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October 13, 2011
I must say, David Hansen, that your recent column was quite confusing. (Re. "Canyon is its own world," Sept. 30) I am a bona fide canyon kid and have called it my home for 22 years. Laguna Canyon is the only home I have ever known. Your column pulled together random aspects about the canyon community while drawing similarities to a conglomeration of mostly negative stereotypical images of America. Assuming that you've never been a resident of the Laguna Canyon and seeing as I have been one all my life, allow me to clear up your fear-driven impressions of this rarity.
NEWS
February 6, 2004
ELISABETH M. BROWN "Last week's fire burned about 10,000 acres of the 15,000 acre Laguna Greenbelt, and over 350 homes in Laguna Beach alone. Although the hills are blackened and appear devastated, they are in much better shape than the burned neighborhoods." That's how I started a column just days after the Oct. 27, 1993, Laguna Canyon wildfire. Recent photos from San Diego and San Bernardino brought it all back: the moonscape that was our backcountry 10 years ago. The wind blew streamers of black ash from ridge tops, and the whole landscape was suddenly unfamiliar terrain.
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 Barbara Diamond | January 12, 2007
City officials will comply with a California Coastal Commission staff opinion that the temporary relocation of the Third Street Cottages needs a coastal development permit. The hitch in the relocation of the cottages to Laguna Canyon was announced in City Manager Ken Frank's Jan. 4 update. "While we disagree with this interpretation, rather than argue with the Commission staff, we have delayed the Planning Commission's consideration until Jan. 24 and have noticed it for a Coastal Development Permit as well as a Temporary Use Permit," Frank said.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | March 3, 2011
Eight applicants have been chosen for the newly formed Laguna Canyon Flood Mitigation Task Force. The council on Tuesday selected landscape architect Bob Borthwick, Laguna Canyon businesswoman and resident Susan Hamil, retired county official Eric Jessen, former City Manager of Temple City Karl Koski, retired engineer William E. Lawson, sculptor and canyon resident Louis Longi, retired civil engineer Carl R. Nelson and canyon resident and U.S....
NEWS
January 2, 2004
HAPPENINGS Belting it out The Boom Boom Room gets jumpin' on Wednesday nights with "Dream Girls Revue." A10 ALSO: Laguna kids give some New Year's resolutions. A2 Catharine Cooper chases down the Muse. A5 Glori Fickling gets a taste of Pomodoro Cucina Italiano. A10 Poor Sherwood Kiraly had a cold -- it was bad. A11 James Pribram says goodbye to a friend and well-known Laguna musician. A12 CITYSCAPE Watchful eyes A Laguna civic group organizes to keep an eye on Laguna Canyon Creek.
NEWS
By David Hansen | January 10, 2014
Everyone loves Top 10 lists this time of year. Even better is a Top 10 list with hot sauce. Last week there was a good, well-rounded list of Laguna Beach stories to watch in 2014 (" Top issues to follow in Laguna in 2014 , Jan. 3). But here is the rest of the story. 10) Common Core rollout : Students will take tests that are supposed to provide key insights into how well everyone grasps the retooled curriculum. The emphasis will be on critical thinking, writing and interpretation.
NEWS
March 17, 2014
A 56-year-old Canadian woman was injured when three cars collided in a chain reaction near Laguna Canyon and El Toro roads during heavy traffic Friday afternoon, Laguna Beach police said. The injured passenger, who was riding in a BMW 328i, suffered minor upper body pain and was hospitalized after a BMW 335i rear-ended the car at 2 p.m., Capt. Jason Kravetz wrote in an email. The driver of the 335i, a 20-year-old Claremont resident, looked away to adjust her air conditioning and hit the 328i, Kravetz said.
NEWS
By David Hansen | September 21, 2011
There is an underbelly to Laguna Beach, disconnected from the glitz and grazing plates of Coast Highway. Unlike downtown, it's a place that doesn't pose or preen or gossip. It's Laguna Canyon, filled with rusting trucks and welding tools; oil and grit and mountain bikes; bobcats, rattlesnakes and stray dogs. It's an ancient, two-sided natural corridor: One side of the street is undeveloped with scrappy open space; the other is off-kilter, unbalanced, like a driver's side sunburn on one arm. Speckled like an exotic fruit, you want to experience it because you consider yourself adventurous and cosmopolitan, but you're also a little afraid.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 8, 2014
Colleagues call Laguna Beach's principal planner, Carolyn Martin, the "housing queen. " Martin, 57, came to city government on loan from Irvine to help displaced residents navigate the rebuilding process after the 1993 Laguna firestorm. What started as a contract position turned into a full-time job. She retired earlier this week after 21 years with the city, time that included several feats that Community Development Director John Montgomery spoke of Wednesday during a going-away party at Mozambique restaurant.
