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Tag: "Canyon Road"

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Dreaming of Roads, Cars, Bridges an’ Things

Dreaming of Roads, Cars, Bridges an’ Things

Editor, Let’s start with the premise that we want to keep the Canyon Road as a rural road and the neighborhood as a rural enclave. On that premise, we would envision the road as a meandering, bucolic transit through wildflowers, pedestrian paths with benches, a stream running through it, and with bicycles and trolleys on […]

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Canyon Tranquility in Need of Protection

Canyon Tranquility in Need of Protection

Editor, (This letter also went to council members.) The ASL homeless shelter on Canyon Road continues to disrupt the safety of canyon residents on a daily basis as the homeless walk down the canyon road into the city. Unfortunately, homeless often stop in the neighborhoods creating nuisance and safety issues with the residents ability to […]

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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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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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A Noble Cause in Wolf's Clothing

A Noble Cause in Wolf’s Clothing

Editor, I am a longtime resident and artist living in the canyon. I know how hard it is for artists to find housing let alone work space in this artist colony. The canyon has always been home to many artist because of its affordability and creative spirit.  But I cannot support this so called artist […]

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Support for Enhancing the Community

Support for Enhancing the Community

Editor, My father, an ex-senator and attorney from Texas, was visiting me for the first time since I moved to California. I wanted to drive down Laguna Canyon Road to show him the artist’s areas such as the Sawdust Festival, Pageant of the Masters, and the village of Laguna Beach. His comment as we were […]

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Art Studios Are Scarier Than Fires and Floods?

Art Studios Are Scarier Than Fires and Floods?

  The title quote is in reference to a comment by an ill-informed neighbor trying to stir up negative controversy surrounding a proposed artist work-live complex in Laguna Canyon. I am writing to dispel the fear-inciting rhetoric that a few of the neighbors have about this project and myself. First of all, I am not […]

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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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Tallying the Score, Great Expectations for ’14

Tallying the Score, Great Expectations for ’14

  In assessing last year’s standout moments and what looms ahead in 2014, Laguna Beach’s elected officials differed little in their analysis about high and low points, but voiced confidence in building on accomplishments set in motion and seeing some to fruition in the next 12 months. The village entrance, urban planning, a view ordinance, […]

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Development Threatens Canyon’s Rural Character

Development Threatens Canyon’s Rural Character

  Editor, 2013 is behind us. Memories of a city that prevented the over-development of Laguna Canyon by the Irvine Company are an even more distant memory. But look out in 2014! The Laguna Beach planning department appears to be on the verge of approving the first of what could be several apartment/dormitory style multi-unit […]

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Amid Laguna’s Open Space, a Fresh Water Oasis

Amid Laguna’s Open Space, a Fresh Water Oasis

Photos and story by Ron Chilcote Through the heart of the Laguna wilderness runs Laguna Canyon Road. Historically a major access to Laguna Beach, it was originally dirt and gravel and later a paved, twisting two- and three-lane road through the canyon. Now it is two lanes each way, and separated by barriers and space […]

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Questioning Reluctance Over Lack of a Ballot

Questioning Reluctance Over Lack of a Ballot

Editor, When you reduce the proposed village entrance project down to its essence, what you have is a parking garage camouflaged by trees that will be used some 10 weeks out of the year and a park of questionable usage being along side noisy, Laguna Canyon Road. And, it only adds 200 net parking spaces […]

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Safety Ideas Wanted for Canyon Road

Safety Ideas Wanted for Canyon Road

Editor, How many of us have parked on the north side of Laguna Canyon Road and crossed over to attend the Sawdust Festival despite signs warning us not to do so? So why do we make this perilous decision, especially at night? Because the nearest pedestrian walkway is waaaay too far!! Surely we can think […]

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From muddy waters, clarity

From muddy waters, clarity

By Ann Christoph For days during the Christmas holidays the Canyon Road was closed, and many of us in the rest of the city had little awareness of the tragedy that was playing out in that creekside world. Then came the news of the flooding and damage to homes, studios, schools and businesses. Now the […]