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NEWS
October 28, 2005
Win some, lose some. That's the message this week, with the refusal of the Coastal Commission to overturn city approvals of the "dip house," which will be built in a low-lying lot that residents say often has water running through it, and the City Council's rejection of a previously approved 8,000-square-foot-plus hillside residence. Why one project that was loudly criticized will be built, while another one that sailed through the design review board was assailed by the city manager as "against the city plan" is something of a mystery.
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NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | May 30, 2013
City officials were more than happy to renew the Business Improvement District, the financial program initiated by local hotels to fund art projects and organizations that bring tourists to town. The BID has bumped up the city budget by millions since it was founded in 2001. In the current fiscal year, the BID is contributing $1.67 million, a 10% increase over estimates. The money is generated by a 2% levy skimmed off the top of the city's regulated bed taxes and must be renewed annually by the hotels, motels and the city.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | May 19, 2010
Councilman Kelly Boyd will kick off his campaign for re-election to the City Concil from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday at the Marine Room Tavern. Boyd is running for his third, but not consecutive term on the council. He was first elected to the council in 1978 and waited 28 years to run again in 2006. “I was trying to get my business where it would give me the time to devote to the city,” said Boyd, owner of the Marine Room, nicknamed the Mar Bar. “The council is a 24/7 job.” Boyd, who arrives at the tavern about 7 a.m. to prepare for the daily business, said someone was knocking on the door at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday morning to talk about a problem.
NEWS
December 20, 2002
Barbara Diamond The City Council has breathed life back into a moribund proposal to move the city corporation yard to ACT V. "It's about time," said Greg Vail, a member of the Village Entrance Task Force that recommended the move in 1996 after a year-long study. The council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to hold a special public meeting Jan. 28, at which staff will report on all components of the corporation yard and provide parameters for a Village Entrance project with and without the yard.
NEWS
February 23, 2007
The following is from the Feb. 13 meeting of the Laguna Beach City Council: COUNCIL/STAFF CHAT All members of city commissions, boards and committees were invited to ride on the city's trolley in the Patriots Day Parade. The council will be riding in cars provided by Councilman Kelly Boyd. CONSENT CALENDAR EDITOR'S NOTE : Consent calendar items are approved in one motion unless a member of the council, staff or public "pull" the item, which then requires opening it to public comment and a separate vote.
NEWS
By Tom Girvin | March 16, 2007
After reading Morris Skenderian's Sounding Off ["New 'Place' enhances neighborhood," Coastline Pilot, March 9], I decided that it is not worthy of a point-by-point reply. His approach is expected and not surprising. I will, however, state information that has been forwarded to the City Council, as to the provisions of the conditional use permit granted by the council and which included provisions regarding the obligation of the developer for employee parking. At the Jan. 18, 2005 City Council meeting, the conditional-use permit was reviewed and approved.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 1, 2006
Toni Iseman doesn't much like asking for donations to fund her re-election, but it is the price she is willing to pay to serve on the City Council, which she says is a privilege and an obligation to her community. "I don't like asking people for money, but it is an affirmation or rejection," she said. Iseman, who is running for a third term, considers the campaign a valuable review of her past performance and the public's expectations for the future. She sees the next four years as pivotal for Laguna.
NEWS
December 6, 2002
Toni Iseman got the gavel. Councilwoman Cheryl Kinsman got the timer. The City Council on Tuesday chose Toni Iseman to be mayor of the city for 2003 and Kinsman to be mayor pro tem. Iseman took the center seat on the dais after she and first-term Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson were sworn in by City Clerk Verna Rollinger. Iseman said her priorities this next year will be quality-of-life issues. "Our quality of life has been threatened before, and we have risen to the occasion.
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