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September 26, 2011
The board of directors for the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce has named Kristine Thalman as the interim executive director for the chamber. Thalman will take over for Rose Hancock, who recently resigned to explore other opportunities. Thalman previously was chief executive officer of the Building Industry Assn. of Orange County, and she currently operates her own consulting firm in Laguna. She has also served on the Laguna Beach Seniors board of directors and is an ambassador for the Laguna Beach Community Foundation.
SPORTS
April 24, 2009
The Laguna Beach Water Polo 12-and-under girls’ team won the Commerce tournament over the weekend, beating three teams in a single day of competition Saturday. The girls started off slowly in the first game against Tustin-based SOCAL, but found their rhythm by halftime and won, 11-1. They then topped tournament host and powerhouse, Commerce, 12-4, although Commerce created some matchup problems. Laguna faced a familiar Los Alamitos foe in the finals, but won, 14-3, despite having just one substitute.
NEWS
By Ashley Breeding, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | July 29, 2010
A new business group is taking shape with an emphasis on assisting businesses that are grappling with being environmentally friendly and economically viable. The Laguna Beach Green Chamber of Commerce, which will be official by the end of summer, will become the third in the state behind San Francisco and San Diego, said the chamber's newly appointed president and spokesman, Chris Prelitz. "Our goal is to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of businesses in town, as well as educate and advocate for better green business practices," he said.
LOCAL
June 6, 2008
Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and Laguna Beach Rotary Club announced the recipients of scholarships to Laguna College of Art & Design students on June 3 at the monthly networking luncheon. Two $2,000 scholarships were presented to students who were selected based on criteria that included an essay submission, academic excellence and portfolio review by the scholarship selection committee. Shane Daley will be a senior in the fall majoring in Fine Arts & Sculpture, and Enrique Escobedo will be a sophomore majoring in Fine Arts.
SPORTS
April 7, 2006
Playing host to the fifth annual Eighth-Grade-and-Under Tournament, the Laguna Beach Water Polo Age Group girls' team won three matches to claim the tournament title. Laguna defeated Capo Valley, 11-4, Corona del Mar, 10-3 and Commerce, 4-3, to claim the championship. In the 11-4 win over Capo Valley, Laguna scored nine goals over the first two periods of the match to take control. Lexy Ross led the way with four goals, Kelsey Thorton scored three times, Lauren Hampton twice and Riley Duncan and Candyce Schroeder each scored once.
NEWS
By: | September 7, 2005
TODAY Burbank Toastmasters, an organization dedicated to improving public speaking skills and confidence, will meet at noon at the Burbank Chamber of Commerce, 200 W. Magnolia Blvd. For more information, call (818) 566-7894. THURSDAY Make the most of the lunch hour by joining the Burbank Chamber of Commerce at its monthly Business Connection Luncheon. Networking starts at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at noon at the Castaway, 1250 Harvard Road.
NEWS
March 12, 2004
Barbara Diamond Verlaine Crawford has traveled a varied road to the executive director's office of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce. Crawford comes to Laguna directly from the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce. She also served as executive director of the Seaside Chamber of Commerce on the Monterey Peninsula, where she grew up. "I am excited about coming to Laguna," Crawford said Wednesday. "It is a real honor to represent the business community of one of the most beautiful cities on earth."
NEWS
July 29, 2010
Transition Laguna has accomplished a lot in the year or so it has existed, including the remarkable and very well attended 'Unleashing' this last spring. Walk through Laguna Village and you'll find signs marking Transition "pocket gardens" on nearly every block. Chris Prelitz, author of "Green Made Easy" (Hay House, 2009) and one of the founders of Transition Laguna, bears much responsibility for that. Chris has excellent green credentials, and he has opted in with the brand new Laguna Beach Green Chamber of Commerce.
NEWS
January 16, 2004
A lot goes into Hospitality Night As president of the Chamber of Commerce and one of the many volunteers who put in many hours to make Hospitality Night a success for the hundreds of families who enjoyed the festivities in our Downtown, I object very strongly to Gene Cooper's letter complaining about the lack of free food and drink, "crass commercialism" and "greedy merchants." ("Hospitality Night missing hospitality," Coastline Pilot, Jan. 9) I doubt that the hundreds of families who brought children Downtown that night share Cooper's view.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | November 24, 2006
Six matches. Six victories. Gold medals. One team trophy. Those were the rewards bestowed on the Laguna Age Group Water Polo's girls' 14-and-Under team that traveled to Columbia, Mo. Nov. 10-13 to compete at the Speedo Cup, a true-age group national championship tournament sponsored by USA Water Polo. Squad members earned gold medals and the team a first-place trophy after going 6-0 at the national event. Laguna defeated the North San Diego Stars, Chicago Park District, Santa Barbara, Commerce and rival Los Alamitos in the division final.
