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Village Entrance Project, RIP

Village Entrance Project, RIP

Editor, Mayor Elizabeth Pearson, Mayor Pro Tem Bob Whalen and Councilman Steve Dicterow have every reason to be proud as we enter 2014. They saw the expensive “black hole” environmental gauntlet the former village entrance project would be required to run. They read, heard and responded positively to the uproar of outrage from an alarmed, bipartisan […]

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Thought on Village Entrance

Thought on Village Entrance

Editor, I appreciate Catharine Cooper’s letter in the LB Indy a couple of weeks ago (“Another Though on the Village Entrance” Oct. 24), about the dubious parking structure proposal. I’d completely forgotten about the loss of the view of the airport terminal, thanks to the colossal parking structure. Speaking from personal experience like this is […]

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Entrance Ideas Need Prioritizing

Entrance Ideas Need Prioritizing

Editor, I attended a portion of the City Council special meeting on the Village Entrance project.  It was obvious the City has heard the concerns of the citizens and has spent a lot of time and money preparing for this meeting.  It was well organized and the Council Chambers were filled to overflowing with citizens […]

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We the People Says the Laguna Won

We the People Says the Laguna Won

Editor, The core issue of the massive Village Entrance parking garage and excessive tax spending was resolved at the City Council workshop. We the People is gratified that the City Council adopted our ballot position and rescinded the multi-story parking garage. Thus, with only the four City Council members voting, we, Laguna, won!  Upon final City […]

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Democracy in Action, Really?

Democracy in Action, Really?

Editor, I have a couple of observations about Tuesday night’s Village Entrance meeting.  First, the opponents got something even better for themselves than letting all 20,000 citizens of Laguna Beach vote on the project. Ultimately, the group of about 200 gathered opponents got to vote, instead of the whole city, deciding its fate. When Elizabeth […]

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Speaker's Corner: Machievelli and the Village Entrance

Speaker’s Corner: Machievelli and the Village Entrance

  Five hundred years ago, Italian author and of modern political science Niccolò Machievelli wrote the seminal classic, “The Prince,” promoting “the ends justify the means” to achieve political objectives – a philosophy frowned upon by those who believe in fair play and open government. The idea that the “ends justify the means” may be […]

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A Walmart-sized Parking Entry

A Walmart-sized Parking Entry

Editor, Translating flat design drawings into how a final development project will feel, inside and out, is often challenging for clients. As a design professional I often search for similar size structures to help convey the size, mass, and scale of the finished project. When friends asked about the size of the proposed parking structure […]

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Another Thought on the Village Entrance

Another Thought on the Village Entrance

Editor, As I approached John Wayne Airport in the pre-dawn darkness, I reflected on how a later-built parking structure completely obscured any view of the stunning airport architecture. Once visible from MacArthur Boulevard, all that can now be seen is a looming multi-story concrete repository for automobiles. Not only is the parking lot a behemoth, it is […]

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Let Those Who Pay Have a Say

Let Those Who Pay Have a Say

Editor, The board of the Laguna North Neighborhood Organization (LANO) opposes proceeding with the village entrance project without a mandate from the voters.  t is clear that not enough effort has been made to convince residents who live here and pay the bills that the benefits outweigh the substantial costs.  Although Council members generally favor […]

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Drive a Stake Through It

Drive a Stake Through It

Editor, Concerning the Village Entrance project:  Why? Former Mayor Neil Fitzpatrick succinctly said it all at a meeting last month when he said he’d thought we’d driven a stake through the heart of that idea. The argument that we should get off the dime and finally pass this thing is specious; a bad idea remains […]

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Questions Raised About Village Entrance

Questions Raised About Village Entrance

Editor, I recently interviewed Councilperson Elizabeth Pearson about Village Entrance that will air on Laguna radio KX93.5 this Sunday at 8 a.m. Pearson indicated if there were new information she might reconsider the proposed parking structure. I mentioned concern about spreading contaminants in the soil at the site by disrupting the land through construction or […]

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Whom Do They Represent?

Whom Do They Represent?

Editor, As reported in your newspaper, the Laguna Beach City Council recently voted for a new “Village Entrance” plan that will add a park and 200 parking places at a cost of $30-50 million (probably closer to the latter).  Déjà vu.  Didn’t we form a committee to create a plan (not adopted) 18 years ago? […]

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Calling for Public Balloting for a Village Entrance

Calling for Public Balloting for a Village Entrance

Editor, Following decades of input and debate spanning many Laguna city councils, it seems questionable not to allow taxpayers and residents the chance to vote upon the huge expenditure of public funds on the village entrance. I am puzzled as to the restriction on our citizen right to vote on an issue with big economic […]

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Footing the $42 Million Bill for a Village Entrance

Footing the $42 Million Bill for a Village Entrance

The latest design concept for Laguna Beach’s long-awaited downtown village entrance as well as how to finance the estimated $42 million project goes under review tonight in a special 6 p.m. meeting of the City Council. The concept envisions a park with pedestrian pathways replacing the current asphalt parking lot at the town’s gateway on […]

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Mayor Calls for Citywide Vote on Village Entrance

Mayor Calls for Citywide Vote on Village Entrance

For the second time this month, Mayor Kelly Boyd voiced his belief that the city’s largest pending capital improvement project, the estimated $50 million village entrance parking structure and strip park, should not go forward without voter approval. Boyd’s statement came as part of a “State of the City” address Tuesday, where he, City Manager […]