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NEWS
November 27, 2013
As a long time resident of Laguna Beach I think the concern over the Village Entrance design is valid. Our town is made of legacies. We have Main Beach, the Laguna greenbelt, festivals and much more. What we do not have, unlike other great towns, is an arboretum to display our special world. The Village Entrance space is invaluable. Let's put a long-lasting invaluable arboretum there where it should be. It can totally incorporate anything we need — recreation, art displays, cleansing flora, public events, parking and farmers markets.
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NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | November 21, 2013
Facilitator Delia Horwitz did her best to keep the audience focused on the proposed Village Entrance Project at a special workshop last week, but comments calling for an urban planner and answers to how peripheral parking might address traffic concerns cast the project as part of a larger citywide planning effort. The City Council nixed the project's proposed parking structure at the Nov. 12 workshop, but kept the proposal for landscaping in the general area of the Lumberyard and Forest Avenue parking lots.
NEWS
November 18, 2013
An Orange County Superior Court judge granted a defense attorney's request Monday to postpone the arraignment of a Laguna Beach doctor accused of colliding head-on with another car and killing two men in April on Laguna Canyon Road. Robert McFarland Pettis, 48, was scheduled to be arraigned Monday at Newport Beach's Harbor Justice Center, but his attorney, Paul Meyer, asked Judge Carlton Biggs for a postponement to Dec. 19. Deputy Dist. Atty. Anna McIntire agreed to the delay.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | November 14, 2013
The only consensus Laguna Beach planning commissioners reached Wednesday was that they were not prepared to approve a proposed live-work project for artists in Laguna Canyon. They first want to see the plans modified. Commissioners, accepting city staff's recommendation, voted 5 to 0 to ask artist Louis Longi and project architect Horst Noppenberger to return Jan. 8 with a proposal that incorporates suggested changes. Longi and Noppenberger have already somewhat revised the project, which still calls for 30 units dedicated for artists to be built at 20412 and 20432 Laguna Canyon Road, after receiving suggestions from the public and commissioners at a Sept.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | November 14, 2013
Representatives of a Laguna Beach emergency housing shelter are hoping to gain use of city-owned land in Laguna Canyon that could permanently house 40 residents with severe mental health issues. Friendship Shelter staff have submitted a proposal to the city and are awaiting a response, the shelter's executive director Dawn Price said Monday. "We're in the conceptual stage, so there's not a lot of details," Price said. "We've said all along, ever since the ASL [Alternative Sleeping Location]
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | November 7, 2013
The Laguna Beach City Council voted to spend $5.3 million on a piece of land along Laguna Canyon Road but did not authorize testing soils for possible environmental contaminants near the proposed Village Entrance site at its Tuesday meeting. The council voted 4 to 1 for the city to accept title to the property at 725 Laguna Canyon Road after several residents said the price was too high and accused the council of making a deal in secret. Councilwoman Toni Iseman dissented. The 3.8-acre plot of land south of Tivoli Too could handle 65 to 75 parking spaces, according to Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson, who first announced the city would enter escrow to purchase the private parcel - currently an open field - during the Oct. 15 council meeting.
NEWS
November 7, 2013
Re: "The first 3,999 miles are the best," Coastline Pilot, Nov. 1. Far from being a "fizzled finale," the last line of "4000 Miles" provides perfect resolution. Because the audience has been caught up in the plot, we don't realize that what we've been watching is a carefully crafted portrait of Vera. Her blunt but honest comment about her neighbor describes Vera herself and her impact on her "stone" of a grandson. "She was a pain in the ass, but she could make things grow.
NEWS
November 5, 2013
Two men who died in a Halloween night crash on a 73 Freeway offramp have been identified, according to the Orange County coroner's website. Esteban Dimas-Alonzo, 42, of Santa Ana, and Victorino Benites, also 42, both died at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, the coroner's website said. Dimas-Alonzo and Benites were among four people in a 2001 Ford F-650 truck that overturned while trying to turn from the south offramp onto Laguna Canyon Road, a California Highway Patrol news release said. The crash occurred at 5:42 p.m. when the truck struck a guardrail and tipped onto its passenger side, the release said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2013
Art aficionados are invited to visit local artists in their studios during Laguna Beach Artist Open Studios from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. With a majority of venues situated along Laguna Canyon Road, this free event also features a shuttle service from the Act V parking lot, located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. "When people watch me paint or sculpt, they gain an understanding of the true creative process," painter and sculptor Deborah Paswaters said in a news release. "I encourage visitors to pick up a palette knife, mix a new color or play with a handful of porcelain.
NEWS
October 29, 2013
The public is invited to provide input on the proposed Village Entrance Project during a workshop at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 in City Council chambers, 505 Forest Ave. The current plan calls for a four-level parking structure and pedestrian park near Laguna Canyon Road and Forest Avenue. The council wants to hear opinions about various options for the Village Entrance site, especially considering recent moves by the city to acquire the property at 725 Laguna Canyon Road, according to a city news release.
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