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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 […]

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Views Clouded by Subjectivity

Views Clouded by Subjectivity

Consider a Top of the World property owner, his home studded by three large pine trees for decades, urged Larry Nokes, chair of Laguna Beach’s view equity committee. The homeowner fears if a view ordinance is enacted, the neighbor behind him will push for their removal. “How do you balance the existing condition of the […]

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Writer Compares View Rules

Writer Compares View Rules

Editor, On June 25 at 4:30 at City Hall the View Restoration Committee will present their final draft to go to our City Council to become the new law for Laguna Beach. It will be a drastic change. What we have is good. Compare the two. View Equity (what we have now) vs. View Restoration (the proposed law) […]

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Costs Rising Faster Than Revenue

Costs Rising Faster Than Revenue

In summing up Laguna Beach’s proposed $68.5 million annual budget, for the first time involving a two-year projected spending plan through June 2016, City Manager John Pietig tempered the good news about a recovering local economy with a prescription for caution moving forward. Revenue sources that account for most of the $48.5 million general fund […]

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Speaking Up on View Rules

Speaking Up on View Rules

Editor, Re: “Closing in on New View Rules,” April 19 edition. Please: Establish a hierarchy of priorities wherein views are at the top, and trees are nice but definitely less important. Establish an ordinance that is challenge-proof, has teeth, is fair and especially, is enforceable. If there is to be some concession granted for preserving […]

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One Flight Too Many

One Flight Too Many

Editor, This is your pilot speaking. If you look out to your left, you can see we are now passing over the beautiful city of Laguna Beach. Flight crew, please prepare for landing. I read the letters in the paper a few months ago about the rash of planes flying over south Laguna and I […]

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Maralan Hearing Postponed Again

Maralan Hearing Postponed Again

By Justin Swanson | LB Indy   A preliminary hearing scheduled for Friday, March 8 for Saeid Maralan, the former Laguna Beach rug merchant charged with 14 criminal counts involving sexual abuses, was postponed yet again at the behest of defense attorney John Barnett. A new date is set for April 12. Barnett requested more […]

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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. […]