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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | December 23, 2010
Retired City Manager Ken Frank thought he and his wife, Nancy, were stopping by the Marine Room Tavern for a quick drink before going out to quiet dinner with Kathleen and Bill Blackburn. He was wrong. His wife knew it, and so did a couple of hundred movers and shakers in town, as well as artist Scott Moore. The Marine Room was packed with Frank well-wishers, gathered to surprise him with the gift of a commissioned painting by the internationally recognized Surrealist. "I was absolutely clueless," Frank said.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | December 9, 2010
City Manager Ken Frank sat on the City Council dais for the last time Tuesday. "Thank God," he said. The intensely private Frank was publically lauded by members of the council and the public for his skills and his devotion to the city's welfare and wellbeing. "I want to personally thank Ken for his service to Laguna Beach," Mayor Elizabeth Pearson said. "He has always had our backs and he always put the community before himself. " Former Councilman Paul Freeman said Frank served the community in stellar fashion.
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By Cindy Frazier | December 9, 2010
Those seeking a glimpse into the future of Laguna Beach under incoming city manager John Pietig might want to take a clue from outgoing City Manager Ken Frank's taste in music. On Monday night, John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High" rang out as several hundred people — nothing less than a "Who's Who of Laguna Beach" — crowded into [seven degrees] to wish Frank well and thank him for his 30-plus years of service. That is apparently one of Frank's favorite all-time tunes, and Denver, an early environmentalist and conservationist, is one of his heroes, according to those who know him well.
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November 4, 2010
It's a big week of change in Laguna Beach, but ironically, not because of the elections. All three incumbents, Kelly Body, Toni Iseman and Elizabeth Pearson, sailed to victory as the lone challenger, Emanuel Patrascu, failed to convince voters that the "change" mantra sweeping the country was needed in Laguna. Congratulations to the re-elected councilmembers who can pick up where they left off on many issues of importance in the city, including marine protection, skateboarding, the village entrance, and the vital issue of helping businesses weather the seemingly endless economic mailaise.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | November 4, 2010
John Pietig, top assistant to City Manager Ken Frank for more than 9 years, has been appointed to succeed his boss. Pietig was selected from more than 100 applicants. The appointment was announced Thursday in a news release from Mayor Elizabeth Pearson, with the contract to be on the Nov. 16 council agenda. "I am very thankful for this opportunity," Pietig said Thursday morning. "I am excited and so are my wife [Peggy] and children. "When I first came here, it was a lateral career move, but it was to a special community and that was what we wanted.
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By Steve Kawaratani | October 21, 2010
"Voters don't decide issues; they decide who will decide issues. " — George F. Will Once upon a time in Laguna… Visitors discovered that the village was a great destination to visit and a number became residents in a great place to live. The streets were not yet congested with traffic and tourists, and the creative sorts often expressed themselves through commerce, architecture, gardens and the arts. Then as now, proximity to Los Angeles and with a superior coastal climate, Laguna Beach offered endless possibilities for freedom of lifestyle, expression, and pursuit of privacy.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | October 7, 2010
City Manager Ken Frank performed his last budget magic Tuesday — and it was quite a trick Frank informed the council that the city has $3 million more in the kitty than was anticipated when the 2010-2011 fiscal year ended on June 30. The windfall is due to property taxes and penalties from prior years, a more robust real estate market, higher fees from parking meters and services and savings, Frank reported.. "This is the last time we get these budgets by Ken," Mayor Pro Tem Toni Iseman said.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | September 30, 2010
City Manager Ken Frank at the Sept. 21 council meeting commented on a council candidate's statements that might imply that the council has illegally taxed the residents. Frank was referring to statements made by candidate Emanuel Patrascu, who called fees for sewer service a tax. "There have been reports in newspapers that a candidate has stated that the council increased property taxes," Frank said. "I don't know where that is coming from. " "The council can't raise property taxes without a vote of the people.
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By Ken Frank | September 16, 2010
In December, I will be retiring as city manager of Laguna Beach. Over the 31 years of my tenure, the city has progressed in numerous areas. For the next 10 weeks, I would like to share my perceptions of the city's most significant accomplishments during the past three decades. As in most "top ten" lists, we will start at the least important and gradually escalate to No. 1 — the most influential change in our community. No. 10 on the listing of city accomplishments over the last 30 years is the enactment of Senate Bill 23 in 1987.
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August 20, 2010
Name: Kelly H. Boyd Age: 66 Birth place: Santa Ana How long have you lived in Laguna Beach? 66 years   Occupation: owner of Marine Room Tavern since 1987   Education: graduate of Laguna Beach High School, attended Orange Coast College, attended USC and at the time I reduced my course units, I was drafted and served in the Army in Vietnam. I furthered my education in the restaurant industry by working and managing local establishments.
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