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By Barbara Diamond | October 4, 2012
City officials listened Tuesday to complete streets advocates who support reducing Glenneyre Street — from Forest Avenue to Calliope Street — to three lanes, including one for turns only. The council directed staff to submit a modification, but only to a portion of Glenneyre, to the Planning Commission for review and report back to the council in January. The modification was one of three options for the conversion of Glenneyre to complete street status, evaluated in a report by Fehr & Peers, a traffic consulting firm hired by the city.
NEWS
By Les Miklosy | August 16, 2012
Re: "Path to get more study," in the Aug. 10 edition of Coastline Pilot, the Complete Streets Task Force met as early as September 2009 to select a route for this path from four alternatives. One route that would be good for both street users and Sommett du Monde private community residents led the route away from the private development. The city now chooses to ignore Complete Streets' recommendations and locate the path where it will irritate residents most. Further, the route taken for the present design and it's alternate does not consider project requirements reviewed by the Complete Streets committee, those requirements specify path location, grade, width, usage, cost, impact on Sommett residents and more.
NEWS
July 26, 2012
In spite of Imran Vittachi's international credentials, his critique of our Festival of the Arts reflects a misunderstanding of both local context and mission. First of all, Laguna Beach is still its own quirky, little town. During the summer, our neighbors and friends participate in our summer festivals both as artists and as visitors from all over the world. Secondly, our Festival of the Arts is a regional art show, and regional is the operative word. We do not aspire to be London, Paris, or even Hong Kong.
NEWS
September 8, 2011
On Aug. 26, a post on the Laguna Beach city website notified us about plans for road widening of Laguna Canyon Road at El Toro Road by Caltrans. Days later, the post reads "repaving" not "widening" but still offers no mention if the project complies with legal mandates for highways under the Complete Streets policy (DD-64 for Caltrans). Has Laguna Beach once again allowed Caltrans to shove more traffic down our throats? Under Caltrans, our village is bisected with Coast Highway, and now we wish to trisect the city with another four-lane super highway?
NEWS
March 14, 2013
I moved to Laguna Beach when I was 25. That was in 1962. I have pedaled its streets ever since then, including the 37 years I worked at Laguna Beach High School when I lived in upper Bluebird Canyon. Four years ago I volunteered to serve on the City Council-appointed Complete Streets Task Force. I was anxious to make a difference in how our town would encourage alternative means of transportation, given what I thought was always a forward-looking and environmentally-positive city philosophy, as well as a place that was becoming glutted by automobiles.
NEWS
April 5, 2012
Transition Laguna is doing amazing things. The edible garden installs have been a catalyst in community building. On April 12, Transition is producing a solar power roundtable with three companies on the leading edge of new technologies that can save homeowners money and reduce our reliance on the grid. It's at 7 p.m. at Bridge Hall of Neighborhood Congregational Church, and it's free. Then on April 21, Transition and SEEDS are producing Laguna's inaugural Earth Day celebration in conjunction with Nancy Caruso's Kelp Fest.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | May 19, 2011
The City Council took steps this week to help people around town on foot, without increasing expenditures proposed in the 2011-12 draft budget. Revisions made Tuesday to the $66-million preliminary budget will be incorporated into a final version scheduled to be approved at the June 21 meeting. Changes will include the council's directive to eliminate a $100,000 sign denoting availability at the Glenneyre Parking Structure and to find grants to construct the $300,000 Sun Valley Drive Debris Basin, made necessary by the December deluge and reallocate the funding.
NEWS
By Justin Gresh | December 9, 2010
Laguna Beach has no accommodation for cyclists except for a few random bike racks, and a quarter-mile stretch of striped lane on Monterey Street that might be mistaken for a bike lane — even though it is not marked in any way. The city just spent $1.6M to resurface streets and paint new lines, without adding a single accommodation for bicycles. This action not only ignores Complete Streets state legislation, but also demonstrates a complete lack of concern for the safety of cyclists in our city.
NEWS
September 26, 2012
The city has a $200,000 windfall and some say the best use of funds is to help buy land in South Laguna for the Community Garden. Personally, I would love to see more community gardens throughout town. But, is this the best use of funds? Citizen surveys for the past 40 years list parking and traffic concerns above all else. The 2011 survey listed bike friendly streets as another top concern. I don't believe community gardens has ever been mentioned in our citizen surveys. City Council also made Complete Streets one of its top priorities for 2012.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | February 16, 2012
Billy Fried has had two epiphanies: One in 2002, when he decided to share his love of kayaking with paying customers, and another in 2010, when he was inspired to create safe and eco-friendly bicycle routes through town. Now, his bike map is a reality. Drawn by local artist Jesse Miller, the map includes bike routes but also highlights historic architecture, community gardens and examples of public art. Fried vetted the highlights and conceptualized routes that would show off the natural and man-made glories of Laguna as well as encourage folks to get out of four-wheel vehicles and onto bicycles.
