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Is Legislating Neighborliness Possible?

Is Legislating Neighborliness Possible?

On May 13, 1997, I read the following letter to the City Council.  Since then these issues have become much worse. The view ordinance, as proposed, has no teeth in it!  I don’t see how the City Council can be in favor of it. Since it does not address the problem of view obstruction of existing […]

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Checking In

Checking In

Whose House, Anyway?   Design Review has always been contentious, and how could it not be?  A property owner wants to alter their home to their unique tastes or physical needs only to find that that they are pitted against neighbors and a panel of city selected officials.   The recent bickering over whether a […]

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Checking In

Checking In

Whose House, Anyway?   Design Review has always been contentious, and how could it not be?  A property owner wants to alter their home to their unique tastes or physical needs only to find that that they are pitted against neighbors and a panel of city selected officials.   The recent bickering over whether a […]

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The Plant Man

The Plant Man

Debating History   “Old is not necessarily historic.” Ilse Lenschow, DRB member   “A replica is not heritage… it does not have a connection to history.” Mayor Jane Egly   Preservation of Laguna’s historic resources is important and well meaning local organizations espouse that many older homes have “historic” merit.  At issue is when opinions […]

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Guest Opinion: Preservation of ‘Dog House’ is Unjustified

Guest Opinion: Preservation of ‘Dog House’ is Unjustified

  By Thomas Slattery   This letter was addressed to the City Council   As the designated unpaid member of the South Laguna Water and Sewer Advisory Committee, serving at the Council’s pleasure for over seven years, I have serious issues and concerns regarding the process that has brought this appeal forward.   As you […]

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1928 Cottage Spared for Now

1928 Cottage Spared for Now

South Coast Water District intends to appeal a prohibition against the demolition of a 1928 beach house deemed “unsalvageable” by city staff. The water district has 14 days to appeal the Aug. 14 decision by the city’s Design Review Board to preserve 400-square-feet of the original house on S. Coast Highway and Fourth Street. “We […]

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Design Review Slowed by Backlog

Design Review Slowed by Backlog

Editor, Last October, the City Council decided to scrap the alternate position for the Design Review Board in favor of a full member five-person panel. At the time, I testified that this was a bad idea and predicted that it would lead to significant inconvenience for applicants as it would lead to short-handed boards and costly […]

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Setting the Record Straight

Setting the Record Straight

Editor, Having spent the better part of the holidays digging out from under the mud that inundated my canyon neighborhood, it’s time to deal with some more mud that a Village Laguna board member, Cindalee Penney-Hall, has thrown at me (Letters, Dec. 24, 2010). Here are appropriate corrections to her latest unguided missive: 1. I have […]

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Potemkin Village Laguna

Potemkin Village Laguna

Editor, Last week in City Council chambers, I promised to report on Councilmember Verna Rollinger and her merry band of Village Laguna vigilantes any time they try to manipulate our political process.  Here’s Report #1 about 154 Pearl Street, site of the oldest cottage in Laguna.   For two years, the property owner diligently worked […]

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Village Laguna Exerts Undue Influence

Village Laguna Exerts Undue Influence

Editor, I read with great interest last week’s letter by Village Laguna board member Cindalee Penney-Hall comparing me to Stalin for pointing out gross irregularities in the voting process for the Design Review Board (“Academic Interference,” Letters, Nov. 5). The letter is an important political document because it reveals three basic truths that every city […]

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Demand Made to Rescind Political Appointments

Demand Made to Rescind Political Appointments

Claiming that an “underlying political agenda” propelled recent appointments to the city’s Design Review Board, a public-policy expert this week filed a formal complaint demanding nullification.   UC Irvine economics professor Peter Navarro, married to long-time DRB member Leslie LeBon who was ousted as a result of the decision, said voting for new members to […]

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No New Faces for Design Review

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 Schmiede will continue as members of the panel, which reviews building plans […]