February 27, 2014
Last week I wrote on how to rid Laguna of traffic and make downtown more livable. Most of it will take years to realize. But some of it — the most transformational ideas — can be done now. And cheaply. Since I arrived in Laguna 15 years ago, I've been dumbstruck by our dearth of public space — particularly downtown, on lower Forest Avenue. It fairly begs for it, with its narrow opening and closing at each end, framed by mature magnolias and stately eucalyptus. It's like four tent poles needing enclosure.
March 5, 2004
Barbara Diamond City Manager Ken Frank invoked a seldom-used section of the city code Tuesday night that allowed work to begin Wednesday on the Forest Avenue street rehabilitation. Frank authorized a $281,935 contract because there was not a council majority that could vote on it at the meeting. State law barred Mayor Cheryl Kinsman and Councilman Wayne Baglin from voting because they own property within 500 feet of the project. Councilman Steve Dicterow, who could have voted and would have formed the required majority with council members Toni Iseman and Elizabeth Pearson, was absent.
February 15, 2008
A Forest Avenue commercial building that has struggled to keep its retail tenants may have its next incarnation as a real estate brokerage. After being rejected by the Planning Commission, the proposed realty office on the ground floor of Landmark Plaza in downtown Laguna Beach was on the verge of approval by the City Council Feb. 6, but the council voted to wait for a parking report and additions to conditions of approval before making a...
June 19, 2009
The city of Laguna Beach will celebrate cultural and musical diversity, de la maniere Français de la maniere Français . The Sister City Assn.?s second annual Fete de Musique, a festival that originated in France in 1982 and has since spread to many countries across the globe and has been dubbed ?world music day,? will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Laguna. Lisa Morrice, communications director for the association and a professional singer who works primarily with Gallimaufry Performing Arts, said the event will emulate the music celebration that takes place in Paris on June 21 each year.
March 18, 2014
Anybody stepping into One Laguna should feel, well, connected. Exposed brick and hardwood interiors, outfitted with surfboards, art, motor suits and other memorabilia, are juxtaposed with 17 touch screens of different sizes. Details and images of Laguna Beach's recreational offerings lie at a visitor's fingertips. One Laguna functions as a digital visitors bureau in a 5,000-square-foot building owned by Firebrand Media LLC to show off all that the city has to offer. It includes a radio station owned by Firebrand and shares space with the Laguna College of Art + Design's gallery, called LCAD on Forest.
March 5, 2010
The 44th annual Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade will start at 11 a.m. Saturday from Laguna Beach High School on Park Avenue. The march will turn right on Glenneyre Street, then right on Forest Avenue, then left past City Hall. Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., traffic will be heavily impacted in the downtown area due to road closures for the parade. Pacific Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road will be open, but several downtown streets will be closed. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
March 8, 2007
A number of streets in downtown Laguna Beach will be closed from 9 a.m. to about 2 p.m. Saturday for the Patriots Day Parade. Laguna Beach police are advising motorists to use alternate routes during parade hours. Pacific Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road will remain open during the parade, but traffic is expected to be heavily congested due to the surrounding street closures. Roads which will be closed or directly affected during the parade are: Park Avenue (between Wendt Terrace and South Coast Highway)
April 30, 2004
Expect a difficult day downtown on Wednesday. Asphalt repaving on upper Forest Avenue is scheduled and during resurfacing, Glenneyre Street will be closed between Forest and Park avenues and the left-hand turn from Broadway onto Forest Avenue will be closed. Pavement will be ground down 24 to 48 hours before repaving. All asphalt work will occur between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Trash collection will be before 7 a.m. Traffic congestion and delays are expected during.
March 11, 2013
A car hit a bicyclist Sunday in downtown Laguna Beach. The collision occurred about 11 a.m. in the intersection of Beach Street and Forest Avenue. The boy suffered some minor "bumps," Laguna Beach police Sgt. Louise Callus wrote in an email. Parents of the boy were present and upset with the driver, who also called police. Police had no more information as of Monday morning. —Bryce Alderton