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Author Archive for Jennifer Erickson

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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 […]

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Land Deal May Open ‘Gateway’  for Town’s Entry

Land Deal May Open ‘Gateway’ for Town’s Entry

For the past decade, most residents paid little attention to undeveloped property near the Art-a-Fair grounds at 725 Laguna Canyon Road. If pressed, they might recall purchasing a Christmas tree there, watching brush-clearing goats at work or seeing it overflow with the parked cars of festival-goers in summer. But now that the city of Laguna […]

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Tackling the Village Entry Dispute

Tackling the Village Entry Dispute

Horwitz taps common wisdom to find solutions Delia Horwitz arrived in Moscow for a scheduled Chamber of Commerce talk with officials from government, banks and businesses only to learn that organizers developed cold feet. They wanted to cancel the event for fear of violence. Her arrival coincided with the now historic financial collapse of 1998 […]

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Landscape Experts Debunk Conventional Wisdom

Landscape Experts Debunk Conventional Wisdom

With the 20-year anniversary of Laguna Beach’s firestorm as the backdrop, fire safety expert Richard Halsey recently described a scenario that runs counter to the popular lore. “The most volatile fuel is the home,” he said, not the vegetation around it. A properly landscaped yard with well-maintained trees and shrubs can serve as a sponge […]

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Fire's Unforeseen Side Effects

Fire’s Unforeseen Side Effects

“It doesn’t take long to replace the material things,” said Frank Bower, who watched his Tahiti Street home go up in flames during the 1993 fire in the company of firefighters, crippled without an adequate water source. But rebuilding his life proved more difficult. Emotional damage can’t be swept up and carted away like the […]

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More Land Adds New Wrinkle to Entrance Debate

More Land Adds New Wrinkle to Entrance Debate

Council moves ahead with housing priorities, flood channel improvements Adding a new twist to the controversial village entrance proposal, Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson announced at the City Council meeting Tuesday the city’s plan to buy nearby property for $5.3 million, which potentially could change the project significantly. Council member Steve Dicterow called the news […]

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Tenants Claim Dwelling Ruins Their Health

Tenants Claim Dwelling Ruins Their Health

Two parents called on Laguna Beach’s City Council to take action to condemn some units in the Club Laguna apartment complex, which they contend are infused with toxic mold that has sickened their families. Mike Thomas and his wife Allison Corradini blame their daughter’s near death on the toxic mold found in her bedroom and […]

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Flying Poles Force Brief Evacuation

Flying Poles Force Brief Evacuation

Southern California Edison’s “routine” replacement of two utility poles in Bluebird Canyon was anything but routine for the residents of 50 nearby homes. They received mandatory evacuation orders prior to Wednesday’s extraction by helicopter of two utility poles located behind properties on Wykoff Way. Despite the mandatory evacuation notice, Bluebird Canyon Drive resident Lori Solomon […]

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Hurdles Remain for Artists Work/Live Project

Hurdles Remain for Artists Work/Live Project

Faced with a probable tie vote, Laguna Beach sculptor Louis Longi asked for a delay of a Planning Commission decision on his proposed 30-unit artists’ work/live project last week, one of the first of its kind since the City Council amended an ordinance governing such projects in May 2012. With commission member Anne Johnson absent […]

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Council Expands Village Entrance Dialogue

Council Expands Village Entrance Dialogue

Before a packed house, the Laguna Beach City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to step up community outreach on the disputed village entrance project and also approved funds for soil analysis and odor control at the sewer lift station within the project. Even so, many residents expressed skepticism that city officials would consider their views even […]

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Stepping Up Oversight of Sewer Lines

Stepping Up Oversight of Sewer Lines

The majority of sewage back ups into private homes from the city’s mainline sewer occur when plumbers unstop root blockages in private pipes at their juncture to the city main. Poor seals where water leaks draw roots. Plumbers sever the roots from the private pipe, freeing the hairball-like mass of roots, which enter the city’s […]

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Old Venues Serve Up New Concepts

Old Venues Serve Up New Concepts

  As summer segues into fall, Laguna Beach’s vibrant food scene undergoes its own seasonal change as well with new restaurants poised to open and some old favorites kicking things up a notch. New chefs will wield their knives at three eateries in well-established restaurant spots where the previous tenants all served their last meals […]

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The Band Will Play on at Laguna's Cliff Restaurant

The Band Will Play on at Laguna’s Cliff Restaurant

Laguna Beach’s Planning Commission unanimously approved a permit Wednesday, Sept. 25, for live, amplified music to continue at the Cliff Restaurant with some time restraints, giving a green light to the venue’s weeknight Music Matters concerts that have become a favorite with locals and visitors over the past year. The weeknight concerts started in summer […]

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Can Laguna's Cliff Keep Music Playing?

Can Laguna’s Cliff Keep Music Playing?

  The right to amplified music during the Cliff Restaurant’s Music Matters weeknight concerts comes under the Laguna Beach Planning Commission’s scrutiny Wednesday night when they consider an amendment to the venue’s conditional use permit at their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in City Council chambers. Started in summer 2012, Music Matters began as an […]

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Raising a City Standard

Raising a City Standard

Chad Cooper presented a Laguna Beach flag of his own design to the City Council on Tuesday, testament to a community of creative and generous spirits. Four years ago when Cooper’s father asked him for a Laguna Beach flag to fly at the family farm, he discovered to his great surprise no flag existed. “I […]