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A View to a Compromise Emerges

A View to a Compromise Emerges

If a neighbor’s unchecked vegetation now blocks the view that enticed you to buy your home, the latest draft of a proposed Laguna Beach view ordinance may provide recourse, thanks to one of three key changes made following the most recent public hearing in December. The view committee and city staff earlier this month agreed […]

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Why No Siege From Village Protectionists?

Why No Siege From Village Protectionists?

Editor, Am I the only one who is wondering why the usual protectors committed to preservation of Laguna’s quaint village character haven’t shown up en masse to oppose this project? When it’s their personal target, they show up in droves, submit lots of letters to the papers. Regarding this project at Laguna’s true gateway entrance? […]

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Candidate Bids for Laguna’s City Council

Candidate Bids for Laguna’s City Council

Robert Zur Schmiede, a 12-year appointee to the city’s Planning Commission, is the first to declare his intention to seek election in November to Laguna Beach’s City Council, filing a campaign committee statement last Friday, Jan. 17. The terms of the Council’s three longest-serving members, Mayor Elizabeth Pearson as well as Council members Toni Iseman […]

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Congestion Taming Measures Ok’d

Congestion Taming Measures Ok’d

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy This summer, more than clanging trolleys will signal the arrival of festival season. Laguna Beach plans a pilot valet parking program downtown as well as upping the price and extending the hours of meter parking, among other strategies approved by the City Council on Tuesday to alleviate peak-season congestion. […]

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Congestion Taming Measures Ok’d

Congestion Taming Measures Ok’d

This summer, more than clanging trolleys will signal the arrival of festival season. Laguna Beach plans a pilot valet parking program downtown as well as upping the price and extending the hours of meter parking, among other strategies approved by the City Council on Tuesday to alleviate peak-season congestion. Using aerial maps of the town’s […]

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Dialing in an Unfocused Big Picture

Dialing in an Unfocused Big Picture

If you have a hard time keeping up with the various plans, reports and studies that the city has initiated in recent months, get in line. City officials got there first. Getting a sense for which plans govern which aspects of development is already no walk in the park. But you’re going to have to […]

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Familiar Face Leads Local GOP

Familiar Face Leads Local GOP

About 50 members of the Laguna Beach Republicans elected longtime resident Howard Hills as its incoming president at a meeting on Saturday, Dec. 14. Wasting no time, Hills and the local GOP group jumped into a political battle at the county Board of Supervisors this past week, contributing to the defeat of a proposal for […]

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Opponent of Longer Restaurant Hours Speaks Up

Opponent of Longer Restaurant Hours Speaks Up

Editor: Please consider the impact on the public should the Rock ‘n Fish Restaurant’s owners’ requests for the following be approved by the City Council: 1. To extend the hours of live entertainment and dancing Sunday through Wednesday, from 12 a.m. until 1 a.m.; Thursday through Saturday from 12 a.m. until 1:30 a.m.; 2. To […]

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Calling Out Proponents of View Protection

Calling Out Proponents of View Protection

Editor, In a previous letter to the editor, I correctly predicted the tactics that would be used by Village Laguna and their followers – intimidating people directly or indirectly, doomsday words like there will be no trees in Laguna (“Council Disregards its Pledge,” Letters, Nov. 29.), accusing City Council members of sleight of hand (most of […]

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It Takes More Than Smarts to Revise Beliefs

It Takes More Than Smarts to Revise Beliefs

Editor, Maybe the axiom by Mark Twain best explains the mental posture of Laguna Beach’s City Council promoting the over-priced, over-built village entrance and ineffective parking structure in June. Mark Twain said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” The focus of […]

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Village Matters: A Message From the Sky

Village Matters: A Message From the Sky

It was the day after the 1993 fire. There were fragments blowing in the wind. Half burned pieces of paper, part of someone’s life, fluttered down like sooty snowflakes.  In the parking lot behind my office, I picked up one of them. There it said, “Reason” in large type. It was part of a headline. […]

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We the People Says the Laguna Won

We the People Says the Laguna Won

Editor, The core issue of the massive Village Entrance parking garage and excessive tax spending was resolved at the City Council workshop. We the People is gratified that the City Council adopted our ballot position and rescinded the multi-story parking garage. Thus, with only the four City Council members voting, we, Laguna, won!  Upon final City […]

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Civility, Please

Civility, Please

Editor, “Whatever civility might be, it has to do with courtesy, politeness, and good manners . . . Courtesy, politeness, and civility are all, in essence, forms of awareness. Being civil means being constantly aware of others and weaving restraint, respect, and consideration into the very fabric of this awareness. Civility is a form of […]

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Taxpayers Support Diplomacy, Not Balloting, for Entry Solution

Taxpayers Support Diplomacy, Not Balloting, for Entry Solution

Editor, During robust civic debate after the City Council vote to move forward on a village entrance project, members of the Laguna Beach Taxpayer’s Association consulted with elected Council representatives, Chamber of Commerce leaders, as well as organizers of opposition groups Let Laguna Vote and We The People.   Both supporters and opponents of the […]