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Council Expands Village Entrance Dialogue

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 skepticism that city officials would consider their views even […]

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Pearson to Seek a Delay in Entrance Project

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 transparent to the public. In an open letter in […]

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An Open Letter to Elizabeth

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 them: Kelly, Toni, Elizabeth. They have earned iconic […]

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Just Say No

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 voted […]

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Let Laguna Vote

Let Laguna Vote

                                                                             

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Ballot Measure on Village Entrance Advances

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 parking garage and park must be published and signatures collected from […]

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Art Seen 8/30/13

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, Sept. 5, 6-9 p.m. Exhibition of work by Alejandro Campins, Andriy […]

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Environmental Doubts Surface Over Entrance

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 Boinus voiced his about potential contaminants in the soil at […]

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Championing a Plebiscite on Entrance

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, were at this meeting to propose that […]

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City Acquires New Office Space

City Acquires New Office Space

The city of Laguna Beach agreed to buy a four-unit office building downtown for $1.4 million, City Manager John Pietig announced Tuesday. The deal for the building at the corner of Forest Avenue and Ocean Avenue is expected to close on July 18 and will speed up preparations for the village entrance project, which was […]

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Art Seen 4/12/13

Art Seen 4/12/13

Art That’s Small at City Hall Laguna Beach’s Mayor Kelly Boyd announced the winners of the annual Art That’s Small at City Hall competition last week. Out of 91 entries from throughout the county, first place went to Ben Desoto; second to Anthony Salvo, third to James Nordstrom; City Hall choice to Maggie Spencer; and […]

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City OKs Village Entrance

City OKs Village Entrance

By a 4-1 vote, Laguna Beach’s City Council endorsed a plan disproving the Joni Mitchell song about paving paradise to put up a parking lot. Their plan for a long-sought village entrance will un-pave a parking lot, summoning paradise in the form of an urban park where asphalt now sprawls beside City Hall, along with […]

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Reviving Plans for a Village Entrance

Reviving Plans for a Village Entrance

The village entrance project to beautify the area between Forest Avenue and the festivals and put in a parking structure has been on and off the table for so long that many have given up on it. “We have been romanced and courted for too long,” said George Nelson, owner of the downtown gift store […]

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Downtown Surveyors to Gather

Downtown Surveyors to Gather

As part of an effort to discuss potential changes or improvements to the city’s downtown specific plan, the public is invited to join the town’s Planning Commission on a walking tour in surveying the downtown and discussing ideas on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. The group will meet in front of City […]

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Human Options Honors Local Pair

Human Options Honors Local Pair

Laguna Beach residents Karen and Jon Jaffe extraordinary commitment of time, talent and treasure to end the cycle of domestic violence earned recognition recently by Human Options, which assists abused women, their children and families rebuild their lives. The couple received the spirit of philanthropy award entitled “Healing Hearts – A child’s journey from fear […]