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Author Archive for Jennifer Erickson

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Move Over HIP, Pearl Street Has Arrived

Move Over HIP, Pearl Street Has Arrived

    Laguna Beach’s Pearl Street District made its debut as a branded shopping district with its first annual holiday celebration last week. A wide variety of merchants along the three-block section of S. Coast Highway roughly bordered by Pearl and Diamond Streets decked their halls with bright lights, threw their doors open Art Walk-style […]

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Momentum Builds for Police Memorial

Momentum Builds for Police Memorial

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy The spirit of seasonal giving held sway at the City Council meeting Tuesday. Detective Larry Bammer, president of the Laguna Beach Police Employees Association, came forward to express his appreciation for contributions made towards the installation of a memorial honoring officers who died on duty. But he later admitted […]

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Emerald Bay Gate Improvements Get Green Light

Emerald Bay Gate Improvements Get Green Light

In a matter that has proved extraordinarily divisive to Emerald Bay residents since 2011, Laguna Beach’s City Council voted 3-1 on Tuesday to approve proposed road improvements at the gated community’s main entry, which do not include a controversial traffic signal as originally envisioned. The Council approved specific design review and coastal development permits for […]

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Emerald Bay Gate Improvements Get Green Light

Emerald Bay Gate Improvements Get Green Light

In a matter that has proved extraordinarily divisive to Emerald Bay residents since 2011, Laguna Beach’s City Council voted 3-1 on Tuesday to approve proposed road improvements at the gated community’s main entry, which do not include a controversial traffic signal as originally envisioned. The Council approved specific design review and coastal development permits for […]

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Misgivings Surface Over Opening Up Views

Misgivings Surface Over Opening Up Views

  Chris Toy, a member of a committee appointed nearly a year ago to devise a new view ordinance for Laguna Beach, expressed profound disapproval of the latest draft during a public meeting this past Tuesday, Dec. 3. With new stipulations, the current draft reads like a contract put together by city staff and attorneys, […]

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Fostering Hope One Child at a Time

Fostering Hope One Child at a Time

Laguna Beach resident Jaynine Warner devotes her time to Court Appointed Special Advocates for the unique role it plays providing stability to a vulnerable group, the most disadvantaged foster children in Orange County. Friends of CASA fundraises for the privately funded nonprofit that recruits, trains and supports volunteer advocates and mentors to abused and neglected […]

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New Merchant Class on the Rise

New Merchant Class on the Rise

Some shoppers trade a good night’s sleep for Black Friday deals, rising in the wee hours to snag the best big box bargains of the year. Others chose a different kind of bargain, trading rock bottom prices on mass-produced products for the luxury of sleeping in and then sauntering no farther than their own backyard […]

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Festival Facelift Could Influence City Entrance

Festival Facelift Could Influence City Entrance

If all goes according to plan, the Festival of Arts’ facade may receive a $2 million makeover as early as next fall, according to board president Fred Sattler, who described planned renovations at the festival’s annual membership meeting last week, saying that the “time has come for a new frontage where aesthetics meet function.” The […]

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Departures Leave Openings at Fire Department

Departures Leave Openings at Fire Department

Two longtime employees of Laguna Beach’s fire department will leave next month, City Manager John Peitig announced. Division chief and fire marshal Dan Stefano, who joined Laguna Beach as a reserve firefighter in 1995 and became a full time firefighter in 1997, will become fire chief for the city of Costa Mesa, effective Dec. 2. […]

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Native Trees Replace Exotic Species in Bluebird Canyon

Native Trees Replace Exotic Species in Bluebird Canyon

The City Council approved a plan Tuesday night to replant native trees to replace those cut down last fall in Bluebird Canyon because of potential hazards. The decision diffused tension as 18 residents weighed in on the issue with opposing viewpoints. When the Council ordered the removal of 11 towering Eucalyptus trees last October, due […]

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Hospital Makes Good on Rx for Longevity

Hospital Makes Good on Rx for Longevity

Making good on growth plans outlined in 2011, Mission Hospital Laguna Beach will begin a $15 million seismic retrofitting project next week to bring its patient building up to state-mandated quake standards. Michael Beck, vice president of operations at the Laguna campus, informed the City Council on Tuesday of construction plans. Since Orange-based St. Joseph […]

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Tesla Driver Charged with Manslaughter in Canyon Crash

Tesla Driver Charged with Manslaughter in Canyon Crash

More than seven months after an early morning collision on Laguna Canyon Road that killed two men, the Orange County District Attorney’s office criminally charged Laguna Beach resident and physician Robert McFarland Pettis, 48, with three felonies stemming from the accident. At a court hearing on Monday, Nov. 18, the court continued the arraignment until […]

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Council Rescinds Earlier Decision; Approves Entrance with No Structure, No Debt

Council Rescinds Earlier Decision; Approves Entrance with No Structure, No Debt

The Laguna Beach City Council ended an increasingly volatile standoff with opponents to a previously approved village entrance project when they voted unanimously Tuesday night (4-0, with Mayor Kelly Boyd absent) to pursue instead a much-scaled back concept that notably dispenses with a parking garage structure and will incur no debt. The move came at […]

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Path Opens to Town Entry Without a Car Garage

Path Opens to Town Entry Without a Car Garage

Laguna Beach’s City Council reversed course Tuesday, conceding a willingness to abandon a controversial proposal to build a four-story parking garage next to City Hall and remove the largest sticking point over the long-debated plan to beautify the town’s canyon gateway. The concession comes in the wake of an unexpected land deal adjacent to the […]

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Boys and Girls Club Envisions Expanding to Lang Park

Boys and Girls Club Envisions Expanding to Lang Park

More children may have access to after-school programs through Laguna Beach’s Boys and Girls Club if the City Council approves a proposal to lease the Lang Park Community Center for an expansion of The Laguna Club for Kids, known as TLC. If approved at the meeting tonight, Nov. 5, city staff will begin public outreach […]