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Allegations Suggest Lack of Oversight by Planning Commission

Allegations Suggest Lack of Oversight by Planning Commission

Editor, In a unanimous vote, the Coastal Commission upheld an appeal against a controversial project at the locally well-known Ben Brown’s at Aliso Creek, now known as The Ranch at Laguna Beach. I had been taking it for granted that our Laguna Planning Commission and City Council were properly progressing The Ranch application; a resulting […]

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Public Funds Should Not Underwrite Private Use

Public Funds Should Not Underwrite Private Use

Editor, As pointed out by one of your alert readers, in my recent Indy commentary (“Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights,” June 19) I incorrectly criticized the City Council for using “tax dollars” to pay for a limited use public garden in South Laguna.  Since the source of public funds to be used for this […]

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Gift’s Proceeds Provides Seed Money for Park

Gift’s Proceeds Provides Seed Money for Park

Editor, As evidenced in Howard Hills’ recent column (“Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights,” June 20 edition) it appears there is still misunderstanding about the funds the City Council recently allocated toward the purchase of a permanent site for the South Laguna Community Garden Park. He describes the funds as “tax dollars” but a bit […]

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A ‘Circuitous’ Path Leads to Arts Commission

A ‘Circuitous’ Path Leads to Arts Commission

By Kellie Hall, Special to the Independent As a metalworker, glassblower, landscape architect and lighting designer, Carmen Salazar’s experiences as an artist span across varied terrain. Describing her career path as “circuitous,” Salazar’s pursuit of many different art forms all seem relevant to her newest role on the Laguna Beach Arts Commission, which provides advisory […]

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Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights

Collision Over Preservation and Property Rights

By Howard Hills After my grandmother Julia Hills passed away in 1963 we bought a new home in Wood’s Cove. Her old cottage above Boat Canyon that we loved was sold and demolished to make way for a church. My wife and kids knew that my sense of loss about my childhood home was one of […]

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Cheryl Kinsman Lauded as 'Woman of the Year'

Cheryl Kinsman Lauded as ‘Woman of the Year’

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent Nine outstanding women were nominated to be the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club 2014 “Woman of the Year,” and when the members’ votes were tallied, the woman selected was long-time resident and community champion, Cheryl Kinsman. Despite her slew of past and present civic accomplishments, Kinsman was initially a […]

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View Properties Add Value to Neighboring Homes

View Properties Add Value to Neighboring Homes

Editor, Thursday, the City Council held a meeting to present and discuss their latest version of a badly needed view preservation restoration ordinance.  The meeting was well attended, mostly by citizens who have had their precious view sheds destroyed by neighbors with overgrown vegetation. A show of hands, called for by Mayor Elizabeth Pearson, showed […]

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Permanent Supportive Housing Ill-Advised in Flood Plain

Permanent Supportive Housing Ill-Advised in Flood Plain

Editor, It saddens me that the Friendship Shelter and City Council have created a situation in opposition to complete support for both preservation of Laguna Canyon and those in great need. Respectfully I must choose preservation of natural resources, wildlife habitats and open space knowing that forethought and wise decisions  must be based on historical evidence […]

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Council Considers a Temporary Halt to Canyon Development

Council Considers a Temporary Halt to Canyon Development

A public hearing to discuss a possible moratorium on development projects in Laguna Canyon, originally scheduled for a special City Council meeting to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, will likely now take place Tuesday, June 3, the city manager says. Any so-called urgency ordinance would require a four-fifths Council vote and […]

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Intrigued by a Roadside Shrine

Intrigued by a Roadside Shrine

Editor, On the side of El Toro Road where the weedy tree branches and tall grasses grow and the narrow lanes should really not lead to a stoplight at the freeway’s entrance but continue into some wild plain, there used to be a short white cross with the name Duff carved into it. This weather-beaten […]

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Signaling for Slower Speed Limits

Signaling for Slower Speed Limits

As expected, city officials formally opposed a Caltrans proposal to hike speeds on portions of Laguna Beach’s primary artery, Coast Highway. In addition, Laguna’s City Council last week requested that the state agency evaluate the need for a painted crosswalk on the highway between Beverly Street and Cliff Drive in North Laguna. In March, the […]

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Homeless Need Caring

Homeless Need Caring

Editor: At the City Council meeting about the proposal for homeless housing I was appalled and astounded at the multitude of negative remarks that I heard from well-respected townspeople and business owners who had witnessed such atrocious behavior from many of our homeless. I have never witnessed these same horrid acts and must therefore add […]

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Concerned About Future Lawsuits

Concerned About Future Lawsuits

Editor, When the City Council dropped the city attorney from the homeless lawsuit and then signed a settlement agreement, the people were not given proper representation, nor were we given right to understand the legalities of their actions. Now we see story poles in Laguna Canyon highlighting a new multimillion dollar homeless shelter in a […]

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Rely on Respected Veterans

Rely on Respected Veterans

Editor, I didn’t get a chance to speak at the last City Council hearing regarding permanent supportive housing and I think of all of us who’ve been serving meals at the ASL for four-plus years that also did not get to speak… For more than 20 years, Friendship Shelter has done an outstanding job supporting […]

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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 […]