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Palettes Exhibited at City Hall

Twelve mini palette designs from 238 submissions were selected by the city’s Arts Commission for display at City Hall. Selected artists, ages 5 to 17, are: Erin Meinhaus, Katie Baker, Julia Kellogg, Katie Letourneau, Monae Long, Tomiah Madrigal, Hannah Isabel Uutela, Luca De...

Adding ‘Ice’ to Holiday Hospitality

Plans for Laguna Beach’s annual Hospitality Night, celebrated Friday, Dec. 6 downtown on Forest Avenue, include live music, edible treats, Santa’s arrival and this year a rare Southern California experience: ice skating. A temporary plastic polymer artificial ice rink will...

The Plant Man: A Culture Change in Construction

Have you ever wondered why Laguna has an abundance of homes and businesses that are art forms in themselves?  From beach cottages to contemporary commercial venues, many say well designed structures are due to architects and builders inspired by magnificent views of the Pacific...

Path Opens to Town Entry Without a Car Garage

Laguna Beach’s City Council reversed course Tuesday, conceding a willingness to abandon a controversial proposal to build a four-story parking garage next to City Hall and remove the largest sticking point over the long-debated plan to beautify the town’s canyon gateway. The...

Cautionary Tale Over Duplicate Documents

Editor, Almost 10 years ago I requested that the city staff place in my property file an 8 1/2 by 11 photocopy of my property, showing a sweeping view of Main Beach and Coast Highway. It was dated and accordingly filed. Later I submitted a similar sized photocopy showing two...

Tackling the Village Entry Dispute

Horwitz taps common wisdom to find solutions Delia Horwitz arrived in Moscow for a scheduled Chamber of Commerce talk with officials from government, banks and businesses only to learn that organizers developed cold feet. They wanted to cancel the event for fear of violence. Her...

Council Expands Village Entrance Dialogue

Before a packed house, the Laguna Beach City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to step up community outreach on the disputed village entrance project and also approved funds for soil analysis and odor control at the sewer lift station within the project. Even so, many residents expressed...

Pearson to Seek a Delay in Entrance Project

As the outcry over the proposed village entrance gains momentum, including a nascent ballot initiative to limit its scope and fundraising by advocates of a citywide vote, Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson this week concedes the need to slow the process down and make it more...

An Open Letter to Elizabeth

Editor, A few weeks ago, I wrote a column “Speaker’s Corner,”  entitled  “Will Council Lead?” (Aug. 29) The headline of this letter is “An Open Letter to Elizabeth.” There are certain people in Laguna Beach with iconic status such that one name is sufficient to fully identify...

Just Say No

Editor, The time has come for the City Council to rescind its approval of the village entrance project. I know it can’t do anything official until the Council meets on Oct. 1, but in the interim it can begin the process of changing its mind. All it takes is one of the three who...

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Ballot Measure on Village Entrance Advances

“I’m pleasantly surprised we will be moving forward with the initiative,” said local resident Paul Merritt, describing the outcome of a discussion this week with the city attorney. Once City Attorney Phil Kohn settles on the language, the intended ballot measure over the downtown...

Art Seen 8/30/13

Artists Who Remake the Grand Tradition When a brush cannot be found, use a brick. Saltfineart presents an exhibit of artists who are revolutionizing the grand tradition of painting through forward leaps in style, content and technique. An opening reception is set for Thursday,...

Environmental Doubts Surface Over Entrance

Critics continue to air objections to a plan approved by elected officials in June to develop a $42 million village entrance park and parking structure long sought for downtown. At last week’s City Council meeting, among eight people raising an array of concerns, resident Alan...

Championing a Plebiscite on Entrance

Editor: On June 11, in a packed City Hall meeting devoted to the proposed village entrance, three City Council members voted to strip $15 million from the city’s general, parking, and sewer funds and put residents in debt for more than 25 years. Many residents, such as I,...