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By Richard Ramirez | June 9, 2006
In regard to the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot article "Council shuts down plan appeal," of Thursday, I have these comments. The hillside development process of single-family residences is very familiar to me as I have been involved both in government and in private practice as a geotechnical consultant for more that 30 years. I have no problem assessing the suitability, feasibility, safety and the compatibility of hillside residential developments as a professional, hillside property owner and as a homeowner advocate.
NEWS
December 26, 2008
Surfers and environmentalists should be delighted that the U.S. secretary of commerce, Carlos Gutierrez, on Dec. 18 rejected pleas by the Transportation Corridor Agency that an extension of the 241 Toll Road must be built on state park land near San Onofre?s famed Trestles surf break. A hearing on the toll road issue before the California Coastal Commission drew thousands of protesters to the Del Mar Fairgrounds in February, and a following appeal to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the Commerce Department, drew another record crowd in September.
NEWS
July 13, 2007
Hall celebrates 90th birthday Marjorie ("Margie") Hall is turning 90 in July, and her friends are planning a Saturday afternoon open house at her home to celebrate. Hall owns Live Wire Cleaners, which she and her late husband, Cady, purchased about 35 years ago. The couple came to Laguna Beach from Ann Arbor on July 4, 1954. Over the years, she has been an active volunteer with the Assistance League and Soroptimists, as well as numerous other community, civic and cultural organizations.
NEWS
August 13, 2004
Andrew Edwards The Laguna Beach High Breaker's won't be giving their opponents any grass stains when they make tackles at football games this fall. There won't be any more grass at Guyer Field to ruin anybody's uniforms, no matter how intense the action gets on the gridiron. This season, the Breakers will be playing on an all-new, all-artificial field. Installation of the artificial turf is in its final phases, and school officials expect the turf to be in place at the start of next week.
NEWS
January 7, 2005
Barbara Diamond Laguna's financial picture may not be completely rosy, but it's at least pink and definitely not in the red. "The news is generally good," City Manager Ken Frank said. Frank reported better-than-expected revenue from property and sales taxes and substantial savings in city spending added up to a general fund balance about $2 million higher than expected at mid-fiscal year. The City Council voted unanimously to accept 11 modifications to the 2004-05 budget recommended by Frank.
LOCAL
By Roger E. Butow | June 30, 2008
Failed Environmental Planning: South County Watersheds “Success has a thousand fathers; failure is an orphan.” Origin Unknown Never was a quote so true as this one in regards to the degrading watersheds and alarming water quality impairments in South Orange County. County or municipal taxpayers aren’t being asked to shoulder the major burden of ecological restoration, even though it was our Board of Supervisors and other locally elected officials who got us into this mess.
NEWS
June 22, 2007
Sawdust should reinstate Steins Directors of public-benefit corporations have obligation to protect employees. They also have obligation to protect members. Presumption of innocence is the American way; presumption of guilt isn't. If a criminal act was committed, the police should have been engaged. The board seems to have rushed to judgment because of an allegation, and brought financial and social harm down on one of its own people through an apparent disinclination to play fair.
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