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Project is Too Costly

Project is Too Costly

Editor, (This letter was also sent to council members.) I am a 43 year resident of Laguna Beach.  I am 47. This village entrance is an absurd, overpriced ridiculous project that needs to be voted on! I pay over $12,000 in property taxes and do not need any more on top of that. Isn’t our […]

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Stay the Course on Entrance

Stay the Course on Entrance

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the City Council.) I am sorry I cannot attend the meeting tonight but wanted to give you my thoughts on the village entrance. First, thank you for your leadership. I know it is painful but please stay the course. Laguna Beach elected many of you on a campaign promise of […]

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The Slant: Finding Inspiration by the Pinprick

The Slant: Finding Inspiration by the Pinprick

No matter what kind of work you do, finding the inspiration to get the wheel turning and keep it turning is a challenge. Designers, artists, writers and other creative types know the dilemma well. For those fortunate enough to live in Laguna Beach there is sometimes an answer to inspiration available with a walk out […]

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Drought Prompts Laguna to Act on Fire Safety

Drought Prompts Laguna to Act on Fire Safety

With the coming anniversary of the 1993 Laguna Beach firestorm as the backdrop, the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to step up fire safety measures by expanding fuel modification zones and upping fines in no smoking areas. In a report to the council, Laguna Beach Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse described current conditions as a “critical […]

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Other Issues Merit Funding, Too

Other Issues Merit Funding, Too

Editor, We need to un-link the revenue from the proposed village entrance parking structure from the revenue projected to be raised from raising rates on existing meters. These are completely separate.  Building a new structure does not generate the additional $2 million per year projected to come from raising existing meter rates. The meters are […]

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Lawn Bowlers Off to Belfast Games

Lawn Bowlers Off to Belfast Games

Members of the Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club, retired Los Angeles County firefighters Bob Leach and Gil Gillespie, will be participating in the World Police and Fire Games in Northern Ireland Aug. 7-9. The biennial contest for active and retired police, fire, prison and border security officers began Aug. 1. Athletes from over 60 countries […]

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Canyon Crash Spurs Undergrounding Advocates

Canyon Crash Spurs Undergrounding Advocates

Springing into action after an unexpected power outage last weekend, a Pacific Marine Mammal Center board member managed to get a generator operating to prevent thousands of pounds of fish in the center’s freezers from defrosting. The 30-hour long outage only affected one business, according to a Southern California Edison spokesperson. But homes, businesses and […]

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Hoarders Can Be a Danger to Themselves

Hoarders Can Be a Danger to Themselves

Editor, At a recent City Council meeting, the issue of parking came up. Yes, many side streets are being used by tourists. However, many of the cars belong to our neighbors who may have more than one car or two cars and their garages are packed full of things.  Thus, in some cases it is […]

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Greening Up the Wildlands

Greening Up the Wildlands

Editor, Michael Beanan’s Speaker’s Corner column (“A Natural Beauty,” July 12) suggesting that the hillsides of Laguna be watered with recycled water is a fabulous idea. It would not only beautify the city but would add a layer of fire protection that currently is lacking. I have seen nothing done in 42 years to prevent fires […]

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Cultivating Consensus Over Trees

Cultivating Consensus Over Trees

As the result of collaboration between interested parties, the City Council last week approved replacement species for four of the10 trees felled from downtown streets last month amidst a public uproar. Based on concerns that the substitutes would pose similar maintenance issues to their doomed predecessors, the City Council pushed city staff to more thoroughly […]

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Calls for More Downtown Policing

Calls for More Downtown Policing

Laguna Beach may see more cops patrolling downtown and in neighborhoods if growing concern voiced by Council member Steve Dicterow and Mayor Kelly Boyd gains traction. Also on Tuesday, the City Council adopted a budget largely as originally proposed last month, which shared the limelight with several other issues including a plan to remove waste […]

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Kudos for a City Service Geared to Locals

Kudos for a City Service Geared to Locals

Editor: In recent years the city has made a few life-changing improvements for residents (free summer trolley service, no left-hand turns from Coast Highway on several streets – both thanks to Councilmember Iseman). The most recent improvement is traffic alerts via text message. I love this service. Four or five times weekly I receive a […]

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Rescue Craft Shoves Off for Peak Season

Rescue Craft Shoves Off for Peak Season

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   For the first time, Laguna Beach lifeguards’ can now rely on their own rescue watercraft for patrol and rescue missions. Though deployed since Memorial Day weekend, the new addition to the marine safety department will be heralded with a christening ceremony on Main Beach, Saturday, June 8 at […]

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Berns Donate to State Park

Berns Donate to State Park

Laguna philanthropists Michael and Tricia Berns have donated $1 million to Crystal Cove State Park, which will go to create and sustain the Berns Environment Study Loop. The Loop is a half-mile of mini-field stations where visitors can perform “citizen science” endeavors or learning stations. The donation also goes toward the development of infrastructure such […]

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Mayor Calls for Citywide Vote on Village Entrance

Mayor Calls for Citywide Vote on Village Entrance

For the second time this month, Mayor Kelly Boyd voiced his belief that the city’s largest pending capital improvement project, the estimated $50 million village entrance parking structure and strip park, should not go forward without voter approval. Boyd’s statement came as part of a “State of the City” address Tuesday, where he, City Manager […]