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Tennis Courts Set for Repairs

Tennis Courts Set for Repairs

After years of tension between the school district and the city over responsibility for the deteriorating tennis courts at the high school, the courts are finally set to be competitive again. With a joint-use agreement approved by the City Council last month, school board members voted this past Tuesday, Oct. 8, to spend $69,000 to […]

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Pressing for a Monument to Lives Lost in the Line of Duty

Pressing for a Monument to Lives Lost in the Line of Duty

A new memorial should be erected near Laguna Beach’s existing Sept. 11 and veterans memorials in remembrance of three public-safety employees who died in the line of duty, the police association president urged the City Council on Tuesday. Larry Bammer’s plea came days after fellow police officer Jon Coutchie’s body was buried in Tucson, Ariz., […]

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Agenda Lacks Breadth of its Predecessors

Agenda Lacks Breadth of its Predecessors

Editor, For decades, the city clerk has prepared a tentative agenda for upcoming City Council meetings, listing the items that are tentatively scheduled for council meetings for three or four months in the future. Until recently, the tentative agenda was attached as the last page of the City Council meeting recap and made available on […]

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Stepping Up Oversight of Sewer Lines

Stepping Up Oversight of Sewer Lines

The majority of sewage back ups into private homes from the city’s mainline sewer occur when plumbers unstop root blockages in private pipes at their juncture to the city main. Poor seals where water leaks draw roots. Plumbers sever the roots from the private pipe, freeing the hairball-like mass of roots, which enter the city’s […]

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Entrance is City-Funded Welfare for Businesses

Entrance is City-Funded Welfare for Businesses

Editor, I understand that the council will now be giving a period of public input on the village entrance project. Still, I believe that until this revenue-bond project is rejected by the City Council, people will continue to express their opposition. From my investigation of a revenue bond I found this definition, “A revenue bond is a […]

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Pearson to Seek a Delay in Entrance Project

Pearson to Seek a Delay in Entrance Project

As the outcry over the proposed village entrance gains momentum, including a nascent ballot initiative to limit its scope and fundraising by advocates of a citywide vote, Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson this week concedes the need to slow the process down and make it more transparent to the public. In an open letter in […]

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Just Say No

Just Say No

Editor, The time has come for the City Council to rescind its approval of the village entrance project. I know it can’t do anything official until the Council meets on Oct. 1, but in the interim it can begin the process of changing its mind. All it takes is one of the three who voted […]

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Let Residents Guide Entrance Decision

Let Residents Guide Entrance Decision

Editor, My husband and I have been residents of Laguna Beach since 1967 and home owners since 1969. We have participated in many community events and protests over the years, and I have spoken for and against many issues at the council meetings.  I am amazed and saddened at the present stance of the City […]

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Let Laguna Vote

Let Laguna Vote

                                                                             

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Recreation Fees Going Up at School Sites

Recreation Fees Going Up at School Sites

Residents will soon see a hike in fees for some recreation programs as a result of a joint-use agreement adopted by the City Council on Tuesday. The new agreement with the Laguna Beach Unified School District sets terms for the shared use of school athletic facilities, as well as shared funding to renovate the tennis […]

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Association Protests Lack of Tree Protections

Association Protests Lack of Tree Protections

A towering pine rooted in a South Laguna slope was removed this week to make way for an extensive home addition following a decision by Laguna Beach’s City Council in August to effectively invalidate special protections for heritage trees in the formerly unincorporated area. Neighbors of Carol Chua’s property on Sunset Avenue gathered outside as […]

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Build on the Shuttle’s Success

Build on the Shuttle’s Success

Editor, I have heard it said that “We have waited so long. We have to do something regarding traffic”. I agree and would like Laguna Beach to join the ever growing forward thinking cities and towns who are keeping cars on the periphery. They are reducing the pollution of traffic by providing alternative transportation into […]

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Drought Prompts Laguna to Act on Fire Safety

Drought Prompts Laguna to Act on Fire Safety

With the coming anniversary of the 1993 Laguna Beach firestorm as the backdrop, the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to step up fire safety measures by expanding fuel modification zones and upping fines in no smoking areas. In a report to the council, Laguna Beach Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse described current conditions as a “critical […]

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Ballot Measure on Village Entrance Advances

Ballot Measure on Village Entrance Advances

“I’m pleasantly surprised we will be moving forward with the initiative,” said local resident Paul Merritt, describing the outcome of a discussion this week with the city attorney. Once City Attorney Phil Kohn settles on the language, the intended ballot measure over the downtown parking garage and park must be published and signatures collected from […]

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South Laguna's Trees Lose Heritage Standing

South Laguna’s Trees Lose Heritage Standing

An attempt to clarify the murky status of a list of mature South Laguna trees culminated with the City Council deciding Tuesday against extending to them the city’s special heritage designation, which confers certain preservation protections. The 3-1 vote, with Council member Toni Iseman dissenting and Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson absent, dashed the hopes […]