesday night after being lauded for their accomplishments--from keeping a housing tract out of Laguna Canyon to creating a park just for dogs. Despite their final controversial year in office--a year clouded by a ferocious firestorm 14 months ago--Robert F. Gentry, Lida Lenney and Ann Christoph were given a send-off that brought some on the council and in the audience to tears.
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December 9, 1999 | Tricia Schwennesen, (949) 248-2168
Each City Council member has appointed a resident to serve on the new Water Quality Committee, which will review city programs to combat ocean pollution. Councilman Steve Dicterow appointed Michael Beanan, vice president of the South Laguna Civic Assn.; Paul Freeman appointed James Pribram, a professional surfer and surf coach at Laguna Beach High School; Wayne L.
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October 30, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY
Development and the proposed airport at El Toro are among the major issues in this year's Laguna Beach City Council race, in which two challengers are joining three incumbents on the ballot. One of the most controversial development projects has been Treasure Island, a resort hotel, bluff-top park and enclave of homes planned for the site of a defunct mobile-home park on scenic beach property. The council has approved a preliminary plan for the site.
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December 23, 1997 | LIZ SEYMOUR
Supt. Reed Montgomery of the Laguna Beach Unified School District is on an unpaid leave of absence after the school board denied his request for a paid medical leave. Trustee Susan Mas said the board rejected Montgomery's request at a meeting last week because it needed more information. Following school policy, Montgomery will be examined by a doctor appointed by the school board Jan. 7, Mas said. Montgomery's last day on the job was Dec. 5.
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December 11, 1997 | LIZ SEYMOUR
Kathryn A. Turner, a retired community college administrator, was elected president of the school board this week. Turner, 61, said she and the other members of the board have three immediate goals for the next year. They want to toughen graduation standards, restore salaries from last year's 5% budget-balancing cut and repair and renovate the district's aging school buildings. A member of the board for three years, Turner was sworn in just one day before Orange County declared bankruptcy.
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