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Archive for June, 2014

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Council Raises Pay of Top Manager

Council Raises Pay of Top Manager

The City Council adopted changes to the city’s 2014-15 budget last week, finalizing proposed uses for a $1.3 million windfall thanks to higher revenue estimates. The revisions, along with other tweaks, bring the budget to $51.7 million, up from the $49.7 million originally outlined in the two-year budget adopted last year. The newly budgeted items […]

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Realtors Block Sale-Triggered Sewer Inspections

Realtors Block Sale-Triggered Sewer Inspections

Considering options to reduce sewage spills, the City Council rejected a controversial proposal to require home sellers to inspect their own sewer connections with video cameras, a measure opposed by realtors. Instead, they asked city staff to draw up an alternate proposal that might require all property owners to examine their sewer lines with video […]

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Canyon Residents Reject Homeless Neighbors

Canyon Residents Reject Homeless Neighbors

Tempers flared during the second of three community forums hosted by the Friendship Shelter last week to discuss their permanent supportive housing proposal. Thursday’s meeting targeted the project’s impact on Laguna Canyon, but at the outset many of the 45 or so canyon residents who showed up seemed more interested in opposing its location in […]

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Schools Just Average for Computer Use

Schools Just Average for Computer Use

Laguna public schools are average when it comes to computer collaboration in the classroom, according to a survey of students and teachers by the school district’s new technology director. And Mike Morrison said it’s his job to change that. More students need to use computers to collaborate on projects more often and to communicate with […]

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Guards Hook a New Home

Guards Hook a New Home

The entire Laguna Beach City Council was present to cut the ribbon last Friday on the city’s $7 million lifeguard headquarters, a more than year-long construction project at the north end of Main Beach initiated in 1999 and redesigned six times. “This building will allow employees to be more effective and accessible,” Chief Kevin Snow […]

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Festival Nurtures a Family of Artists

Festival Nurtures a Family of Artists

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent Artists credit the Sawdust Festival, the arts and crafts festival whose 48th summer show opens Friday, June 27 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 31, with providing them financial support and creative motivation for an entire year. The entirety of jewelry-maker and 30-year festival veteran Karen Joy’s yearly income […]

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Housing for Homeless Encounters Resistence

Housing for Homeless Encounters Resistence

Editor, The proposed development for a permanent supportive 40 unit housing project to house those mental and/or physical disabled will include those with chronic substance abuse issues since sobriety is neither mandatory nor required for any resident. The disabled were identified as those homeless who are mentally (schizophrenia, bipolar, Tourette syndrome, severely depressed, etc), physically […]

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Homeless Forums Need More Attention

Homeless Forums Need More Attention

Editor, As a college student, I never certainly think of possible issues that are being encountered in Laguna Beach, because let’s face it, it’s a city of paradise and nothing can be wrong with that. But for someone who is just simply passing by and not really paying attention, the homeless seem to be a […]

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Corrections:

Corrections:

In the June 20 article, “The President Rolls Through Town,” the name of UC Irvine Prof. James L. McGaugh was spelled incorrectly.   A book signing by Liz Fenton and Lisa Stein took place last week at Laguna Beach Books, not Laguna Art Museum.   A battle of the bands contest to win a recording […]

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Correction McKnight:

Correction McKnight:

The article “Disciplined Teacher Plans to Retire” in the June 20 edition imprecisely attributed facts from a lawsuit filed on behalf of Joanie McKnight to her attorney, James Guziak, rather than from the court record itself. A statement that McKnight refused to submit to a sobriety test was misattributed to Guziak, rather than court records, […]

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Summer Hibernation Starts

Summer Hibernation Starts

Enjoy what’s left of your off season routine. Last Saturday, June 21, marked the official start of summer and the arrival of tourists. With the economy recovering, this year we can expect more people in town than ever. Additionally, Irvine has been hurriedly producing new homes with “closeness to Laguna Beach” as one of its […]

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Stores Feed People, Not Cars

Stores Feed People, Not Cars

Editor, On a stroll over to Whole Foods I confirmed it. Once in place and now removed, the public benches, umbrellas, picnic tables are all gone now. The bike rack is stuffed next to a ventilation pump while the parking lot looks staged for Cal Worthington and Channel 5. My car doesn’t eat bananas so […]

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Canyon Tranquility in Need of Protection

Canyon Tranquility in Need of Protection

Editor, (This letter also went to council members.) The ASL homeless shelter on Canyon Road continues to disrupt the safety of canyon residents on a daily basis as the homeless walk down the canyon road into the city. Unfortunately, homeless often stop in the neighborhoods creating nuisance and safety issues with the residents ability to […]

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Gift’s Proceeds Provides Seed Money for Park

Gift’s Proceeds Provides Seed Money for Park

Editor, As evidenced in Howard Hills’ recent column (“Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights,” June 20 edition) it appears there is still misunderstanding about the funds the City Council recently allocated toward the purchase of a permanent site for the South Laguna Community Garden Park. He describes the funds as “tax dollars” but a bit […]