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The Spin Stops Here

Rob Zur Schmiede’s detractors have taken great pains to spin his experience and accomplishments to convince us he is not qualified to be a council person.   Contrary to the spin doctors spin, Rob’s achievements, in over 36 years of toil in both private and public sectors, more...

Misgivings Surface Over Opening Up Views

  Chris Toy, a member of a committee appointed nearly a year ago to devise a new view ordinance for Laguna Beach, expressed profound disapproval of the latest draft during a public meeting this past Tuesday, Dec. 3. With new stipulations, the current draft reads like a...

Skeptical About View Committee’s Make-up

Editor, Several years ago, Buena Park’s City Council decided to remove  a whole street of beautiful old jacranda trees because  their  roots  were  affecting  the sidewalk. I  remember  thinking,  “Thank  God  I  don’t  live  in  a  city  where  they  would  cut  down  old tree...

Critics Help Shape Emerging View Rules

Comments raised during a hearing Tuesday served to highlight key points of contention in a draft Laguna Beach view ordinance, such as balancing the right to a view with the pleasure of foliage, the perimeter allowed for a claim, and whether the date of purchase matters in...