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November 11, 2000 | SHARON NAGY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Employees and artists at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts said they have witnessed documents being shredded and bags of papers being torched in a kiln on the famous grounds, but festival board members contend that it is nothing more than a little autumn housecleaning. Still--with a large chunk of the festival board having been recalled and suspicions rampant--nobody seems to know quite what to make of the situation.
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September 17, 2000 | SHARON NAGY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Officials on Saturday unveiled plans to transform an empty San Clemente hilltop into a $30-million cultural landmark that would serve as the new home for the Festival of Arts and also include a glass-paneled amphitheater, museum, arts institute and seasonal gardens. The sprawling complex would be built on 41 acres near the Talega development and serve as one of Orange County's top art institutions, according to backers.
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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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August 26, 2000 | SHARON NAGY
Representatives of the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts said Friday that they will appeal the dismissal of their lawsuit against the city of Laguna Beach. The suit accused the city of violating the festival's First Amendment rights by charging exorbitant rent. U.S. Dist. Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler threw the case out on Aug. 17. The five-member festival board voted unanimously this week to file an appeal. The festival's lease with Laguna Beach expires in September 2001.
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August 23, 2000 | SHARON NAGY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even if the Festival of Arts moves to San Clemente, its $2.7 million in holdings will not, according to the board that administers the organization's nonprofit foundation. Officials of the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation, which is run separately from the festival and awards about $150,000 annually to Laguna Beach students and charities from the festival's savings and investments, voted this week to essentially separate from the festival to ensure control over distribution of the money.
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August 17, 2000 | SHARON NAGY and MONTE MORIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Directors of the Pageant of the Masters art celebration signed a tentative lease agreement to move its longtime home in Laguna Beach to nearby San Clemente. But even as pageant officials lauded Tuesday's signing as a significant development in the 68-year-old event's drive to expand, critics insisted that the agreement will only fuel efforts to recall its embattled board of directors. "What they're doing is just incredibly arrogant.
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