Miracle in Mystic Hills PAGE 3 Donation Drive Benefits Food Pantry PAGE 4 | CRIER Spellbound by First-Hand History Lesson PAGE 20 | SCHOOLS “Our Town-Our Paper” lbindy.com October 18, 2013 | Volume X, Issue 42 PHOtO by AndREA AdELSOn The View’s Fine From Two Decades Away By Rita Robinson | LB Indy He had just come up from the beach after reading and napping. And had gone to yoga earlier. Finally, the “Life of Reilly” after 31 years as the man in command; retired City Manager Ken Frank was never REMEMBERING THE caught cruising then, FIRESTORM but is gladly doing 20 so now. ry th A n niv e r s a It was a good mid-October day, all signs pointed to the sublime: blue skies, warm-enough water, glassy surf. In a little beach town trampled by summer tourists, it was finally a locals’ haven again. “It’s a good day,” Frank said. And a far cry from where he was standing 20 years ago. He was at the beach then, too, but it was Main Beach, and not to read and nap but to stand with other stricken residents as night was falling and flames were crawling over the hills and devouring their homes, even his Mystic Hills neighborhood, where almost all frank, page 31 fILE PHOtO Shayne Monahan, right, with his wife Amy Denes and her girls, Brooklyn and Sky Denes, in a Club Laguna apartment they say is making them sick. Tenants Claim Dwelling Ruins Their Health By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Two parents called on Laguna Beach’s City Council to take action to condemn some units in the Club Laguna apartment complex, which they contend are infused with toxic mold that has sickened their families. Mike Thomas and his wife Allison Corradini blame their daughter’s near death on the toxic mold found in her bedroom and believe other tenants in the 421-unit apartment complex are suffering similar problems since managers have failed to eradicate the problem in their home. “I will never forget the look on my 4-year-old’s face when she stopped breathing,” Thomas testified Tuesday during the meeting’s public comment period. Shayne Monahan, who lives in a unit a street above Thomas, made a similar plea. Two months after moving into the complex on El Toro Road, he and his wife and her two young daughters began to experience numerous health issues that they attribute to poisoning by mold, which the property manager failed to remove when repairing leaks. Both families independently hired mold-testing companies, whose analysis detected high thresholds of mold in different sections of their homes. The two families also say they hired Los mold, page 16 More Land Adds New Wrinkle to Entrance Debate By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Council moves ahead with housing priorities, flood channel improvements By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Adding a new twist to the controversial village entrance proposal, Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson announced at the City Council meeting Tuesday the city’s plan to buy nearby property for $5.3 million, which potentially could change the project significantly. Council member Steve Dicterow called the news “a game changer on the village entrance.” In other matters, the Council moved to press for improving senior housing options locally as part of a council, page 39 Ken Frank being interviewed prior to his retirement in 2010.