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Project Sets a Development Precedent

Editor, Laguna Beach is such a unique community, and our uniqueness is what makes us such a desirable place to live and for tourists to visit. We have raised our family here and seen so many things happen for the good. Consider our purchase of the main beach commercial properties...

Consider Precedent Projects Sets

Editor: Several thoughts regarding the proposed Longi development in Laguna Canyon. I believe citizens who support this are well meaning, but they may not have completely thought it through. Do everything we can to help our artists, but keep in mind how we do it.  The phra...

Hit and Run Victim Remains in Coma

By Andrea Adelson A homeless man remains in an induced coma in Mission Viejo’s Mission Hospital after he was critically injured a week ago in an early morning hit and run collision in Laguna Canyon. An appeal by police for the public’s help in tracking down the fleeing driver has...

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...

Rooms Close, Displacing Homeless Back to the Street

One of Laguna Beach’s rare private refuges for local homeless people to find a permanent place to live was recently ordered closed by city officials, displacing five people back to the street and confounding homeless advocates. The five residents living at the row of rooms in a...

Artist Units Follow the Footsteps of Animal Clinic

The campaign over the hotly debated artists’ work/live project on Laguna Canyon Road continues unabated, with opponents and proponents each sending missives in anticipation of a City Council hearing next month over local sculptor Louis Longi’s proposal. In a twist little...

Speaker’s Corner

Keeping Promises Horst Noppenberger’s article,   “Addressing the Town’s Evolving Needs,” in the Feb. 7 edition, like the associated rendering, needs some added perspective. The picture shows a very modern building with trees towering above the structure and canyon hillsides and...

A Preferred Addition to the Canyon

Editor, When we drive through Laguna Canyon we see many bland and unsightly commercial and light industrial structures.  In between are some typical and not so typical Laguna residential charmers… And to make it brief, the proposed artist live-work project, designed by architect...

Church Opens Second Homeless Shelter

Without government aid, a group of determined human rights activists opened a second shelter for homeless people in Laguna Beach last week when it rained, taking in the overflow crowd turned away from the city’s at-capacity, year-round homeless shelter on Laguna Canyon Road....

Hiking, Biking on Coastal Park Trails

Feb. 15 , 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Moulton Peak Geology Hike.  Hikers ages 15 and up may join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this four-mile geology hike over steep and uneven terrain. Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, Cost:...

Design for Entrance Park Moves Ahead

Staff recommendations for a scaled-back $14.4 million plan to create an inviting landscaped pathway between City Hall and the Laguna Canyon art festivals seemed to stymie City Council members and the public alike during a presentation Tuesday. After weighing the scope, budget and...

Artists’ Work/Live Project Stalled Again

A scheduled appeal of a decision approving a hotly debated artists’ work/live project on Laguna Canyon Road was put off by the City Council on Tuesday. Opponents, mostly residents of nearby Sun Valley Drive, maintain that the 16,192-square-foot structure spanning two...

Development Preserves City’s Artistic Heritage

Editor: I support the proposed artist live/work project in Laguna Canyon. The project’s plans show this is not a “giant apartment building,” but a number of 400-600 square foot small studios with roughly one-third of the space dedicated to living and two-thirds to work areas. It...

Support for Enhancing the Community

Editor, My father, an ex-senator and attorney from Texas, was visiting me for the first time since I moved to California. I wanted to drive down Laguna Canyon Road to show him the artist’s areas such as the Sawdust Festival, Pageant of the Masters, and the village of Laguna...

Standing Tall For Rural Preservation

Editor, In response to last week’s Speaker’s Corner (“Art Studios are Scarier Than Fires and Floods?” in the Jan. 24 edition). Well, here we go again. If we speak out against this massive development we’re “mis-informed.” Nowhere does the developer mention the project...