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Unfazed by Mortality, He Pursues Another Project

Unfazed by Mortality, He Pursues Another Project

We have this tree just on the street side of our retaining wall.  An Oak tree, while it helps beautify the street, it doesn’t do a damned thing for us, such as giving a little shade.  What it does do each fall season, however, is drop an unbelievable number of dead leaves on our property. […]

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Misgivings Surface Over Opening Up Views

Misgivings Surface Over Opening Up Views

  Chris Toy, a member of a committee appointed nearly a year ago to devise a new view ordinance for Laguna Beach, expressed profound disapproval of the latest draft during a public meeting this past Tuesday, Dec. 3. With new stipulations, the current draft reads like a contract put together by city staff and attorneys, […]

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Tesla Driver Charged in Canyon Crash

Tesla Driver Charged in Canyon Crash

By Jennifer Erickson and Andrea Adelson | LB Indy More than seven months after an early morning collision on Laguna Canyon Road claimed the lives of two men, the Orange County District Attorney’s office last week criminally charged Laguna Beach resident and physician Robert McFarland Pettis, 48, with three felonies stemming from the accident. At […]

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Artists’ Work-Live Complex Closer to Reality

Artists’ Work-Live Complex Closer to Reality

A 30-unit, 20,000-square-foot, 31-foot-high artists’ work-live complex got its first concrete go-ahead, albeit  with conditions, Wednesday night with four out of five city planning commissioners supporting the project. Commissioners noted that the work-live artists’ residency is one of the biggest projects they have ever reviewed as it morphed into a tale of two opposing interests. […]

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Looking for Consensus Before Moving Ahead

Looking for Consensus Before Moving Ahead

Editor, Secured funding for further study of the village entrance monument/parking structure?  Really???  Get over it.  That “vision” has the appearance of an ego driven monument and a significant waste of money compared to what might be accomplished with the input of proper planning and consensus. I understand that parking spaces must be provided but […]

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Humbled by Gifts, Couple Rebuilds Their Lives

Humbled by Gifts, Couple Rebuilds Their Lives

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent As water-dropping helicopters soared overhead, one asked a prescient question:  “What would you do if you lost your house?” “I told her I walk what I talk…that material things aren’t most important. Health and happiness are.’” Little did he know that by the end of the day, DuBois […]

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The Slant: Where Ghosts Still Roam

The Slant: Where Ghosts Still Roam

Does the idea of going to Oak Street seem frighting this year? Or the prospect of staying at home on Halloween just plain scary. Here are a couple of things to know about in Haunted Laguna! The Witches House on Wave Street.  The architecture of this is house right out of a fairy tale or […]

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Hurdles Remain for Artists Work/Live Project

Hurdles Remain for Artists Work/Live Project

Faced with a probable tie vote, Laguna Beach sculptor Louis Longi asked for a delay of a Planning Commission decision on his proposed 30-unit artists’ work/live project last week, one of the first of its kind since the City Council amended an ordinance governing such projects in May 2012. With commission member Anne Johnson absent […]

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Speaker’s Corner: The Fear of New Ideas

Speaker’s Corner: The Fear of New Ideas

By Larry Nokes Great thanks to Allan Simon for putting a fine point on a current topic of great debate: the village entrance (“Will Council Lead?” Letters, Aug. 30). As Mr. Simon notes: “the city council voted 3-2 to approve taking the next step in the development of the Village entrance project. The city manager […]

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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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Patchwork: Were You Away?

Patchwork: Were You Away?

By: Chris Quilter If you are one of those people who love hearing about other people’s vacations, I don’t believe we’ve met. Whenever anyone in my gene pool comes back from a trip, especially one that might excite envy in others, our traditional greeting — preferably delivered with a puzzled expression — is, “Were you […]

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Wisdom Workout: An Unanticipated Outcome

Wisdom Workout: An Unanticipated Outcome

  Yes, I am still grateful to Skype for giving me the opportunity to watch the development of my newest granddaughter, who was born in New Zealand and currently lives in Islamabad, Pakistan. She is almost 6 months old now. Finally, Sara and Aroha arrived for a visit. I reached out to hug them both […]

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Parking Garage’s Use Questioned

Parking Garage’s Use Questioned

Editor, I attended Laguna’s meeting about the village entrance on Monday. I am rather disheartened by some of the responses I heard from John Pietig. I asked Mr. Pietig if there had been any market research done on the proposed garage to substantiate the contention that I have been hearing from certain members of the […]

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Managing Congestion

Managing Congestion

Editor, I keep hearing that the village entrance project is going to benefit business, but I don’t agree. The parking structure is going to be located outside the business district, and we already know that people want to park on the ground close to stores. Building it will disrupt traffic and create more congestion and […]

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Cost of Turning on the Tap to Go Up

Cost of Turning on the Tap to Go Up

Over the past 10 years, a customer of South Coast Water District heeded the district’s pleas about conservation, even changing the ground cover on her lawn and installing more efficient toilets. “And all the while the rates have been going up and up, and I don’t find that fair,” said the elderly resident at a […]