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By Meg Monahan | June 24, 2010
[The following was addressed to Bob Murray of Bob Murray & Associates, the recruitment firm seeking candidates to replace retiring City Manager Ken Frank.] Dear Mr. Murray: I missed the public meeting to discuss the desired qualities for our new city manager. I hope it's not too late to add my two cents. I am a retired public administrator (MPA) and I have worked in several cities in south Orange County, including Laguna Beach. I've been a classified employee, city clerk appointed by the city manager, and finally a city clerk appointed by the city council.
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Barbara Diamond | June 11, 2010
B ob Murray got an earful Wednesday night. Murray is president of the company selected by the City Council to recruit a successor to City Manager Ken Frank , who will retire at the end of November. He hosted a public meeting at City Hall to hear what the community thinks would make an ideal successor, attended by about 30 folks, disappointing to some. "We are here because we love this community," said Village Laguna founder and longtime resident Arnold Hano . "The people who are not here are not here because they love this community."
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By Barbara Diamond | June 4, 2010
The consultant hired to find a successor to City Manager Ken Frank will host a public meeting Wednesday to hear what residents think would make the ideal replacement. Originally scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Third Street Community Center, the meeting was switched to the City Council Chambers so it could be televised live and web-streamed, as City Council meetings are. "The council wanted to make the information available to as many people as possible, even if they could not attend the meeting," Frank said.
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May 28, 2010
The following is from the Laguna Beach City Council meeting of May 18. 'Bed' tax extended City hotels and motels are voluntarily assessed 2% of their hotel "bed" taxes to be used to fund art organizations and programs that bring tourists to Laguna Beach. The assessment must be approved annually and a public meeting held to hear any protests of its continuation. There was no opposition, and the council unanimously approved the continuation of the district for another year, although with estimated revenue reduced from $1.5 million to $1.3 million due the economy.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 20, 2010
Councilman Kelly Boyd will begin his campaign for reelection from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Marine Room Tavern. Boyd is running for his third, but not consecutive, term on the council. He was first elected to the council in 1978 and waited 28 years to run again in 2006. “I was trying to get my business where it would give me the time to devote to the city,” said Boyd, owner of the Marine Room, nicknamed the Mar Bar. “The council is a 24/7 job.” Boyd, who arrives at the tavern about 7 a.m. to prepare for the daily business, said someone was knocking on the door at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday morning to talk about a problem.
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April 23, 2010
Regarding ?Chamber wants more liquor sales,? March 26. I was so disturbed that my hands are shaking with shock over the possible acceptance of this casual proposal to have more alcohol in our community. Here we are trying to convey to kids that drugs and alcohol will steer you into a downward spiral, and yet our chamber wants to have more sales to boost our economy. What is more important: the future of our society or sales? How can we continue to support positive decisions for our children when our leaders want to push the tide against them?
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By Barbara Diamond | April 9, 2010
City Manager Ken Frank on Tuesday offered a rare glimpse of his personal life, then made a big announcement to the City Council Chamber. Frank said cryptically that he has made the last payment on his house and that he will not be spending his next birthday in the council chamber. He turned 66 Wednesday. “In light of the fact that I have paid off my house and I am turning 66 and I have been doing this [job] for 30 1/2 or 31 years, I am announcing my retirement at the end of November,” Frank said.
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By Barbara Diamond | April 9, 2010
The preliminary budget for fiscal year 2010-11 shows a deficit of $1.2 million in the projected $46 million general fund, which pays 72% of the city’s bills and outlines the measures proposed to keep Laguna solvent. Battered by the stagnant economy, the budget will be trimmed by reductions in staff, although not by layoffs, minor cuts in service and some employee compensations in order to balance municipal spending with revenue, as required by law. “In short, balancing the budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year was ‘relatively’ painless compared to the state, counties and most other cities,” City Manager Frank stated in a memo to the council.
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