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Debate Elicits Sparks From Candidates

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy “Is this a three-ring circus I’m in, or what?” asked incumbent City Council candidate Kelly Boyd about midway through a boisterous debate hosted by Firebrand Media, owner of the Indy, Tuesday night at City Hall. Firebrand owner...

Appeals Should Not Bypass the City Council

Editor, Mark Christy and his partners at The Ranch are caught in the grips of an unwarranted Coastal Commission appeal. I served as chairman of the Laguna Beach Planning Commission on May 14, the night The Ranch project was heard. I can attest that only two points questioning The...

Tour Reveals Ranch’s Assets

Editor, “Coastal Commission Halts Ranch Remodel.” A few points come to mind of my recent tour of the Ranch property with Mark Christy. What an amazing property that is there for us all to enjoy. What was once overgrown dilapidated and tangled now shows a renewed...

Coastal Commission Targets Hotel’s Club

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy When the landmark Hotel Laguna opened 84 years ago on Main Beach, it was an easy decision to exploit its choice location by offering guests exclusive spots on the sand. “It is virtually impossible to imagine that a waterfront hotel opening for business...

Christy’s Predicament Points to a Larger Issue

Editor: Only the cold hearted could read Mark Christy’s plan for his special property without feeling extra sympathy for him. (“Laying Out Ranch Plans,” July 17, 2014). What is most striking, beyond his unquestionable sincerity and optimism, is the tangled web of boards and...

Does Drum Circle Need A Permit?

(This letter also went to city, park and Coastal Commission officials.) Editor, Mr. Fried (La Vida Laguna) has been using this beach for years as product extension, as a promotional marketing tool to expand a private, for profit venture. Just as the snack concessionaire several...

Neighborhood Compatibility Dispute Reveals Deeper Problem

Editor, I was rendered speechless by Commissioner Linda Dietrich’s derogatory, prejudicial, scathing, and entirely inappropriate comments during (a July 9) Planning Commission discussion of a conditional use and development permits for a two-unit artist live work project at 2000...

Allegations Suggest Lack of Oversight by Planning Commission

Editor, In a unanimous vote, the Coastal Commission upheld an appeal against a controversial project at the locally well-known Ben Brown’s at Aliso Creek, now known as The Ranch at Laguna Beach. I had been taking it for granted that our Laguna Planning Commission and City...

Oceanfront Owners Facing New Remodel Rules

Under rules proposed by the California Coastal Commission staff, reroofing an ocean front home and replacing framing ridden with dry rot could be considered a major remodel and trigger a 25-foot setback rule, which would require Mark Spencer to lop off a quarter of his Laguna...

New Appeals Keep Artists on Hold

Artists are already lining up for the chance to take up residence in Louis Longi’s controversial work-live project in Laguna Canyon, which was approved by the City Council last week. When they will get the chance to apply remains to be seen as opponents are pursuing new avenues...

Possible Exemptions for Parking Rules

Editor, This letter was addressed to City Council members. The principal driver in the current village entrance proposal Plan ‘D’ is the “replacement parking” stipulation dictated by the California Coastal Commission. It reads much like a rigid principle...

Is Parking Garage a Precursor to More Downtown Development?

Editor, Thanks to recent articles and commentaries in our local papers we all now know the California Coastal Commission does not require one for one replacement of lost parking spaces. The Coastal Commission instead provides several options to the city that promote alternative...

Green Light: Trolling for Trash

 Hopefully an army of Californians was out picking up trash along the Golden State’s 1100 miles of coastline on the morning of Sept. 21.  That was the California Coastal Commission’s annual cleanup day.  Having gone online with no success in finding out whether there was an...

Fee Hike Requires a Coastal Development Permit

Editor, The three council members that voted in favor of the current village entrance project have promised to institute a $1 per hour parking meter rate increase to help cover the cost of this multi-million dollar nightmare. Any increases to parking fees requires approval by the...

Correction

The Green Light column, “Partnering for Preservation,” in the April 5 edition incorrectly reported the source of $5 million for restoration of Crystal Cove cottages. Rather than a personal donation from Peter Douglas, the pledged “mitigation” funds resulted from a ruling by the...
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