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By Billy Fried | February 20, 2014
Imagine a not-too-distant future when traveling around and in and out of Laguna without a car is a cinch. A future when visitors prefer to park in peripheral lots because that is the most enjoyable and sensible way to visit our town. Or just train in, because gas is so scarce and expensive, and it's just more civilized. And with peripheral lots, a vast network of sustainable, public transport leading to downtown - light rail, trolley, streetcar, bike, electric bike, foot - just makes sense.
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By Bryce Alderton | February 20, 2014
A proposed 30-unit, live-work space for artists in the canyon would provide environmental benefits, according to the sculptor who wants permission to build the development. Louis Longi said his project would include a way to capture storm water runoff from Laguna Canyon Road before it reaches Laguna Canyon Creek, which borders the eastern edge of his property. Plans call for several bioswales - ground depressions where water would gently seep into the soil and be filtered before it runs into the stream - surrounding the two, two-story buildings.
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By John A. Hamil | February 13, 2014
Applicant Louis Longi and architect Horst Noppenberger for the proposed artist work-live project in Laguna Canyon recently wrote commentaries in local newspapers. As we would expect, they make an emotional argument for this huge, poorly planned and intrusive project. Their commentaries demand rebuttal. The artist's rendering of the proposed project shows a very modern building with trees towering above the structure and canyon hillsides and ridgelines serving as a backdrop, making the building appear to be very small in comparison.
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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.
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By Bryce Alderton | February 6, 2014
Laguna Beach City Council members acknowledged Tuesday the importance of moving ahead with the Village Entrance Project, albeit at a slower pace and with more public input. The council voted 5 to 0 to pay KDM Meridian, a land surveying company, $28,300 to develop a map outlining the Village Entrance site area and accept proposals from designers, landscape architects, civil engineers and environmental consultants. The plan calls for a landscaped pedestrian pathway. In a related matter, council members, echoing public testimony, differed on what should be done with the historic building used to store police evidence near the parking lot at Forest Avenue and Laguna Canyon Road.
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February 6, 2014
My father was visiting me from Texas for the first time since I moved to California. I decided to drive down Laguna Canyon Road to show him the artists' areas such as the Sawdust Art Festival and Pageant of the Masters. His comment as we were near the proposed artist live-work site was, "It's a dump. " He pointed out the many ugly buildings, old unkempt houses and undeveloped abandoned-looking properties along the road. Laguna Canyon Road is home to a lot of eyesores, and it's time to add fresh, new and well-thought-out buildings along the road to the village.
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By Bryce Alderton | January 30, 2014
Laguna Beach city staff will seek direction from the council Tuesday regarding the scope of the Village Entrance Project and related issues. In November, the council approved a proposed landscaped pathway that meanders through the Forest Avenue parking lot north to Tivoli Too. An earlier plan for a parking structure was dropped. Questions remain, however, including what to do with the sewer digester building in the parking lot and whether to re-landscape the Laguna Canyon Road median sooner rather than later, Deputy City Manager Ben Siegel said.
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January 23, 2014
I am writing to dispel the fears that a few of the neighbors have about the proposed artist live-work complex in Laguna Canyon. First, I am not a professional developer. I am a local artist who has lived in Laguna Beach for 16 years — 10 of those years on Laguna Canyon Road. Laguna is known for its culture of art, which is why many artists, including me, choose to live here. Unfortunately, most artists can't afford the rent. This artist work-live project is designed to encourage young artists to stay in the community, to plant their roots here for continued growth in the arts.
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By Bryce Alderton | January 23, 2014
The president of a property owners association appealed the Planning Commission approval of a 30-unit artist live-work facility in Laguna Canyon to the Laguna Beach City Council, City Clerk Lisette Chel-Walker confirmed Tuesday. John Albritton, president of the Laguna Canyon Property Owners Assn., claims the project, which the Planning Commission approved 3 to 2 on Jan. 8, violates the area's specific plan and zoning requirements and doesn't jibe with the canyon's rural character, according to a copy of his claim provided by Chel-Walker.
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By Bryce Alderton | January 23, 2014
After 13 years of countless wine pours and meals prepared by chefs-in-training and home cooks, Laguna Culinary Arts is about to say farewell to Laguna Beach. Founder Nancy Milby, who along with executive chef Laurent Brazier created a wine and food mecca in Laguna Canyon for the past decade, is moving into a spot in the South Coast Collection (SoCo) district in Costa Mesa. Milby, a Laguna resident, will focus on wine: continuing the wine education and certification classes, tastings, trips and corporate events.
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