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By Barbara Diamond | August 7, 2009
One-quarter to two-thirds of the city?s property owners may soon find that existing ?non-conforming? elements on their structures are no longer a barrier to improvements. Legal non-conforming structures are those that do not meet city building standards and presently require a variance. The Planning Commission on Wednesday will consider parking requirements for these properties, the last piece in a revision to the municipal code that would do away with the variance requirement pertaining to existing legal non-conforming structures.
NEWS
December 3, 2004
Do as I say, and not as I do, take your own advice It seems by all the continuing nasty vindictive letters from some of the Village Laguna troops accusing others of running a nasty election campaign and indulging in personal attacks, that they should take their own advice. I guess their motto should be, "Do as I say, not as I do." Sure there were a lot of attacks by all sides on both issues and personalities; but unfortunately that is the name of the game in politics.
NEWS
October 10, 2008
BOOGIE FOR OBAMA The Laguna Beach Democratic Club has issued an invitation to all supporters of presidential candidate Barack Obama, regardless of party affiliation, to a fundraiser set for 6:30 to 11 p.m., Saturday at the Boom Boom Room, 1401 S. Coast Hwy. The adults-only ?Boogie for Obama? dance party will feature live music by the Blues Offenders, whose repertoire ranges from ZZ Top to the Grateful Dead. Drinks, munchies, a photo op with a life-size portrait of Obama, and opportunity prizes will be available.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | September 9, 2010
An Arroyo Chico family's plans for an addition to their home were shot down at the Aug. 31 council meeting. The City Council overturned a Design Review approval of a remodel in favor of the Blue Line alternative, for which no plan was submitted either to the board or the council. The board was directed to consider a concept the neighbors supported but the board had rejected in favor of what was dubbed the called the Pink Line Plan. Both the plan and the alternative were named for the color of stakes to indicate heights of the proposals.
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By Barbara Diamond | October 30, 2008
A complaint has been lodged with the city accusing City Council candidate Verna Rollinger of code violations at her Temple Hills home. Attorney Eugene Gratz filed the complaint on behalf of unnamed residents that Rollinger is renting out an illegal third unit in her duplex to an automobile salesman who is conducting business from the residence and parking cars in the driveway that block the sidewalk. A photograph showing the blocked sidewalk was submitted with the complaint. “I have not been informed of the complaint,” Rollinger said Wednesday.
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By By Barbara Diamond | January 13, 2006
Opponents of day labor site rally in the canyon and the council chamber.A group opposed to the city's Job Center in Laguna Canyon rallied at the site Saturday and again Tuesday night in the City Council chambers as part of a nationwide campaign against day labor centers and the hiring of unauthorized workers. The job center opponents, including Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist, asked the council to close the center, which they said is a magnet for the illegal immigrants who are "colonizing" the country.
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By Barbara Diamond | April 18, 2008
Who knows when the fat lady will sing in Three Arch Bay? The Appeals Court recently upheld an Orange County Superior Court ruling that the City Council had acted within its rights in approving the construction of a home on Bay Drive, 10 years after the project was first approved. However, Kathleen and Craig Miller, and Lesley and Sid Danenhauer haven’t given up their long, drawn-out quest to prevent construction of the project, before and after the council’s final approval in 2006.
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By Barbara Diamond | September 8, 2006
City officials broke with tradition Tuesday night when they set a hearing date to consider the revocation of a Design Review Board approval for an oceanfront project in Three Arch Bay. The proposed single-family residence at 29 Bay Drive has a contentious history that goes back some nine years and involves neighbors' allegations of negligence, intentional misrepresentation or fraud. "Revocation is an unusual procedure, rarely used," City Attorney Philip Kohn advised the council.
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By Barbara Diamond | September 4, 2008
Testimony of good character, good intentions and the artistic talent of the owner could not persuade the City Council to approve a proposed tattoo studio. Supporters’ opinions of Arturo Guevara’s good qualities did not fall on deaf ears, but the council still denied his application to add a “skin art” component to an existing gallery on South Coast Highway in Woods Cove. The council voted 4-1 to sustain a Planning Commission decision that that the use was an attractive nuisance and added to the trend toward a saturation of “adult” businesses in the area.
NEWS
November 9, 2007
Iseman does support the gay community I read with great interest the letter to the editor last week regarding Mayor Toni Iseman as to whether or not she is working to help the gay community to save our landmark bar the Boom Boom Room. All Laguna Beach residents should be extremely proud of our mayor and City Council. I feel Iseman and the entire City Council have been completely supportive of the gay community?s desire to preserve the Boom and Coast Inn in which it is located.
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By Barbara Diamond | August 7, 2009
One-quarter to two-thirds of the city?s property owners may soon find that existing ?non-conforming? elements on their structures are no longer a barrier to improvements. Legal non-conforming structures are those that do not meet city building standards and presently require a variance. The Planning Commission on Wednesday will consider parking requirements for these properties, the last piece in a revision to the municipal code that would do away with the variance requirement pertaining to existing legal non-conforming structures.
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December 3, 2004
Do as I say, and not as I do, take your own advice It seems by all the continuing nasty vindictive letters from some of the Village Laguna troops accusing others of running a nasty election campaign and indulging in personal attacks, that they should take their own advice. I guess their motto should be, "Do as I say, not as I do." Sure there were a lot of attacks by all sides on both issues and personalities; but unfortunately that is the name of the game in politics.
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