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By Bryce Alderton | March 27, 2014
Survey stakes went up earlier this week in Laguna Canyon for a proposed two-story building that would house the chronically homeless on a permanent basis. Friendship Shelter, a Laguna Beach agency whose aim is to help homeless adults achieve self-sufficiency, and Irvine-based Jamboree Housing Corp. are working on a proposal to build a 40-unit apartment complex at a city-owned plot between the Pacific Marine Mammal Center and the dog park. Proponents will present their plan at the City Council meeting April 22, but offered details during a conference call with the media Tuesday.
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By David Hansen | March 20, 2014
It resembled a midterm election rally in the old Boom Boom Room: red balloons, smooth jazz, refreshments and heavy-duty political talk. But instead of election maps on the walls, there was art. Artist Louis Longi invited people to an event March 14 to gather signatures supporting his live-work project in Laguna Canyon. The issue is supposed to go before the City Council on April 1. What started last year as a routine 30-unit live-work housing proposal has turned into a heated battle, pitting some neighbors against Longi.
NEWS
March 17, 2014
A 56-year-old Canadian woman was injured when three cars collided in a chain reaction near Laguna Canyon and El Toro roads during heavy traffic Friday afternoon, Laguna Beach police said. The injured passenger, who was riding in a BMW 328i, suffered minor upper body pain and was hospitalized after a BMW 335i rear-ended the car at 2 p.m., Capt. Jason Kravetz wrote in an email. The driver of the 335i, a 20-year-old Claremont resident, looked away to adjust her air conditioning and hit the 328i, Kravetz said.
NEWS
March 13, 2014
I believe the people who support the proposed live-work project in Laguna Canyon are well-meaning, but they may not have completely thought it through. Do everything we can to help our artists, but keep in mind how we do it. The phrase "throwing out the baby with the bathwater" comes to mind. Giant apartment buildings 45 feet from existing pavement will only degrade our town, significantly affecting canyon views and the atmosphere for people traveling in and out of town. I noted a rather unbelievable quote from the owner-developer Louis Longi in the Feb. 21 Coastline Pilot, "Environmental defense," where he states, "Everyone says I am blocking view lines, but there is nothing in the code that says I can't block a ridgeline at 45 mph for one second.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | February 13, 2014
An attorney for the family of one of two men killed in a head-on collision on Laguna Canyon Road has sued a driver who survived the wreck, a witness and multiple cities and public agencies. Attorney Otto Haselhoff, who represents the family of Alberto Casique, levels allegations ranging from driver negligence to poor road maintenance in his Jan. 21 Orange County Superior Court lawsuit. Among the defendants is Robert McFarland Pettis, 48, a Laguna Beach physician whose Tesla Model S sedan collided with the Honda Accord sedan driven by Casique, 47, at 6:45 a.m. April 2. Armando Gonzalez, 38, a passenger in Casique's Honda, also died.
NEWS
January 17, 2014
No one was injured when a car struck and sheared a utility pole along Laguna Canyon Road early Thursday morning, Laguna Beach police said. A 25-year-old Laguna Beach resident was headed home about 3:30 a.m. when he fell asleep and his 2006 Pontiac Vibe veered off the road and struck a utility pole in the 20400 block, Capt. Jason Kravetz wrote in an email. The bottom 12 feet of the pole broke off and landed in a grass median while the rest of the pole remained attached to its structure by three wires, Kravetz said.
NEWS
By Paulette Cullen | January 16, 2014
Re: " Planners approve live-work project," Coastline Pilot, Jan. 10. I've been through fires, floods, landslides and earthquakes in Laguna Canyon, and the live-work project approved by the Planning Commission is the scariest thing yet. I keep hearing, "If not here, where?" If this is the only place to build this project, that means it wouldn't be allowed anywhere else. How is that fair to us? How can the canyon be the only place where this is allowed? It's too big for Laguna Beach.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | January 15, 2014
John O'Hara has encountered many things in his 34 years with Laguna Beach's Public Works department, some more grotesque than others. About 10 years ago, O'Hara found the body of a dead woman with a plastic bag tied around her neck in the bushes of Laguna Canyon. "I never had the [police] respond so quickly. They were there in three minutes," said O'Hara, who will retire as maintenance lead worker after his shift Sunday. Most days he canvasses beaches, streets and parks, emptying trash cans and collecting loose debris from the sand.
NEWS
By David Hansen | January 10, 2014
Everyone loves Top 10 lists this time of year. Even better is a Top 10 list with hot sauce. Last week there was a good, well-rounded list of Laguna Beach stories to watch in 2014 (" Top issues to follow in Laguna in 2014 , Jan. 3). But here is the rest of the story. 10) Common Core rollout : Students will take tests that are supposed to provide key insights into how well everyone grasps the retooled curriculum. The emphasis will be on critical thinking, writing and interpretation.
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