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Author Archive for Jennifer Erickson

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Weighing the Cost of Burying Utilities

Weighing the Cost of Burying Utilities

Each time a utility pole topples on Laguna Canyon Road it emphasizes the town’s vulnerability. Residents most often contend with the traffic jam that results from a crash scene under investigation or a downed live wire or the disruption caused by a power outage. Yet the inconvenience of congestion and spoiled goods pales compared to […]

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Local Investor Doubles Down

Local Investor Doubles Down

As a youngster growing up in Laguna Beach, Chris Dornin considered himself steeped in artists. The high school’s teams then were still named Artists, rather than the current Breakers. He studied art with retired art teacher Peter Tiner, entering projects in local art competitions. Many of Dornin’s childhood friends have now become working artists. Some, […]

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Project Czar, Paying for Pensions Top City Priorities

Project Czar, Paying for Pensions Top City Priorities

Coordination of Laguna Beach’s many initiatives and paying for pension costs surfaced as priorities at the City Council’s recent planning retreat. At a time when many of the hot-button projects begun in the last year have yet to be finalized, it comes as no surprise that Council members largely opted to stay the course and […]

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 Artist Units Follow the Footsteps of Animal Clinic

Artist Units Follow the Footsteps of Animal Clinic

The campaign over the hotly debated artists’ work/live project on Laguna Canyon Road continues unabated, with opponents and proponents each sending missives in anticipation of a City Council hearing next month over local sculptor Louis Longi’s proposal. In a twist little known outside the canyon neighborhood, the project was made possible by one of its […]

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Buying In to a Commute Without Keys

Buying In to a Commute Without Keys

Ideas on how to induce more people to use Laguna Beach’s $2.2 million public transit system as a way to tame downtown congestion grabbed the limelight at a public workshop on Monday. About 60 residents showed up at the Susi Q Center to offer feedback following an analysis of Laguna’s buses, summer trolleys, taxi voucher […]

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 Excavating a Vault in Laguna's History

Excavating a Vault in Laguna’s History

Even as Laguna Beach’s shoreline evokes images of hidden coves rather than buried treasures, a forgotten landmark was recently unearthed during restoration of an Ocean Avenue building, originally home to the now defunct Laguna Federal Savings and Loan Association. The project team knew of a wall-size fountain turned off long ago when a courtyard receded […]

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Design for Entrance Park Moves Ahead

Design for Entrance Park Moves Ahead

Staff recommendations for a scaled-back $14.4 million plan to create an inviting landscaped pathway between City Hall and the Laguna Canyon art festivals seemed to stymie City Council members and the public alike during a presentation Tuesday. After weighing the scope, budget and design process, the City Council put off several decisions, but gave the […]

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Transit Planners Gear Up for Feedback

Transit Planners Gear Up for Feedback

Residents with an opinion about their experience getting around town – whether riding the bus, pedaling a bike, pushing a stroller or driving a car — can get in on a conversation underway as Laguna Beach pursues two transit related initiatives. Vancouver-based IBI Group studies Laguna’s public transportation options even as a city-wide mobility plan […]

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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. […]