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By Barbara Diamond | February 5, 2009
State Sen. Tom Harman Tom Harman installed new officers and directors of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce at the annual dinner Jan. 30 at Tivoli Too. “It is a pleasure to be here this evening,” said Harman, who represents Laguna in the state legislature. However, Harman has not always been pleased with Laguna and his selection by the chamber to officiate raised some eyebrows. Harman opposed the Caltrans sale of the day labor site to Laguna for the state-appraised price of $18,000, which he pretty much characterized as highway robbery in an editorial made available to the media in January 2008.
NEWS
By BARBARA DIAMOND | February 3, 2006
When Dave Sanford was installed as president of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and Civic Assn. on Jan. 27, he had 88 years of history behind him. The chamber is one of the city's oldest and most active organizations. "It defines Laguna," said Supervisor Tom Wilson, keynote speaker at the 2006 Installation and Civic Awards Dinner held at Tivoli Too. Sanford succeeds Dennis Junka, who will continue to serve on the executive committee, along with Chris Lutz, first vice president; Chris Lange, second vice president; Bill Buus, secretary; and Dave Hicok, treasurer.
NEWS
By BARBARA DIAMOND | April 14, 2006
Toga or not toga? That was the question asked before the annual Laguna Outreach for Community Arts fundraiser April 6 at the Aegean restaurant. Support for the group, known as LOCA, was never in doubt. The event included belly dancing and a silent auction, including pledges of money for specific LOCA programs. Jeff Mulligan, Tom Simpson and Carolyn Bent signed the pledge to support school workshops. Mulligan also signed up, along with Donna Macey and LOCA co-chair Sharbie Higuchi, to support a week of art education for teens and kids.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | December 25, 2009
Hotelier and restaurateur Chris Keller has been elected president of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 2010. Keller owns the Hotel la Casa del Camino, K’ya Bistro, the Roof Top and Laguna Beach Inn. “Elected by the membership, the board of directors is a multi-disciplinary group of critical thinkers with a wide knowledge base,” said Executive Director Rose Hancock. “The board is balanced with directors who represent all facets of the business community, who provide perspectives.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 25, 2011
If you think Laguna has some architectural gems, wait until you see the gems created by some of Laguna's top architects and their contractors who competed for "Best of Show" in the inaugural Project Pet House fundraiser. The team of Morris Skenderian and Don McKeehan were the top dogs, according to a panel of judges that included Mayor Toni Iseman , City Manager John Pietig , Laguna Art Museum Director Bolton Colburn and Laguna Board of Realtors President Nancy Pooley . But the real judges will be the bidders on the houses.
LOCAL
By Gene Felder | March 9, 2009
The next Laguna Beach Historical Society program will be Monday, March 16th starting at 7:30 p.m. the Laguna Beach City Hall Council Chambers which is at 505 Forest Avenue. The public is invited and there is no charge. Historical Society Board Members Eric Jessen and Gene Felder will present a PowerPoint presentation "View and Discuss Historic Images from the Tom Pulley Postcard Collection".  According to Historical Society Treasurer Gene Felder "We had the great fortune of meeting Tom Pulley when he came to do research at the Murphy-Smith Bungalow.
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.
BUSINESS
By Barbara Diamond | February 2, 2007
The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce & Civic Assn. honored its own at the 2007 Spirit of Laguna Awards and installation of the Board of Directors, held Saturday at Tivoli Too!. Newly elected Supervisor Pat Bates installed the board: Dave Sanford, president; Jeffrey Redecker, president-elect; Bill Buus, vice president; Dave Hicok, treasurer; Kimberly Stuart, secretary; and members at large Iqbal Bahir, Chris Lange, John Campbell, Chris Lutz, Michelle Clark, Chuck Robinson, Steven Dicterow, Tom Simpson, Bob Dietrich, Shaun Tabor, Irbrahim Guirguis and Catherine Wilkinson.
NEWS
April 1, 2005
BARBARA DIAMOND "Only In Laguna" would the police chief flash his manly chest to raise funds for worthy causes. The Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliates sixth annual "Only in Laguna" Life's a Beach fashion show raised more than $30,000 for charity. Proceeds will benefit Ocean Laguna, created to preserve and protect our beaches; Sally's Fund, which helps seniors to live independent lives; and No Square Theatre, which offers theatrical opportunities for local amateur performers of all ages.
NEWS
By BARBARA DIAMOND | March 17, 2006
The Board of Realtors and Affiliates presented local models and local fashions for the enjoyment of a local audience for the "Seventh Annual Only in Laguna Fashion Show." "This is one of the most popular events all year in Laguna," show coordinator Patty Truman said. "Only in Laguna are the mayor and many local dignitaries on the runway modeling and having a great time. This is a heavenly place." Truman chose the theme for this year's show, "Laguna ? A Heavenly Place." She was inspired by Arnold Hano's description of Mayor Elizabeth Pearson-Schneider as "Laguna's Angel" for her efforts on behalf of the families displaced by the Bluebird Canyon landslide.
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LOCAL
By Barbara Diamond | February 5, 2009
State Sen. Tom Harman Tom Harman installed new officers and directors of the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce at the annual dinner Jan. 30 at Tivoli Too. “It is a pleasure to be here this evening,” said Harman, who represents Laguna in the state legislature. However, Harman has not always been pleased with Laguna and his selection by the chamber to officiate raised some eyebrows. Harman opposed the Caltrans sale of the day labor site to Laguna for the state-appraised price of $18,000, which he pretty much characterized as highway robbery in an editorial made available to the media in January 2008.
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