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Basking in a Spiritual Blessing

Basking in a Spiritual Blessing

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent On an outdoor stage, in a small, poor, dusty village in central India, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, one of the world’s most renowned and beloved spiritual leaders, got a close up, personal glimpse of Laguna Beach’s generous spirit. In January, the Dalai Lama visited Norgyeling, a […]

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No Bull: Bovine Corralled in Body Shop

No Bull: Bovine Corralled in Body Shop

In a spray booth at Beach Cities Auto Collision in Laguna Canyon rests a rare breed. Not a Ferrari or a Porsche or even a humble Volkswagen, but the unlikeliest of would-be conveyances, a 400 pound, nine-foot long sculpture of a  bull, ready for the drive to Austin, Tex. Created by Laguna Beach sculptor Cheryl […]

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View Rules Need Revision Again

View Rules Need Revision Again

Editor, I urge, more like beg, you to vote no on the current final draft of the view ordinance.  This ordinance does nothing to protect the wonderful views in Laguna Beach. If the irresponsible neighbor who refuses to trim his trees is allowed to negate the new ordinance by withholding his consent, then what has […]

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Who Cut Down the Tree Ordinance?

Who Cut Down the Tree Ordinance?

Editor, What has happened to our view ordinance with “teeth” in it?  It seems to have completely fizzed out and fallen apart in favor of the stubborn tree people. After fighting this thing for nearly a year and a half with great hope for a resolution that would favor our spectacular view sheds we are […]

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Is Legislating Neighborliness Possible?

Is Legislating Neighborliness Possible?

On May 13, 1997, I read the following letter to the City Council.  Since then these issues have become much worse. The view ordinance, as proposed, has no teeth in it!  I don’t see how the City Council can be in favor of it. Since it does not address the problem of view obstruction of existing […]

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Surely a Compromise Exists

Surely a Compromise Exists

I am writing to you regarding the proposed Longi live/work project in Laguna Canyon.  I am appealing to you today as a Laguna Beach real estate professional, a board member of the Laguna Canyon Foundation and as a passionate admirer of all things beautiful about Laguna Beach. I have been following the progression of the […]

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Large Development Will Mar Laguna’s Gateway

Large Development Will Mar Laguna’s Gateway

I am writing in opposition to the proposed artist live work building in Laguna Canyon. I support the arts and embrace the history of Laguna being an artist’s colony. However, the true village entrance to our beautiful city is Laguna Canyon and the proposed Longi development is a monstrosity at 36 feet high. This building will destroy the rural […]

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Concern Over Canyon Development

Concern Over Canyon Development

Editor, My name is Andrew Cmiel and I am a long term resident of the Laguna Beach area, I am also president of a local club Friends of Laguna Canyon, with a membership of over 200. Our club’s primary interest is to enjoy the beauties of Laguna Canyon, engage in hikes, nature walks and other […]

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Eight Affordable Units Isn’t Worth the Loss of Character

Eight Affordable Units Isn’t Worth the Loss of Character

Editor, This letter addresses the artist live-work project proposed in Laguna Canyon that will be coming before the City Council soon. I have asked each Council member to consider having the developer scale back the project to the 12-unit concept that was originally proposed to the neighborhood two years ago. It would be wonderful to have an […]

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Alarmed by a Potential Precedent

Alarmed by a Potential Precedent

Editor: Who is in favor of a Walmart-like structure, 36 feet tall, 250 feet long, with over 30,000 square feet of live/work space, set back 45 square feet from Laguna Canyon Road, which blocks the views of hillsides and ridge lines, obscuring our rural scenic highway? Who supports this proposed “flood gate,” which has fostered […]

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Alive Again

Alive Again

It is nearly 7 p.m. You are at home minding your own business when there is a knock at the door. You stroll down the hall alongside thoughtfully placed family pictures. The grandparents, school photos etc. You smile slightly as you always do while passing them. Cheerfully you open the door to greet your unexpected […]

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Obituary

Obituary

Barbara Painter 1934-2014 Laguna Beach icon and longtime resident Barbara Northam Painter passed away peacefully on March 8, 2014, with family and friends. She was born on Dec. 9, 1934, to Charles and Arline Baker in Albany, N.Y. Barbara was raised in Pelham Manor, N.Y., as a young child. She moved to Pasadena and attended […]

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Whale of a Ship Surfaces

Whale of a Ship Surfaces

By Andrea Adelson | LB Indy An ominous U.S. Navy warship cruising less than two miles offshore south Orange County’s coastline this past Sunday caught the attention of anyone with a view of the sea between Laguna Beach’s Main Beach and Dana Point’s harbor. The crew of the impressive U.S.S. Coronado, a 419-foot trimaran designed […]

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Hopes of Preservationists Dashed

Hopes of Preservationists Dashed

Coastal Panel Approves Live-Work Law By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy In two matters involving Laguna Beach, the Coastal Commission approved revisions that govern a controversial artists’ work/live plan in Laguna Canyon and demolition of a historical house known as Stonehenge whose architectural integrity had been compromised by lax code enforcement. In both cases Laguna […]

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Urban Designer’s View of Laguna’s Future

Urban Designer’s View of Laguna’s Future

The public is invited to a presentation by urban designer and local resident Steve Kellenberg at the next general membership meeting of Village Laguna, Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Kellenberg, a 33-year resident and adjunct USC professor, will present his ideas about the town and the future. Refreshments will […]