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By Barbara Diamond | July 31, 2009
Drivers on Coast Highway who long for summer to be over and tourists to stop tying up traffic may be in for a shock come Labor Day. Caltrans announced at the July 21 City Council meeting that a major repaving project will begin Sept. 8 on State Route 1, extending from Laguna?s southern border to Aster Street. The project is expected to be completed by Dec. 21. ?I am hoping the project will be completed by November,? Councilwoman Toni Iseman said. Tracy Lavelle, chief of Caltrans Public Information Office for District 12, told the council that it can choose at which end the five-mile project should begin and end. In either case the project is expected to take 70 days, with one lane closed in each direction as work is underway on a segment ?
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By Barbara Diamond | February 8, 2008
Many Laguna Beach performing arts groups have no place of their own to perform and some have staged a protest by leaving town. Others could follow. The City Council appointed a subcommittee Tuesday to pursue a suitable venue for performing groups that have been denied the use of the Artists Theatre on the Laguna Beach High School campus or the Festival Forum Theatre, or find those and other sites unsuitable. ?All of us can agree that there is not enough performance space for all the groups,?
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By Louis Leo | January 27, 2011
Have you tried to drive through the [Laguna] canyon during rush hour? Bumper-to-bumper traffic now often takes about 20 minutes to get from Pacific Coast Highway to El Toro Road. Traffic has increased due to new homes (with more coming) and the fact that there are very few ways to get inland from PCH, not to mention the summer beach and festival visitors. Highway 133 has got to be expanded to two lanes each way all the way from PCH to El Toro to get rid of the bottleneck. When I talked to the city manager several months ago, he said they looked at it 20 years ago, but some of the canyon property owners opposed it and traffic really hasn't increased.
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May 24, 2002
Barbara Diamond Clusters of pedestrians crossing the highway at Main Beach, rather than straggling across in twos and threes, may be key to unblocking the Broadway intersection and moving traffic more smoothly on the highway. The City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday a pilot program that will include testing a pedestrian-only signal phase and restoring the crosswalk on the south side of the intersection. Both measures will require the cooperation of Caltrans.
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By: Mark Humphrey | August 24, 2005
After a contentious debate over traffic concerns, the City Council Tuesday approved a more than $2-million child care facility and family resource center to be constructed at the former site of the Buena Vista branch library. The council voted 3-1 to approve a construction bid for the center and close off a nearby alley for a project that has been in the works for more than two years. "I'm not pleased at all with the cost, but I do recognize that providing high-quality child care services is an investment in children and our future," City Councilwoman Marsha Ramos said.
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By Chris Williams | February 10, 2011
With so many surf trip locations available today, it's sometimes easy to forget about the one surf trip that is arguably still required for all surfers to take: Hawaii. Expensive, crowded and overrun with tourists, you say? Check, check and check. But I would argue that once you've navigated the rental car counter, the crowded single-lane highways and overpriced restaurants, there are still two things that are worth the hassle: aloha and waves. I recently took a handful of Laguna Beach high school surfers on a such a trip.
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By Barbara Diamond | December 20, 2012
A proposal to convert a portion of Glenneyre Street into a complete street — one considered to be safe, accessible and comfortable for walkers, the disabled, cyclists and motorists — wasn't complete enough to win Planning Commission approval. The commission voted 4 to 1 at its Dec. 12 meeting to approve crosswalk striping on Glenneyre between Thalia and Calliope streets, but rejected other options sent to them by the City Council for comment. The options were culled from a study prepared by the transportation consulting firm of Fehr & Peers to identify opportunities to make all of Glenneyre more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 5, 2013
Laguna's approach to resolving its traffic, parking and circulation woes needs to go in a new direction, according to city officials. Six separate subcommittees or consultants are working on plans related to making city streets less congested and parking more accessible, but some involved say the lack of communication among them has created a bottleneck. Studies, updates and plan reviews underway with little or no coordination include the proposal for the Village Entrance, revisions to the Downtown Specific Plan, updates of the Laguna Beach General Plan Mobility Element, and the Scenic Highways and Landscape Resource Document, contracted analyses of the city's transit system, and Laguna Canyon Road improvements.
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By David Hansen | April 16, 2014
It has been said that a volcanic eruption can create its own lightning. Well, a perfect storm is brewing in Laguna Canyon, and the lightning has already started. Have you been hearing all the sonic booms? The first salvo was the recently approved but hotly contested artist live-work project. Right on its heels was a massive public storage proposal, which failed to get past initial planning reviews but is not necessarily dead yet. In the background is the ever-expanding Laguna College of Art + Design, and coming Tuesday to the City Council is the Friendship Shelter's proposal for permanent supportive housing for Laguna's homeless.
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By PAUL ANDERSON | January 22, 2009
WASHINGTON — I got a bird’s-eye view. Quite literally. And I had to brave a few moments of real panic as the crowd I got caught up in teetered on the ledge of a riotous stampede — more than once. I was warned to get to President Barack Obama’s inauguration early. The crowds would swell to enormous sizes. Not surprising. It’s been like that since I arrived. So I got to bed early Monday night. I sure didn’t mind after a long day chasing congressmen and their constituents in their offices.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 31, 2009
Drivers on Coast Highway who long for summer to be over and tourists to stop tying up traffic may be in for a shock come Labor Day. Caltrans announced at the July 21 City Council meeting that a major repaving project will begin Sept. 8 on State Route 1, extending from Laguna?s southern border to Aster Street. The project is expected to be completed by Dec. 21. ?I am hoping the project will be completed by November,? Councilwoman Toni Iseman said. Tracy Lavelle, chief of Caltrans Public Information Office for District 12, told the council that it can choose at which end the five-mile project should begin and end. In either case the project is expected to take 70 days, with one lane closed in each direction as work is underway on a segment ?
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By Barbara Diamond | February 8, 2008
Many Laguna Beach performing arts groups have no place of their own to perform and some have staged a protest by leaving town. Others could follow. The City Council appointed a subcommittee Tuesday to pursue a suitable venue for performing groups that have been denied the use of the Artists Theatre on the Laguna Beach High School campus or the Festival Forum Theatre, or find those and other sites unsuitable. ?All of us can agree that there is not enough performance space for all the groups,?
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