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Author Archive for Jennifer Erickson

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Artists' Work/Live Project Stalled Again

Artists’ Work/Live Project Stalled Again

A scheduled appeal of a decision approving a hotly debated artists’ work/live project on Laguna Canyon Road was put off by the City Council on Tuesday. Opponents, mostly residents of nearby Sun Valley Drive, maintain that the 16,192-square-foot structure spanning two adjacent lots at 20412 and 20432 Laguna Canyon Road violates the Laguna Canyon Annexation […]

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A View to a Compromise Emerges

A View to a Compromise Emerges

If a neighbor’s unchecked vegetation now blocks the view that enticed you to buy your home, the latest draft of a proposed Laguna Beach view ordinance may provide recourse, thanks to one of three key changes made following the most recent public hearing in December. The view committee and city staff earlier this month agreed […]

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Throwing a Housing Lifeline to the Homeless

Throwing a Housing Lifeline to the Homeless

Maybe you know of a family with a son or daughter diagnosed with a disabling mental condition, such as adult onset schizophrenia. They likely have described their difficulties finding effective medication, and the remote possibility of their 20-something ever carving out an independent life away from home. Consider the foster child in similar straits and […]

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Fire Risks Fuel New Safety Measures

Fire Risks Fuel New Safety Measures

Red flag fire-danger warnings will usher in a new challenge along the narrow, twisting streets of Laguna Beach’s Diamond Crestview neighborhood: a temporary no-parking ban and the risk of being towed. To better ensure that fire engines will not be impeded by parked cars, the City Council adopted a pilot program to test limited parking […]

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Visit Laguna Beach Puts Stopper in 'Uncorked'

Visit Laguna Beach Puts Stopper in ‘Uncorked’

Laguna Beach will continue to entice foodies and gourmands with an annual epicurean event in March, as they have since the inaugural Laguna a la Carte food and wine fest in 2011. Even so, the wildly popular signature Uncorked kick-off event, a wine and food tasting on the Festival of Arts’ grounds for the past […]

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Budget Windfalls Benefit New Initiatives

Budget Windfalls Benefit New Initiatives

A full-time bicycle patrol officer will soon pedal through downtown Laguna Beach streets thanks to fuller than expected city coffers and the approval of the City Council on Tuesday for new or increased funding in many areas. Higher than expected property, sales and bed taxes, among other factors, resulted in a one-time general fund windfall […]

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Congestion Taming Measures Ok’d

Congestion Taming Measures Ok’d

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy This summer, more than clanging trolleys will signal the arrival of festival season. Laguna Beach plans a pilot valet parking program downtown as well as upping the price and extending the hours of meter parking, among other strategies approved by the City Council on Tuesday to alleviate peak-season congestion. […]

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Congestion Taming Measures Ok’d

Congestion Taming Measures Ok’d

This summer, more than clanging trolleys will signal the arrival of festival season. Laguna Beach plans a pilot valet parking program downtown as well as upping the price and extending the hours of meter parking, among other strategies approved by the City Council on Tuesday to alleviate peak-season congestion. Using aerial maps of the town’s […]

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Dialing in an Unfocused Big Picture

Dialing in an Unfocused Big Picture

If you have a hard time keeping up with the various plans, reports and studies that the city has initiated in recent months, get in line. City officials got there first. Getting a sense for which plans govern which aspects of development is already no walk in the park. But you’re going to have to […]

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Appeal Planned Over Artists' Work-Live Units

Appeal Planned Over Artists’ Work-Live Units

As if braving shopping malls, wrapping gifts, preparing holiday meals and planning family gatherings weren’t enough, last month members of the Laguna Canyon Property Association found themselves scrambling to make time for another task. They successfully organized a protest over a 30-unit artists’ work/live project proposed in their neighborhood by local sculptor Louis Longi and […]

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Two Top City Administrators to Retire

Two Top City Administrators to Retire

John Montgomery, Laguna Beach’s community development director for the last decade, credited by some for improving the department’s responsiveness, will retire at the end of June, the city manager announced Monday. Also departing will be one of the three people who are the department’s second in command, zoning administrator Liane Schuller, who will retire in […]

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Culinary Arts Pulls Up Stakes

Culinary Arts Pulls Up Stakes

During a midday weekday walk around SoCo, Costa Mesa’s latest foodie mecca, Laguna Culinary Arts founder Nancy Milby found herself both envious and excited to tap into the vibe of the thronged shopping center. Meanwhile, the Laguna Canyon center, home for the last decade to LCA’s cooking and wine schools and cheese and wine boutique […]

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Invisible, Boyd Still Casts His Vote

Invisible, Boyd Still Casts His Vote

The first clue something unusual was up was the head shot of Council member Kelly Boyd taped to the back of a chair in City Hall’s Council Chambers, providing a low-tech visual to accompany the voice that would eventually chirp out of a speaker phone at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Boyd, who recently spent three […]

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Council Raise Smoking Fines, Approves Memorial Grant

Council Raise Smoking Fines, Approves Memorial Grant

Anyone caught smoking or starting an open fire in so-called “hazardous fire areas” where such actions are prohibited will be subject to a $1,000 fine, a steep increase from the previous cost, the City Council unanimously decided Tuesday. Prohibited areas include the end of Alta Laguna Boulevard – where teens were recently caught shooting firecrackers […]

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Laguna’s Development Chief, Zoning Administrator to Retire

Laguna’s Development Chief, Zoning Administrator to Retire

Laguna Beach’s longtime Community Development Director John Montgomery will retire at the end of June and zoning administrator Liane Schuller will retire in March, the city manager announced Monday, Jan. 6. Jted to community development director of in 2003. He held planning positions in Montana and Colorado and worked as a principal planner for San […]