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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...

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...

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...

What Gives Laguna Its Character?

Does Laguna Beach’s charm arise from its architecture? Its geography? Its people? Does it matter what views pedestrians have as they make their way around town? What kind of trees should line the streets? Should policies be set to make improvements? Ideas on Laguna’s...

Village Matters: Not Always a Downward Slide

Last week I had to hunt in the depths of my drawers and closet looking for my ballet outfit and shoes. There they were under piles of department store bags and exercise clothes from yoga and water aerobics. Although quite stiff, the slippers still fit. I could even get into the...

Downtown Surveyors to Gather

As part of an effort to discuss potential changes or improvements to the city’s downtown specific plan, the public is invited to join the town’s Planning Commission on a walking tour in surveying the downtown and discussing ideas on Saturday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. The...

Coming Meeting to Evaluate Complete Streets

The Laguna Beach Planning Commission will evaluate options for “complete streets” features on Glenneyre Street in a public hearing Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. The options to be evaluated, as outlined in a recent study prepared by a transportation consulting firm, are...

Pearson Endorses Egly, Whalen

Editor, It is with enthusiasm that I share my endorsements regarding Laguna Beach’s City Council race – and to ask you to consider supporting my choices:  Jane Egly (an incumbent) and Bob Whalen (a current Planning Commissioner). As many know, I have served on the City Council...

Local Election Review and Import

Editor:   City Council elections are important.  This is the level of government that can affect you most directly.  There are two incumbents and three challengers for two seats.  Verna Rollinger is extremely knowledgeable about the workings of the city of Laguna Beach....

Questions About Candidates Whalen and Egly

Editor, Re: “Kelly Boyd Signals His Support,” Letters, Oct. 5. Who is this Whalen person with the whale on his sign I see around town? Is he trying to get us to think he’s Wyland? Does he realize that whalers kill whales?  He was on the Planning Commission? The same Planning...

Ignoring Advice Breeds Cynicism

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the Planning Commission) In three years of meetings with residents, city staff and city council members, the Complete Streets Task Force (CSTF) identified sources of public funding for infrastructure projects as early as June 2009, again...

Ignoring Advice Breeds Cynicism

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the Planning Commission) In three years of meetings with residents, city staff and city council members, the Complete Streets Task Force (CSTF) identified sources of public funding for infrastructure projects as early as June 2009, again...

Advice Wanted on Revising Downtown Planning

Laguna’s Planning Commission will host a Downtown Specific Plan Workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. The commission is seeking ideas from community members, design professionals, and downtown business and property owners for...

Visioning is What They Do Best

Editor, Last week I attended Mobility Planning Meeting and Visioning, an open workshop organized by the LB Planning Commission to familiarize attendees with the the Land Use and Circulation Elements and a new visioning for Complete Streets Policy. Deja vu, where had I experienced...

Group Approves Highway Bike Sharrows

Editor,   The bicycle safety committee of Newport Beach voted Monday, May 7, to install bicycle safety sharrows on Pacific Coast Highway. In related developments, the Planning Commission of Laguna Beach met for the first time to begin the “Visioning Process” for...