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June 8, 1991 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Virginia Perkins used to marvel at the busy schedule kept by her neighbor, Harriette Sackett, and would wave to her across the garden courtyard in their Leisure World neighborhood. She admired the cleverly decorated sweat shirts Sackett wore to the clubhouse gym where she worked as a nurse. But Perkins had never set foot inside her neighbor's townhouse until after she died.
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June 26, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A Redding man convicted of bilking Leisure World residents out of $5 million was sentenced Monday to 7 1/2 years in prison and ordered to pay $1.23 million in restitution. Christopher Peter Cook, 39, was sentenced by a federal judge in Los Angeles. He had been convicted in 2004 of mail fraud and money laundering in connection with an investment scheme that targeted the elderly at the Laguna Woods and Seal Beach communities.
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August 16, 2005 | Lomi Kriel, Times Staff Writer
A campaign to rename Leisure World in Laguna Woods to reflect something less leisurely is moving toward a community-wide election in late September. The short list of names to replace the 40-year-old Leisure World moniker includes Laguna Woods Estates, Laguna Woods Resort, Saddleback Woods, Laguna Woods Village and Laguna Manors. Members of a name-change committee pared 1,257 names submitted by residents to 26, then searched to see which were already copyrighted.
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April 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Residents are legally entitled to review financial and other records from the management company that runs Leisure World, one of the nation's first and biggest retirement communities, a judge ruled. The decision Monday by Orange County Superior Court Judge Ronald Bauer ends a series of small-claims lawsuits by seven residents in Seal Beach's Leisure World in the last four years.
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September 21, 1999 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Is it the end of Leisure World as we know it? The venerable retirement community--which constitutes the vast majority of Laguna Woods, Orange County's newest city--is likely to drop the Leisure World name altogether in coming months, possibly by the end of the year. Two newer Leisure Worlds, in Silver Spring, Md., and near Leesburg, Va.
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June 6, 1990 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Professional Community Management Inc., the firm that oversees the 12,736-home Leisure World of Laguna Hills, has been purchased by a Baltimore-based company that plans to provide it with expansion capital. Robert Elkins, chairman and chief executive officer of Integrated Health Services Inc., said Tuesday that El Toro-based PCM was "the most important part" of a package of business assets it has acquired from Affiliates Group of Nashville, Tenn. for $12.4 million.
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September 21, 1999 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Is it the end of Leisure World as we know it? The venerable retirement community, which makes up most of Laguna Woods, Orange County's newest city, will probably change its name, possibly by the end of the year. Two newer Leisure Worlds, in Silver Spring, Md., and near Leesburg, Va., have complicated the retirement community's ability to use its own name on everything from brochures and letterhead to its telephone directories and shuttle buses.
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October 13, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An elderly, ailing couple, described by their Leisure World neighbors as devoted and loving, died in what sheriff's officials called a possible murder-suicide. Leisure World security officers found the bodies in their apartment just before 10 a.m. Tuesday, after their son-in-law was unable to reach them by telephone and asked them to check on the couple. The cause of death will not be confirmed until autopsies are performed, according to Lt. Dick Olson of the Sheriff's Department.
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May 4, 1992 | LESLIE BERKMAN and DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Edwin Duerbeck, 85, put on a jaunty beige cap, tucked a newspaper and the latest issue of National Geographic under an arm and left his apartment on one of the trips he makes daily across the parking lot at Freedom Village, a retirement community for the elderly. That short trek takes him to the bedside of his 84-year-old wife, Louise, who suffered a stroke last October and now lives in the community's health center, where she can get help with bathing and other personal needs.
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May 3, 1992 | DAVAN MAHARAJ and LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
When Frank and Ruth Blau moved to Leisure World in 1968, they found a retirement nirvana. The couple counted themselves among the community's active social set. Ruth played golf with "the girls." Ballroom dancing filled three nights each week. But over the years, life has changed. The Blaus still live in Leisure World, but they no longer dance at any of its six recreation centers. They don't make use of its five swimming pools or three lush golf courses.
