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February 3, 2000 | ERIC C SANITATE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
San Clemente's City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to negotiate with the Festival of the Arts, a longtime Laguna Beach summer event, about relocating to a site near the new Talega development. Festival President Sherri Butterfield said the art organization had inquiries from Long Beach and Del Mar about relocating but would prefer to stay in coastal Orange County.
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April 6, 2000 | SHARON NAGY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach has disqualified a recall attempt by the organization's exhibitors on the basis that the petition has too many invalid signatures--including one that officials say is from a dead man. Robert Donald Matthews, secretary of the festival's board of directors, sent a letter to the exhibitors' attorney Wednesday, saying the petition was short 30 signatures.
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January 28, 2000 | CLAUDIA FIGUEROA and ERIC C SANITATE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Laguna Beach's popular Festival of the Arts, locked in a bitter dispute with the city over how much rent it should pay, is making overtures to San Clemente about relocating there, a festival official confirmed Thursday. The festival's directors sent a letter to San Clemente this week saying they want to negotiate exclusively with that city in seeking a new home for the event, a summer fixture in Laguna Beach for 68 years.
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January 5, 2000 | KENNETH MA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Violating terms of their 20-year lease with Laguna Beach, directors of the city's prestigious Festival of the Arts this week paid only $65,000 of their annual rent of $585,184, an amount they contend in a federal lawsuit is discriminatory. In a letter to Laguna Beach Mayor Kathleen Blackburn, Festival President Sherri Butterfield said the $65,000 represents what the arts organization should be paying. The balance, she wrote, will be deposited in a bank account pending settlement of the lawsuit.
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September 7, 2000 | SHARON NAGY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Festival of Arts members took another step toward trying to keep the summer venue in Laguna Beach, its home for 68 years. Festival members voted overwhelmingly Sunday to hold an election by mail that will ask all voting members if they want to require a two-thirds majority to approve any move out of the city. Of the 423 members who cast ballots on festival grounds in Laguna Beach, 87% voted yes and 13% voted no. There are about 2,700 voting festival members.
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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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