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By Joanna Clay | February 16, 2012
The following is from the Feb. 7 Laguna Niguel City Council meeting. * SDG&E vows to remove 42 poles Duane Cave, San Diego Gas & Electric senior project manager in external affairs, unveiled a $20-million project to the council, which would include the removal of 42 power poles and re-route both power lines underground in the city. Only two poles would remain. Cave said the city has had problems with erosion and slippage, since the transmission line runs through three canyons, forcing poles to be taken down and installed in locations further from slopes.
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By Joanna Clay | February 9, 2012
Laguna Niguel city staff must decide whether three council members have conflicts of interest when it comes to passing a state-mandated ordinance. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is required by state law to identify "Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones" in every city, City Manager Tim Casey said Wednesday. Then the city has 120 days to recommend and approve an ordinance adopting the zone. This month marks the 120-day deadline. At Tuesday's City Council meeting, council members Gary Capata, Linda Lindholm and Joe Brown noted that they live in the affected zone, which is in the western edge of the city, adjacent to the Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, South Laguna Beach and part of Dana Point.
NEWS
February 9, 2012
Fugitive rocker arrested while touring with band Police arrested a fugitive wanted in Connecticut last week when he and his touring blues band stopped for a gig in Laguna Niguel. Johnny Vibrato - whose real name is John McNally, 49 - eluded law enforcement for two years while touring with the band he sings and plays guitar for, the Razorbacks. Connecticut prosecutors charged McNally in 2010 with multiple counts of sexual assault and injury on a minor. Tustin police found McNally in Laguna Niguel after Connecticut state police informed them his band might be somewhere in Southern California.
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By Joanna Clay | January 19, 2012
When one hears Gavyn Bailey's voice, it's hard to believe that the 13-year-old from Laguna Niguel doesn't have a recording contract. On YouTube he sings Ingrid Michaelson's "The Way I am" as if the song were written for him. While some kids might point to a heavy course load or an active social life as distractions, Gavyn's had to battle a much larger obstacle when it comes to focusing on his music. At 3 years old, Gavyn had a kidney transplant. His mother, Giselle Bailey, said that the day before he was born she was told he might not make it. About a year ago, his body rejected the transplanted kidney - a common occurrence for transplant patients - which caused him to have high blood pressure and a brain hemorrhage.
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By Joanna Clay | January 12, 2012
When Collective Habit owner Ashley O'Leary got into a car accident, she turned a lemon into lemonade and used the insurance money to open her secondhand boutique last month. The new Laguna Niguel store is a family affair: Ashley O'Leary owns it with her husband, Mitch. Their two daughters, an infant and a toddler, frequently make appearances as patrons peruse the racks of gently worn, stylish clothing sold at affordable prices. Mitch's cousin, Jené Raes, is a partner. "It's great when you can come here with $100 and leave with a whole wardrobe," said Mitch, 29. "At Nordstrom you can barely walk away with a pair of pants.
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By Joanna Clay | January 12, 2012
It's Wednesday night in a Costa Mesa warehouse. For The Gromble, that means rehearsing until 1 a.m. The Laguna Niguel-based rock band is preparing for its potential recognition at the Orange County Music Awards. The Gromble's Detroit Bar showcase on Jan. 3 proved successful, with a packed house and positive reviews. They're also gearing up to finish their latest album, which they hope to have out by the time the awards show comes in March. The band is fronted by Spencer Askin, 21, who not only does vocals but also plays guitar and the occasional trumpet.
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By Joanna Clay | January 5, 2012
Laguna Niguel residents are content with where they live, according to survey results. When asked about overall quality of life, 95% of residents responded that it was excellent or good. True North Research President Timothy McLarney presented his findings from the Resident Satisfaction Survey to the City Council at Tuesday's meeting and noted they were some of the best he had ever seen. The telephone poll lasted about 20 minutes and included 400 registered voters chosen at random.
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