Laguna Beach enjoys a unique and enviable reputation around the country and, indeed, around the world. It is known for its beauty, its beach and its history as an inspiring haven for artists. Laguna Beach is widely regarded as among the top art colonies and has been recognized as such in such leading publications as Coastal Living and others. There are countless benefits to the city, its residents and visitors from the presence of the Art Museum, art happenings and events, galleries, and College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach. The city can and should take steps to preserve and enhance the position of Laguna Beach as a magnet for the arts and artists to assure the continuation of those benefits. The best way to do this is to assure that artists can come to live and work in Laguna Beach.
The Longi artist live-work project represents a unique opportunity for Laguna Beach to further secure its position as a place for artists. Laguna Beach has come a long way over the last few decades and the cost of living in the city has increased commensurately with its reputation and quality. Assuring that there are affordable residences available in an environment that fosters creativity would make it just that more likely that Laguna Beach would attract talented artists for its future. Other arts minded communities, recognizing the benefits of attracting artists, have gone to great lengths to approve and even underwrite the cost of similar projects. In this case, all the city council needs to do is to approve it.
I urge that the Laguna Beach city council approve the Long(I) Artist Live-Work-Create Project.
Jeffrey H. Beck, Corona Del Mar