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November 18, 2000 | SHARON NAGY
Laguna Beach's Festival of Arts has changed its bylaws to require approval of two-thirds of its voting members for any attempt to relocate the popular summer event, festival officials announced Friday. Of the 1,315 members who cast mail-in ballots in a special election that ended Nov. 1, 64% approved the bylaws amendment. "The members will now have an important voice in the decision in case a future board tries again to move the festival out of Laguna Beach," member Anita Mangels said.
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December 6, 2000 | VIVIAN LETRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sweeping away the clouds of controversy that have plagued the Pageant of the Masters for more than a year, festival organizers held an early preview of next year's show. The theme: "Beyond the Horizon." The move was an effort to quell doubts about the festival's future and entice enthusiasts with "living pictures" or tableaux vivants, organizers said.
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October 24, 2000 | SHARON NAGY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the fierce battle to keep the famed Laguna Beach Festival of Arts from moving to San Clemente, a majority of five board members has been recalled, officials announced Monday. "Naturally, I'm disappointed," said festival President Sherri M. Butterfield, one of those recalled. "We brought the message to the city, the members and the artists that the Laguna Beach site needs about $10 million to $30 million in renovations, but no one seemed to care about that."
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November 18, 2000 | SHARON NAGY
Laguna Beach's Festival of Arts has changed its bylaws to require approval of two-thirds of its voting members for any attempt to relocate the popular summer event, festival officials announced Friday. Of the 1,315 members who cast mail-in ballots in a special election that ended Nov. 1, 64% approved the bylaws amendment. "The members will now have an important voice in the decision in case a future board tries again to move the festival out of Laguna Beach," member Anita Mangels said.
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September 17, 2000 | SHARON NAGY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Plans were unveiled Saturday 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 include an amphitheater, a museum, arts institute and seasonal gardens. The sprawling complex would be on 41 acres east of Interstate 5 and would feature a series of red-tiled buildings with Spanish Colonial arches, linked by walking paths, gardens, open space and exhibit space for artists.
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March 16, 2000 | Sharon Nagy, (949) 248-2168
San Clemente has no physical limitations and is perfectly suited to be a new and improved Festival of Arts venue, festival board members tried to convince about 50 angry exhibitors Tuesday night. Board members unveiled preliminary architectural drawings of the proposed complex to the skeptical crowd. "When we got up to this site . . . I wish you could see it," board member Vern Spitaleri told the exhibitors. "You can see the ocean, and the Cleveland National Forest is in the distance."
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July 26, 2000 | SHARON NAGY and DAVID HALDANE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Members of Laguna Beach's popular Festival of Arts have overwhelmingly approved a recall vote for the organization's beleaguered directors, under fire for considering a plan to move the annual event to San Clemente. The decision, announced Tuesday, came just one day after festival vice president Lance Heck resigned to protest a proposal to move the event from Laguna Beach, its home for 68 years.
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November 15, 2000 | SHARON NAGY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two dozen candle-bearing artists gathered on the Festival of Arts grounds at sundown Tuesday to celebrate the final session of the governing board that had sought to move the long-running summer event from Laguna Beach. Five of the board members were recalled last month for trying to relocate the 68-year-old institution to San Clemente.
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May 11, 2000 | Kenneth Ma, (949) 248-2157
The Festival of Arts board decided Tuesday to extend its negotiation period with San Clemente for 45 days, ending June 19. "We are hoping to have an agreement for consideration sooner than 90 days," said festival President and Mission Viejo Mayor Sherri M. Butterfield. "[The negotiations] are going extremely well and we are gratified at the efforts that San Clemente has extended."
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August 17, 2000 | SHARON NAGY and MONTE MORIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A divisive plan to move the venerable Pageant of the Masters art celebration from its longtime home in Laguna Beach "crossed the Rubicon" this week as pageant directors signed a tentative lease agreement with officials in 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.
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November 15, 2000 | SHARON NAGY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two dozen candle-bearing artists gathered on the Festival of Arts grounds at sundown Tuesday to celebrate the final session of the governing board that had sought to move the long-running summer event from Laguna Beach. Five of the board members were recalled last month for trying to relocate the 68-year-old institution to San Clemente.
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October 24, 2000 | SHARON NAGY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the fierce battle to keep the famed Laguna Beach Festival of Arts from moving to San Clemente, a majority of five board members has been recalled, officials announced Monday. "Naturally, I'm disappointed," said festival President Sherri M. Butterfield, one of those recalled. "We brought the message to the city, the members and the artists that the Laguna Beach site needs about $10 million to $30 million in renovations, but no one seemed to care about that."
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October 24, 2000 | Sharon Nagy, (714) 966-5832
An Orange County Superior Court judge recently denied Mayor Kathleen Blackburn access to the Festival of Arts' records and closed-session board meetings. Blackburn, an ex-officio member of the board, filed a complaint with the court after being denied what she thought were privileges of her status. But Judge John C. Woolley said he was wary about letting the "fox in the henhouse," referring to a four-year rent battle between the city and the nonprofit organization.
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September 17, 2000 | SHARON NAGY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Plans were unveiled Saturday 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 include an amphitheater, a museum, arts institute and seasonal gardens. The sprawling complex would be on 41 acres east of Interstate 5 and would feature a series of red-tiled buildings with Spanish Colonial arches, linked by walking paths, gardens, open space and exhibit space for artists.
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September 7, 2000
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 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 17, 2000 | SHARON NAGY and MONTE MORIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A divisive plan to move the venerable Pageant of the Masters art celebration from its longtime home in Laguna Beach "crossed the Rubicon" this week as pageant directors signed a tentative lease agreement with officials in 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.
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July 26, 2000 | SHARON NAGY and DAVID HALDANE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Members of Laguna Beach's popular Festival of Arts have overwhelmingly approved a recall vote for the organization's beleaguered directors, under fire for considering a plan to move the annual event to San Clemente. The decision, announced Tuesday, came just one day after festival vice president Lance Heck resigned to protest a proposal to move the event from Laguna Beach, its home for 68 years.
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