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December 15, 2006
Visionscape, Inc., a comprehensive design and build landscaping firm in Laguna Beach, won five state trophy awards — the most of any California landscaper — on Nov. 17 during the California Landscape Contractors Assn.'s 50th annual awards. The award ceremony took place on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Ruben Flores, president and owner of Visionscape, won five of the seven awards won in Orange County:   First place for installation for a residential estate unlimited or a single-family residence with landscaping costs greater than $750,000.
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By Barbara Diamond | February 28, 2008
Art will vie with landscaping for City Council approval Tuesday. The Arts Commission’s recommendations for art at the community/senior center and Bluebird Park are being challenged by two prominent landscape architects. The commission unanimously recommended to the council three pieces by Jon Seeman for the center and a gate designed by him for the park. “It is the commission’s job to look at the quality of the art and to make sure the criteria are being met and to make recommendations, but it is the job of the council to make the decision, based on our review of the initial criteria, public reaction and the suitability of the art to the site,” Councilwoman Elizabeth Schneider said.
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By Barbara Diamond | June 26, 2009
Getting the Brooks Street stair project off the drawing board took six years, but construction took three months and the ribbon was cut June 19. It was a love fest. City officials exuded pride in the $375,000 project and showered praise on all the participants in the renovation of the historical site, beloved by local surfers. “It started out as a $100,000 project to replace the stairs in their existing location, which had a 10-foot drop at the bottom to the beach,” said City Public Works Director Steve May. “We added another $100,000 for the landscaping, but then a group of surfers and [architect]
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By Josh Aden | August 30, 2007
Ruben Flores feels he was meant to design landscapes; after all, the word flores is Spanish for flowers. Now Flores hopes to bring a new vitality to the Laguna Nursery, which opens for business today. A nursery has been on the spot since the 1940s when Takashi “Pete” Kawaratani — father of the Coastline Pilot’s gardening columnist Steve Kawaratani — opened the original incarnation of the Laguna Nursery. It was eventually sold in 2001 after Kawaratani’s death and has since seen three nursery ventures fail, the most recent being Fusano’s.
NEWS
April 3, 2009
It?s about time the city took a hard look at views. When our columnist Catharine Cooper wrote recently lamenting the loss of her home?s ocean view as trees and landscaping have grown taller year by year ? some of it on distant properties ? we received a slew of comments from people with similar complaints. Most of these people did not want their names published in the paper out of concern that they would alienate their neighbors. Some were published. Most people with tall trees probably don?
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By Barbara Diamond | May 29, 2008
Blue Lagoon condominiums will still have an ocean view — even after a new, 7,700-square-foot home is built on property that is part of the Montage Resort & Spa. Mayor Pro Tem Cheryl Kinsman brokered a deal that Blue Lagoon condominium dwellers and a Montage property owner accepted for a home at 1 Atelier Lane. The City Council voted 3-2 to reduce the height of the proposed home by one foot and to limit the height of the landscaping along the wall that separates the two properties.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2006
Young Co. in top 75 BtoB firms Young Company, a Laguna Beach-based marketing communications firm, has been named to the BtoB Magazine's annual list of the top 75 business-to-business advertising agencies. The Laguna Beach firm was one of two southern California marketing companies recognized in the national report that appeared in the magazine's March 13 issue. To compile the list, BtoB editors evaluated agencies across the country based on current work and past experience.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 28, 2008
Blue Lagoon condominiums will still have an ocean view — even after a new, 7,700-square-foot home is built on property that is part of the Montage Resort & Spa. Mayor Pro Tem Cheryl Kinsman brokered a deal that Blue Lagoon condominium dwellers and a Montage property owner accepted for a home at 1 Atelier Lane. The City Council voted 3-2 to reduce the height of the proposed home by one foot and to limit the height of the landscaping along the wall that separates the two properties.
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By: | August 24, 2005
Fence status quo is better than change In regard to the proposed offensive fence ordinance ("Fence changes on hold," Saturday), I agree with the majority of Burbank citizens that it is totally unnecessary. Alternately, any fence ordinance should be eliminated or expanded to give every Burbank citizen the right to build or plant anything on their property that does not infringe on public safety, as they have done for years. The status quo of never enforcing the outdated existing ordinance has generated beautiful variety in height and design of fences, hedges and landscaping that gives Burbank its charming residential character in an urban environment.
NEWS
December 25, 2009
The following is from the Dec. 15 City Council meeting. Home Sharing program During public comment, Sally Rapuano, director of La Playa Center for adults learning English as a second language, announced that the Cross Cultural Council has plans to begin a Home Sharing program in Laguna. The program matches non-related people who can share a home, providing the owner with needed services in return for renting a room at a nominal rent. The program has proved successful elsewhere, Rapuano said, and she expressed hope that the council would endorse the plan and perhaps offer financial support in the future.
