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Parking Garage’s Use Questioned

Parking Garage’s Use Questioned

Editor, I attended Laguna’s meeting about the village entrance on Monday. I am rather disheartened by some of the responses I heard from John Pietig. I asked Mr. Pietig if there had been any market research done on the proposed garage to substantiate the contention that I have been hearing from certain members of the […]

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Openings 5/17/13

Openings 5/17/13

New Re/Max Office Opens Downtown Jeff Grice, a real estate investor and broker with a background in property management, has joined Re/Max as owner of its newest office in downtown Laguna Beach, 302 Glenneyre St. Re/Max Evolution will open with five agents – Mark Miller, Kim Avery, Kim Larsen and Angela McIver — and will […]

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Restoring a Cathedral of Views

Restoring a Cathedral of Views

Editor, People visit Laguna Beach for the art, yes, but mainly for the climate, the beach, and the waterfront hotels and restaurants that offer beautiful views. People choose to live in Laguna Beach for the climate, the quaint neighborhood feel and the eclectic styling, but especially for the views. You see, other ocean-hugging towns have […]

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Support for an Overdue Investment

Support for an Overdue Investment

Editor, How many years does it take for a world-renowned artist colony to build a village entrance? You know, that inviting reminder to her tourists that support the very existence of its attraction and the revenue brought in to our town. Neighboring communities such as Dana Point built a bridge that goes from an empty lot […]

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Home Sales Rising, But Few to Choose From

Home Sales Rising, But Few to Choose From

A record low inventory of homes on the market, rising prices and a 33 percent increase in sales last year indicate an increasingly healthy real estate market in Laguna Beach. At the moment, such a market favors sellers, but experts advise it’s time for buyers to act as well. “Sellers are now realizing that the […]

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Musings on the Coast: The New Prohibitionists

Musings on the Coast: The New Prohibitionists

Jason, my teenage friend, I know you are dead and cannot read this letter, but I had to write it anyway. You just wanted to go drinking with your friends. Then you foolishly got behind the wheel and got yourself killed, and killed two innocents in the process. I am dreadfully sorry.  But it did […]

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Two City Boards Seeking Additional Members

Two City Boards Seeking Additional Members

The City Council is accepting applications to fill an unexpired term on the Planning Commission, which will be vacated by City Council member elect Robert Whalen. The term extends to June 30. The council is also accepting applications from residents for an upcoming vacancy on the Board of Adjustment/Design Review Board. Applicants for both posts […]

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Musings on the Coast: Our Quality Of Life

Musings on the Coast: Our Quality Of Life

I urge Laguna Beach citizens to vote “yes” on Measure CC because our very quality of life is the issue.  It is about creating open space within Laguna Beach forever. Some background.  In 1990, our city cut a deal with the Irvine Company to buy some 2,000 acres comprising the open space in Laguna Canyon.   […]

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Opposition to Measure CC

Opposition to Measure CC

Editor, Re: Michael Ray’s “Another View: Laguna Beach CC,” O.C. Register, Sept. 18. Ray apparently is of the opinion that every citizen of Laguna Beach is well off since he believes the “CC” open space ballot measure would represent “not even the equivalent of beer money.” I am not a beer drinker, nor am I […]

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Call for Design Review Board Members

Call for Design Review Board Members

The City Council is accepting applications for the Board of Adjustment/Design Review Board and will be interviewing candidates on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at their regular meeting. Appointments will be made to fill three regular terms to Feb. 1. Applicants should have attended two current meetings prior to the interviews. Members serve a […]

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Local Surfer, Entrepreneur Gives Back

Local Surfer, Entrepreneur Gives Back

Ron McElroy knows what it is like to come from the wrong side of the tracks. A native of Hawaii who grew up in southern California and now lives in Laguna Beach, McElroy comes from a family that battled mental illness, abuse, drugs, and alcohol. Despite the overwhelming odds, he went on to enjoy a […]

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Real Estate Friends Offer Jumbo Loan Workshop

Real Estate Friends Offer Jumbo Loan Workshop

A workshop on different types of jumbo loans available for buyers and how to qualify for one will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 at the DeBilzan Gallery, 224 Forest Ave. Three different lenders from conventional, hard money and institutional bankers will be participating. The Laguna Friends of Architecture meet on the 1st and […]

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Musings on the Coast: Brits Fall for Paradise

Musings on the Coast: Brits Fall for Paradise

My girlfriend Kim Bowen was born in London and went to St. Martins College of Art and Design, the Harvard of England’s artistic community.   From there, she became a writer/critic for London’s fashion press and a regular at The Blitz, which was like NYC’s Club 54 where the young and cool thought they were reinventing […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Encountering Nature’s Force My kids and I are off on a weeklong rafting trip through the Grand Canyon on the mighty Colorado River.  I have done it a half dozen times and love it. I take the “luxury” experience (yeah, right) on a big, sturdy raft that holds up to 15 people and has two […]

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Playhouse Welcomes New President

Playhouse Welcomes New President

Joe F. Hanauer was elected president of the Laguna Playhouse and began his new responsibilities July 1. Hanauer, a long-time resident who develops commercial real estate and real-estate Internet sites, has served on the Playhouse’s board for  two years. He also serves on the boards of Laguna Beach Live! and the Mission Hospital Foundation. He […]