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NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | August 8, 2013
Laguna College of Art + Design students will soon get a new space to show off their work - in downtown Laguna Beach. The Planning Commission unanimously approved at its regular meeting Wednesday night Firebrand Media chairman Allan Simon's proposal to turn a 5,640-square-foot, two-story space at 225 Forest Ave. into an art gallery downstairs and an e-commerce hub upstairs. Community members gave glowing recommendations for the project, which will be operated by Firebrand in partnership with the design college.
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NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | March 8, 2012
Chamber of Commerce officials will use a one-time, matching grant to ignite programs designed to broaden the city's appeal to new businesses and keep the ones already here. The City Council awarded a $37,500 grant during the Feb. 28 meeting that will be used to market businesses in specific districts of the city, create a database of available commercial properties for prospective businesses, replace outdated technology and update its electrical system to meet city codes. "The net effect will be more businesses opening in Laguna Beach and better retention of existing businesses already in our community," said Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson, co-sponsor of the grant along with Councilwoman Toni Iseman.
NEWS
September 26, 2011
The board of directors for the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce has named Kristine Thalman as the interim executive director for the chamber. Thalman will take over for Rose Hancock, who recently resigned to explore other opportunities. Thalman previously was chief executive officer of the Building Industry Assn. of Orange County, and she currently operates her own consulting firm in Laguna. She has also served on the Laguna Beach Seniors board of directors and is an ambassador for the Laguna Beach Community Foundation.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | February 24, 2011
Loan advisors with the Small Business Administration will be at the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce for three more days a week than previously announced, according to City Manager John Pietig. Loans are available for homeowners, renters and small business owners or nonprofit agencies that sustained damages from the severe winter storms and mud flows from Dec. 17 through Jan. 4. The loan consultants will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays until further notice.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | January 27, 2011
Laguna Beach civic leaders and business people celebrated their accomplishments of 2010 and stated their goals for 2011 at the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce's annual Leadership Luncheon. Meeting Tuesday at Hotel Laguna, the first order of business was honoring the memory of hotel owner Claes Andersen, whose death in 2010 stunned the community. The 60 seconds allotted for individual comments was instead filled with silent reverence for the hotelier who had hosted the event since it began 22 years ago. Also missing was longtime organizer Bobbi Cox, who reportedly decided to sit the event out this year after serving as mistress of ceremonies — and rigorous time-keeper — since the event began in 1988.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | September 16, 2010
Voters who expected a knock-down, drag-out confrontation at the first City Council candidates' forum were in for a disappointment Wednesday night. Seven scenarios were posited by the Government Affairs Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, which hosted the televised forum in the City Council Chambers, with one to four questions per scenario. Candidates had two minutes to respond regardless of the number of questions and some were left unanswered. "The questions were designed to draw out their philosophical differences," said committee member Norm Grossman.
NEWS
July 29, 2010
Transition Laguna has accomplished a lot in the year or so it has existed, including the remarkable and very well attended 'Unleashing' this last spring. Walk through Laguna Village and you'll find signs marking Transition "pocket gardens" on nearly every block. Chris Prelitz, author of "Green Made Easy" (Hay House, 2009) and one of the founders of Transition Laguna, bears much responsibility for that. Chris has excellent green credentials, and he has opted in with the brand new Laguna Beach Green Chamber of Commerce.
NEWS
By Ashley Breeding, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | July 29, 2010
A new business group is taking shape with an emphasis on assisting businesses that are grappling with being environmentally friendly and economically viable. The Laguna Beach Green Chamber of Commerce, which will be official by the end of summer, will become the third in the state behind San Francisco and San Diego, said the chamber's newly appointed president and spokesman, Chris Prelitz. "Our goal is to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of businesses in town, as well as educate and advocate for better green business practices," he said.
LOCAL
By Rose Hancock | December 23, 2009
The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce has elected a new board of directors. Elected by the membership, the Board of Directors is a multi-disciplinary group of critical thinkers with a wide knowledge base. The board is balanced with directors who represent all facets of the business community, who provide perspectives.  Some of these leaders also serve on the boards of other community organizations. They know the community, they know the issues, and they know the needs of our businesses.
LOCAL
By Cindy Frazier | August 28, 2009
Merchants in Laguna Beach are being warned to be on the lookout for counterfeit currency. After receiving an alert from the Laguna Beach Police Department, the Chamber of Commerce wrote a letter to all retailers with advice about how to spot phony bills. The letter, signed by chamber Executive Director Rose Hancock, states: ?The Laguna Beach Police Department has issued an alert on counterfeit money. LBPD has had two reports in the last week of counterfeit bills trying to be passed.
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