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November 14, 2013
A Laguna Beach-based media company has acquired Lagunabeach.com, a website that promotes the city's businesses, writers and events, according to a consultant who helped broker the deal. LB Interactive LLC purchased Lagunabeach.com from The Castello Cities Internet Network for an undisclosed sum, CCIN executive Vice President Kate Buckley wrote in an email. Buckley consulted with LB Interactive on the purchase and will work on the transition. "Over the next few weeks, we will be working closely with CCIN to ensure a smooth transition before introducing a completely new look featuring state-of-the-art technologies that will transform Lagunabeach.com into one of the world's most impressive city sites — providing a wealth of information about Laguna Beach for our visitors and residents as well as generating maximum revenue for our advertisers.
NEWS
September 17, 2012
Age: 67.  Education: University of San Francisco.  Top issues: environment/sustainability, community character, arts.  Website:   www.VernaRollinger.com .
NEWS
April 19, 2012
Laguna Beach has been named one of the 20 best small towns in America, according to Smithsonian Magazine. The town landed on the list as No. 17. The magazine's website cited Laguna's impressive art scene, including the Sawdust Art Festival, the Laguna Playhouse and the annual Laguna Dance Festival, which is going on now. The blurb also mentions Laguna's beautiful coastlines, wildlife and the nature of Laguna Canyon. The No. 1 small town in the country is Great Barrington, Mass., according to the website.
NEWS
February 15, 2013
The Laguna Beach Planning Commission will hold the third of three workshops on the Downtown Parking Management Plan at 6:30 p.m. March 20 in Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. The workshop will build on previous studies to evaluate the existing parking plan, according to the city's website. The public will be able to comment on parking opportunities, constraints and current policies. A consultant will update commissioners on the plan. Residents, employees and business owners are encouraged to attend.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | May 1, 2013
Two Camp Pendleton Marines accused of shooting at eight storefronts and 17 vehicles within Laguna Beach last year were sentenced to three years probation and 80 hours of community service Tuesday, according to the Orange County Superior Court website. Joseph Ikaika Nahale of Fremont and Jesse Jordan Ivie of Gresham, Ore., both 20, pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor vandalism resulting in less than $400 in damage, the court's website said. Multiple misdemeanor and federal vandalism counts were dismissed.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | August 8, 2013
A man reported missing by his Laguna Beach family in 2011 was found inside a freezer in a Ventura public storage facility in June, Ventura police announced Wednesday in a news release. Detectives found the body of Jeffrey Korber, who would have turned 60 on April 12, inside a working freezer at Ventura Mini Storage on June 28, Ventura police Cmdr. Darin Schindler said. Schindler would not comment on the body's condition, citing the ongoing investigation. Detectives determined Korber was living with Mary “Francesca” Hannan, 66, and that the two had a dating relationship, according to the release.
NEWS
March 28, 2013
Man yells, spits at officer Laguna Beach Police charged a man with assault after he yelled obscenities and flipped off an officer at a traffic stop Saturday, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. Police arrested Laguna Beach resident Eli Grossman, 60, after responding to a call at 9:52 a.m. in the 1000 block of Glenneyre Street, Callus said. Grossman drove up to the officer and began yelling, according to the report. The officer reportedly turned to get away and Grossman followed him. The officer parked his car and Grossman came to the officer's door and continued yelling obscenities, Callus said.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | June 20, 2013
Two years ago, students in Carl Nelson's world civilizations class would have encountered this essay question: Persuade me why you feel this way. The question as phrased appeals to emotion, said Nelson, a Thurston Middle School instructor. In coming years, the question will be, "Analyze a source's credibility and use evidence to support the argument," Nelson said. The shift is part of Common Core, new state testing standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2011
Paintings by artist from Down Under to appear in Laguna The McCollum Gallery in Laguna Beach on Saturday night will open a solo exhibition of works by Gabrielle Pool, a New Zealand-born Australian painter. "Dreamings: Aboriginal-inspired works by Gabrielle Pool" will run at the gallery at 206 N. Coast Hwy. through Nov. 10, according to a news release. The body of work by Pool came out of a pair of trips into the Australia's Outback region, where she spent time with female artists in an aboriginal tribe.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Alisha Gomez | December 26, 2012
A reader tipped me off to CloudMover Day Spa in Huntington Beach, which recently moved from Old World Village to Five Points Plaza. Last month, CloudMover Day Spa was named No. 1 Day Spa on the Orange County Hot List, a website that lets people vote on the hottest things in Orange County. It also nabbed "Best Day Spa" in 2010 and "Best Massage" in 2011 on the website, according to a news release. The salon bills itself as "Where the locals go," and was started in 2006 by Anne Mason-Arnold, a former advertising exec turned entrepreneur.
