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Author Archive for Jennifer Erickson

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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, […]

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Lifeguard HQ Nears Completion

Lifeguard HQ Nears Completion

Laguna’s beachgoers, pedestrians and passing motorists may soon again behold an unobstructed view of Main Beach and the ocean beyond. If the new $7 million lifeguard headquarters and public restrooms open on schedule by mid-April, the temporary quarters marring Laguna’s signature vista will be removed shortly thereafter, according to the city’s project director, Wade Brown, […]

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Hopes of Preservationists Dashed

Hopes of Preservationists Dashed

Coastal Panel Approves Live-Work Law By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy In two matters involving Laguna Beach, the Coastal Commission approved revisions that govern a controversial artists’ work/live plan in Laguna Canyon and demolition of a historical house known as Stonehenge whose architectural integrity had been compromised by lax code enforcement. In both cases Laguna […]

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Tales Inspire Ties Across Cultures

Tales Inspire Ties Across Cultures

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy “Education is the key to equality for women,” said Karen Dennis, chair of the American Association of University Women’s 27th annual literary lunch held last Saturday. No one disagreed. Year after year the local AAUW showcases women authors to support their mission to empower women and girls through education. […]

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Council Urges Nixing Higher Speed Limits

Council Urges Nixing Higher Speed Limits

A proposal from Caltrans to raise speed limits on sections of Coast Highway received a skeptical response this past Tuesday from Laguna Beach’s City Council, which asked its Parking Traffic and Circulation Committee to thoroughly investigate the planned changes before the Council issues a formal response to the state agency. Residents and Council members alike […]

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Expert Jolts Talks on Burying Utilities

Expert Jolts Talks on Burying Utilities

Expected to hire a consultant to explore burying utilities citywide on Tuesday, the City Council instead delayed their decision as a result of surprising testimony during a public hearing. Laguna Beach resident Dennis Eastman, a former 40-year Southern California Edison executive, came forward to volunteer an insider’s insight and assurances that by “thinking out of […]