Quantcast
949-715-4100

Permits for Short-term Rentals Still on Hold

Anyone hoping to earn some extra cash by renting out space in their home this summer to short term visitors will have to make other plans if they want to go about it legally. The City Council Tuesday voted 4-1, with Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow dissenting, to extend for 90 days a...

Fire Fears Smother Hopes for Dream Home

Jae “Randy” Song paid $685,000 for a bucolic 12-acre lot in Canyon Acres at a bank auction in 2010. Assurances from the previous owner and various city officials that he would have “no problem” rebuilding on the footprints of the original home and...

Claims Over Coutchie’s Death Now Uncertain

The parents of a Laguna Beach police officer who died on duty two years ago in a traffic collision this week asked the Orange County Superior Court to dismiss the wrongful death lawsuit they filed against the driver of the other vehicle and two other defendants. Luciana and...

Council Cracks Down on Absentees

To signal its intolerance for skipped meetings by members of city boards, the City Council amended its attendance policy and established that four absences in a year would place the appointment in jeopardy. The Council will then review the circumstances of the absences and decide...

Merchants Oppose Closing Forest Avenue to Cars

Many downtown merchants left their shops this week to protest at City Hall, expressing their dismay with the proposed 13-day trial closure of a section of Forest Avenue to vehicular traffic in August. Creating a pedestrian mall on Forest between Coast Highway and Glenneyre Street...

Recycling Gets Serious

Residents and businesses that routinely toss the wrong kind of garbage into their green waste and recycle bins may now be fined for their negligence, one of several trash disposal changes the City Council considered last week. Waste Management, the city’s garbage collector,...

Summer Trolleys Track Simpler Routes

Summer trolleys will roll along the same coastal route as the off-season weekend trolleys that began in March, running north to south along Coast Highway without detouring for a connection at the downtown bus depot. In recent years, summer trolleys followed loops originating from...

Fee Increases Help Fund Safety Measures

By hiking fees for community development services in coming months, the City Council will be able to fund most requests competing for an undesignated balance in the proposed nearly $80 million budget that begins July 1. Far from frivolous, the largest demands outlined in a budget...

Moratorium Halts More Short-Term Rentals

The explosion of unpermitted short term rentals in private homes coupled with complaints from residents about their impact on neighborhood character led the City Council Tuesday to impose a 45-day moratorium on issuing any more short-term lodging permits. The city will later...

Budget Encourages Restraint

In a summary of Laguna Beach’s proposed nearly $80 million budgets for the next two years, City Manager John Pietig describes the city’s revenues as “meeting or exceeding levels experienced prior to the recession.” Even so, Pietig advocates fiscal restraint and cautions...

Claims Will Test View Rights

  Public sentiment skewed to extremes as Laguna Beach spent months fine-tuning and redrafting its view ordinance, which took effect last December. Some residents predicted a stampede of claims by homeowners seeking to restore vegetation-choked vistas and speculators trying...

Grand Jury Calls for More Recycled Water

Even as Gov. Jerry Brown grapples with California’s drought by mandating that water districts curb their demands by 25 percent, the Orange County Grand Jury urges them to expand supply by stepping up production of recycled water. Dwindling local water supplies could be...

Mayor Maps Laguna’s Future

Addressing the Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the City lunch, Mayor Bob Whalen redefined the stated agenda Wednesday by describing not the status quo but the future. Whalen outlined the five big issues he sees the city confronting: land use downtown and along Laguna Canyon...

City Experiments With Downtown Street Closures

Residents who’ve envisioned more outdoor dining and pedestrian-only traffic on the block of Forest Avenue east of Coast Highway may see that vision become a reality, at least temporarily, as early as August. Despite uncertainty about the outcome, the City Council asked...

Grossman Ousted from Planning Commission

Norm Grossman will end 26 nearly consecutive years on the Planning Commission, when his current term expires June 30 after the City Council rejected his reappointment Tuesday. Council members appointed Susan Whitin to fill a seat vacated recently by Linda Dietrich and Roger...