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June 30, 2006
A Superior Court Judge has tentatively ruled that the Coastal Commission cannot issue a cease-and-desist order against the developer of the large project at 31401 Mar Vista in South Laguna. Judge Kirk Nakamura was asked by the developer, Gerald Massineo, for an order barring the commission from halting development of the hilltop project after the commission agreed to hear an appeal of a city coastal permit for the project. "He [Nakamura] indicated that the petitioner [property owner]
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By Barbara Diamond | June 2, 2006
Opponents of the "Mar Vista" project have executed a successful end run around the city and scored a victory with the California Coastal Commission. The commission instructed staff members at its May meeting to prepare a full public hearing on the validity of an appeal of the project. Commission staff is aiming for the June 14 to 16 meeting. The city has issued a coastal development permit among other approvals of the project. "City staff still takes the position that the project is not appealable," Development Department Director John Montgomery said.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 21, 2006
Efforts to halt a controversial hillside residence in South Laguna have reached a dead end. The California Coastal Commission decided July 12 not to appeal a preliminary court ruling that barred it from interfering in any way with the continued construction of the 17,000-square-foot project at 31401 Mar Vista. The Commission had previously issued a cease-and-desist order which the developer ignored, after deciding to hold a hearing on an appeal of a city-issued coastal development permit for the project.
NEWS
July 7, 2006
An ugly battle over wilderness is being waged in South Laguna. The city is the "monkey in the middle" of a decade-long dispute between community activists and a developer over a mansion-sized, 17,000-square-foot residential project on a huge, 12-acre hillside parcel. The project ? a compound on a winding, private street ? has been humorously dubbed "a neighborhood," but there is nothing funny about this scenario. After receiving all necessary permits, Mar Vista Development Corp.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 7, 2006
An Orange County Superior Court judge has ordered the Coastal Commission to keep its hands off of the Mar Vista development. Judge Kirk H. Nakamura tentatively ruled last week that the California Coastal Commission was barred from interfering in any way with the continued construction of a mansion on an estate-sized parcel in South Laguna. The ruling becomes final if all parties submit to the judge's decision. "We are encouraging the commission to appeal the ruling," said former Mayor Ann Christoph, an opponent of the Mar Vista project.
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By By Barbara Diamond | February 3, 2006
Owner drops lawsuit after city reissues building permits for 17,000-square-foot house project.The city dodged a legal bullet this week when a building permit was reissued Monday for a 17,000-square-foot single-family residence on Mar Vista. City Manager Ken Frank entered into an agreement -- which included granting the building permit -- with the Mar Vista property owner, who was also the plaintiff in a lawsuit against the city. The suit claimed that the City Council acted illegally in hearing on Nov. 1 an appeal filed by neighbors opposed to the project who were disputing an administrative approval of building permits granted in October.
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By Barbara Diamond | June 23, 2006
The developer of a large residential project at 31491 Mar Vista has been ordered to "cease and desist" from continuing construction on the project by the California Coastal Commission. The order was issued June 16, three days after the commission agreed to hear an appeal of the city-issued coastal permit for the project, as requested by project opponents. When the appeal hearing was granted, a "stay" of the permit went into effect, but commission staff said the developer has continued to work at the site, despite the abeyance of the permit.
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By Barbara Diamond | June 16, 2006
California Coastal Commissioners voted 6-2 this week to hear an appeal of city permits issued for the troubled Mar Vista project in South Laguna. The decision overruled the recommendations of its own staff. City officials had not been advised of an appeal hearing date as of Thursday. "They have asked the city to shut down the project, which we are not going to do, based on the city attorney's preliminary advice," City Manager Ken Frank said. The 17,000-square-foot house and 4,700-square-foot garage proposed for the 12-acre site at 31401 Mar Vista has been repeatedly challenged by neighbors of the project, who argue the project defies the city goal of neighborhood compatibility, and by opponents of "mansionization," who want to see limits set on the allowable size of homes.
NEWS
By By Barbara Diamond | February 10, 2006
Council turns down Iseman bid to revoke permits for 17,000square-foot hilltop residence.City officials found no grounds Tuesday for holding a hearing to revoke approval of a plan and the coastal development permit for a huge single-family home on Mar Vista. No action was taken on Councilwoman Toni Iseman's proposal to schedule a revocation hearing, which require specific findings -- legal bases for action -- including negligent or intentional misrepresentation that led to approval of the project.
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By By Jim Dane | January 27, 2006
I am a commercial truck driver for a local construction company that will be doing the grading on the Mar Vista project. We did the "grubbing" of the land on our initial start of the job. I am also an eight-year resident of the downtown Laguna Beach area. We (the drivers) encountered residents and neighbors living in the area of Mar Vista obstructing trucks as we were removing the vegetation from the lot. I personally was not only threatened by one of the female neighbors, but she placed herself between my truck and the road, snapping pictures and yelling, "Hit me, go ahead, hit me."
