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News | By David Hansen | September 27, 2012
At first glance, the grand house sits like a beacon above Abalone Point, high above Crystal Cove, at the north entrance to Laguna Beach. But then you see the graffiti. The house is, according to the California Coastal Commission, "among the most visually prominent sites along the Orange County coastline. " And for a long time over the past year, tourists were able to see "The Clash" spray painted in vintage punk-rock style. So was the house the victim of another financial flame-out?
NEWS
September 5, 2003
Barbara Diamond A winding public pathway leading to the ocean was formally dedicated in North Laguna Tuesday, the culmination of years of wrangling. "Nothing is easy in Laguna," Mayor Toni Iseman said. "I thank everyone who made sure we did this right." The linear park adjacent to the gated Smithcliffs homes was required as a condition of development by the county and the California Coastal Commission. At some point it was blocked off from the public, raising the hackles of a group of residents who worked to get it reopened.
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By Gene Felder | November 11, 2008
 I hope everyone saw the Huell Howser California Gold show on KCET public television this Saturday. What a bevy of Laguna Beach television stars, which included:  Janet Blake of the Laguna Art Museum June Neptune of Tivoli Terrace Karl Warkomski of the Laguna Canyon Foundation John Cunningham, Michele Hunter, Dr. Richard Evans, and Helen Krugman of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center Ranger Barbara Norton John Bodrero of...
NEWS
July 1, 2005
Laguna Beach High School held its graduation ceremonies on Thursday, with about 220 seniors receiving diplomas: Rubicela R. Abarca Raul Rodriquez Albarran Sarah Faith Alcone Cataldo Salvatore Alessi Michael La Pierre Anderson Diana Samantha Anenberg Gregory Isaac Arellano Jessica Arnold Kristina Kindell Arrington Ryan Daniel Ashauer Heather Nicole Barber Seth Whitin Barnard...
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By Barbara Diamond | February 16, 2007
A rift in the Esslinger family has cast a shadow on the future of Laguna Terrace Park. Paul "Duke" Esslinger is suing his son Stephen, daughter-in-law Amy, Laguna Terrace Park LLC, the Esslinger Family Limited Partnership and Does 1-1000. Plaintiff Paul Esslinger is accusing the defendants of elder abuse, breach of fiduciary duties and fraud, among other charges related to the management of the partnership established in 1997 after family members settled a lawsuit involving the family trust created by the plaintiff's parents in the 1970s.
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By Matt Szabo | March 20, 2010
LAGUNA BEACH — It was a sunny day Saturday, in so many ways besides just the weather. Former high school cross country and track teammates from nearly 40 years ago meet again, and it was like they had never left. Laguna Beach High’s track was officially named after Laguna legend Eric Hulst, maybe the best distance runner in Orange County prep history. And, oh yeah, the Laguna Beach Trophy Invitational returned after more than a 25-year absence for its 42nd incarnation.
NEWS
By BARBARA DIAMOND | March 10, 2006
The 2006 Patriots Day Parade started with a hitch, but ended without a glitch. Laguna's Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legionaires stepped in for the U.S. Marine Mounted Color Guard when the horses pulled up lame on Friday and had to be scratched from the parade, but once under way, nothing marred the day. This year's theme, "America ? Still United" was mot juste, at least on Parade Day. Fears about disruptions ended when the last entry passed the reviewing stand in front of City Hall without disruption, which supporters of the Minuteman Project threatened when the group which was denied entry in the parade.
NEWS
By: Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | August 26, 2005
"It's not a crust; it's a canvas." In 1986, the day before the first Z Pizza was to open, the charming and very chatty Sid Fanaroff said that he and his then partner Suzie Megroz still hadn't figured out how to make dough in quantity. She had told him that she knew how to make pizza, but it was really pastry dough for a French onion tart -- which looks like a little pizza. When the giant dough mixer and oven were finally in place, Sid experimented with the recipe that came with the mixer.
NEWS
June 14, 2002
Mike Sciacca Tradition sets in on campuses across Orange County this time of year. It's a time when school finals take place, preceding yearbook signing, caps and gowns, commencement speeches and, finally, graduation. It is also a time of year when most schools reveal whom students and staff have selected as tops in the graduating senior class. Laguna Beach High has named its male and female athletes of the year for the 2001-02 school year. Jason Boyd and Martina Speare have been named the recipients of this year's honor.
NEWS
June 27, 2003
Barbara Diamond In the past 18 years, I have written many stories about John Weld, the man, the Laguna Beach newspaper publisher, the author. This is one story I wanted never to write. John Weld died June 14. He was 98. No memorial service is planned. John suffered a stroke six years ago, impairing his speech and requiring professional care. "To the end, he remained my darling John," said Katy Weld, his wife of 67 years. "But he wasn't happy.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | January 7, 2010
A Laguna Beach father and son who operated a realty appraisal service have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to artificially inflate real estate values in order to secure more business with lending institutions. A Corona del Mar man has turned himself in on similar charges related to the case, said Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney’s office. James Merritt Eaton, 60, his son Brian Chandler Eaton, 28, both of Laguna Beach, and real estate appraisal firm executive Michael John Bell, 32, of Corona del Mar, have been charged with one felony count of conspiracy to defraud another of property, 17 felony counts of grand theft by false pretense, two felony counts of identity theft, two felony counts of false personation, and sentencing enhancement allegations for aggravated white-collar crime of more than $100,000 and property damage exceeding $50,000.
NEWS
July 25, 2003
DINING OUT The unmistakable aromas of delicious cooking are the first appealing note one encounters when approaching La Sirena Grill, the spacious cornerstone restaurant at Aliso Creek shopping center. When guests take their first bites of this delectable Mexican cuisine, the oohs and aahs that follow are final testimony to the busy lineup of hungry guests awaiting orders from the sizable display kitchen. The inspired creation of enterprising Scott Cortellessa, La Sirena Grill was originally conceived exactly four years ago on sleepy Mermaid Street Downtown.
NEWS
July 29, 2005
Lauren Vane and Andrew Edwards A Newport Coast doctor operating several Orange County clinics -- one in Laguna Beach -- was indicted last week on a 29-count indictment alleging that he conspired with a former assistant to under medicate patients treated for AIDS, HIV and hepatitis. The charges filed against doctor George Steven Kooshian, 54, and Virgilio Lopez Opinion, 45, include conspiracy, healthcare fraud and making false statements relating to healthcare matters.
NEWS
June 23, 2006
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