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Archive for August, 2013

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Village Matters: Let Nature Sing

Village Matters: Let Nature Sing

Ever wonder why Laguna Beach became an art colony?  Yes, it’s beautiful but there’s more to it than that. The artists who sought out Laguna around the turn of the last century came not just to paint pretty pictures, but to experience and express their beliefs about the spirituality of nature.  Laguna Beach in its isolation, […]

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What Are They Thinking?

What Are They Thinking?

Editor, The city just received a $50,000 parking study that concluded we could have the functional equivalent of 200-400 parking spaces in the downtown where they are needed and at a very low cost. It doesn’t make sense to build a $65 million dollar parking structure given this reasonable, sensible, economical alternative that better meets […]

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Fee Hike Requires a Coastal Development Permit

Fee Hike Requires a Coastal Development Permit

Editor, The three council members that voted in favor of the current village entrance project have promised to institute a $1 per hour parking meter rate increase to help cover the cost of this multi-million dollar nightmare. Any increases to parking fees requires approval by the California Coastal Commission. Since these same three city council […]

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Parking Garage’s Cost Seems an Unwise Investment

Parking Garage’s Cost Seems an Unwise Investment

Editor, I write as a longtime resident of Laguna Beach (17 years) to express my concern over the proposed parking structure, and specifically that the City Council cannot see its way through to allow a vote on this controversial subject. This whacky proposal spends $250,000 of cold hard cash for each new parking space.  That […]

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Parking Garage’s Use Questioned

Parking Garage’s Use Questioned

Editor, I attended Laguna’s meeting about the village entrance on Monday. I am rather disheartened by some of the responses I heard from John Pietig. I asked Mr. Pietig if there had been any market research done on the proposed garage to substantiate the contention that I have been hearing from certain members of the […]

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Canyon’s Beauty Lost in the Discussion

Canyon’s Beauty Lost in the Discussion

Editor, One of the public comments at the last City Council meeting addressed William Wendt’s appreciation of beauty (as it relates to the village entrance project), which seemed to conjure images of conflicting views on beauty in Laguna Beach.  An excellent essay by Will South in Laguna Art Museum’s catalogue of Wendt’s works states that Wendt […]

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Other Issues Merit Funding, Too

Other Issues Merit Funding, Too

Editor, We need to un-link the revenue from the proposed village entrance parking structure from the revenue projected to be raised from raising rates on existing meters. These are completely separate.  Building a new structure does not generate the additional $2 million per year projected to come from raising existing meter rates. The meters are […]

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Preservation Includes Respect for all Creatures

Preservation Includes Respect for all Creatures

Editor, Re: “Pet Owners Schooled on Scaring Off Coyotes,” Aug. 23. I sincerely have heart felt sympathy toward any pet owner that has lost their beloved animal. 

The problem lies in our perception to our local environment that we share with these wild animals. 
We should stop to think what would happen if the coyote […]

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Rein in Territorial Instincts

Rein in Territorial Instincts

Editor, I wanted to respond to Michele Leighton’s complaint that Bluebird Park concert attendees removed “reserved parking blockades” that she had placed for her “late arriving guests” (“Concert Goers Leave an Unpleasant Impression,” Aug. 23, Letters.) I don’t believe there is any provision in the law that allows a person to “reserve” a public parking […]

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Incensed Over Tree Ordinance, Cutting

Incensed Over Tree Ordinance, Cutting

Editor, Not a return to the old village; not common sense; not economically responsible. This city council continues to march to its own drum, not its promises, building an ill-conceived cement entrance to Laguna and destroying all of our old growth trees. The new view ordinance does not let a neighborhood decide or even be informed […]

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Starbucks Study Session

Starbucks Study Session

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Crowning Table Top Champs

Crowning Table Top Champs

Good-natured ribbing between players as well as intense, competitive ping pong characterized last Saturday’s third annual table tennis tournament at The Susi Q Senior Center. Fifteen players competed in singles and doubles brackets.   Singles: Russell Singer William Ta.   Doubles: Russel Singer & Fiona Skye Mo Ramhormozi & Don Clarfeld         […]

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New Coaches Hope to Build on Past Success

New Coaches Hope to Build on Past Success

Laguna Beach High welcomes two new faces to its head coaching ranks this fall, as Lance Stewart and Mike Churchill, two of the school’s most successful coaches, stepped down from their respective programs following last season. After a 21-4-1 record, an Orange Coast league title, and back-to-back CIF final four appearances over the past two […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Syria And Stocks The prospects of military action brought on by events in Syria sobered the stock market. Beyond the human costs inherent in any military action, troubles in the Middle East usually bring higher energy prices. Similar events in the past seem to have conditioned investors, whose reactions this time were not as overdone […]

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Committing Their Time, Sharing Their Knowledge

Committing Their Time, Sharing Their Knowledge

Aaron and Shira Alcouloumre first got involved with Laguna Beach’s day labor center by dropping off day-old bread, their joint b’nai mitzvah project in 2010. The siblings next raised $3,000 to pay for installation of a water fountain at the center, a need the workers identified. And each Christmas since, the teens raised funds to […]