“Our Town-Our Paper” lbindy.com PHOTO BY TED RECKAS June 10, 2011 | Volume X, Issue 23 Telling the Homegrown Tale By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Just days a er returning to his beat as the police department’s community outreach o cer, where he gets to know the local home-less population on a personal level, Corporal Jason Farris will step into a di erent role. He is one of a number of per-formers in “Stories of Home,” the June 16 fundraiser at Seven Degrees for the Friendship Shelter, which provides area homeless with secure temporary housing while help-ing them to rebuild their lives and move to self su ciency. HOME, page 24 Cottages Scrapped for Scrap Lumber By Rita Robinson | LB Indy e City Council sent the three ird Street cottages being stored in an open eld in Laguna Canyon to the wrecking crew Tuesday night, denying local land-owner Scott Tenney’s o er of nancial support to move at least one to open space in Bluebird Canyon for use as a community/environmental center. Tenney said he already has $50,000 set aside for the project that he estimated would require at least 60 days to de-velop with private funding sources and $500,000 to complete. “Perhaps I’m be-ing a lamb led to slaughter here in terms of this project,” commented Tenney, who had envisioned using one cottage as an ecological education center at his 15-acre organic farm. “I realize it’s fairly late in the game here, but if there is a will and a willingness, let’s make a run at this.” Tenney recently dropped his plan to move a cottage to his Bluebird Canyon property due to the expense of breaking the cottage into segments and using a crane to li it up onto the hill. Moving the cottage to the city’s 3.2 acres of open space across the street, he said, would cost a lot less. e council, however, decided that time has run out on the worn and weath-ered historic cottages, which have been stored in the eld at Big Bend next to Victoria Skimboards for four years. “ ey were C-rated when they went out to the canyon (the lowest historic rating),” commented councilman Kelly Boyd, “and now I consider them to be D-rated, which stands for demolition. We spent over $100,000 just to move them and then ended up buying the stilts they sat on. To think somebody’s going COTTAGES, page 22 After the council determined that another design store’s wares are sufﬁ ciently different from existing competitors, Gina Marie Harris and daughter Natasha opened for business this week. Inquiry Progresses in Acid Attack By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy Police served a search warrant and seized evidence at the home of a man suspected in a “stink bomb” attack on a Laguna Beach couple, though no charges have been led in last Friday’s incident that forced the temporary evacuation of two neighboring apartment complexes on Cypress Drive. Investigators interviewed the man, who was not further identi ed by police but is known by the victims, again on Wednesday, Lt. Jason Kravetz said ursday. “He knows he’s a suspect,” said Kravetz, who described the incident as “some sort of stalking situation.” In an interview with CBS Channel Welcome or Not, Seaside Interiors Opens its Doors By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Even though any potential customers had already scurried home by 9:30 p.m., Gina Marie Harris went straight to her new Seaside Interiors design store and threw open the doors Tuesday a er winning approval from the City Council to nally conduct business despite other downtown merchants opposing “unfair” competition. Ensuring that the store opened for business the next day, the council supported the Plan-ning Commission’s earlier thumbs-up for the Ocean and Beach Avenue design shop with one condition: Harris must display one-of-a-kind merchandise on 60 percent of her 900-square-foot display oor. “We’re down for that,” said Mark Christy, co-owner of Tuvalu Home Furnishings who, along with four other downtown area home décor storeowners, led the appeal protesting the store’s opening, “providing she (Harris) lives up to her email saying she would respect this very, very, very ne vendor list.” Disclosing what they considered “trade secrets,” the group of shop owners known as the Beach Forest Association revealed their coveted product supplier lists in an attempt to show the council that too much of the same things results in unfair competition. “If we’re not unique, we’re just going to shoot each other in the foot,” said Christy, who also owns Hobie Surf Shop. “I’ve looked in the window; it’s shocking,” added Christy’s sister and Tuvalu partner Laurie Alter. “It’s the same vendors on her oor and my oor. I beg to di er that it’s a di erent look.” With doors locked on a completely stocked, decorated and customer-ready store for more than a month, Harris said 60 per-cent of her display products, particularly the furniture, are already custom-made by her and her daughter Natasha. “We’re beyond just one style,” said Harris. “What we create is unique for every individual client that comes in.” Christy told the council that Harris sent an email to her downtown competitors on May 13 asking for a list of vendors they didn’t want her to carry and promising not to replicate the same products. Harris said she SEASIDE, page 25 Inside A&E Calendar Town Crier Letters to Editor Limelight Street Beat BOMB, page 27 2 4 6 8 10 14 18 20 Inside Coastal Real Estate Guide: Find out how much money was raised for local Laguna organi-zations at the recent Taste for Charity and silent art auction, where John Eagle demonstrated his cra . 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