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Tag: "Coastal Commission"

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Hopes of Preservationists Dashed

Hopes of Preservationists Dashed

Coastal Panel Approves Live-Work Law By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy In two matters involving Laguna Beach, the Coastal Commission approved revisions that govern a controversial artists’ work/live plan in Laguna Canyon and demolition of a historical house known as Stonehenge whose architectural integrity had been compromised by lax code enforcement. In both cases Laguna […]

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Artists' Work/Live Project Stalled Again

Artists’ Work/Live Project Stalled Again

A scheduled appeal of a decision approving a hotly debated artists’ work/live project on Laguna Canyon Road was put off by the City Council on Tuesday. Opponents, mostly residents of nearby Sun Valley Drive, maintain that the 16,192-square-foot structure spanning two adjacent lots at 20412 and 20432 Laguna Canyon Road violates the Laguna Canyon Annexation […]

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Two Top City Administrators to Retire

Two Top City Administrators to Retire

John Montgomery, Laguna Beach’s community development director for the last decade, credited by some for improving the department’s responsiveness, will retire at the end of June, the city manager announced Monday. Also departing will be one of the three people who are the department’s second in command, zoning administrator Liane Schuller, who will retire in […]

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More Land Adds New Wrinkle to Entrance Debate

More Land Adds New Wrinkle to Entrance Debate

Council moves ahead with housing priorities, flood channel improvements Adding a new twist to the controversial village entrance proposal, Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson announced at the City Council meeting Tuesday the city’s plan to buy nearby property for $5.3 million, which potentially could change the project significantly. Council member Steve Dicterow called the news […]

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Association Protests Lack of Tree Protections

Association Protests Lack of Tree Protections

A towering pine rooted in a South Laguna slope was removed this week to make way for an extensive home addition following a decision by Laguna Beach’s City Council in August to effectively invalidate special protections for heritage trees in the formerly unincorporated area. Neighbors of Carol Chua’s property on Sunset Avenue gathered outside as […]

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Fee Hike Requires a Coastal Development Permit

Fee Hike Requires a Coastal Development Permit

Editor, The three council members that voted in favor of the current village entrance project have promised to institute a $1 per hour parking meter rate increase to help cover the cost of this multi-million dollar nightmare. Any increases to parking fees requires approval by the California Coastal Commission. Since these same three city council […]

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NO on Measure CC

NO on Measure CC

Editor, Lagunans want to preserve open space so Measure CC sounds like a good idea.  But Measure CC is not needed. Laguna has a local coastal plan that designates undeveloped parcels as “residential hillside”, “open space conservation” or “passive open space” and infers that these properties are unlikely to be developed. If the initiative is passed, […]

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Guards Send a Message to Park Visitors

Guards Send a Message to Park Visitors

Editor: The old line that people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones should apply to the owner of the luxury home adjacent to Montage who has done his best to alienate and harass locals and visitors for the ‘crime’ of trying to enjoy a public park. Anyone who builds a see-through mansion adjacent to a […]

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Stephen Esslinger

Stephen Esslinger

Laguna Terrace Owner Stephen Esslinger Dies   Stephen W. Esslinger, best known locally as the owner of the Laguna Terrace Mobile Home Park developed by his grandfather, died Saturday, March 24, after battling illness for years. He was 49. Esslinger was also well known in San Juan Capistrano, where he lived with his family and […]

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Farewell but Stay Tuned

Farewell but Stay Tuned

As his final gesture, Boyce Belt, outgoing president of the controversy-laden Laguna Terrace Mobile Home Park, sent 15 copies of a five-page packet to the California Coastal Commission questioning why the commission has yet to allow lots at the park to be sold separately. Belt, who has been president of the park’s resident association for […]

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Mobilehome Park Claims Unfair Treatment

Mobilehome Park Claims Unfair Treatment

Laguna Terrace Mobilehome Park filed a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission for the second time this year, claiming “disingenuous duplicity” over a boundary dispute. The legal action’s intent is to inhibit Coastal Commission interference in the long-planned sale of 157 individual lots in the ocean-view, bluff-top park developed in the 1960s. “Our intent is […]

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Court Sanctions Rockledge Development

Court Sanctions Rockledge Development

After two years of discord between beach-front neighbors, Mark Towfiq says he sleeps better at night now, knowing that the rumble of bulldozers can be heard every morning at the property he owns above Rockledge Beach. Last week, the county Superior Court ruled in favor of Towfiq and his wife Carol Nakahara, allowing them to […]

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Despite Setbacks, Aliso Beach Café Reopens

Despite Setbacks, Aliso Beach Café Reopens

Gearing up to take advantage of potential spring break crowds, Michael Weiss plans today to reopen Aliso Beach’s Sands Café, the only food and beverage concession at the county’s second most popular beach. Weiss’s plan to cash in on the exclusive 10-year concession was not as successful in his first season as he hoped due […]

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Ringing in Environmental Victories

Ringing in Environmental Victories

Editor, Great News for Laguna’s Greenbelt; more land is donated for open space (“ Contested Tract Dedicated for Public Use,” Dec. 10 edition). 75 acres of Hobo Aliso Ridge, aka Driftwood Estates, (and the likely addition of an adjacent 80 acres) is now permanent open space scheduled for restoration.  This gift to the city by […]

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Lifeguard HQ OK’d by Coastal Commission

Lifeguard HQ OK’d by Coastal Commission

The city’s long-awaited plan to build a $5-million lifeguard headquarters at Main Beach finally got a preliminary go-ahead from the California Coastal Commission after putting the entire bottom floor underground and reducing its above-ground footprint. The City Council Tuesday unanimously approved re-crafted wording for a new subterranean blueprint, added as an agenda item at the […]