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NEWS
November 14, 2013
A Laguna Beach-based media company has acquired Lagunabeach.com, a website that promotes the city's businesses, writers and events, according to a consultant who helped broker the deal. LB Interactive LLC purchased Lagunabeach.com from The Castello Cities Internet Network for an undisclosed sum, CCIN executive Vice President Kate Buckley wrote in an email. Buckley consulted with LB Interactive on the purchase and will work on the transition. "Over the next few weeks, we will be working closely with CCIN to ensure a smooth transition before introducing a completely new look featuring state-of-the-art technologies that will transform Lagunabeach.com into one of the world's most impressive city sites — providing a wealth of information about Laguna Beach for our visitors and residents as well as generating maximum revenue for our advertisers.
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By Bryce Alderton and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | August 8, 2013
A man reported missing by his Laguna Beach family in 2011 was found inside a freezer in a Ventura public storage facility in June, Ventura police announced Wednesday in a news release. Detectives found the body of Jeffrey Korber, who would have turned 60 on April 12, inside a working freezer at Ventura Mini Storage on June 28, Ventura police Cmdr. Darin Schindler said. Schindler would not comment on the body's condition, citing the ongoing investigation. Detectives determined Korber was living with Mary “Francesca” Hannan, 66, and that the two had a dating relationship, according to the release.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | June 20, 2013
Two years ago, students in Carl Nelson's world civilizations class would have encountered this essay question: Persuade me why you feel this way. The question as phrased appeals to emotion, said Nelson, a Thurston Middle School instructor. In coming years, the question will be, "Analyze a source's credibility and use evidence to support the argument," Nelson said. The shift is part of Common Core, new state testing standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | May 1, 2013
Two Camp Pendleton Marines accused of shooting at eight storefronts and 17 vehicles within Laguna Beach last year were sentenced to three years probation and 80 hours of community service Tuesday, according to the Orange County Superior Court website. Joseph Ikaika Nahale of Fremont and Jesse Jordan Ivie of Gresham, Ore., both 20, pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor vandalism resulting in less than $400 in damage, the court's website said. Multiple misdemeanor and federal vandalism counts were dismissed.
NEWS
March 28, 2013
Man yells, spits at officer Laguna Beach Police charged a man with assault after he yelled obscenities and flipped off an officer at a traffic stop Saturday, Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. Police arrested Laguna Beach resident Eli Grossman, 60, after responding to a call at 9:52 a.m. in the 1000 block of Glenneyre Street, Callus said. Grossman drove up to the officer and began yelling, according to the report. The officer reportedly turned to get away and Grossman followed him. The officer parked his car and Grossman came to the officer's door and continued yelling obscenities, Callus said.
NEWS
February 15, 2013
The Laguna Beach Planning Commission will hold the third of three workshops on the Downtown Parking Management Plan at 6:30 p.m. March 20 in Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. The workshop will build on previous studies to evaluate the existing parking plan, according to the city's website. The public will be able to comment on parking opportunities, constraints and current policies. A consultant will update commissioners on the plan. Residents, employees and business owners are encouraged to attend.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Alisha Gomez | December 26, 2012
A reader tipped me off to CloudMover Day Spa in Huntington Beach, which recently moved from Old World Village to Five Points Plaza. Last month, CloudMover Day Spa was named No. 1 Day Spa on the Orange County Hot List, a website that lets people vote on the hottest things in Orange County. It also nabbed "Best Day Spa" in 2010 and "Best Massage" in 2011 on the website, according to a news release. The salon bills itself as "Where the locals go," and was started in 2006 by Anne Mason-Arnold, a former advertising exec turned entrepreneur.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2012
The website for the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts has been given a makeover — the first in nearly a decade. The famed venue for the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and the Pageant of the Masters recently introduced a user-friendly website. Combining traditional colors and graphics with advanced navigational and search functionality, the redesign has incorporated social media tools, a radically revised event calendar and an expansive artist database. "After months of development with our website designers, we're very excited to unveil the new website in conjunction with the Festival's and Pageant's 80th anniversary celebration," Sharbie Higuchi, director of marketing and PR for the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, said in a release.
NEWS
September 17, 2012
Age: 67.  Education: University of San Francisco.  Top issues: environment/sustainability, community character, arts.  Website:   www.VernaRollinger.com .
NEWS
April 19, 2012
Laguna Beach has been named one of the 20 best small towns in America, according to Smithsonian Magazine. The town landed on the list as No. 17. The magazine's website cited Laguna's impressive art scene, including the Sawdust Art Festival, the Laguna Playhouse and the annual Laguna Dance Festival, which is going on now. The blurb also mentions Laguna's beautiful coastlines, wildlife and the nature of Laguna Canyon. The No. 1 small town in the country is Great Barrington, Mass., according to the website.
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