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October 9, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Residents of Leisure World in Laguna Woods have voted to change the retirement community's name to Leisure Woods Village, a community spokesman said Saturday. About 42.5%, or more than 2,700 residents, voted for the wining name during a Friday poll, said Marty Rhodes, chairman of a committee formed for the purpose. Among the names rejected were: Laguna Woods Estates, Laguna Manors, Laguna Woods Resort and Saddleback Woods.
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August 16, 2005 | Lomi Kriel, Times Staff Writer
A campaign to rename Leisure World in Laguna Woods to reflect something less leisurely is moving toward a community-wide election in late September. The short list of names to replace the 40-year-old Leisure World moniker includes Laguna Woods Estates, Laguna Woods Resort, Saddleback Woods, Laguna Woods Village and Laguna Manors. Members of a name-change committee pared 1,257 names submitted by residents to 26, then searched to see which were already copyrighted.
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September 13, 2004 | Michael Hiltzik
The group of activists one might label the Leisure World Eight raised their record to two for two last week. The mark was notched at small-claims court in Westminster, where a judge sided with the group in ordering the management of the 9,000-resident Seal Beach retirement community to disclose how it has been spending more than $11 million a year in homeowner fees and other income. It was the second such ruling in less than three months.
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November 25, 2003 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
Leisure World resident Erika Furlong-Swenson thought it was bad enough that she had to spend months away from home after a fire in a neighbor's unit filled hers with smoke. But then the air tested positive for asbestos, and a cleaning crew came in and tossed out all of her furniture and clothes, her television and refrigerator. Workers threw away her cuckoo clock and Bavarian costumes from Germany and a floral watercolor painted by one of her friends. And for this, she was billed $4,995.
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August 7, 2003 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
The horses at Leisure World weren't supposed to kick up such a quarrel. But since the retirement community's board proposed selling the land that housed their stables, residents have squabbled over whether horseback riding is worth losing the $6 million the land could raise. Opponents of a plan to sell the stable area's 5.
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November 19, 2001 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With apologies to Bob Dylan, the chimes they are a-changin'. Directors of a Leisure World neighborhood association Tuesday will consider banning wind chimes from multistory apartment complexes in part of the Laguna Woods retirement community. If approved, the silence of the chimes would join such other banned basics of suburban life as portable basketball hoops from Laguna Hills cul-de-sacs, boats and recreational vehicles from Irvine driveways, and frontyard fences in Glendale.
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August 20, 1997 | KIMBERLY BROWER
The Aquadettes of Leisure World are gearing up this week for their 32nd annual "Aqua Follies" synchronized swimming revue. The show, which features women from 62 to 85, will open in Clubhouse One on Thursday for a four-day engagement. The show is completely produced by the 27 members of the Aquadettes, including choreography, costumes, music, staging and lighting. The 90-minute revue features 11 numbers performed to an eclectic mix of music from swing and modern pop to classical and show tunes.
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November 24, 1992 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's chief probate judge Monday ordered an investigation into cases handled by a Laguna Hills law firm whose senior partner prepared numerous wills for Leisure World retirees, making himself the recipient of millions of dollars in cash, stock and real estate. Superior Court Judge Tully H. Seymour, who presides over the court where wills and trusts are administered, said investigators have begun to review all files in which James D.
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August 14, 2001 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leisure World residents don't give up their tee times and tennis matches for just anything. But Monday morning about 50 put aside their clubs and rackets and grabbed picket signs instead. Residents of the Laguna Woods retirement community said they were brought to the picket line by management's decision to buy a new $11-million headquarters, a deal they said will cost residents an extra $85 a year in assessments.
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June 27, 2001 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It seems the retirees of Laguna Woods will go to great lengths to save the bunnies--including acts of underground resistance. Few involved will talk about it, but over the last several weeks, a loose coalition of senior citizens--call it the Rabbit Resistance League--has resumed a campaign of purloining poison bait boxes set out for the wild rabbits that have been devouring the landscape at the Leisure World retirement complex.
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