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By Barbara Diamond | May 3, 2012
The City Council agreed Tuesday to permit the demolition of a derelict cottage, overturning a Design Review Board denial and outraging some South Laguna residents. The council split 3-2, clearing the way for the cottage demolition at 31762 Coast Highway. South Coast Water District officials claimed the demolition was essential as part of its planned five-year, $50-million project to stabilize a sewer tunnel and pipeline replacement. It was the third demolition permit for structures on the city's historic inventory that has been opposed in recent months by South Laguna residents.
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By Barbara Diamond | March 8, 2012
A well-scripted presentation failed to convince the City Council to overturn the Design Review Board's approval of the demolition of a ramshackle South Laguna house on the city's historic inventory. The council voted 3 to 1 to uphold the board's approval. Councilwoman Toni Iseman participated in the appeal and was barred from voting on the fate of the house known as "Stonehenge. " Both the vote by the board and the council were swayed by the testimony of two historians that the house no longer had the architectural integrity to make it eligible for the inventory, due to illegal demolition by a previous owner and subsequent deterioration.
NEWS
July 12, 2002
Mary A. Castillo Despite receiving demolition and grading bids for both sites that went over the targeted budgets, the school board with representatives of McCarthy Construction Companies and LPA, Inc. voted to go forward with the summer construction projects. The urgency at Tuesday's meeting was driven by concerns for student safety while at the same time keeping a handle on budgets. Specifically, the projects in question were the demolition and site preparation for four new structures: the 4,177-square-foot kindergarten and 9,024-square-foot classroom building at Top of the World; and a 16,495-square-foot, state-of-the-art gymnasium and 6,932-square-foot performing arts building called "the black box" at Thurston.
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By Barbara Diamond | October 20, 2011
A small South Laguna cottage will be demolished to make way for an access shaft to a dangerously deteriorated tunnel and pipeline that carries 100 million gallons of sewage daily between Three Arch Bay and Aliso Beach. The City Council split 3 to 2 on Tuesday to approve the demolition of the cottage as well as other structures on the site. The Fourth Avenue property on which the cottage sits will be used as a temporary staging area to construct a permanent shaft that is part of a proposed renovation of the tunnel and pipeline.
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By Barbara Diamond | February 7, 2013
Property owner John Meehan has submitted a construction project to the Design Review Board with no idea when it will be permitted, if ever. His plans may be thwarted depending on a decision by the California Coastal Commission. That board voted 10-2 Wednesday to hear the appeal of a City Council decision to permit the demolition of a South Laguna home and other buildings on the property owned by Meehan, preventing him from demolishing structures to make way for new construction. The commission overrode its staff recommendation that the appeal did not raise substantial issue that would warrant a de novo hearing, which would mean the inclusion of information from all previous proceedings.
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By: Barbara Diamond | September 30, 2005
Demolition began Friday on an Oriole Drive home declared a public nuisance by the City Council at the Sept. 20 meeting. The owner of the property at 925 Oriole Drive -- dubbed "the mausoleum" by neighbors -- was the only holdout to agreements that allow the city to enter private property and demolish and remove structures damaged in the June 1 landslide. Demolition and removal of debris is necessary so that emergency repairs and temporary fixes -- known as winterization -- can move forward.
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By Barbara Diamond | February 16, 2007
The Planning Commission on Wednesday voted 4-1 in favor of a temporary-use permit to store four Third Street cottages on city property in Laguna Canyon. Commissioners recommended limiting the storage to the end of September and tacked on several conditions that were not included in the project as proposed by the city. The City Council will hear the recommended version of the permit at Tuesday's meeting, as an appeal. Among the conditions recommended by the commission: a fire alarm system; brush clearing under and around the cottage; daily foot patrols to discourage nesters, human or otherwise; structurally strong fencing; and measures to preserve the trees on the Big Bend parcel.
NEWS
March 16, 2007
Two of the four Third Street cottages reprieved from demolition by the council were relocated Wednesday night to temporary storage at Big Bend in Laguna Canyon. The surveyor's cottage at 368 Third St., closest to the Laguna Beach Community Clinic and its next door neighbor at 374 made the trip with no discernible damage, Community Services Director Susan Cannan said. "It went very quietly, very smoothly," she said. About a half-dozen spectators gathered on Third Street to see the cottages begin the trip to the canyon.
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By Eric Sanders | August 11, 2006
After sitting idle and empty for more than six months, the homes of the former El Morro Village trailer park at Crystal Cove State Park are being removed, beginning the process of turning the property into a state beach. The salvage operation taking place on the coastline side is expected to be completed by today. The remainder of the mobile home park is expected to be removed by the deadline set for Sept. 13. To clear away the trailers, a private contractor was hired by the state to remove the surplus property.