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By Bryce Alderton | January 30, 2014
In a typical January, the hillside above Dartmoor Street in North Laguna is almost awash in radiant green. This year is different. The hillside has a pocket of green, but it is largely surrounded by dirt and brown and gray brittle plants that are dying for more water as Southern California endures one of its driest periods on record. Derek Ostensen, 32, who has spent his life hiking the hills surrounding Laguna Beach, said this year is exceptionally dry. "Certainly there's been other major drought events, but current trends are particularly disconcerting," said Ostensen, president of Laguna Canyon Foundation, an organization dedicated to protecting and preserving native habitats.
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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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By Bryce Alderton | November 14, 2013
The parking structure has been removed from the proposed Village Entrance Project. The Laguna Beach City Council decided to forego a structure near Laguna Canyon Road and Forest Avenue after listening to nearly three hours of public comment at a workshop Tuesday night in council chambers. Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson made the motion to proceed with a project that includes a landscaped pathway and doesn't entail debt, contrary to a previous proposal - approved by the council at a special workshop in June - that included a four-story parking garage and pedestrian park for an estimated $42.3 million, including $29 million in borrowing.
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By Bryce Alderton | October 31, 2013
Landscape architects and Laguna Beach planning commissioners are working to give the city's landscape-related policies teeth. The Landscape and Scenic Highways Element Committee's goal is to consolidate two existing documents that focus on landscape and scenic highways into one unified section of the city's general plan. "This element [document] seeks to create a long-term comprehensive plan that highlights the significance of our picturesque natural setting and unique artistic heritage," reads a description on the city's website . The group includes lead consultant Greg Vail, a former Laguna Beach planning commissioner, current commission Chairman Robert Zur Schmiede, Commissioner Anne Johnson, landscape architects Ann Christoph and Robert Borthwick, and Assistant City Planner Belinda Ann Deines.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | October 29, 2013
It sounds like the setup for a movie about an aspiring Broadway star: Young hopeful moves to competitive cultural mecca, gets bartending job to pay the bills, passes demanding audition and soon has people congregating on the sidewalk to get a glimpse of her through the window. Replace Broadway with the Laguna Beach art scene, and it's also the story of Nichole McDaniel, whose work has hung at the Village Gallery since May. "If it's something that you're passionate about and you love, I feel that you have to at least give it that shot, which is where I'm at in what I'm doing," the artist said Friday inside the gallery, where her latest stencil-in-progress occupied the long table by the window.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joanna Clay and Michael Miller | November 29, 2012
A new gallery has popped up at 480 Ocean Ave., and it's serving up art for different tastes in town. CES Contemporary offers contemporary art that's a far cry from the seaside landscapes and marine life paintings seen in Coast Highway showrooms. "One of the main points I'm trying to drive home with the work that I'm showing in the gallery … [is that] there is another side of the art world that is under-represented in our town," owner Carl Smith said. Mike Parillo is the first artist on display in the exhibit "Reckless Optimism.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | July 5, 2012
Art is a component of the Broadway Street improvements designed to beautify the portal that connects the city to the canyon. The $700,000 project includes renovated sidewalks, landscaping and irrigation, and is partially funded by a $480,000 grant. Sculptures by Cheryl Ekstrom and Marsh Scott will beautify it, if the City Council approves the Arts Commission's recommendations at the July 17 meeting. "This is the first time I have ever won," Ekstrom said. "I felt like Susan Lucci.
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By David Hansen | August 11, 2011
If a leaf falls into the ocean and no one sees it, does it make a sound? Yes, because chances are it got there by a leaf blower. On any given day, the sounds of leaf blowers echo throughout Laguna Beach, up the hills and into windows like annoying mosquitoes. Pound for pound, they are perhaps the single most significant noise and air polluter ever made. They are also illegal. The city of Laguna Beach banned leaf blowers (both gas and electric) in 1993, but like most ordinances of this type that compete against other priorities, it's a challenge to enforce.
NEWS
October 21, 2010
If you were out and about this past week, you probably saw some 50 artists from 13 states painting Laguna's landscape in town and in the canyons and hills. All this activity was part of the 12th Annual Plein Air Invitational sponsored by the Laguna Art Museum and Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn. (LPAPA). You may have even taken the opportunity to see the fruits of their labor at the Saturday night soiree and auction and public sale on Sunday. While we were delighted at the quality and beauty of this year's efforts and the artists clearly enjoyed Laguna hospitality and atmosphere, our artist members and LPAPA face tough challenges in these trying times.
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By Barbara Diamond | October 21, 2010
Art work produced during the annual Plein Air Invitational and exhibited at the Laguna Art Museum sold Saturday for $142,000. Proceeds were split between the museum, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn. which sponsors the invitational and the artists. "This event involves so many parts of the community, put together with the tradition of the art colony," LAM Director Bolton Colburn said. "It is great way for the community to get involved in art. " The museum, originally founded by local artists as a sales gallery for their works, is a major collector of plein air art. LPAPA, as members are wont to call the association, pronouncing it "Lapapa," was founded in 1996 by artist and board member Saim Caglayan , who participated in the invitational.
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