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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | January 13, 2011
Since his 66th birthday when Ken Frank announced his retirement as city manager, he has been the talk of the town. Who would replace him? Who could replace him? How would he be replaced? His contributions to the city were lauded. His flaws — he was known to lose his temper occasionally, and he was sometimes abrupt with staff — were dissected; his skills applauded. An intensely private man, Frank spent almost half of his life in a very visible job. For 31 years, he maneuvered the city — and some said the City Council — through good times and bad. And there were some really bad times: the county bankruptcy, landslides, fire, the dreadful loss of lives to AIDS, state raids on local revenue to balance its own budget, and near mutinies in the police, fire and marine safety departments.
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By ELIZABETH PEARSON- SCHNEIDER | April 14, 2006
As you may know, our city got blind-sided by Supervisor Chris Norby, who questioned publicly why Laguna Beach might receive funding from Orange County Transportation Authority ? and not his cities. The reason I am so upset with Norby (who I thought was a friend) is that he had to denigrate Laguna Beach to make the case for his cities, as it relates to receiving OCTA money. As you can imagine, Laguna is not eligible for as much transportation authority funding as most other cities because we don't have major arterial highways and intersections.
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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | January 6, 2011
Driftwood Properties, LLC has dedicated 75 acres of land in South Laguna to the city of Laguna Beach, including land earmarked for a hotly contested proposed housing project. The dedication was made at the Dec. 16 California Coastal Commission hearing in San Francisco by John Mansour, vice president of The Athens Group on behalf of Driftwood Properties, according to a news release issued Dec. 17. "The ownership of Driftwood Properties is very pleased to announce a gift of 75 acres of land to the city of Laguna Beach for the public's enjoyment in perpetuity," said Mansour.
NEWS
April 11, 2003
Ted Caldwell Last week the city manager (Ken Frank) contacted members of the Laguna Canyon Tennis Courts Assn. informing the players that the Festival Board had made plans to use the tennis courts this summer in connection with the 2003 summer season. The specific planned use of the tennis facility implied the fences would be coming down. Conceivably that would put an effective end to the tennis facility that has been a significant part of the city's park and recreation program for 56 years.
NEWS
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 | November 4, 2010
"Lagunatics" ended its 2010 run Saturday, too bad for any folks who missed it. In the opinion of most of the audience and more than a few of the cast members it was the best "Lagunatics" ever. How funny was it? My computer died Saturday morning with five years of stories lost, but I laughed so hard that night at the antics on Forum Theatre stage, I ached. Pat Kollenda's star turn as a nun, directing a chorus singing Ha! Laguna, instead of Hallelujah was sidesplitting and tailor-made for her brand of ham. As a writer, I am in awe of the talents of Bree Burgess Rosen and Chris Quilter , who come up with the most delicious lyrics year-after-year, plugged into absolutely perfect music.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | August 12, 2010
The Laguna Beach Board of Education race is over almost before it began. With only the three incumbents in the race for the three seats on the board, incumbents Betsy Jenkins, Theresa O'Hare and Ketta Brown are deemed elected and their names will not even appear on the ballot, the registrar's office said. The three incumbents running for reelection to the City Council have one challenger: Emanuel Patrascu. Patrascu has positioned himself the anti-establishment candidate.
NEWS
December 11, 2009
In defending the upcoming beach/park curfew, Dick Cheney ? oops, I mean [City Manager] Ken Frank ? cites some 50 incidents in 2009 involving police responses to various beaches, Heisler Park, etc. I?d imagine most if not all were directly or indirectly related to our homeless/transient situation. I?d also wager that since the creation of the shelter and enforcement of anti-camping and alcohol ordinances these incidents have been drastically reduced if not eliminated altogether.
