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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...

Finding Fault in a Headline

Editor, Re: a letter to the editor from Elizabeth Pearson that appeared in the paper April 19 edition. The letter had a title “Ruling Clears Pearson to Vote on Village Entrance.” Did Pearson add that title “Ruling Clears Pearson to vote on Village Entrance” or did the LB Indy? It...

Undergrounding and or Village Entrance?

Editor, Both of these possible projects are important to residents of Laguna Beach. Which one do you feel is the most important? City-wide undergrounding of utilities or the village entrance park and parking structure. If Laguna Beach city government is gong to spend $30 to $50...

Ruling Clears Pearson to Vote on Village Entrance

Editor, Yesterday, I learned that Laguna residents Verna Rollinger and Jean Raun had made official inquiries regarding my legal ability, as it relates to the California Fair Political Practices Commission, to deliberate and or vote on a proposed Village Entrance project in Laguna...

Approval for Council’s Action on Village Entrance

Editor, After my wife and I watched Tuesday’s village entrance meeting on March 26, we were very impressed with the quality of Elizabeth Pearson’s presentation that addressed all of the relevant topics.  After so many years, we were beginning to doubt that the city would ever get...

Reviving Plans for a Village Entrance

The village entrance project to beautify the area between Forest Avenue and the festivals and put in a parking structure has been on and off the table for so long that many have given up on it. “We have been romanced and courted for too long,” said George Nelson,...

If We Don’t Build It, They Will Still Come

Editor: Is there a need for more parking in downtown Laguna? As a concept plan for a Village Entrance nears completion, naysayers are starting their drumbeat against a need for more parking. I offer some initial first thoughts to make a case that there is a need. 1) A citywide...

Waving the Village Entrance Banner

Editor: In its recent annual 2013 retreat, the entire City Council voted to make a village entrance concept its number one priority in 2013. As many know, I have been working for years to try to carry out the village entrance vision that was created by the Village Entrance Task...

Wishing for a Third Vote

Editor, I only have two votes for three excellent candidates, Jane, Verna, and Bob Whalen. I became aware of Bob at the candidate’s forum for the arts. The village entrance project was discounted by Steve Dicterow as probably not doable. Bob responded with his history of...

Village Entrance Project Revived Again

Laguna Beach’s City Council decided to reopen the long-debated gateway proposal for Laguna Canyon, starting with a committee review of  the Village Entrance project by two council members rather than a workshop open to the public. Council member Verna Rollinger objected to...

FOA Facelift in the Works

After 50 years, the Festival of Arts plans to put on a prettier face with more curb appeal to greet passers-by and festival-goers, and asked the city for a quick approval so their project could be complete for their 80th anniversary celebration in 2012. The city council however,...
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