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New Rules Clear a Path to Better Views

The City Council unanimously passed a view ordinance last week, 15 months after then Mayor Kelly Boyd selected a committee to devise a law enforceable by city code. Despite the committee’s efforts to incorporate suggestions from proponents and critics, some residents continue to...

View Ordinance Proves a Big Disappointment

By Steve Caporaso and Marianne Blume Over a year ago, then Mayor Kelly Boyd “raised a passionate plea to improve the city’s current view preservation ordinance, which he said, now has no teeth in it whatsoever and often pits neighbor against neighbor”. (See Jan. 12, 2013...

American Legion Hosts Veterans Day Celebration

The Laguna Beach Police Color Guard posted the colors to start off the Veterans Day celebration hosted by the Veterans and Ladies Auxiliary of the Laguna Beach American Legion Post held at their Legion Post on Monday, Nov. 11. Mayor Kelly Boyd, a veteran, attended the event,...

Art Seen 11/8/13

  Dawson Cole Gallery Marks 25 Years Dawson Cole Fine Art hosts two receptions this weekend for a retrospective exhibit of Richard Macdonald’s work from the past 25 years, featuring original  sculptures, drawings and paintings. An artist reception will take place Saturday,...

Curbing Cell Tower Growth

Laguna Beach is trying to flex some muscle by standing up to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and other companies that covet bigger transmission towers to satisfy demands of local cell customers. Last year, a federal law exempted phone companies from submitting to local review before...

Effort Surfaces to Reverse Entrance Vote

A proposed referendum to allow Laguna Beach residents to vote on the controversial $43 million downtown village entrance project has missed the election code deadline, according to the city attorney. Local resident Paul Merritt disclosed his intention to circulate petitions in...

Formal Review Begins for New View Rules

After months of hearings, a draft of proposed new rules to resolve view disputes – a process raising fractious questions over community aesthetics as well as high-price home values  — was submitted for review to staff last month and was posted Tuesday on the city’s...

Boyd Weds Same-Sex Couple

Laguna Beach’s Mayor Kelly Boyd, who took wedding vows himself three times, for the first time served as a wedding officiate, presiding over a same-sex marriage on Monday, July 29. The couple, two men who wed on their 51st anniversary of their partnership, were legally united in...

Mayor’s Cancer Is in Remission

“I am in remission,” Mayor Kelly Boyd proclaimed Tuesday, receiving rousing applause from the crowd of 60 present at the City Council meeting. A very different ambiance pervaded the same room five months earlier when Boyd first confirmed that he was battling multiple...

Hard Choices

Editor, I, like several others, worked on planning a village entrance long ago.  At that time it started out primarily to provide parking and reduce downtown congestion caused by cars circulating around town trying to find summer parking.  Of course now we are congested year...

Village Entrance Moves Ahead, Finally

After years of talks and studies, Laguna Beach’s City Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday to proceed with a $42 million village entrance park and parking structure, partly financed by an estimated $29 million revenue bond measure. Mayor Kelly Boyd and council member Toni Iseman...

Benefits Broker Must Fight for Bids

Laguna Beach’s City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to temporarily renew a contract with the city’s current medical benefits broker, bowing partly to earlier protests by unions representing police and firefighters over the lack of competitive bidding. Laguna will open the...

Protesting a ‘Chainsaw Massacre’

Surprised and alarmed by the removal of 10 large trees last week in the downtown area, residents expressed their anguish at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. “Please stop the chainsaw massacre of the ficus trees in the downtown area,” said Pamela Goldstein, blunt...

New Rooftop Venue Approved

In other business Tuesday night, the City Council approved the addition of a rooftop deck at Mozambique restaurant, subject to proposed design changes. In January, local resident Gary Hollon challenged the rooftop plan, claiming that the restaurant had not staked the proposed...

Laguna’s Mayor Battles Bone Cancer

Mayor Kelly Boyd stunned the City Council audience by announcing that he is battling multiple myeloma, a form of bone cancer. “Fortunately, it’s at stage two, and I have no intention of stepping down from this dais,” he said, as a compassionate audience rose in...