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Tag: "Heritage Committee"

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Council on the Menu for Cafe Owner

Council on the Menu for Cafe Owner

Jon Madison, owner of Laguna Beach’s Madison Square and Garden Café and a longtime member of the city’s Heritage Committee, last week confirmed rumors of his candidacy by declaring his intention to run for City Council. Two other challengers so far are also vying for the three seats that will be up for grabs in […]

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Council on the Menu for Cafe Owner

Council on the Menu for Cafe Owner

Jon Madison, owner of Laguna Beach’s Madison Square and Garden Café and a longtime member of the city’s Heritage Committee, last week confirmed rumors of his candidacy by declaring his intention to run for City Council. Two other challengers so far are also vying for the three seats that will be up for grabs in […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

The House that’s not a Home Across the street from us is a vacant house.  The couple that lived there with their little boy has moved out as part of a foreclosure.  Now I guess the bank owns it. They posted no trespassing signs with threats of jail time.  Last week a crew cleaned up, […]

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City Hall Meetings

City Hall Meetings

Monday, Oct. 17 Heritage Committee, 6 p.m., Council Chambers   Tuesday, Oct. 18 City Council, 6 p.m., Council Chambers  

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City Hall Meetings

City Hall Meetings

Monday, Aug. 15 Heritage Committee, 6 p.m., Council Chambers    Tuesday, Aug. 16 City Council, 6 p.m., Council Chambers

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Village Matters

Village Matters

Cottage Sequel  It just happened that the beginning of my planned trip to Italy with my nieces coincided with the council’s decision on the “final solution” for the cottages at Big Bend.  I had done all I could think of, to no avail.  I was sorry to hear by email that the council had voted […]

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Civic Minded Needed for City Committees

Civic Minded Needed for City Committees

The City Council is accepting applications for people willing to serve on several council-appointed advisory committees. There are four, two-year terms open on the Heritage Committee; three, two-year terms on the TechComm Committee, and one vacancy to fill an unexpired term on the Environmental Committee. Committees generally meet once a month. Interviews will be conducted […]

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Village Matters

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 sandbox category, if […]

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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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She Wasn’t on the Committee Then

She Wasn’t on the Committee Then

To the Editor: I read the Nov. 19 letter from Samuel and Pamela Goldstein regarding the Mills Act for the Heisler Building, and I would like to correct some of the information given. Although I am a member of the Heritage Committee, I am writing as an individual.  I think that perhaps the Goldsteins were […]

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City Halts Historic Building Designations

City Halts Historic Building Designations

A year-long moratorium on certain historic building designations was approved by the City Council Tuesday night along with a Dec. 15 deadline to apply for historic status, which reduces property taxes under the state Mills Act. The deadline was extended by a month to include three houses in town already in the process of historic […]

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The Heisler building : cultural impacts to the City

The Heisler building : cultural impacts to the City

Editor, City Council member Verna Rollinger’s recent commentary regarding “preservation over restoration” of historic buildings and their ability to comply with Mills Act standards disregarded the fact that historic buildings can also be evaluated based on their cultural significance to the City, and not just the extent to which the original structure remains intact. The […]

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Pride in Restoring a Historic Building

Pride in Restoring a Historic Building

Editor,   City Councilmember Verna Rollinger’s recent commentary regarding ”preservation over restoration” of historic buildings and their ability to comply with Mills Act standards disregarded the fact that historic buildings can also be evaluated based on their cultural significance to the city and not just the extent to which the original structure remains intact. (“Can Something New Be Old?” […]