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Kids Should be Our Top Priority

Kids Should be Our Top Priority

Editor, The permanent housing shelter that is being considered in the Canyon is an interesting and somewhat controversial subject. In the United States, many of the people living on the streets suffer from serious disabilities, both mental and physical. So many of the homeless could lead more productive lives if provided mental and physical counseling […]

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Delicate Planning for Change

Delicate Planning for Change

It’s all happening very fast. It’s as though collectively we have decided we are going to run out of time to change. There are so many projects in the works that the city manager and City Council have set up monthly meetings of an urban planning coordinating committee to provide an interface among on-going efforts […]

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Is Laguna a Destination for the Homeless?

Is Laguna a Destination for the Homeless?

Editor, Is the city of Laguna Beach looking to become the number one destination for homeless people in Orange County? I am compassionate and want to help Laguna Beach residents that have lost their way or have a mental illness, but I do not believe our city has an obligation to care for and provide […]

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Political Calendar

Political Calendar

The public is invited to a sunset reception and $95 per person fundraiser with City Council candidate Rob Zur Schmiede on Thursday, May 1, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the La Casa Del Camino Rooftop Lounge, 1289 S. Coast Highway.

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Questioning Proposed View Rules

Questioning Proposed View Rules

About 150 angry, well-organized people have continued a writing campaign to go after the airspace of their neighbors. They make it look like the new view ordinance law is too lenient. A clever approach. They have attended each meeting while only a few stalwart people who love trees have spoken against the ordinance as too harsh. Right now any uphill […]

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New Appeals Keep Artists on Hold

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 to halt the project. On one front, […]

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Planners Tackle Surf and Turf

Planners Tackle Surf and Turf

Commercial stand-up paddle board instructors may be subject to some rules restricting how they operate in Laguna Beach as a result of a draft ordinance considered by the Planning Commission on Wednesday. The regulations will require City Council approval at a future date. The panel found much less favor with the concept review of a […]

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Where does asparagus come from?

Where does asparagus come from?

Not quite so hard to answer as the question about babies, but it was surprising how many of the adults at our recent South Laguna Community Garden workshop were amazed when we handed them an asparagus spear and said we had just cut it.  “From where?”  “It’s a sprout that grows right out of the […]

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Public Should Vote on View Ordinance

Public Should Vote on View Ordinance

Editor, Last Tuesday’s special City Council meeting on a view restoration and preservation ordinance puts all of Laguna Beach down a very slippery slope (even literally if too many trees are sacrificed) and is our Council’s newest boondoggle. It is unclear whether we will have any further input on this expensive, fiscally unsound, litigious ordinance […]

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Support for Creative Use of Vacant Lot

Support for Creative Use of Vacant Lot

Editor, I hope the City Council supports the Longi artist/live work project on April 1. It will benefit our community in two important ways: First it will provide affordable housing to artists who are the core of our beloved city, and second it will eliminate one of the many vacant lots that are not landscaped […]

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Project Sets a Development Precedent

Project Sets a Development Precedent

Editor, Laguna Beach is such a unique community, and our uniqueness is what makes us such a desirable place to live and for tourists to visit. We have raised our family here and seen so many things happen for the good. Consider our purchase of the main beach commercial properties and our development of our […]

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Sending Off 'Lord' Mayor Kelly Boyd

Sending Off ‘Lord’ Mayor Kelly Boyd

  “He’s really a man of the people,” said master of ceremonies Bree Burgess Rosen, addressing well-wishers at the Woman’s Club on Friday for a friendly roast of City Council member Kelly Boyd, Laguna Beach’s previous mayor who passed on those responsibilities in December. Then, abandoning the typical platitudes, Burgess Rosen segued into an explanation […]

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City Candidate Sets Up a Big Tent

City Candidate Sets Up a Big Tent

  About 100 people attended an $85 per person fundraiser for Robert Zur Schmiede this past Sunday, kicking off his campaign for Laguna Beach’s City Council. The candidate, the current appointed chair of the city’s Planning Commission, outlined his top priorities, which included protecting Laguna Beach’s open spaces and beaches and invigorating its economy. Zur […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Where Newport Got It Right If you have not yet seen the new Newport Beach Civic Center, go.  It is a delight.  More, it is a statement: this is the new Newport Beach, a place where giant international companies like Pimco call home. It is sophisticated and modern. The center contains more than the new […]

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Is Legislating Neighborliness Possible?

Is Legislating Neighborliness Possible?

On May 13, 1997, I read the following letter to the City Council.  Since then these issues have become much worse. The view ordinance, as proposed, has no teeth in it!  I don’t see how the City Council can be in favor of it. Since it does not address the problem of view obstruction of existing […]