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Mayor Reverses Vote for Perk

Mayor Reverses Vote for Perk

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy City Council members gave up their short-lived perk of a lifetime shopper’s permit when they voted unanimously Tuesday, Oct. 7, to rescind the reward they approved for themselves and former elected colleagues in June and modified in August. Mayor Elizabeth Pearson had previously agreed that it would be a […]

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Realtors Block Sale-Triggered Sewer Inspections

Realtors Block Sale-Triggered Sewer Inspections

Considering options to reduce sewage spills, the City Council rejected a controversial proposal to require home sellers to inspect their own sewer connections with video cameras, a measure opposed by realtors. Instead, they asked city staff to draw up an alternate proposal that might require all property owners to examine their sewer lines with video […]

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City Council In Wonderland

City Council In Wonderland

Editor, If you paid attention to the Laguna Beach City Council and Planning Commission regarding the artist work-live project in the Canyon, you’d swear you stumbled down the rabbit hole in “Alice in Wonderland,” where up is down, large is small and wrong is right. In a sharply divided 3-2 vote, the City Council denied […]

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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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Project Czar, Paying for Pensions Top City Priorities

Project Czar, Paying for Pensions Top City Priorities

Coordination of Laguna Beach’s many initiatives and paying for pension costs surfaced as priorities at the City Council’s recent planning retreat. At a time when many of the hot-button projects begun in the last year have yet to be finalized, it comes as no surprise that Council members largely opted to stay the course and […]

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Community Datebook

Community Datebook

American Legion to Conduct Veterans Day Ceremony Frank Sellers, a Long Beach Veteran’s Hospital representative, will serve as the keynote speaker at an 11 a.m. ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11, honoring Veterans Day. The pubic is invited to join Laguna Beach’s American Legion, which will conduct the ceremony recognizing the service of all veterans at […]

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Path Opens to Town Entry Without a Car Garage

Path Opens to Town Entry Without a Car Garage

Laguna Beach’s City Council reversed course Tuesday, conceding a willingness to abandon a controversial proposal to build a four-story parking garage next to City Hall and remove the largest sticking point over the long-debated plan to beautify the town’s canyon gateway. The concession comes in the wake of an unexpected land deal adjacent to the […]

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Community Datebook

Community Datebook

  Conservancy Hosts Council Member Dicterow Laguna Beach City Council member Steve Dicterow will be the special guest of the Laguna Canyon Conservancy, which meets Monday, Sept. 9 at Tivoli Terrace on the festival grounds. This is an opportunity to find out the plans for the coming year, said organizer Carolyn Wood. Dinner meetings are […]

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Critiquing Actions of Two Elected Officials

Critiquing Actions of Two Elected Officials

Editor, It’s hard to believe that Laguna Beach City Council person Steve Dicterow said nothing at a recent meeting to discuss the village entrance project which he voted for. Towns people are saying he plans to run for a higher office and asking how did he get elected, especially in light of the fact that […]

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Parking Garage’s Cost Seems an Unwise Investment

Parking Garage’s Cost Seems an Unwise Investment

Editor, I write as a longtime resident of Laguna Beach (17 years) to express my concern over the proposed parking structure, and specifically that the City Council cannot see its way through to allow a vote on this controversial subject. This whacky proposal spends $250,000 of cold hard cash for each new parking space.  That […]

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Can We Still Think?

Can We Still Think?

Editor, Thinking seems to have died in the so-called digital age. On Saturday I took a packed trolley at 10 a.m. to our county library downtown. I used the computer, which was having more problems than on other recent days. I then walked to Forest Avenue for coffee and at Beach Street a couple and […]

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Village Entrance Moves Ahead, Finally

Village Entrance Moves Ahead, Finally

After years of talks and studies, Laguna Beach’s City Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday to proceed with a $42 million village entrance park and parking structure, partly financed by an estimated $29 million revenue bond measure. Mayor Kelly Boyd and council member Toni Iseman dissented. Boyd objected to proceeding without putting the measure before voters […]

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Council Endorses Village Entrance

Council Endorses Village Entrance

Laguna Beach’s City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to move forward with a $35 million multi level parking structure and park for the town’s village entrance, despite concerns raised by dissenting member Toni Iseman about costs. More than 30 people addressed the special meeting in Council Chambers, which was filled to capacity. Council members Elizabeth […]

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Design Review Failed to Protect His Neighbor’s View

Design Review Failed to Protect His Neighbor’s View

Editor, I strongly support the City’s recent attempt to strengthen the View ordinance, as announced in your paper (“Council Sets Sights on View Ordinance,” Jan. 18).  At the same time, I think the city administration needs to get behind it and begin to support its intent. It often does not. Last fall my neighbor lost a third of his white-water […]

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Delighted by Local GOP Successes

Delighted by Local GOP Successes

Editor, I would like to gratefully thank all of my volunteers for their hard work and dedication during this election cycle. It was a battle well fought and even though we did not win at the national level, we did very well at the local level. We supported our newly redistricted Congressman Dana Rohrbacher, representatives […]