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Author Archive for Jennifer Erickson

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Answering Homeless Housing Skeptics

Answering Homeless Housing Skeptics

A plan for permanent housing for chronically homeless people who are mentally ill is generating much discussion around town and some pointed letters to the editor. Even so, only about 35 residents showed up at a meeting held last Friday at the Neighborhood Congregational Church, organized by the project’s leaders to address concerns prior to […]

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Planners Tackle Surf and Turf

Planners Tackle Surf and Turf

Commercial stand-up paddle board instructors may be subject to some rules restricting how they operate in Laguna Beach as a result of a draft ordinance considered by the Planning Commission on Wednesday. The regulations will require City Council approval at a future date. The panel found much less favor with the concept review of a […]

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Pearson Will Not Seek Re-Election

Pearson Will Not Seek Re-Election

After 12 consecutive years on Laguna Beach’s City Council, Mayor Elizabeth Pearson says she will not seek a fourth term, due to the demands of a new job, and looks forward to being a “normal” person with fewer demands on her evenings and time for her dogs, the gym and movies. When Pearson was interviewed […]

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Council on the Menu for Cafe Owner

Council on the Menu for Cafe Owner

Jon Madison, owner of Laguna Beach’s Madison Square and Garden Café and a longtime member of the city’s Heritage Committee, last week confirmed rumors of his candidacy by declaring his intention to run for City Council. Two other challengers so far are also vying for the three seats that will be up for grabs in […]

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Consensus Builds on Canyon Planning

Consensus Builds on Canyon Planning

The necessity of revisiting development guidelines along Laguna Canyon Road emerged as a dominant topic of a joint meeting between the City Council, Planning Commission and the Design Review Board this past Saturday. City officials also signed off on new parking signs directing motorists to peripheral lots and discussed staffing demands, code enforcement and tweaking […]

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Broadcast Skewers Laguna’s Hot Button

Broadcast Skewers Laguna’s Hot Button

Though less dramatic than the infamous panic incited by the 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast, quite a few people fell for an April Fool’s Day hoax broadcast by Laguna Beach FM radio station KX 93.5. In a morning broadcast by station manager Tyler Russell, he claimed City Hall was in cahoots with the Festival […]

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Artist Units Move Forward

Artist Units Move Forward

Residents thronged City Hall on Tuesday to weigh in on local sculptor Louis Longi’s artists’ work/live project, the source of months of controversy. Proponents sported bright red t-shirts, while vivid green “Save Laguna Canyon” lapel stickers indicated opponents. Ultimately, the red shirts carried the day with a City Council vote of 3-2, effectively giving the […]

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Live Work Project Wins Go-Ahead

Live Work Project Wins Go-Ahead

Louis Longi’s controversial live-work development in Laguna Canyon can proceed.  On a 3-2 vote, Laguna beach’s City Council on Tuesday denied an appeal of the project by a neighborhood organization. Council members Robert Whalen and Toni Iseman voted against the project. The majority of council members, though, said they favored the proposal because zoning in […]

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Council on the Menu for Cafe Owner

Council on the Menu for Cafe Owner

Jon Madison, owner of Laguna Beach’s Madison Square and Garden Café and a longtime member of the city’s Heritage Committee, last week confirmed rumors of his candidacy by declaring his intention to run for City Council. Two other challengers so far are also vying for the three seats that will be up for grabs in […]

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 Consensus Emerges for Adopting View Ordinance

Consensus Emerges for Adopting View Ordinance

After a year’s worth of committee hearings, Laguna Beach’s City Council on Tuesday finally reviewed a new ordinance to govern view regulation, though Mayor Elizabeth Pearson made it clear the special session was intended to listen to residents’ concerns rather than to pass a new law immediately. “You have an open-minded Council here,” she said. […]

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Advocates Sketch Out Homeless Housing Plans

Advocates Sketch Out Homeless Housing Plans

Take someone who is living under a tree (someone with a mental health disability that triggers their chronic homelessness), give them a place to live, and then provide support services to help them remain stable there. Thus, Helen Cameron offered a nutshell description of permanent supportive housing. She should know. Cameron founded Homes, Inc. in […]

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Sending Off 'Lord' Mayor Kelly Boyd

Sending Off ‘Lord’ Mayor Kelly Boyd

  “He’s really a man of the people,” said master of ceremonies Bree Burgess Rosen, addressing well-wishers at the Woman’s Club on Friday for a friendly roast of City Council member Kelly Boyd, Laguna Beach’s previous mayor who passed on those responsibilities in December. Then, abandoning the typical platitudes, Burgess Rosen segued into an explanation […]

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Experts Explore Turning Drivers into Riders

Experts Explore Turning Drivers into Riders

What would it take to get residents revved up about boarding a bus or calling a driver on demand instead of revving up their own cars? That’s what consultants hired to evaluate the city’s $2.2 million public transit system will now attempt to discover after the City Council on Tuesday approved more funding for Vancouver-based […]

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City Delays New Construction Rules

City Delays New Construction Rules

The City Council postponed Tuesday considering a plan that would require builders provide a construction staging plan on their projects, giving contractors and architects more time to provide feedback. The proposed changes to the city’s construction permit process was recommended by the city’s Parking Traffic and Circulation Committee in an effort to address a growing […]

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Lights Too Bright on Broadway

Lights Too Bright on Broadway

    Public deprecation of the overly intense lighting at the new Chase Bank at 310 Broadway St. seems to have cast a shadow on a ribbon-cutting ceremony planned at the branch for next week and prompted an informal inquiry by city staff. Residents and business owners spoke out at the City Council meeting Tuesday, […]