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By Barbara Diamond | February 1, 2008
The Chamber of Commerce shortened its annual presentation of Spirit of Laguna Awards and installation of new officers to just more than two hours, although the celebration continued for some at a post-dinner party. Mayor Jane Egly installed President Jeff Redeker , President Elect Kimberly Stuart , Vice President Michelle Clark , Secretary Laura Poochigian , Treasurer David Hicok , Past President Dave Sanford and directors William Buus, John Campbell, Steven Dicterow, Ibrahim Guirguis, Dennis Junka (also a past president)
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By Bryce Alderton | October 24, 2013
The 1993 Laguna Beach fire disintegrated Ken Frank's silverware and bowling ball and his sons lost their baseball card collections, trophies and gloves. "[I lost] everything personal, but financially it turned out to be a windfall for me," said Frank, Laguna Beach's former city manager, who lost his Mystic Hills home in the firestorm that began Oct. 27 on unincorporated county land before moving west into areas such as Emerald Bay and Three Arch Bay. Frank, now retired, was one of hundreds of residents whose houses burned to the ground.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 19, 2011
May is Heritage Month in Laguna and what better time to take a look at what has happened to our town. Last week, Mayor Toni Iseman spoke to two different groups, the Laguna Canyon Conservancy and the Chamber of Commerce, but her message was identical: Laguna is evolving. "Our heads should be spinning because of all the changes," Iseman said, speaking to the conservancy. She lauded some of the changes, lamented that budget constraints have impacted others, and loves the preservation of Laguna's indefinable "village character," including her home, which she said is virtually unchanged since she bought it in 1970.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | January 13, 2011
Since his 66th birthday when Ken Frank announced his retirement as city manager, he has been the talk of the town. Who would replace him? Who could replace him? How would he be replaced? His contributions to the city were lauded. His flaws — he was known to lose his temper occasionally, and he was sometimes abrupt with staff — were dissected; his skills applauded. An intensely private man, Frank spent almost half of his life in a very visible job. For 31 years, he maneuvered the city — and some said the City Council — through good times and bad. And there were some really bad times: the county bankruptcy, landslides, fire, the dreadful loss of lives to AIDS, state raids on local revenue to balance its own budget, and near mutinies in the police, fire and marine safety departments.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | January 6, 2011
Driftwood Properties, LLC has dedicated 75 acres of land in South Laguna to the city of Laguna Beach, including land earmarked for a hotly contested proposed housing project. The dedication was made at the Dec. 16 California Coastal Commission hearing in San Francisco by John Mansour, vice president of The Athens Group on behalf of Driftwood Properties, according to a news release issued Dec. 17. "The ownership of Driftwood Properties is very pleased to announce a gift of 75 acres of land to the city of Laguna Beach for the public's enjoyment in perpetuity," said Mansour.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | December 23, 2010
When City Manager Ken Frank retired, his longtime assistant Carol Bright wasn't far behind. Bright's last official day on the job was Dec. 15, three days after her boss ended his 31-year career in Laguna. She worked for Frank for 16 ½ years. "She was absolutely the perfect person for the position with Ken," City Clerk Martha Anderson said. "She handled every situation — regardless of what it was — with aplomb. " Bright, whose always-smiling face lighted up the City Manager's outer office, was unflappable when dealing with her boss, known to be demanding upon occasion — a description she would never voice — or confronted with some of Frank's more obstreperous visitors.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | November 4, 2010
"Lagunatics" ended its 2010 run Saturday, too bad for any folks who missed it. In the opinion of most of the audience and more than a few of the cast members it was the best "Lagunatics" ever. How funny was it? My computer died Saturday morning with five years of stories lost, but I laughed so hard that night at the antics on Forum Theatre stage, I ached. Pat Kollenda's star turn as a nun, directing a chorus singing Ha! Laguna, instead of Hallelujah was sidesplitting and tailor-made for her brand of ham. As a writer, I am in awe of the talents of Bree Burgess Rosen and Chris Quilter , who come up with the most delicious lyrics year-after-year, plugged into absolutely perfect music.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | October 7, 2010
Where else can you find tap-dancing goats, a singing city treasurer and the city manager portrayed as a flamboyantly caped member of Queen? Or how about an all-nude version of "The Last Supper"? Look no further than No Square Theatre's Lagunatics 2010, opening Oct. 16 at the Forum Theatre on the Festival of Arts grounds. This year's Lagunatics "roast of the coast" promises to be another hilariously madcap dash through musical theater history, with some rock 'n roll to spice it up. As usual, nothing is sacred and everything and everyone "Laguna" is up for grilling.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | August 12, 2010
The Laguna Beach Board of Education race is over almost before it began. With only the three incumbents in the race for the three seats on the board, incumbents Betsy Jenkins, Theresa O'Hare and Ketta Brown are deemed elected and their names will not even appear on the ballot, the registrar's office said. The three incumbents running for reelection to the City Council have one challenger: Emanuel Patrascu. Patrascu has positioned himself the anti-establishment candidate.
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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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