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NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 22, 2013
Laguna Beach officials on Tuesday approved proposals favored by Complete Streets advocates, but stopped short of a trial roundabout on Glenneyre Street. The City Council awarded a $200,000-maximum contract for the preparation of a Mobility and Complete Streets Plan, approved sharrows and signs directing bicyclists off Coast Highway onto neighborhood streets, enhanced some crosswalks and relocated the site for a trial roundabout from Glenneyre Street. Council opposition to the Glenneyre roundabout was based on the requirement to eliminate one traffic lane in each direction on a street used more by locals than visitors.
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NEWS
March 14, 2013
I moved to Laguna Beach when I was 25. That was in 1962. I have pedaled its streets ever since then, including the 37 years I worked at Laguna Beach High School when I lived in upper Bluebird Canyon. Four years ago I volunteered to serve on the City Council-appointed Complete Streets Task Force. I was anxious to make a difference in how our town would encourage alternative means of transportation, given what I thought was always a forward-looking and environmentally-positive city philosophy, as well as a place that was becoming glutted by automobiles.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | October 4, 2012
City officials listened Tuesday to complete streets advocates who support reducing Glenneyre Street — from Forest Avenue to Calliope Street — to three lanes, including one for turns only. The council directed staff to submit a modification, but only to a portion of Glenneyre, to the Planning Commission for review and report back to the council in January. The modification was one of three options for the conversion of Glenneyre to complete street status, evaluated in a report by Fehr & Peers, a traffic consulting firm hired by the city.
NEWS
September 26, 2012
The city has a $200,000 windfall and some say the best use of funds is to help buy land in South Laguna for the Community Garden. Personally, I would love to see more community gardens throughout town. But, is this the best use of funds? Citizen surveys for the past 40 years list parking and traffic concerns above all else. The 2011 survey listed bike friendly streets as another top concern. I don't believe community gardens has ever been mentioned in our citizen surveys. City Council also made Complete Streets one of its top priorities for 2012.
NEWS
By Les Miklosy | August 16, 2012
Re: "Path to get more study," in the Aug. 10 edition of Coastline Pilot, the Complete Streets Task Force met as early as September 2009 to select a route for this path from four alternatives. One route that would be good for both street users and Sommett du Monde private community residents led the route away from the private development. The city now chooses to ignore Complete Streets' recommendations and locate the path where it will irritate residents most. Further, the route taken for the present design and it's alternate does not consider project requirements reviewed by the Complete Streets committee, those requirements specify path location, grade, width, usage, cost, impact on Sommett residents and more.
NEWS
July 26, 2012
In spite of Imran Vittachi's international credentials, his critique of our Festival of the Arts reflects a misunderstanding of both local context and mission. First of all, Laguna Beach is still its own quirky, little town. During the summer, our neighbors and friends participate in our summer festivals both as artists and as visitors from all over the world. Secondly, our Festival of the Arts is a regional art show, and regional is the operative word. We do not aspire to be London, Paris, or even Hong Kong.
NEWS
June 7, 2012
Recently the city of Laguna Beach spent $10,000 for a polling firm in Washington, D.C., to compile a citizen survey from a representative sample of residents about community quality of life, service delivery, civic participation and unique issues of local interest. Above-the-fold, the executive summary notes 97% of respondents regarded Laguna as a wonderful place to live. So far so good. Below the fold, the transportation section notes how respondents rated our ease of mobility: travel by walking, 78%; bus, 53%; bike, 32%; ease of travel by car, 22%. Now try to square those results with the safety rankings from the California Office of Transportation Safety (OTS)
NEWS
April 5, 2012
Transition Laguna is doing amazing things. The edible garden installs have been a catalyst in community building. On April 12, Transition is producing a solar power roundtable with three companies on the leading edge of new technologies that can save homeowners money and reduce our reliance on the grid. It's at 7 p.m. at Bridge Hall of Neighborhood Congregational Church, and it's free. Then on April 21, Transition and SEEDS are producing Laguna's inaugural Earth Day celebration in conjunction with Nancy Caruso's Kelp Fest.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | February 16, 2012
Billy Fried has had two epiphanies: One in 2002, when he decided to share his love of kayaking with paying customers, and another in 2010, when he was inspired to create safe and eco-friendly bicycle routes through town. Now, his bike map is a reality. Drawn by local artist Jesse Miller, the map includes bike routes but also highlights historic architecture, community gardens and examples of public art. Fried vetted the highlights and conceptualized routes that would show off the natural and man-made glories of Laguna as well as encourage folks to get out of four-wheel vehicles and onto bicycles.
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