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By Cindy Frazier | January 28, 2010
A suspect in a decade-long string of rape cases, two of which originated in Laguna Beach, is in custody in Austria after a DNA match through Interpol, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office. Ali Achekzai, 32, formerly of Ladera Ranch, is suspected of being an international serial rapist, the district attorney alleged. Achekzai, who was on the district attorney’s 10 Most Wanted list, used multiple aliases and lived in various countries before he was apprehended Tuesday in an Austrian hotel after a DNA match.
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By Barbara Diamond | November 16, 2007
Day laborers seeking jobs could once again take to the streets if a court ruling prevents the city from using taxpayers? money to fund the hiring center on Laguna Canyon Road, the Laguna Beach city manager said. The national group Judicial Watch filed suit in October 2006 on behalf of Eileen Garcia and George Riviere, who seek to stop the use of city funds for the site, arguing the funds aid illegal immigrants in violation of federal immigration law. Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for today in Santa Ana Superior Court.
BUSINESS
By Liyna Anwar | August 28, 2009
A new résumé-building company will, fittingly, open for business in Laguna Beach just in time for Labor Day. ResuWe.com, a free online résumé building company, will hold its launch party at 4 p.m. Wednesday at its offices, 1100 S. Coast Hwy, Suite 212. According to Jeff Schwartzman, co-founder of ResuWe.com, the company is not your average résumé service. “We’re doing this from a recruiter’s perspective and bring a combined 25 years of experience in the industry,” said Schwartzman.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Ashley Breeding, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | February 10, 2011
At the age of 14, Henry Garcia felt "drawn" to the priesthood, which would lead him, beginning in 1949, to devote much of his life to theological and philosophical studies. Now a retired U.S. probation and parole officer, the Laguna resident has applied his religious educational background to writing his first novel, "Matthew's Call to Qumran," the journey of a young Essene who denies familial pressures to lead a traditional life and carry on the family name, to devote his life to Adonai (Hebrew for "God")
NEWS
November 30, 2007
The Day Labor Site that has served Laguna Beach so well for nearly 20 years is safe, at least for the foreseeable future. Superior Court judge Gregory Munoz got it right when he determined that the center “provides a public benefit” no matter who its “customers” are — whether legal to work or not. Laguna has hung onto its Day Labor Site in the face of a two-year onslaught of criticism, protests and in-your-face tactics...
NEWS
January 27, 2006
The Laguna Beach Patriot's Day Committee may have a fight on its hands in rejecting the Minuteman Project from marching in the March 4 parade. Minutemen founder Jim Gilchrist vows to file a lawsuit on the grounds of discrimination, and he could have a case. Parade organizers didn't ask or want to tangle with Gilchrist, whose group has been protesting since last spring at the city's job center on Laguna Canyon Road. The protests have been greeted with disgust by most in the community, who remember the days when day-labor seekers were gathered on the city's sidewalks and street corners willy-nilly, instead of being accommodated in an organized fashion with facilities and toilets.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | June 24, 2010
Immigration rights activists are planning to be at the Laguna Beach Bus Depot today to hand out literature and "bear witness" in case Border Patrol agents conduct a rumored enforcement activity, part of a series of actions over the past several weeks in Laguna. Glenna Matthews, of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's Social Action Committee, said her group had been informed by a Laguna Beach police officer that the Border Patrol is planning a checkpoint at the north, south and eastern borders of the city Friday, and that agents would also target people getting off buses in Laguna Beach.
NEWS
July 21, 2006
Idealists and pragmatists in Laguna Beach can both agree that the Day Labor Center is a good thing that must be kept in place if the city is to keep a handle on the scores of people who solicit work here. The demise of such centers in other towns, such as Costa Mesa, has made it more important, not less important, to keep the Laguna Beach facility operating. This area is known for paying relatively high wages to temporary workers and for its numerous construction projects: the good, plentiful jobs are here.
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By Ashley Breeding, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | February 10, 2011
At the age of 14, Henry Garcia felt "drawn" to the priesthood, which would lead him, beginning in 1949, to devote much of his life to theological and philosophical studies. Now a retired U.S. probation and parole officer, the Laguna resident has applied his religious educational background to writing his first novel, "Matthew's Call to Qumran," the journey of a young Essene who denies familial pressures to lead a traditional life and carry on the family name, to devote his life to Adonai (Hebrew for "God")
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By Cindy Frazier | January 28, 2010
A suspect in a decade-long string of rape cases, two of which originated in Laguna Beach, is in custody in Austria after a DNA match through Interpol, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office. Ali Achekzai, 32, formerly of Ladera Ranch, is suspected of being an international serial rapist, the district attorney alleged. Achekzai, who was on the district attorney’s 10 Most Wanted list, used multiple aliases and lived in various countries before he was apprehended Tuesday in an Austrian hotel after a DNA match.
BUSINESS
By Liyna Anwar | August 28, 2009
A new résumé-building company will, fittingly, open for business in Laguna Beach just in time for Labor Day. ResuWe.com, a free online résumé building company, will hold its launch party at 4 p.m. Wednesday at its offices, 1100 S. Coast Hwy, Suite 212. According to Jeff Schwartzman, co-founder of ResuWe.com, the company is not your average résumé service. “We’re doing this from a recruiter’s perspective and bring a combined 25 years of experience in the industry,” said Schwartzman.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | November 16, 2007
Day laborers seeking jobs could once again take to the streets if a court ruling prevents the city from using taxpayers? money to fund the hiring center on Laguna Canyon Road, the Laguna Beach city manager said. The national group Judicial Watch filed suit in October 2006 on behalf of Eileen Garcia and George Riviere, who seek to stop the use of city funds for the site, arguing the funds aid illegal immigrants in violation of federal immigration law. Oral arguments in the case are scheduled for today in Santa Ana Superior Court.
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