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Cheryl Kinsman Lauded as 'Woman of the Year'

Cheryl Kinsman Lauded as ‘Woman of the Year’

By Robin Pierson, Special to the Independent Nine outstanding women were nominated to be the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club 2014 “Woman of the Year,” and when the members’ votes were tallied, the woman selected was long-time resident and community champion, Cheryl Kinsman. Despite her slew of past and present civic accomplishments, Kinsman was initially a […]

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Council Considers a Temporary Halt to Canyon Development

Council Considers a Temporary Halt to Canyon Development

A public hearing to discuss a possible moratorium on development projects in Laguna Canyon, originally scheduled for a special City Council meeting to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, will likely now take place Tuesday, June 3, the city manager says. Any so-called urgency ordinance would require a four-fifths Council vote and […]

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New Appeals Keep Artists on Hold

New Appeals Keep Artists on Hold

Artists are already lining up for the chance to take up residence in Louis Longi’s controversial work-live project in Laguna Canyon, which was approved by the City Council last week. When they will get the chance to apply remains to be seen as opponents are pursuing new avenues to halt the project. On one front, […]

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Planners Tackle Surf and Turf

Planners Tackle Surf and Turf

Commercial stand-up paddle board instructors may be subject to some rules restricting how they operate in Laguna Beach as a result of a draft ordinance considered by the Planning Commission on Wednesday. The regulations will require City Council approval at a future date. The panel found much less favor with the concept review of a […]

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Mellow Event Deserves a Sequel

Mellow Event Deserves a Sequel

Editor, We want to thank the Sawdust Festival’s board of directors and the city of Laguna Beach’s Planning Commission for agreeing to host the Blue Water Music Festival last weekend on the festival grounds. Rick Conkey and his team, including a large number of community groups and volunteers, deserve congratulations on organizing a mellow, musical […]

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Artist Units Move Forward

Artist Units Move Forward

Residents thronged City Hall on Tuesday to weigh in on local sculptor Louis Longi’s artists’ work/live project, the source of months of controversy. Proponents sported bright red t-shirts, while vivid green “Save Laguna Canyon” lapel stickers indicated opponents. Ultimately, the red shirts carried the day with a City Council vote of 3-2, effectively giving the […]

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Lights Too Bright on Broadway

Lights Too Bright on Broadway

    Public deprecation of the overly intense lighting at the new Chase Bank at 310 Broadway St. seems to have cast a shadow on a ribbon-cutting ceremony planned at the branch for next week and prompted an informal inquiry by city staff. Residents and business owners spoke out at the City Council meeting Tuesday, […]

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Concern Over Canyon Development

Concern Over Canyon Development

Editor, My name is Andrew Cmiel and I am a long term resident of the Laguna Beach area, I am also president of a local club Friends of Laguna Canyon, with a membership of over 200. Our club’s primary interest is to enjoy the beauties of Laguna Canyon, engage in hikes, nature walks and other […]

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Eight Affordable Units Isn’t Worth the Loss of Character

Eight Affordable Units Isn’t Worth the Loss of Character

Editor, This letter addresses the artist live-work project proposed in Laguna Canyon that will be coming before the City Council soon. I have asked each Council member to consider having the developer scale back the project to the 12-unit concept that was originally proposed to the neighborhood two years ago. It would be wonderful to have an […]

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 Artist Units Follow the Footsteps of Animal Clinic

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 known outside the canyon neighborhood, the project was made possible by one of its […]

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Artists' Work/Live Project Stalled Again

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 adjacent lots at 20412 and 20432 Laguna Canyon Road violates the Laguna Canyon Annexation […]

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Candidate Bids for Laguna’s City Council

Candidate Bids for Laguna’s City Council

Robert Zur Schmiede, a 12-year appointee to the city’s Planning Commission, is the first to declare his intention to seek election in November to Laguna Beach’s City Council, filing a campaign committee statement last Friday, Jan. 17. The terms of the Council’s three longest-serving members, Mayor Elizabeth Pearson as well as Council members Toni Iseman […]

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Dialing in an Unfocused Big Picture

Dialing in an Unfocused Big Picture

If you have a hard time keeping up with the various plans, reports and studies that the city has initiated in recent months, get in line. City officials got there first. Getting a sense for which plans govern which aspects of development is already no walk in the park. But you’re going to have to […]

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Neighborhood Preferences Ignored in Live-Work Project Dispute

Neighborhood Preferences Ignored in Live-Work Project Dispute

Editor, The author’s comments, lightly edited to adhere to print word-length guidelines, were read to the Planning Commission on Jan. 8.  I’ve been through fires, floods landslides and earthquakes out here in the canyon and this is the scariest thing yet. I keep hearing “If not here, where?” If this is the last and only […]

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Live-Work Project Opponent Makes His Case

Live-Work Project Opponent Makes His Case

Editor, These remarks, lightly edited to submission guideline word length, were made before the Planning Commission on Jan. 8. The planning commission is tasked with implementing the general plan through actions including the administration of specific plans. We just don’t see how this project in any way matches the goals of our specific plan. This […]