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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.
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By Bryce Alderton | January 9, 2014
Opponents have called a proposed 30-unit artist live-work project in Laguna Canyon many things in recent months: an encroachment on a neighborhood, a development too big for the site and a money-making operation. After Wednesday night's Planning Commission vote on the matter, an additional term can be added: approved. Commissioners, reflecting the dynamic of a community divided on the project, voted 3 to 2 for sculptor Louis Longi's project at 20412 and 20432 Laguna Canyon Road.
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By Bryce Alderton | January 2, 2014
For the third time in less than four months, a sculptor and architect intent on creating a facility for artists in Laguna Canyon will present their project to the Planning Commission and public. Louis Longi and Horst Noppenberger heard comments about their proposed artist live-work project from the public and planners at two previous meetings. They will present their latest rendition at Wednesday's commission meeting. "We made a lot of changes [since the November meeting]," Noppenberger said in a phone message.
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By John Albritton | January 2, 2014
2013 is behind us. Memories of a city that prevented the overdevelopment of Laguna Canyon by the Irvine Co. are an even more distant memory. But look out in 2014. The Laguna Beach Planning Department appears to be on the verge of approving the first of what could be several apartment/dormitory style multi-unit housing developments out here. First up is the 30 unit artist live-work or work-live project next to the Laguna Koi Ponds — a good example of the small-scale rural feel projects of the past where a house was converted to a business.
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By Bryce Alderton | January 2, 2014
Decisions on development and mobility throughout Laguna Beach figure to tell much of the city's tale in 2014, which will also see three City Council seats become open and two trials take place, one for a 2009 homicide and the other stemming from two deaths in a head-on auto collision. * 10) Common Core rollout: This spring, California students in kindergarten through grade 12, including the Laguna Beach Unified School District, will take revamped practice tests that align with new standards that focus on critical thinking, writing and interpretation.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2013
Laguna Beach will host Artist Open Studios from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Art aficionados are invited to visit and observe 29 local artists — from glass blowers to sculptors — as they work in their studios. Admission is free. Guests can also use the event's free parking and shuttle service from the Act V parking lot, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. For more information, visit http://www.lagunabeachcity.net. * Jazz Wednesdays Winter 2014 features the Latin Jazz Syndicate Quintet, featuring Bijon Watson, from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 15. The event, presented by Laguna Beach Live!
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By Bryce Alderton | December 26, 2013
Laguna Beach had its share of tragedies and challenges in 2013, from the death of police officer Jon Coutchie in September to Mayor Kelly Boyd announcing in February that he has cancer. Two men driving to work were killed when another car hit them head-on on Laguna Canyon Road in April. Hundreds of malnourished sea lion pups inundated the Pacific Marine Mammal Center - scientists are still trying to figure out why so many pups washed up on county beaches. A debate on whether school should start before Labor Day riled some parents, who argued successfully for the calendar to stay the way it is. The Planning Commission approved part of a project to revitalize and shore up a 2-mile underground tunnel that houses a sewer line in South Laguna, and newly appointed Mayor Elizabeth Pearson made a stirring announcement in November that she would not favor a parking structure as part of the Village Entrance project.
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By Bryce Alderton | December 19, 2013
Elizabeth Pearson didn't want to run for a third term on the Laguna Beach City Council in 2010 but she had a greater purpose in mind. She wanted to see the Village Entrance project move closer to fruition, as the development was one of her primary campaign issues. The City Council selected Pearson, 61, as mayor at its meeting last week, almost a month after she announced at a special workshop that she would not support a parking structure at the Village Entrance site - where Forest Avenue and Laguna Canyon Road intersect.
NEWS
By David Hansen and By David Hansen | December 12, 2013
If you believe the mall is a four-letter word, then you may like my annual top 10 alternative Christmas gifts. These are the only-in-Laguna type gifts that help make the city unique. And after all, people shop in Laguna Beach during Christmas for a reason: We have weird and cool stuff. So if you are still shopping, here are some handpicked suggestions that may help spice up that office white elephant gift exchange. No. 10: Fabulous ornaments. Madison Square, 320 N. Coast Hwy. Price: $24. Don we now that gay apparel ... for that special Christmas ornament, go to Madison.
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By Bryce Alderton | December 5, 2013
Festival of Arts officials want to spruce up their front yard, so to speak, with a revamped facade and landscaping. Festival board President Fred Sattler repeated the words "old" and "tired' when describing the facility's exterior facade, which needs an upgrade, he said. Sattler presented preliminary designs for a revamped exterior with landscaping and a more welcoming pedestrian environment at the festival's annual meeting in November. The festival is home to a summer fine art exhibit and the Pageant of the Masters, a 90-minute stage show of "living pictures" - art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look like their counterparts in the original pieces.
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