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By Barbara Diamond | December 22, 2006
"Ethic" is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as a system of moral principles, rules of conduct. Sounds pretty straightforward, but it is more complicated for public officials and employees who are subject to state and city laws as well the scrutiny of the community they serve. "Ethical conduct by a public official involves more than common sense," said Attorney Mark Meyerhoff, who conducted an "Ethics in Public Service" workshop Dec. 19, in City Hall. Meyerhoff spent two hours reviewing state codes, what they mean, exemptions and consequences of violations for Laguna's elected and appointed officials and designated employees.
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By Paul Freeman | December 12, 2008
Editor?s note: Following is Paul Freeman?s comments to the Laguna City Council on Dec. 2. ? Mayor Boyd, council members, my name is Paul Freeman, a property owner on Shady Lane. I?m here to lend my voice to concerns, reported in local newspapers, about the disposition of assets owned by the recently dissolved local hospital foundation. Let me say at the outset I share such concerns. Some background: Firstly, I am here to speak strictly for myself. I?ve not shared with anyone what I was planning to say. Secondly, the community owes Elizabeth Pearson a big ?
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By Candice Baker | January 5, 2007
Laguna Beach Board of Education members expressed great interest in learning about the role of technology in board affairs at a recent Brown Act and ethics workshop held by the county educational department. The state Brown Act requires openness in the decision-making of elected and appointed government officials. The act doesn't apply to employees of public agencies. In the case of the school board, whenever a majority (three or more of the five board members) gathers to discuss board business, it is considered to be an "open" meeting, with the public required to be allowed to attend, and an agenda posted in advance in a public place.
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By Candice Baker | April 4, 2008
All’s fair in love and Laguna, where kids at El Morro Elementary have spent the month learning about fairness. Character Counts has become a popular program at El Morro Elementary this year, where kids have learned about a different character trait each month. The founder of the Character Counts program, Michael Josephson, will speak at the Artists’ Theatre from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 16. Admission is $5, and child care is available for $5 per child. Josephson, a nationally broadcast radio ethicist, will speak on how to help kids develop strong character.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 3, 2012
No one will be asking "How much is that doggy in the window?" if a new regulation goes into effect. The City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to an ordinance that bans the retail sale of dogs and cats in Laguna. Ethical breeders, commercial rescue operations and the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, which charges for adoptions, will not be affected, city officials said. "Nobody in this room would admit to encouraging the abuse of animals," said veterinarian Matthew Wheaton.
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By Joanna Clay | September 27, 2012
Marina Drade understands the academic pressures of high school. The Laguna Beach High School senior remembers staying up late most nights during her sophomore year to finish work for Advanced Placement and honors courses, such as AP European History and honors English. Sleep? That was a luxury mostly reserved for weekends. "The pressure is high," said Marina. It doesn't surprise her that some students buckle under the six hours or more of course work and take an easier route: cheating.
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February 6, 2009
Course in Talmudic law offered at center In response to the successful turnout in 2006 for ?You Be the Judge,? an interactive course allowing students to explore the Talmud?s thinking about civil law, the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute is launching ?You Be the Judge II.? ?You Be the Judge II? presents students with real cases brought before Beit din, the court system of Jewish law, and compares Talmudic analysis with the contemporary approach taken in U.S. courts. Topics include business ethics, property rights, and employment practices, and each lesson provides an opportunity to question, discuss, and argue, based on principle and precedent.
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January 18, 2012
Weekly update from the city manager •Capt./Paramedic Joe Maxon has been named 2011 Firefighter of the Year, and Brent Buccola was chosen as Reserve Firefighter of the Year. They will be honored at the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Annual Appreciation Awards Dinner at 5 p.m. Jan. 28. The event is sponsored by the Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge. •James Klinger Sr., the city's tree trimming contractor for the last 15 years, died Dec. 29. A memorial service was held Jan. 15. Klinger, of Modern Tree Service, was an outstanding worker who was willing to respond day or night to emergency tree situations, according to Vic Hillstead, deputy director of Public Works.
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By Joanna Clay | September 27, 2012
Marina Drade understands the academic pressures of high school. The Laguna Beach High School senior remembers staying up late most nights during her sophomore year to finish work for Advanced Placement and honors courses, such as AP European History and honors English. Sleep? That was a luxury mostly reserved for weekends. "The pressure is high," said Marina. It doesn't surprise her that some students buckle under the six hours or more of course work and take an easier route: cheating.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 3, 2012
No one will be asking "How much is that doggy in the window?" if a new regulation goes into effect. The City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to an ordinance that bans the retail sale of dogs and cats in Laguna. Ethical breeders, commercial rescue operations and the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, which charges for adoptions, will not be affected, city officials said. "Nobody in this room would admit to encouraging the abuse of animals," said veterinarian Matthew Wheaton.
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By Paul Freeman | December 12, 2008
Editor?s note: Following is Paul Freeman?s comments to the Laguna City Council on Dec. 2. ? Mayor Boyd, council members, my name is Paul Freeman, a property owner on Shady Lane. I?m here to lend my voice to concerns, reported in local newspapers, about the disposition of assets owned by the recently dissolved local hospital foundation. Let me say at the outset I share such concerns. Some background: Firstly, I am here to speak strictly for myself. I?ve not shared with anyone what I was planning to say. Secondly, the community owes Elizabeth Pearson a big ?
NEWS
By Candice Baker | April 4, 2008
All’s fair in love and Laguna, where kids at El Morro Elementary have spent the month learning about fairness. Character Counts has become a popular program at El Morro Elementary this year, where kids have learned about a different character trait each month. The founder of the Character Counts program, Michael Josephson, will speak at the Artists’ Theatre from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 16. Admission is $5, and child care is available for $5 per child. Josephson, a nationally broadcast radio ethicist, will speak on how to help kids develop strong character.
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By Candice Baker | January 5, 2007
Laguna Beach Board of Education members expressed great interest in learning about the role of technology in board affairs at a recent Brown Act and ethics workshop held by the county educational department. The state Brown Act requires openness in the decision-making of elected and appointed government officials. The act doesn't apply to employees of public agencies. In the case of the school board, whenever a majority (three or more of the five board members) gathers to discuss board business, it is considered to be an "open" meeting, with the public required to be allowed to attend, and an agenda posted in advance in a public place.
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By Barbara Diamond | December 22, 2006
"Ethic" is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as a system of moral principles, rules of conduct. Sounds pretty straightforward, but it is more complicated for public officials and employees who are subject to state and city laws as well the scrutiny of the community they serve. "Ethical conduct by a public official involves more than common sense," said Attorney Mark Meyerhoff, who conducted an "Ethics in Public Service" workshop Dec. 19, in City Hall. Meyerhoff spent two hours reviewing state codes, what they mean, exemptions and consequences of violations for Laguna's elected and appointed officials and designated employees.
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