Elizabeth Pearson: A community leader

October 18, 2002

Elizabeth Pearson comes from a military family. She had lived in

18 countries by the time she graduated from high school.

"It was hard to get a sense of community until I moved to Laguna

Beach," Pearson said. "The thing that drives me is my upbringing. You

live in a community, you must give something back."

The North Laguna resident has spent most of her nearly 20 years

here serving the community: as president for three terms of her


neighborhood association, as a board member of Laguna Beach Seniors

Inc. and 6 1/2 years as a planning commissioner. She raised funds for

the Boys and Girls Club and co-founded the Laguna Coalition.

In recent years Pearson has reached outside city limits to create

Clean Water for Kids, that educates children county-wide about urban

run-off and water conservation. She is on the board of the Orange

County Forum and has donated her services to Habitat for Humanity.

This is the marketing company owner's second run for council.

Pearson had raised $16,370 in contributions by Sept. 21.

She did not sign the campaign-spending limit.

Supervisor Tom Wilson, the mayors of Lake Forest and Rancho Santa

Margarita and the Laguna Beach Taxpayers Assn. have endorsed her.


1. With the proposed construction of more than 1,000 parking

spaces three blocks from the Village Entrance to Third Street, what

can the city do to alleviate traffic problems in the area?

In addition to building a parking structure at the Village

Entrance, the city needs to build "pocket" parking lots throughout

the city -- including in the Canyon, in North Laguna, in the Village

and in South Laguna, not only to alleviate the burden tourists have

placed on the neighborhoods. In addition, the city needs to design a

rapid-tram service for easier, reliable use by residents and

tourists. Specifically, the city should identify the six to 10 key

stops that most would wish to access and ensure reliable pick-ups

every six to 10 minutes at each of those stops.

2. How do you feel about putting public funds into private

organizations, like the community clinic and senior center, vs. using

the money for infrastructure, particularly the sewer system?

As it relates to capital improvement projects, there is a new

model that is gaining popularity that I would like to bring to Laguna

Beach. In the city of Orange, I am working with community leaders who

have created a non-profit foundation for the building of public

facilities. The non-profit foundation is able to access funds that

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