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A Walmart-sized Parking Entry

Editor, Translating flat design drawings into how a final development project will feel, inside and out, is often challenging for clients. As a design professional I often search for similar size structures to help convey the size, mass, and scale of the finished project. When...

Debating Downtown’s Make-Up

Merchants, shoppers, property owners and residents interested in the regulatory blueprint of Laguna’s downtown might do well to attend special Planning Commission workshops welcoming public ideas. The workshops aim to look at specific topics affecting the downtown from a...

Chamber Seeks Spirit Award Votes

Nominees for the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Spirit of Laguna Award were announced at the December board meeting. Awardees will be announced at the annual officers installation Jan. 25 from 6–9 p.m. at Tivoli Too!, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd. The 12 categories and nominees are:...

Living Green on Conservancy’s Dinner Agenda

Chris Prelitz, a local resident and co-founder of Transition Laguna Beach, speaks at the Laguna Canyon Conservancy monthly dinner meeting on Monday, Oct. 1 at the Tivoli Terrace restaurant on the grounds of the Festival of Arts. Prelitz is a green building pioneer, constructing...

Survey Reveals Areas of Customer Dissatisfaction

Editor,   A recent professional survey ordered by City Council, brought some good news and some not so great news. Overall, the 405 folks that turned in the survey felt that Laguna rocks, and gave high marks for most everything: safety, 99%; Laguna as a great place to Live,...

Setting Sustainable Goals

Editor,   The start of the new year is a good time to consider where our energies as a city should be focused. Most people agree that public safety is one of the top priorities. Having laws, fire and police are of course tent poles. But long-term safety requires a...

Dreaming of a Green Laguna

Editor, Green architect Chris Prelitz’s proposal to transform and revitalize Laguna Beach as an eco-destination is right on the money (“Eco-Trade Not to be Ignored,” Nov. 28). In the face of economic uncertainty, art and other luxury items are the first thing to go; this...

A Vision for a Shared Road

Editor, Regarding Sandi Cain’s complaint (“Stepping on the Soapbox for Sidewalks,” Sept. 30) that a few zealots have been writing too many letters advocating more biking in town, I tip my hat to Les McCloskey, Charles Alban, Justin Gersh, Michael Hoag and Chris Prelitz for...

Green Light

Putting in a Plug for Laguna Beach By Tom Osborne I attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completion of our city’s first two electric car plug-in stations last week.  I learned that Laguna Beach is the second city in Orange County (Anaheim being the first) to take such a...