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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 […]

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Opponent of Longer Restaurant Hours Speaks Up

Opponent of Longer Restaurant Hours Speaks Up

Editor: Please consider the impact on the public should the Rock ‘n Fish Restaurant’s owners’ requests for the following be approved by the City Council: 1. To extend the hours of live entertainment and dancing Sunday through Wednesday, from 12 a.m. until 1 a.m.; Thursday through Saturday from 12 a.m. until 1:30 a.m.; 2. To […]

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Hurdles Remain for Artists Work/Live Project

Hurdles Remain for Artists Work/Live Project

Faced with a probable tie vote, Laguna Beach sculptor Louis Longi asked for a delay of a Planning Commission decision on his proposed 30-unit artists’ work/live project last week, one of the first of its kind since the City Council amended an ordinance governing such projects in May 2012. With commission member Anne Johnson absent […]

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The Band Will Play on at Laguna's Cliff Restaurant

The Band Will Play on at Laguna’s Cliff Restaurant

Laguna Beach’s Planning Commission unanimously approved a permit Wednesday, Sept. 25, for live, amplified music to continue at the Cliff Restaurant with some time restraints, giving a green light to the venue’s weeknight Music Matters concerts that have become a favorite with locals and visitors over the past year. The weeknight concerts started in summer […]

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Can Laguna's Cliff Keep Music Playing?

Can Laguna’s Cliff Keep Music Playing?

  The right to amplified music during the Cliff Restaurant’s Music Matters weeknight concerts comes under the Laguna Beach Planning Commission’s scrutiny Wednesday night when they consider an amendment to the venue’s conditional use permit at their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. in City Council chambers. Started in summer 2012, Music Matters began as an […]

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Project’s Design Cues Degrade Canyon Aesthetic

Project’s Design Cues Degrade Canyon Aesthetic

Editor,  Laguna Canyon is the main entrance to our wonderful town and we need to try to maintain as much of its original beauty as possible. Most of us would agree that the drive into town is refreshing and starts residents and visitor’s alike feeling good about where they are going. Unfortunately I believe the […]

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Foot Traffic, Trolleys Dominate Transit Talks

Foot Traffic, Trolleys Dominate Transit Talks

A dedicated trolley lane downtown and smaller, open-air shuttles were suggested as transit alternatives during a Planning Commission workshop about updating Laguna Beach’s Downtown Specific Plan, an area bounded by Legion Street to the south and Cliff Drive to the north. About 30 locals attended to weigh in on the three topics up for discussion: […]

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Advocating for Alternates

Advocating for Alternates

Editor, It is true, very true, as Councilmember Bob Whalen said that “there is a steep learning curve when you go on the [Planning] Commission,” (“Incumbents Prevail on Arts, Planning Boards,” May 31 edition) Planning commission is important as well because it is so frequently a stepping stone from which candidates run for City Council. […]

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Incumbents Prevail on Arts, Planning Boards

Incumbents Prevail on Arts, Planning Boards

Incumbents for four spots on the Arts Commission and two spots on the Planning Commission whose terms expired were re-appointed by the City Council last week. In a surprise turn, the council voted in six members for the Arts Commission, expanding its roster to nine members with the addition of two newcomers, David Emmes, the […]

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Unpacking Tools to Build Affordable Housing

Unpacking Tools to Build Affordable Housing

When Laguna Beach resident Bette Anderson’s husband Ken suffered a severe stroke in 2009, his convalescence involved months in nursing care in San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Woods as well as a stint at home requiring 24-hour help. For the months her husband, in his 80s, was in the nursing homes, Anderson made the daily […]

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Debating Downtown’s Make-Up

Debating Downtown’s Make-Up

Merchants, shoppers, property owners and residents interested in the regulatory blueprint of Laguna’s downtown might do well to attend special Planning Commission workshops welcoming public ideas. The workshops aim to look at specific topics affecting the downtown from a “philosophical point of view” before making policy decisions, said Commission chairman Norm Grossman. What emerges will […]

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Pizzeria to Restore Historic Former Bank

Pizzeria to Restore Historic Former Bank

Residents craving a Brooklyn-style pizza will soon be able to save their airplane miles and instead head over to Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria and Bar, which plans a casual and affordable family-style restaurant on Ocean Avenue. First, though, the owners intend to restore the 68-year-old building to its Spanish Colonial Revival design. Laguna Beach’s City Council […]

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Ocean Avenue Rides a Wave of Change

Ocean Avenue Rides a Wave of Change

A sea change is reshaping downtown’s Ocean Avenue as business owners tied by common threads redefine their neighborhood. Four years after Peter Blake Gallery staked a claim to a spot on a street losing its vibrancy, Carl Smith, owner of CES Contemporary, also relocated his gallery there. The two gallerists who envisioned cohesiveness among fellow […]