NEWS
June 17, 2005
Barbara Diamond The city has offered to pick up the costs to tear down Bluebird Canyon homes that must be demolished and removed due to irreparable damage caused by the June 1 landslide. Affected homeowners must consent to the demolition, and will be asked to agree to turn over to the city their insurance demolition benefits, if any. "I am trying to work up a quickie agreement that gives the city the consent of the homeowners to demolish the homes and let us do so in a way that would allow the homeowners to recover property," city slide coordinator Bob Burnham said.
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By Barbara Diamond | February 7, 2013
Property owner John Meehan has submitted a construction project to the Design Review Board with no idea when it will be permitted, if ever. His plans may be thwarted depending on a decision by the California Coastal Commission. That board voted 10-2 Wednesday to hear the appeal of a City Council decision to permit the demolition of a South Laguna home and other buildings on the property owned by Meehan, preventing him from demolishing structures to make way for new construction. The commission overrode its staff recommendation that the appeal did not raise substantial issue that would warrant a de novo hearing, which would mean the inclusion of information from all previous proceedings.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 3, 2012
The City Council agreed Tuesday to permit the demolition of a derelict cottage, overturning a Design Review Board denial and outraging some South Laguna residents. The council split 3-2, clearing the way for the cottage demolition at 31762 Coast Highway. South Coast Water District officials claimed the demolition was essential as part of its planned five-year, $50-million project to stabilize a sewer tunnel and pipeline replacement. It was the third demolition permit for structures on the city's historic inventory that has been opposed in recent months by South Laguna residents.
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By Barbara Diamond | April 19, 2012
Demolition work was stopped Wednesday on the historic Halliburton house in South Laguna, pending a review of the scope of the project. The halt came in response to public accusations that proper procedures were not followed in permitting partial demolition of the home, and it required a special vote Tuesday night by the council. The red tag will be in effect until the council meets May 1. A special meeting may be called if Community Development Director John Montgomery finds no valid reason for the work stoppage after his review.
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By Barbara Diamond | March 8, 2012
A well-scripted presentation failed to convince the City Council to overturn the Design Review Board's approval of the demolition of a ramshackle South Laguna house on the city's historic inventory. The council voted 3 to 1 to uphold the board's approval. Councilwoman Toni Iseman participated in the appeal and was barred from voting on the fate of the house known as "Stonehenge. " Both the vote by the board and the council were swayed by the testimony of two historians that the house no longer had the architectural integrity to make it eligible for the inventory, due to illegal demolition by a previous owner and subsequent deterioration.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | October 20, 2011
A small South Laguna cottage will be demolished to make way for an access shaft to a dangerously deteriorated tunnel and pipeline that carries 100 million gallons of sewage daily between Three Arch Bay and Aliso Beach. The City Council split 3 to 2 on Tuesday to approve the demolition of the cottage as well as other structures on the site. The Fourth Avenue property on which the cottage sits will be used as a temporary staging area to construct a permanent shaft that is part of a proposed renovation of the tunnel and pipeline.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | May 5, 2011
The Third Street cottages received another reprieve from demolition at Tuesday's City Council meeting. The council voted 3 to 2, with Council Members Elizabeth Pearson and Kelly Boyd opposing, in favor of a demolition delay requested by Michael Blakemore, architect for Ken Fischbeck's Wendt property project, which he had wanted but then declined to incorporate the cottages most recently. Blakemore said he approached another client who is planning on building a compound on a 15-acre parcel.
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By Cindy Frazier | April 28, 2009
The old Chateau Relaxo will one day be only a memory. The half-century-old vacant home that has stood on the sands at 1,000 Steps beach since 1954 will be demolished, city officials say. The home, which has a heart-shaped saltwater pool and a partly torn-down pier structure, is deteriorating badly and has been an “attractive nuisance” for years. The home — known locally as “Chateau Relaxo” — is frequently used by kids for partying, and city officials are afraid someone will fall through the top story of the dilapidated structure.
NEWS
March 16, 2007
Two of the four Third Street cottages reprieved from demolition by the council were relocated Wednesday night to temporary storage at Big Bend in Laguna Canyon. The surveyor's cottage at 368 Third St., closest to the Laguna Beach Community Clinic and its next door neighbor at 374 made the trip with no discernible damage, Community Services Director Susan Cannan said. "It went very quietly, very smoothly," she said. About a half-dozen spectators gathered on Third Street to see the cottages begin the trip to the canyon.
NEWS
March 16, 2007
Meeting of March 6, 2007; all council members present: PUBLIC COMMENT Arts Commissioner Terry Smith thanked city staff members Steve May and Liz Avila, and Michelle Clark of Waste Management of Orange County for the relocation of trash cans away from the sculpture on Ocean Avenue of "The Shopper." Leah Vasquez urged better enforcement of the city's leaf-blower ban. She said the problem is that by the time police arrive at the site of the violation, the blower user is gone.
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