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By Roger von Bütow | June 25, 2009
To: Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson, LBCC CC: Staff, CLB Ms. Pearson: You have thanked me repeatedly in public for the free water quality workshops I gave you back in 2000 when you first ran for LBCC. I did so not out of friendship but with the naive hope that this would help you to be a more educated Councilmember, hence more capable of making informed decisions. At that time, only Councilman Wayne Baglin seemed to grasp the nuances, the subtle interaction of complex regulations, NPDES Permits, etc. Sadly, nothing has changed except Wayne was run off of the Council, the object of a "Swift-Boating" tax exempt 527. You have subsequently served both on LBCC for 7 years but also served on the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (SDRWQCB)
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | February 28, 2013
The Planning Commission approved a sidewalk extension along a portion of the Laguna Canyon's frontage road despite opposition from some commissioners and residents during its meeting Wednesday night inside City Council chambers. The commission voted 3 to 2 to remove an existing curb, gutter and four trees and install a new curb, gutter, pedestrian access ramp and sidewalk from Woodland Drive south along Laguna Canyon Frontage Road to connect with an existing sidewalk. The sidewalk would narrow the existing roadway by about 2 1/2 feet, to 15 1/2 feet once completed.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | February 28, 2013
A Chicago-based private real estate company that specializes in manufactured housing is in escrow to purchase the Laguna Terrace Park, according to a broker familiar with the transaction. Hometown America Communities is "undergoing customary due diligence inspections of the property," Vince Reynolds, a real estate broker with CBRE, said in a news release. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Reynolds expects the deal to close later in the spring, he said in a follow-up email.
NEWS
By Steven Keller | November 17, 2006
As the former Laguna Beach Unified School District assistant superintendent involved in the discussions with MTV to film a docudrama more than two years ago, I believe I am the most qualified voice to put this "story" to rest. Here are the real facts. MTV's executive producer, Adam Devillo, approached the former Laguna Beach High School principal [Nancy Blade] and me to determine the district's interest in collaborating on a show about Laguna Beach High School students. Devillo's words were: "We would love to work with the school district but either way, we will move forward with 'a' show."
NEWS
By By Fred Ortega | June 9, 2006
CITY HALL ? The Redevelopment Agency gave a preliminary go-ahead Tuesday to a plan to convert the former Department of Public Social Services building into a mixed-use condominium and commercial project, choosing a developer's late submittal over 11 other proposals. Developer Amidi Real Estate Group ? the same company that wants to build twin residential and hotel towers at the Meadows property on Wilson Avenue and Brand Boulevard ? offered the city $6.5 million for the Broadway building and an adjacent parking lot. The Redevelopment Agency purchased the site from the county in 2001 for $3.6 million.
NEWS
March 7, 2003
Roger von Butow The numerous water quality violations from the rooftop-to-sidewalk washing of the Montage Resort complex by the developer, Athens Group, resulted in a hypocritical act of betrayal, a dangerous precedent set by the city of Laguna Beach. After a perfunctory investigation, relying on testimony from the violators only, a fine of $100 ($50 per day) was assessed. Admittedly performed by the contractors to clean everything of construction residues for the opening ceremonies, the Laguna Beach city staff refused to: Seek the actual number of days in violation, water amounts broadcast and type of cleansing agents used via demands of billing records; interview voluntary eyewitnesses and the complainant, Clean Water Now!
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | March 17, 2011
Fire Chief Kris Head is proposing a project to protect local canyons from events like the firestorm that hit Laguna Beach in 1993. During Thursday's Design Review Board meeting, Head received approval to modify Oro Canyon's vegetation to make it less susceptible to fire. The amount of vegetation combined with the lack of fire history and fuel modification efforts makes the neighborhood worrisome, he said. Head, project planner Kathy Lottes and biologist Tony Bomkamp propose removing 50% of the vegetation in the 150-foot area south of Del Mar Avenue and above Arch Beach Heights.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | September 8, 2006
The late Lew Geiser's main claim to fame in Laguna Beach was the fact that his Bluebird Canyon home was the only one red-tagged in both the 1978 and 2005 landslides. But this quiet man's wish to share his love of art is brewing up a small storm. Geiser enjoyed a low-key life in Laguna, having retired from his criminal law practice at 49. It was a fortuitous decision: He lived only 10 more years, and spent them traveling and assembling an eclectic collection of modern art. Paris was his favorite city — outside of Laguna — and he would spend months at a time there partaking of the city's delights, including its many art galleries.
LOCAL
By Catharine Cooper | November 14, 2008
While I was out sailing … The time changed. The month changed. My life changed. Laguna changed. America changed. While I was out sailing …   We, the American people, elected a man with African-American blood as the 44th president of the United States. We broke down a racial barrier as old as our nation, and pushed the intelligence of our people to the forefront. We, the people, voted to oust eight years of avarice and greed, lies and deception, chicanery and foolhardiness, and a blatant disregard of ethics and morality.
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By Bryce Alderton | February 28, 2013
The Planning Commission approved a sidewalk extension along a portion of the Laguna Canyon's frontage road despite opposition from some commissioners and residents during its meeting Wednesday night inside City Council chambers. The commission voted 3 to 2 to remove an existing curb, gutter and four trees and install a new curb, gutter, pedestrian access ramp and sidewalk from Woodland Drive south along Laguna Canyon Frontage Road to connect with an existing sidewalk. The sidewalk would narrow the existing roadway by about 2 1/2 feet, to 15 1/2 feet once completed.
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By Roger von Bütow | June 25, 2009
To: Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson, LBCC CC: Staff, CLB Ms. Pearson: You have thanked me repeatedly in public for the free water quality workshops I gave you back in 2000 when you first ran for LBCC. I did so not out of friendship but with the naive hope that this would help you to be a more educated Councilmember, hence more capable of making informed decisions. At that time, only Councilman Wayne Baglin seemed to grasp the nuances, the subtle interaction of complex regulations, NPDES Permits, etc. Sadly, nothing has changed except Wayne was run off of the Council, the object of a "Swift-Boating" tax exempt 527. You have subsequently served both on LBCC for 7 years but also served on the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (SDRWQCB)
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