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Tag: "Planning Commission"

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Local Election Review and Import

Local Election Review and Import

Editor:   City Council elections are important.  This is the level of government that can affect you most directly.  There are two incumbents and three challengers for two seats.  Verna Rollinger is extremely knowledgeable about the workings of the city of Laguna Beach. Having served as City Clerk for 29 years and now running for […]

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Questions About Candidates Whalen and Egly

Questions About Candidates Whalen and Egly

Editor, Re: “Kelly Boyd Signals His Support,” Letters, Oct. 5. Who is this Whalen person with the whale on his sign I see around town? Is he trying to get us to think he’s Wyland? Does he realize that whalers kill whales?  He was on the Planning Commission? The same Planning Commission that let the South […]

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Ignoring Advice Breeds Cynicism

Ignoring Advice Breeds Cynicism

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the Planning Commission) In three years of meetings with residents, city staff and city council members, the Complete Streets Task Force (CSTF) identified sources of public funding for infrastructure projects as early as June 2009, again in April, July and August 2010 (see Minutes). The city never applied […]

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Ignoring Advice Breeds Cynicism

Ignoring Advice Breeds Cynicism

Editor, (This letter was also addressed to the Planning Commission) In three years of meetings with residents, city staff and city council members, the Complete Streets Task Force (CSTF) identified sources of public funding for infrastructure projects as early as June 2009, again in April, July and August 2010 (see Minutes). The city never applied […]

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Advice Wanted on Revising Downtown Planning

Advice Wanted on Revising Downtown Planning

Laguna’s Planning Commission will host a Downtown Specific Plan Workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. The commission is seeking ideas from community members, design professionals, and downtown business and property owners for improving downtown prior to updating the Downtown Specific Plan. For additional information, contact […]

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Visioning is What They Do Best

Visioning is What They Do Best

Editor, Last week I attended Mobility Planning Meeting and Visioning, an open workshop organized by the LB Planning Commission to familiarize attendees with the the Land Use and Circulation Elements and a new visioning for Complete Streets Policy. Deja vu, where had I experienced this planning process before? Then I remembered meetings I attended previously. Each […]

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Group Approves Highway Bike Sharrows

Group Approves Highway Bike Sharrows

Editor,   The bicycle safety committee of Newport Beach voted Monday, May 7, to install bicycle safety sharrows on Pacific Coast Highway. In related developments, the Planning Commission of Laguna Beach met for the first time to begin the “Visioning Process” for Complete Streets in Laguna Beach. Despite five years of informal discussions and three […]

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City Hall Meetings

City Hall Meetings

Monday, Oct. 10 Tech Comm Committee, 4:30 p.m., Community Center   Tuesday, Oct. 11 Complete Street Task Force, 5 p.m., Susi Q Community Center. Special meeting of City Council, 5 p.m., Council Chambers   Wednesday, Oct. 12 Laguna Canyon Flood Mitigation Task Force, 4 p.m., Community Center Planning Commission,  6:30 p.m., Council Chambers   Thursday, […]

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Devising Live-Work Rules in Laguna Remains a Puzzle

Devising Live-Work Rules in Laguna Remains a Puzzle

Local artists, some of them still recouping from last December’s flood damage, started erecting new defenses this month against another threat: a proposal to eliminate future construction of artist live-work spaces in a light industrial zone in Laguna Canyon between Canyon Acres and El Toro Road. “We have been at Big Bend for 27 years […]

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Village Matters

Village Matters

Let’em Play with the Big Kids By Ann Christoph Is there a little kids playground at City Hall? Are some of the players puttering around in the sandbox while the rest are in the big leagues, getting respect and being on television? I think yes, the city committees may be in the sandbox category, if […]

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City Hall Meetings

City Hall Meetings

Wednesday, Feb. 23 Planning Commission, 6:30 p.m., Council Chambers Thursday, Feb. 24 Parking, Traffic, Circulation Committee, 6 p.m., Community Center Board of Adjustment, Design Review, 6 p.m., Council Chambers

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Perspective on Cell Tower Radiation

Perspective on Cell Tower Radiation

Editor, This past Jan. 12, the Planning Commission was scheduled to review a proposal to install a new 4G microwave antenna at a residence in the Arch Beach Heights area. This residence already houses Sprint and (in twin faux chimneys) AT&T towers. The 4G microwave antenna is to be, I have been told, an addition […]

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Chefs Feel the Economy’s Pinch

Chefs Feel the Economy’s Pinch

Changes are afoot at Five Feet, French 75 and Sorrento Grille, three long-established Laguna Beach dining spots, due to two key ingredients: recession-trimmed tabs and local restaurant trends that defy the rest of Orange County. French 75, under new ownership since 2009, recently hired celebrity chef Pascal Olhats as a managing consultant to boost the […]