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Why is Laguna Timid About Curbing View Blocking Trees?

Why is Laguna Timid About Curbing View Blocking Trees?

Editor, I’ve recently moved to Laguna Beach and admit to having no senority in the adversarial subject of the view ordinance.  However, in my current residence, it’s clear (no pun intended) that our ocean view is significantly impaired by tall (as in very tall) growth.  What I’m missing is the benefit owners enjoy in their obstinate retention of trees (including […]

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Inconsistencies in Proposed View Ordinance

Inconsistencies in Proposed View Ordinance

Editor, While I sympathize with people who have lost views, and I applaud Councilman Kelly Boyd for initiating the effort to try to help, and the View Preservation Committee has worked long and hard to come up with as fair and as workable an ordinance as they could, never-the-less there are still a number of […]

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What a Scentsation

What a Scentsation

Editor, Kudos to Sillia Hatzi and her “Scentsational” Garden talk!  (“Inhaling a Scentsational Garden”) Very educational, learned about all sorts of wonderful scented plants and flowers.  Loved the seed packets souvenirs. I encourage all of Laguna to stop by the South Laguna Community Garden, at Coast Highway at Eagle Rock Way.  It’s a scentsation! Suzi […]

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Opposition to Large-Scale Canyon Development

Opposition to Large-Scale Canyon Development

Editor, (This was also addressed to the City Council) It is with great regret that Laguna Canyon Foundation asks you to reconsider the Planning Commission’s 3-2 vote approving the Longi artists live-work development in Laguna Canyon. As a longtime part of Laguna, we strongly support local artists, and all that the arts have done for […]

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Support for Creative Use of Vacant Lot

Support for Creative Use of Vacant Lot

Editor, I hope the City Council supports the Longi artist/live work project on April 1. It will benefit our community in two important ways: First it will provide affordable housing to artists who are the core of our beloved city, and second it will eliminate one of the many vacant lots that are not landscaped […]

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Canyon Residents Object to Project’s Size

Canyon Residents Object to Project’s Size

Editor, (A similar version went to City Council members.) We are in favor of artist work live uses in our neighborhood. We are opposed to the use of the artist work live concept we’ve always supported being co-opted and used to promote a 30-unit apartment building and industrial workspace. We are opposed to a new […]

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Do Artists Merit Special Consideration?

Do Artists Merit Special Consideration?

Editor, This project, proposed by Louis Longi and the Dornin Investment Group, will not fulfill the proposed advantage it claims will be achieved. There are many disadvantages of the proposal. It is already clear that the Council members of the city of Laguna Beach realize the intrusiveness of the proposed development as they assisted the […]

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Project Sets a Development Precedent

Project Sets a Development Precedent

Editor, Laguna Beach is such a unique community, and our uniqueness is what makes us such a desirable place to live and for tourists to visit. We have raised our family here and seen so many things happen for the good. Consider our purchase of the main beach commercial properties and our development of our […]

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LBUSD and LagunaTunes Make Music Together

LBUSD and LagunaTunes Make Music Together

Editor, I want to thank the LBUSD for helping LagunaTunes Community Chorus resolve a scheduling problem with the Artists’ Theatre. The size of our chorus and popularity of our concerts has grown to the point where St. Mary’s Church is no longer a viable venue for our performances. Despite following proper application protocol procedures in […]

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Bugged by Litter

Bugged by Litter

Editor, I walk a lot and our city is becoming one giant ash tray. I see cigarette butts everywhere. In fact, we’re becoming one giant trash can as well. Can nothing be done to eradicate all the butts and garbage? (Do you know that it takes 30 years for a cigarette to disintegrate in the […]

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One Village Helps Another

One Village Helps Another

Editor, This January while visiting Norgyeling Tibetan Settlement, Bandara, India, I was acknowledged by His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the work I have done for my home village. But as I stood on stage beside His Holiness receiving his blessing before my fellow villagers and many others, I was really representing all of you. […]

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Inconsistencies in Proposed View Ordinance

Inconsistencies in Proposed View Ordinance

While I sympathize with people who have lost views, and I applaud Councilman Kelly Boyd for initiating the effort to try to help, and the View Preservation Committee has worked long and hard to come up with as fair and as workable an ordinance as they could, never-the-less there are still a number of questions […]

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Foliage as Invasive as Cancer

Foliage as Invasive as Cancer

Editor, Cancer is an interesting disease; you cannot just trim it away and hope for the best. It requires a doctor with expertise. I say this as I perceive the new version of a proposed ordinance is like a map for not dealing with a cancer in this city. Vegetation that is going viral is putting […]

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View Rules Need Revision Again

View Rules Need Revision Again

Editor, I urge, more like beg, you to vote no on the current final draft of the view ordinance.  This ordinance does nothing to protect the wonderful views in Laguna Beach. If the irresponsible neighbor who refuses to trim his trees is allowed to negate the new ordinance by withholding his consent, then what has […]

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Who Cut Down the Tree Ordinance?

Who Cut Down the Tree Ordinance?

Editor, What has happened to our view ordinance with “teeth” in it?  It seems to have completely fizzed out and fallen apart in favor of the stubborn tree people. After fighting this thing for nearly a year and a half with great hope for a resolution that would favor our spectacular view sheds we are […]