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New Rebates for Sun Catchers

New Rebates for Sun Catchers

  While a state solar rebate program has curbed interest by property owners, those wishing to install solar energy systems can still take advantage of a new program launched this year by Irvine’s Sullivan Solar Power. The Orange County Solar Program offers cash-back incentives to customers who go solar in 2014. There are three milestones, […]

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Art Studios Are Scarier Than Fires and Floods?

Art Studios Are Scarier Than Fires and Floods?

  The title quote is in reference to a comment by an ill-informed neighbor trying to stir up negative controversy surrounding a proposed artist work-live complex in Laguna Canyon. I am writing to dispel the fear-inciting rhetoric that a few of the neighbors have about this project and myself. First of all, I am not […]

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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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Amid Laguna’s Open Space, a Fresh Water Oasis

Amid Laguna’s Open Space, a Fresh Water Oasis

Photos and story by Ron Chilcote Through the heart of the Laguna wilderness runs Laguna Canyon Road. Historically a major access to Laguna Beach, it was originally dirt and gravel and later a paved, twisting two- and three-lane road through the canyon. Now it is two lanes each way, and separated by barriers and space […]

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Longi-Project Improvements

Longi-Project Improvements

Editor, [This letter was originally delivered to the members of the Laguna Beach Planning Commission] I have been a Laguna Beach resident of over 40years and have been following the Longi project for the last year. I must give the developer credit for making some of the requested changes which have helped improve the appearance […]

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Distilling Majesty on Canvas

Distilling Majesty on Canvas

By Liz Goldner, Special to the Independent While on location in the Grand Canyon this past autumn, painting a commissioned work, Laguna Beach’s Fitz Maurice found her creative efforts stymied by an unmovable force. She awoke on Oct. 1 to discover the Grand Canyon National Park, along with the rest of the federal government, temporarily […]

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Live-Work Project Erodes Canyon’s Character

Live-Work Project Erodes Canyon’s Character

Editor, Please come to the Planning Commission meeting Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. and express your views about the planned 30-unit apartment style housing project that looks like a dormitory right in the middle of our rural, primarily residential, neighborhood. This part of the canyon has a few businesses that were grandfathered in when we […]

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Proposal Skirts Policies of Canyon Plan

Proposal Skirts Policies of Canyon Plan

Editor, While almost every Laguna resident supports the concept of artists’ work/live projects, very few support the massive and architecturally inappropriate project being considered for 20412 Laguna Canyon Road. It is important to review the history of Laguna Canyon as set forth in the Laguna Canyon Annexation Area Specific Plan.  This is particularly important considering […]

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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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Officer’s Body Receives a Royal Escort

Officer’s Body Receives a Royal Escort

A large motorcade of law enforcement officers escorted the body of Laguna Beach police Officer Jon Coutchie back to familiar turf in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, two days after his death in the line of duty as a result of a traffic collision, police said. The entire department was expected to welcome the slain officer […]

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Canyon’s Beauty Lost in the Discussion

Canyon’s Beauty Lost in the Discussion

Editor, One of the public comments at the last City Council meeting addressed William Wendt’s appreciation of beauty (as it relates to the village entrance project), which seemed to conjure images of conflicting views on beauty in Laguna Beach.  An excellent essay by Will South in Laguna Art Museum’s catalogue of Wendt’s works states that Wendt […]

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Musing on the Coast: Why Not an Entry With Pizzaz?

Musing on the Coast: Why Not an Entry With Pizzaz?

Since nearly everyone I know is weighing in on the proposed new village entrance, so will I. But first a note on my qualifications: I am a property developer.  I know how to build parking structures and I know about soil problems.  My opinion about such matters is educated. I am told the new village […]

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A Gift of Time That Erases Stereotypes

A Gift of Time That Erases Stereotypes

Aaron and Shira Alcouloumre first got involved with Laguna Beach’s day labor center by dropping off day-old bread, their joint b’nai mitzvah project in 2010. The siblings next raised $3,000 to pay for installation of a water fountain at the center, a need identified by the workers. Each Christmas since, the teens raised funds to […]