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Proposed Development Lacks Foresight

Proposed Development Lacks Foresight

Editor, In response to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center’s concern for the proposed 40-unit homeless shelter in Laguna Canyon next to their facility: I spoke against the artist work/live (as an artist, art educator and former arts commissioner) and against the Big Bend storage box that is larger than its lot size (as a resident and supporter of Laguna […]

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Live Work Project Wins Go-Ahead

Live Work Project Wins Go-Ahead

Louis Longi’s controversial live-work development in Laguna Canyon can proceed.  On a 3-2 vote, Laguna beach’s City Council on Tuesday denied an appeal of the project by a neighborhood organization. Council members Robert Whalen and Toni Iseman voted against the project. The majority of council members, though, said they favored the proposal because zoning in […]

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Project Sets a Development Precedent

Project Sets a Development Precedent

Editor, Laguna Beach is such a unique community, and our uniqueness is what makes us such a desirable place to live and for tourists to visit. We have raised our family here and seen so many things happen for the good. Consider our purchase of the main beach commercial properties and our development of our […]

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Consider Precedent Projects Sets

Consider Precedent Projects Sets

Editor: Several thoughts regarding the proposed Longi development in Laguna Canyon. I believe citizens who support this are well meaning, but they may not have completely thought it through. Do everything we can to help our artists, but keep in mind how we do it.  The phrase “throwing out the baby with the bathwater” comes […]

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Hit and Run Victim Remains in Coma

Hit and Run Victim Remains in Coma

By Andrea Adelson A homeless man remains in an induced coma in Mission Viejo’s Mission Hospital after he was critically injured a week ago in an early morning hit and run collision in Laguna Canyon. An appeal by police for the public’s help in tracking down the fleeing driver has yielded little, Sgt. Louis Callus […]

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Weighing the Cost of Burying Utilities

Weighing the Cost of Burying Utilities

Each time a utility pole topples on Laguna Canyon Road it emphasizes the town’s vulnerability. Residents most often contend with the traffic jam that results from a crash scene under investigation or a downed live wire or the disruption caused by a power outage. Yet the inconvenience of congestion and spoiled goods pales compared to […]

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Rooms Close, Displacing Homeless Back to the Street

Rooms Close, Displacing Homeless Back to the Street

One of Laguna Beach’s rare private refuges for local homeless people to find a permanent place to live was recently ordered closed by city officials, displacing five people back to the street and confounding homeless advocates. The five residents living at the row of rooms in a mobile trailer in Laguna Canyon once used as […]

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 Artist Units Follow the Footsteps of Animal Clinic

Artist Units Follow the Footsteps of Animal Clinic

The campaign over the hotly debated artists’ work/live project on Laguna Canyon Road continues unabated, with opponents and proponents each sending missives in anticipation of a City Council hearing next month over local sculptor Louis Longi’s proposal. In a twist little known outside the canyon neighborhood, the project was made possible by one of its […]

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Speaker’s Corner

Speaker’s Corner

Keeping Promises Horst Noppenberger’s article,   “Addressing the Town’s Evolving Needs,” in the Feb. 7 edition, like the associated rendering, needs some added perspective. The picture shows a very modern building with trees towering above the structure and canyon hillsides and ridgelines serving as a backdrop, making the building appear to be very small in comparison.  […]

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A Preferred Addition to the Canyon

A Preferred Addition to the Canyon

Editor, When we drive through Laguna Canyon we see many bland and unsightly commercial and light industrial structures.  In between are some typical and not so typical Laguna residential charmers… And to make it brief, the proposed artist live-work project, designed by architect Horst Noppenberger, will not only be a much desired and preferred addition […]

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Church Opens Second Homeless Shelter

Church Opens Second Homeless Shelter

Without government aid, a group of determined human rights activists opened a second shelter for homeless people in Laguna Beach last week when it rained, taking in the overflow crowd turned away from the city’s at-capacity, year-round homeless shelter on Laguna Canyon Road.   Twenty-five people bedded down in the temporary overnight shelter in St. […]

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Hiking, Biking on Coastal Park Trails

Hiking, Biking on Coastal Park Trails

Feb. 15 , 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Moulton Peak Geology Hike.  Hikers ages 15 and up may join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this four-mile geology hike over steep and uneven terrain. Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, 28373 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel, Cost: $2 donation per person Parking: Free Reservations required, sign-up […]

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Design for Entrance Park Moves Ahead

Design for Entrance Park Moves Ahead

Staff recommendations for a scaled-back $14.4 million plan to create an inviting landscaped pathway between City Hall and the Laguna Canyon art festivals seemed to stymie City Council members and the public alike during a presentation Tuesday. After weighing the scope, budget and design process, the City Council put off several decisions, but gave the […]

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Artists' Work/Live Project Stalled Again

Artists’ Work/Live Project Stalled Again

A scheduled appeal of a decision approving a hotly debated artists’ work/live project on Laguna Canyon Road was put off by the City Council on Tuesday. Opponents, mostly residents of nearby Sun Valley Drive, maintain that the 16,192-square-foot structure spanning two adjacent lots at 20412 and 20432 Laguna Canyon Road violates the Laguna Canyon Annexation […]

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Development Preserves City’s Artistic Heritage

Development Preserves City’s Artistic Heritage

Editor: I support the proposed artist live/work project in Laguna Canyon. The project’s plans show this is not a “giant apartment building,” but a number of 400-600 square foot small studios with roughly one-third of the space dedicated to living and two-thirds to work areas. It is built above the flood plain as it has […]