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Public Should Vote on View Ordinance

Editor, Last Tuesday’s special City Council meeting on a view restoration and preservation ordinance puts all of Laguna Beach down a very slippery slope (even literally if too many trees are sacrificed) and is our Council’s newest boondoggle. It is unclear whether we will have...

Still Pruning a Path to View Rules

A committee charged with drafting a new view ordinance for Laguna Beach modeled on an effective and court-tested one in Rancho Palos Verdes continues to wrestle with provisions they deem unsuitable here. At its most recent meeting this past Tuesday, where attendance mushroomed to...

Taking View Equity for a Test Drive

Just six weeks after its formation, the newly established View Equity Committee seems determined to deliver on putting teeth in a new city ordinance. But first they want a test drive, to understand how a potential view equity claim would play out under the model adopted by Rancho...

Stand Up for Ocean Views

Editor, The newly-elected Laguna Beach City Council will convene once again to tackle the issue of trees versus high-priced ocean views on Tuesday evening, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. Anybody interested in taking part in this conversation should show up and speak up. A view is worth a lot...

Distraught Over Disappearing View

Editor, I am one of many residents in our town who have lost my ocean view because of somebody’s trees.  This also adversely impacts my home’s market value. I understand there is a 36′ height restriction on new building, and that all new plans must pass tests...

Scrutiny Begins for Marine Protection Plans

Next Tuesday, a Department of Fish and Game oversight panel will evaluate six proposals to broaden marine protected areas along the coast of Southern California, which include plans to strengthen marine protections along Laguna Beach’s coastline. The panel’s feedback to the...