Laguna Beach Police Employees ’ Association Reach Tentative Labor Agreement with City

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Former St . Catherine Parish School a Unique Part of Laguna History

By Skip Hellewell | Special to the LB Indy
Laguna Beach recently bought the former St . Catherine of Siena Parish School for $ 23 million . Many thought it seemed a reasonable price for 6.5 acres of coastal land with 39,500 square feet of school buildings . But that ’ s just the money part . Laguna Beach Indy columnist Skip Hellewell wondered about the human side of the story , did a little digging , and found not one , but two , parochial schools in Laguna , each with a lost story .
Checking with Nelda Stone at Laguna Library , I learned of Sacred Heart Convent School , built in 1927 , the year Laguna Beach incorporated . Located at 450 Glenneyre , the site of today ’ s Alice Court affordable housing , it was staffed by the Sisters of St . Dominis , based in Havana , Cuba . Besides schooling , the convent offered boarding for children and daycare for working moms . Dominican nuns from Cuba teaching and boarding kids in early Laguna ? It cries for a back story . Unfortunately , I found only this 1946 article in South Coast News , “ Convent Closed After Twelve Years Service .” The report offered little detail , only that the nuns were grateful for Laguna ’ s support and were returning to Havana , Cuba .
Eleven years later , Laguna got its second
By Clara Beard
In late December , the Laguna Beach High School Boys Basketball Team partnered with the City of Hope Cancer Center to host the first-ever blood donation drive at LBHS . More than 80 people registered to donate blood , maxing out the number of spots available in a single day
The Former St . Catherine of Siena Parish School sits on 6.5 acres and was recently purchased by the City of Laguna Beach for $ 23 million . Photo / LB Indy
Catholic school . The stimulus for St . Catherine ’ s School was the post-World War II “ baby boom ,” which in the 50s drove a wave of building under Cardinal McIntyre with twelve parish schools opening in Orange County , including St . Catherine ’ s . The 6.5-acre site above Coast Highway has a story . Part of the original 1883 Franklin
for blood donations . Almost those who registered , around 70 donated blood , which is believed to be a record high for a single day ’ s blood drive with City of Hope .
Many donors who came to the school designated their blood donation to City of Hope patient Arash Rounaghi , who is
Goff homestead , the 136-acre farm went through various hands until heiress Florence Dolph bought it in 1905 , later transferring it to her sister Blanche Dolph ’ s cleverly named Dolphin Company . In 1943 , Laguna doctor Paul Esslinger and

BREAKERS BASKETBALL TEAM HOSTS LBHS FIRST-EVER DONATION BLOOD DRIVE currently battling cancer . Rounaghi is the father of LBHS varsity basketball player and senior Oliver Rounaghi and LBHS varsity basketball player alumnus Arthur Rounaghi , who is currently attending the Air Force Academy . Both sons came to

Laguna Beach Police Employees ’ Association Reach Tentative Labor Agreement with City
Total police compensation package expected to put Laguna second in Orange County
By LB Indy Staff
The City of Laguna Beach has announced it has reached a tentative three-year labor agreement with the Laguna Beach Police Employees ’ Association ( LBPEA ). On Wednesday , LBPEA membership overwhelmingly voted in favor of the tentative agreement , which provides a compensation package to address issues of recruitment and retention of police officers . The agreement also offers incentives for professional growth and development in law enforcement .
“ At its core , this agreement is about supporting public safety , and we are pleased to offer the police officers and other employees in our police department a generous compensation package that reflects their level of dedication and commitment to this community ,” Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen said . “ I ’ d like


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