Egly was the top vote getter, with more than half of the 14,513 total ballots cast in her favor, 987 votes ahead of runner-up Verna Rollinger’s 6,516 votes. Incumbent Mayor Cheryl Kinsman trailed Rollinger by 324 votes.
City Clerk Martha Anderson, running unopposed, was returned to office with 10,722 votes. City Treasurer Laura Parisi, also unopposed, received 10,553 votes.
Although the council race is nonpartisan, Laguna Beach Democrats were jubilant about the election results from the national to the local level, the victory of Proposition 8 rankled. Laguna Beach opposed the constitutional Amendment that bans same-sex marriages in California.
Election results were certified by the County Registrar of Voters and announced at the Dec. 2 council meeting, when the newly elected officials were sworn in.
The newly seated council elected Kelly Boyd mayor and Elizabeth Pearson as mayor pro tem.
2 Day Labor Center: Day Labor Center: This was a big year for the Day Labor Hiring Center. The city became the landlord instead of the tenant of the property on Laguna Canyon Road — and also won another legal ruling upholding the city’s right to support the center.
Caltrans sold the state-owned parcel to Laguna for $18,000, despite the initial objection of Sen. Tom Harman to the low price and the outspoken hostility of anti-illegal-emigration activists, but there were no other takers.
Conditions included a requirement that the city pass a resolution authorizing the purchase and stipulating the use of the property for specific public purposes — which the city identified as park and recreational and open space purposes,