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Council Raises Pay of Top Manager

The City Council adopted changes to the city’s 2014-15 budget last week, finalizing proposed uses for a $1.3 million windfall thanks to higher revenue estimates. The revisions, along with other tweaks, bring the budget to $51.7 million, up from the $49.7 million originally...

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...

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...

Design Review Failed to Protect His Neighbor’s View

Editor, I strongly support the City’s recent attempt to strengthen the View ordinance, as announced in your paper (“Council Sets Sights on View Ordinance,” Jan. 18).  At the same time, I think the city administration needs to get behind it and begin to support it...

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...

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...

The Plant Man

A Night at Design Review “When I am dead, I hope it is said, “His sins were scarlet, but his columns were read.” –with apologies to Hillaire Belloc   One of the pleasures of living in Laguna is greeting friends and acquaintances whilst walking, shopping, or gossiping during...

Village Matters

 Amazing Stories  “Only Make Believe,” the Pageant of the Masters presentation this year, included a series of art covers from the 1930s science fiction magazine “Amazing Stories.”  That set off a whole link of community history tidbits floating through my mind.  It turns out...

Village Matters

Design Review Heroes   Do you remember the “white house” controversy? The city debate on off-white vs. white paint for a design-reviewed house became fodder for talk radio. Or when the county newspapers published photos of Design Review Board members’ homes and compared them...

Village Matters

Let’em Play with the Big Kids By Ann Christoph Is there a little kids playground at City Hall? Are some of the players puttering around in the sandbox while the rest are in the big leagues, getting respect and being on television? I think yes, the city committees may be in the...

No New Faces for Design Review

Three seated Design Review Board members were re-appointed to the board and one incumbent let go in paper balloting by the City Council on Tuesday.   Retired realtor Ilse Lenschow, residential design engineer Ken Sadler and former Newport Beach city attorney Robin Zur...