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Thrilled to Support Zur Schmiede

Thrilled to Support Zur Schmiede

  Editor, I’m writing about Rob Zur Schmiede who is running for City Council. Rob and I served for five years on the city’s Design Review Task Force. Our task was to determine the causes of all the contentiousness surrounding the Design Review Board process at that time, and to recommend ways to rectify the […]

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Project Violates the Ethos of the Canyon

Project Violates the Ethos of the Canyon

Editor, This project is located directly in front of and below our home, where we have lived for the past 20 years. Castle Rock is a rural, small scale neighborhood, with single family residences that have been seamlessly blended into the hillside over the past 70 years. Most of our homes can’t even be seen […]

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Project Meets City Requirements

Project Meets City Requirements

Editor, I’m writing in regards to John Hamil’s recent column in this publication entitled “Keeping Promises.” His letter was written in a response to a letter I wrote regarding the Long(i) Live-Work-Create project we have designed for local artist Louis Longi in Laguna Canyon. In his letter, Dr. Hamil specifically refutes my assertion that this […]

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Addressing the Town’s Evolving Needs

Addressing the Town’s Evolving Needs

By Horst Noppenberger Every once in a while, a project comes along which has an opportunity to speak to who we are as a community. The artist live-work project that we’ve designed for local sculptor Louis Longi and the Dornin Investment Group is one of these projects. The Long(i) Live-Work-Create project  represents an opportunity for Laguna Beach to enhance its historic and cherished […]

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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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Community Datebook 9/13/13

Community Datebook 9/13/13

A New Venue for Taste of Laguna Expo The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce’s annual Taste of Laguna and Business Expo, set for Thursday, Sept. 18, will switch venues, moving to the Festival of Arts’ grounds and featuring Grammy award winning drummer Poncho Sanchez and his Latin jazz band. Tickets for the 4:30-8:30 p.m. expo […]

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Granny Flats Approved Without Public Hearings

Granny Flats Approved Without Public Hearings

Editor, The Design Review Board is being undermined in a surreal manner. Worst case: new homes
 go through and obtain Design Review Board approval 
during construction, but a single residential unit can be added with over-the-counter ministerial approval
 and can block views, but the city staff position is that a public meeting is not allowed. […]

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Taking View Equity for a Test Drive

Taking View Equity for a Test Drive

Just six weeks after its formation, the newly established View Equity Committee seems determined to deliver on putting teeth in a new city ordinance. But first they want a test drive, to understand how a potential view equity claim would play out under the model adopted by Rancho Palos Verdes, which passed one of the […]

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Historic House Wins Reprieve

Historic House Wins Reprieve

“Stonehenge,” one of the first houses built in south Laguna, was spared from possibly being bulldozed in a 10-2 vote by the California Coastal Commission on Wednesday, Feb. 6, which reversed the recommendations of its staff and an earlier decision by the Laguna Beach City Council to demolish the bluff-top cottage. South Laguna Civic Assn. […]

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Sizing Up the Architectural Museum

Sizing Up the Architectural Museum

Editor, This is an open letter, or more of a note, to the Design Review Board, and the city in general. As many of my friends and acquaintances know, my legal practice is restricted to Laguna Beach and I make my living mostly in connection with Design Review projects.  As a result I receive seasons’ greeting […]

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Contention Absent from Today’s Hearings

Contention Absent from Today’s Hearings

By Robin Zur Schmiede Recently, Laguna Beach locals have been reminiscing in print about infamous Design Review Board experiences. Residents and visitors alike might wonder if these stories are the norm for a Design Review decision today. They are not. In the past few years, the Design Review process has greatly improved as a result […]

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Design Review Criteria Need Updating

Design Review Criteria Need Updating

  Editor, In Laguna Beach there is a project approved by the city’s Design Review Board in my neighborhood, and I am looking again at how this project got the okay. Is everyone turning his or her head away? Once upon a time known for its charm, quaintness, and exceptional neighborhoods, the character of our […]

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‘Lagunatics’ Returns to Mince Shortcomings into Laughs

‘Lagunatics’ Returns to Mince Shortcomings into Laughs

“Lagunatics” turns a cheerful spotlight on Laguna Beach’s foibles, some old, some new, but none borrowed when the annual roast resumes this Friday at the Festival of Arts’ Forum Theater. Once again, the locals who perform for the next three weekends will ask themselves and their audience “is nothing sacred?” This year, for the 19th […]

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Members Wanted for Two City Panels

Members Wanted for Two City Panels

The City Council is seeking citizen volunteers for the Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee as well as the Design Review Board.     The disaster committee makes recommendations about preparing for the next emergency or disaster, researches grant funding to support disaster preparedness, helps in developing a post-disaster needs assessment process, helps to refine a clearinghouse […]

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Glass and Metal Artists Team Up for Winning Bench Project

Glass and Metal Artists Team Up for Winning Bench Project

Metal sculptor Larry Gill and glassblower Gavin Heath teamed up to design what may become Laguna Beach’s newest addition to its public art collection. The team, along with competing artist Michael Graham, presented their concepts to Arts Commission at its meeting Monday, Sept. 12. After careful deliberations involving structural soundness and public safety, the commission […]