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By JAMES PRIBRAM | November 24, 2006
The Laguna I remember always began with family and friends. A smile and a hello with a helping hand from a neighbor. Now it's been replaced by the color of green — the almighty dollar, the big homes and fancy cars. If you need more proof, just say the words "Mar Vista." What is sad is that generations of Laguna-born families have now been outpriced and have since moved on and the old Laguna vibe struggles to stay alive. In short, there goes the neighborhood.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 21, 2006
Efforts to halt a controversial hillside residence in South Laguna have reached a dead end. The California Coastal Commission decided July 12 not to appeal a preliminary court ruling that barred it from interfering in any way with the continued construction of the 17,000-square-foot project at 31401 Mar Vista. The Commission had previously issued a cease-and-desist order which the developer ignored, after deciding to hold a hearing on an appeal of a city-issued coastal development permit for the project.
NEWS
July 7, 2006
An ugly battle over wilderness is being waged in South Laguna. The city is the "monkey in the middle" of a decade-long dispute between community activists and a developer over a mansion-sized, 17,000-square-foot residential project on a huge, 12-acre hillside parcel. The project ? a compound on a winding, private street ? has been humorously dubbed "a neighborhood," but there is nothing funny about this scenario. After receiving all necessary permits, Mar Vista Development Corp.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | July 7, 2006
An Orange County Superior Court judge has ordered the Coastal Commission to keep its hands off of the Mar Vista development. Judge Kirk H. Nakamura tentatively ruled last week that the California Coastal Commission was barred from interfering in any way with the continued construction of a mansion on an estate-sized parcel in South Laguna. The ruling becomes final if all parties submit to the judge's decision. "We are encouraging the commission to appeal the ruling," said former Mayor Ann Christoph, an opponent of the Mar Vista project.
NEWS
June 30, 2006
A Superior Court Judge has tentatively ruled that the Coastal Commission cannot issue a cease-and-desist order against the developer of the large project at 31401 Mar Vista in South Laguna. Judge Kirk Nakamura was asked by the developer, Gerald Massineo, for an order barring the commission from halting development of the hilltop project after the commission agreed to hear an appeal of a city coastal permit for the project. "He [Nakamura] indicated that the petitioner [property owner]
NEWS
June 30, 2006
'Greeter' sculptor remembered With all the fanfare regarding construction of the Old Pottery Place, specifically the current refurbishing of the fronting Eiler Larsen statue, why has there been no mention of the unrequited sculptor who originated this piece? The artist was the late, great Charles Beauvais, a supremely talented force, most renowned in the '60s and '70s. On a recent tour of "Art In Public Places," in fact, the narrator was unaware of who created the Eiler Larsen work until I mentioned the illustrious Beauvais.
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By Barbara Diamond | June 23, 2006
The developer of a large residential project at 31491 Mar Vista has been ordered to "cease and desist" from continuing construction on the project by the California Coastal Commission. The order was issued June 16, three days after the commission agreed to hear an appeal of the city-issued coastal permit for the project, as requested by project opponents. When the appeal hearing was granted, a "stay" of the permit went into effect, but commission staff said the developer has continued to work at the site, despite the abeyance of the permit.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | June 16, 2006
California Coastal Commissioners voted 6-2 this week to hear an appeal of city permits issued for the troubled Mar Vista project in South Laguna. The decision overruled the recommendations of its own staff. City officials had not been advised of an appeal hearing date as of Thursday. "They have asked the city to shut down the project, which we are not going to do, based on the city attorney's preliminary advice," City Manager Ken Frank said. The 17,000-square-foot house and 4,700-square-foot garage proposed for the 12-acre site at 31401 Mar Vista has been repeatedly challenged by neighbors of the project, who argue the project defies the city goal of neighborhood compatibility, and by opponents of "mansionization," who want to see limits set on the allowable size of homes.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | June 2, 2006
Opponents of the "Mar Vista" project have executed a successful end run around the city and scored a victory with the California Coastal Commission. The commission instructed staff members at its May meeting to prepare a full public hearing on the validity of an appeal of the project. Commission staff is aiming for the June 14 to 16 meeting. The city has issued a coastal development permit among other approvals of the project. "City staff still takes the position that the project is not appealable," Development Department Director John Montgomery said.
NEWS
By By Barbara Diamond | February 10, 2006
Council turns down Iseman bid to revoke permits for 17,000square-foot hilltop residence.City officials found no grounds Tuesday for holding a hearing to revoke approval of a plan and the coastal development permit for a huge single-family home on Mar Vista. No action was taken on Councilwoman Toni Iseman's proposal to schedule a revocation hearing, which require specific findings -- legal bases for action -- including negligent or intentional misrepresentation that led to approval of the project.
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