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Tag: "Laguna Canyon Road"

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Weighing the Cost of Burying Utilities

Weighing the Cost of Burying Utilities

Each time a utility pole topples on Laguna Canyon Road it emphasizes the town’s vulnerability. Residents most often contend with the traffic jam that results from a crash scene under investigation or a downed live wire or the disruption caused by a power outage. Yet the inconvenience of congestion and spoiled goods pales compared to […]

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Appeal Planned Over Artists' Work-Live Units

Appeal Planned Over Artists’ Work-Live Units

As if braving shopping malls, wrapping gifts, preparing holiday meals and planning family gatherings weren’t enough, last month members of the Laguna Canyon Property Association found themselves scrambling to make time for another task. They successfully organized a protest over a 30-unit artists’ work/live project proposed in their neighborhood by local sculptor Louis Longi and […]

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Tallying the Score, Great Expectations for ’14

Tallying the Score, Great Expectations for ’14

  In assessing last year’s standout moments and what looms ahead in 2014, Laguna Beach’s elected officials differed little in their analysis about high and low points, but voiced confidence in building on accomplishments set in motion and seeing some to fruition in the next 12 months. The village entrance, urban planning, a view ordinance, […]

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Development Threatens Canyon’s Rural Character

Development Threatens Canyon’s Rural Character

  Editor, 2013 is behind us. Memories of a city that prevented the over-development of Laguna Canyon by the Irvine Company are an even more distant memory. But look out in 2014! The Laguna Beach planning department appears to be on the verge of approving the first of what could be several apartment/dormitory style multi-unit […]

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Festival Facelift Could Influence City Entrance

Festival Facelift Could Influence City Entrance

If all goes according to plan, the Festival of Arts’ facade may receive a $2 million makeover as early as next fall, according to board president Fred Sattler, who described planned renovations at the festival’s annual membership meeting last week, saying that the “time has come for a new frontage where aesthetics meet function.” The […]

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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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Tesla Driver Charged with Manslaughter in Canyon Crash

Tesla Driver Charged with Manslaughter in Canyon Crash

More than seven months after an early morning collision on Laguna Canyon Road that killed two men, the Orange County District Attorney’s office criminally charged Laguna Beach resident and physician Robert McFarland Pettis, 48, with three felonies stemming from the accident. At a court hearing on Monday, Nov. 18, the court continued the arraignment until […]

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Council Rescinds Earlier Decision; Approves Entrance with No Structure, No Debt

Council Rescinds Earlier Decision; Approves Entrance with No Structure, No Debt

The Laguna Beach City Council ended an increasingly volatile standoff with opponents to a previously approved village entrance project when they voted unanimously Tuesday night (4-0, with Mayor Kelly Boyd absent) to pursue instead a much-scaled back concept that notably dispenses with a parking garage structure and will incur no debt. The move came at […]

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Boys and Girls Club Envisions Expanding to Lang Park

Boys and Girls Club Envisions Expanding to Lang Park

More children may have access to after-school programs through Laguna Beach’s Boys and Girls Club if the City Council approves a proposal to lease the Lang Park Community Center for an expansion of The Laguna Club for Kids, known as TLC. If approved at the meeting tonight, Nov. 5, city staff will begin public outreach […]

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‘93’s Arsonist Never Caught

‘93’s Arsonist Never Caught

By Loreen Berlin, Special to the Independent Twenty years ago this month, a savage fire devoured 14,000 acres of Laguna Canyon wilderness and ravaged multiple neighborhoods. The fire that destroyed 391 homes and threatened more than 1,000 others at the time was believed to be the work of an arsonist, but the perpetrator were never […]

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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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Council Expands Village Entrance Dialogue

Council Expands Village Entrance Dialogue

Before a packed house, the Laguna Beach City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to step up community outreach on the disputed village entrance project and also approved funds for soil analysis and odor control at the sewer lift station within the project. Even so, many residents expressed skepticism that city officials would consider their views even […]

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Repairing a Lifeline to a Historic Laguna Enclave

Repairing a Lifeline to a Historic Laguna Enclave

Trash day proves much more of a chore than it used to be for Deborah Young and her neighbors in an unusual Laguna Canyon enclave. For the last six months, Young has dragged her garbage bins about half a block out to Laguna Canyon Road for the weekly garbage pickup. Engineers declared the bridge unsafe […]

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Let Residents Guide Entrance Decision

Let Residents Guide Entrance Decision

Editor, My husband and I have been residents of Laguna Beach since 1967 and home owners since 1969. We have participated in many community events and protests over the years, and I have spoken for and against many issues at the council meetings.  I am amazed and saddened at the present stance of the City […]

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Pursuing Other Measures

Pursuing Other Measures

Editor, Downtown congestion! A constant theme of recent letters to local newspapers. And it’s true! It can take more than 20 minutes to drive from the top of the Third Street hill to Broadway Street. It should be clear to all (and that means you, too, City Council) that we need fewer cars in town. […]