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Author Archive for Jennifer Erickson

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Council Puts Wheels in Motion for Bike Safety

Council Puts Wheels in Motion for Bike Safety

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Just three weeks after about 200 cyclists and pedestrians rallied at City Hall advocating safer passage through town, city officials seem poised to act. At their meeting last week, Council members approved new bike racks and signage at the Pepper Tree parking lot and also agreed to officially endorse […]

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El Nino Forecasts Propel Storm Readiness

El Nino Forecasts Propel Storm Readiness

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Due in part to higher-than-normal ocean temps, monsoon weather normally blocked by the mountain ridges managed to cross into Southern California this summer. The resulting thunderstorms created lightning that killed a man in Venice Beach in July and flash floods that claimed the life of a motorist and destroyed […]

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Madison Leads in Campaign Donations

Madison Leads in Campaign Donations

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Restaurant owner Jon Madison so far leads the pack of Laguna Beach City Council candidates with $45,923 in campaign cash as of July 31. Planning commission member Robert Zur Schmiede comes in second with $27,554, followed by incumbent Kelly Boyd at $16,116, and Michele Hall, who reported $2,109 in […]

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Pay Parking Ends Earlier for Sawdust Patrons

Pay Parking Ends Earlier for Sawdust Patrons

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Sympathetic to pleas from Sawdust Art Festival board members and exhibitors, the City Council Tuesday agreed to make an exception for pay parking spots on the festival’s frontage road, reversing a weeks-old policy change that extended meter hours until 9 p.m., two hours past the traditional cutoff time. Meters […]

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Council Approves Festival Facelift

Council Approves Festival Facelift

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy If all goes according to plan, the Festival of Arts will open their 2015 season with a brand new look, thanks to the City Council’s unanimous approval Tuesday of permits for proposed renovations to the public park. Constructed of plywood and foam 14 years ago under a temporary building […]

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Iseman Is Ready to Keep Serving

Iseman Is Ready to Keep Serving

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Toni Iseman taught junior high and high school classes for 12 years before switching from teaching to counseling and discovering a preference for working with students one-on-one. That penchant now informs her approach as an elected member of the Laguna Beach City Council. “I’m always concerned about the individual,” […]

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Coastal Commission Halts Ranch Remodel

Coastal Commission Halts Ranch Remodel

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy The California Coastal Commission effectively lodged a stick in the wheels of progress for the makeover of the 84-acre Ranch in Aliso Canyon last week. A letter to co-owner Mark Christy informed him he risks enforcement action if ongoing work on the property doesn’t cease until the Coastal Commission […]

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Conservation Stalls Deeper Water Cutbacks

Conservation Stalls Deeper Water Cutbacks

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Thanks to the conservation policies of the two water districts supplying Laguna Beach, residents may not feel as keenly the impact of recently mandated statewide curbs on outdoor water use. Prompted by dire drought conditions, the state Water Resources Control Board last week adopted several emergency water-saving regulations, setting […]

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Passionate Pleas Preserve Historic Building

Passionate Pleas Preserve Historic Building

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy Residents overwhelmingly supported the preservation of Laguna’s historic sewer digester building last week during a workshop on the proposed village entrance at the corner of Forest Avenue and Laguna Canyon Road. The City Council wanted public input on four issues that underpin the direction of improvements for the area […]

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Cyclists and Pedestrians Mobilize for Safety

Cyclists and Pedestrians Mobilize for Safety

About 200 helmeted cyclists and bareheaded pedestrians spilled over the lawn in front of City Hall Tuesday night to decry their unsafe passage through Laguna’s streets and roadways. Appropriately, the rally took place a month to the day after Laguna Beach cyclist John Colvin succumbed to fatal injuries after being struck by a motorist near […]

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MIG Chosen to Create Town’s Vision

MIG Chosen to Create Town’s Vision

The City Council selected the urban planning team assembled by San Diego-based MIG to help shape the guidelines for future development downtown and along Laguna Canyon Road, giving a pass to Los Angeles-based Sargent Town Planning. Generally approved by the vocal public, the decision Tuesday did incur a few detractors. When the two firms, along […]

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Who Gets the Job Creating a Vision for Laguna?

Who Gets the Job Creating a Vision for Laguna?

The decision about which urban planner will help shape the guidelines for future development downtown and along Laguna Canyon Road comes down to the wire tonight when the City Council is expected to choose one of two finalists: San Diego-based MIG or Los Angeles-based Sargent Town Planning. The two firms, along with one other, presented […]

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Two Hands Make a Difference

Two Hands Make a Difference

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy The Wholistic Caring and Counseling Centre has a name evocative of a bright clean facility with soothing rooms, crisp linens. Maybe if it were in Irvine. The actual building, a combination orphanage, school and crisis center for young mothers in Ruiru, Kenya, is so dilapidated that it brought despair […]

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Coastal Panel Ropes Ranch for Another Review

Coastal Panel Ropes Ranch for Another Review

The California Coastal Commission voted Wednesday, July 9, to subject the makeover of the 84-acre Ranch in Aliso Canyon to its review at a future date, temporarily suspending permit approvals granted in May by the Laguna Beach Planning Commission. The commission, meeting in Ventura, found merit in an appeal by Laguna Beach resident Mark Fudge, […]

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Jean Paul's Goodies Ends an Era

Jean Paul’s Goodies Ends an Era

Jean Paul Leguy will serve the last cup of his infamous café au lait and the last coveted almond croissant at his eponymous coffee and pastry shop, Jean Paul’s Goodies on Aug. 9, ending a 35-year run and leaving a hole in the morning routine of many locals. With a character some call eccentric and others […]