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Tag: "Laguna Beach"

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Ranch Re-review is Unwarranted

Ranch Re-review is Unwarranted

Editor, The Coastal Commission’s review of The Ranch remodel appears to be a reaction of other city actions and approvals. In recent example, the city approval of the 30-unit Laguna Canyon Road housing project was new development and square footage that clearly should’ve had an EIR for traffic conflicts and approximate 300 vehicle trip turning movements into […]

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She’s a Ranch Fan

She’s a Ranch Fan

Editor, I am a fan and support Mark Christy for his vision and action in his restoration of Ben Brown’s Aliso Creek Inn. Thank you, Mark! for all you are doing for Laguna business (visitors, hotel and golf), conserving the natural site and Laguna Beach historic traditions, providing a local home for visual and performing arts and opening a great local venue for […]

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Pantry Door is Always Open

Pantry Door is Always Open

Editor, Last week, one of our favorite shoppers at the Laguna Food Pantry reappeared after being gone for quite a while.  When I asked where he’d been, he said that he had found a little part-time work. “But still, why didn’t you come in on one of the days you weren’t working?” “Because I didn’t […]

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Laguna Should Serve as a Beacon for the County

Laguna Should Serve as a Beacon for the County

Editor, I have been following the debate regarding the permanent supportive housing proposed by the Friendship Shelter with interest.  First, I feel the project is a definite step in the right direction for both the shelter and the city of Laguna Beach.  I am confident that a positive and workable development will result from this […]

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Does Drum Circle Need A Permit?

Does Drum Circle Need A Permit?

(This letter also went to city, park and Coastal Commission officials.) Editor, Mr. Fried (La Vida Laguna) has been using this beach for years as product extension, as a promotional marketing tool to expand a private, for profit venture. Just as the snack concessionaire several years ago went through re-visiting regarding a few chairs and […]

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Appreciates the Privilege of Participation

Appreciates the Privilege of Participation

Editor, I was so pleased to read the Susan Velasquez column last week entitled “Magic Unfolds at Festival Events.” I loved and appreciated every word of her analysis of what is often really going on at all these festivals. The essence of our opening celebrations is not only the art or the music of the […]

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 Neighborhood Compatibility Dispute Reveals Deeper Problem

Neighborhood Compatibility Dispute Reveals Deeper Problem

Editor, I was rendered speechless by Commissioner Linda Dietrich’s derogatory, prejudicial, scathing, and entirely inappropriate comments during (a July 9) Planning Commission discussion of a conditional use and development permits for a two-unit artist live work project at 2000 Laguna Canyon Road. Commissioner Dietrich:  “As far as neighborhood compatible I, I disagree with, with, um […]

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Why Isn’t Kelp Cleaned Up?

Why Isn’t Kelp Cleaned Up?

Editor, As a long time resident of North Laguna, can someone explain to me the city’s position on the removal of the excessive kelp build up on Main Beach? As a place that prides itself on being a tourist destination, it seems to me that having over half of the city’s central beach covered with […]

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Too Much of a Good Thing

Too Much of a Good Thing

Editor, What else can the Arts Commission screw up?  The Arts Commission loves to fill up every space in town. Or is it the council? When I was in the Arts Commission, the council would overrule all the Arts Commission recommendations and made their own tasteful decisions.  Of course when you are in power then you […]

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The Slant

The Slant

Unknown Author Writes a Reality Check Before taking a seat on a bench, I noticed a piece of paper with handwritten text. I had just finished a bike ride. I stopped to look at the view from Alta Laguna Park and catch my breath. I picked it up and read what you are about to […]

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Blending Art and Ink Adds to Laguna’s Local Color

Blending Art and Ink Adds to Laguna’s Local Color

Where young adults congregate, from Main Beach to the corner coffee house, the observant will likely see evidence of a tattoo artist’s effort. The morphing of tats from outer fringe to mainstream was not lost on Renée Bangerter, who opened the Laguna Inkspot and Gallery in Laguna Beach in 2012. Keen on merging her artistic […]

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Merritt Believes He Can Improve on City’s Merits

Merritt Believes He Can Improve on City’s Merits

Announcing his intention to run for City Council this week, Paul Merritt says the city of Laguna Beach needs to become more progressive regarding the safety of residents and tourists and tighter with collecting owed business fees from major corporations. Progressive and, at the same time, fiscally more alert, much like he said he sees […]

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Police Suppress Popular Drum Circle

Police Suppress Popular Drum Circle

Laguna Beach police and park rangers pre-emptively closed off emptying public parking lots at Aliso Beach for last Saturday’s Full Moon Drum Circle due to predictions of a large turnout, and drummers say the decision put people in peril by forcing them onto the highway. A dozen police personnel, two rangers and a fire department […]

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Coastal Commission Will Eventually See Past Ranch’s Critics

Coastal Commission Will Eventually See Past Ranch’s Critics

Editor, After reading recent articles in the Independent, I am deeply saddened to learn that the project we locals have always referred to as Ben Brown’s (now The Ranch) has been halted due to a last minute appeal to the Coastal Commission by a local resident. According to the article, the reasons for his appeal […]

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Let the Ranch Go On

Let the Ranch Go On

Editor, I worked at Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course, which is now The Ranch, when Ms. Brown owned it. It truly is Laguna’s Yosemite and yet it’s just 1300 feet from Aliso Beach and the closest hotel to South Laguna’s international “gay” beach, West Street. I find it hard to believe that the new […]