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By Bob Proudlock | February 9, 2012
My house is at the lower end of the 400 block of Nyes Place. As a young man I was raised on automobile road racing starting out in handicap races at the now famous Goodwood Circuit in the south of England, then graduating to principally endurance racing. The sound of good engines is still an elixir and magic to me. I can tell which ones are working well and those that are not. Many times I can tell the make and model of the car or bike just by the sound it makes. Lower Nyes Place is narrow and deep in a canyon.
NEWS
By: Sarah Hill | September 3, 2005
The deafening roar of airplanes taking off from the Bob Hope Airport will no longer interrupt students and teachers during class in Luther Burbank Middle School. The school board on Thursday approved the final payment of $5,000 to Ove Arup & Partners California LTD for its acoustic services at Luther Burbank Middle School, which is located just over a mile away from the airport. Noise abatement modifications to the building were completed in August as part of Burbank Unified School District's modernization of the school.
NEWS
November 21, 2003
Barbara Diamond City officials sounded off Tuesday about the noise from commercial airlines flying over the city at low altitudes. "People ask me what it is like to be mayor," Mayor Toni Iseman said. "It is the phone ringing at odd hours -- 7 a.m. or midnight. One consistent complaint is about the noise from commercial flights." The city will monitor the altitude, flight origination and destination and the specific airlines before taking any action on the low-altitude flights.
NEWS
By DON AUSTIN | December 1, 2006
[This article appeared in the November Laguna Beach PTA newsletter.]   Every day we are all bombarded by noise. A friend once loosely defined "noise" as all of the things that keep us from hearing what is really important. Think about it. How many times has a television impaired our ability to speak with our families, or a radio in a car kept us from talking to our kids about their day at school? How many times have we allowed ourselves to get caught up in gossip, rumors, or back-biting?
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 18, 2007
Tiny Tabu Grill at 2892 S. Coast Highway near Nyes Place wants to expand, but a neighbor is opposed and will ask the City Council on Sept. 18 to take the expansion off the table. Bonnie Elder has appealed the Planning Commission’s approval   of the restaurant’s proposal to convert an adjacent   494-square-foot retail space to food service, expand beer and wine service and to add a joint use, off-site parking space to two already approved, but not required off-site space to meet the minimum standard for the intensified use. Elder claims the expansion should be denied because of the adverse effects on neighbors, including the noise and smell from the exhaust hood and the noise of patrons’ leaving the restaurant as well as driving up and down Terry Road looking for a parking space.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | September 26, 2013
The music can play on at The Cliff Restaurant. The Laguna Beach Planning Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved certain types of tunes at specific times and days. About 30 supporters of The Cliff raised their hands when Steve Kawaratani, a former Design Review Board member who consulted for the restaurant, asked who was in favor of music at the South Coast Highway locale, which is within walking distance of Main Beach. "We believe it's reasonable for the Planning Commission to approve amplified music," Kawaratani read from a prepared statement before commissioners voted.
FEATURES
December 28, 2007
St. Catherine?s events generate noise At the recent Planning Commission hearing on this project several speakers complained about loud noise on some evenings. My condo is about 25 feet away from the gymnasium and athletic field where these events are staged so I am acutely aware of the noise generated by these events. Unfortunately there isn?t much we can do about it. St. Catherine school stages one, and maybe two, events during the year. All of the others are under the local Diocese and are not connected directly with the school.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 8, 2006
City Manager Ken Frank's attempt to broker a compromise between a restaurateur's request for a live music permit and residential neighbors' opposition fell on deaf ears Tuesday. The council didn't like the deal any better than Romeo Cucina owner Vittorio Romeo, who thought Frank's compromise was too strict, or neighbor Richard Stoddard, who thought it was too lenient. Frank's proposal would have allowed the dancing that Romeo wanted but gave him fewer late night hours of operation than he had requested and no amplified instruments.
NEWS
February 24, 2011
I applaud the efforts of the City council to rein in excessive noise pollution of any kind ["Council approves quiet zone," Coastline Pilot, Feb. 18]. Laguna Beach is one of my favorite places to spend leisure time, but of late the level of traffic noise on Coast Highway and in Laguna Canyon on weekends is noticeably worse. What are the biggest noise polluters of all? Motorcycles with illegal modified exhaust systems. Can anyone explain to me why, if I drove a car without an effective muffler I would instantly get a ticket, but somehow motorcycle riders are exempt?
NEWS
November 17, 2006
Following are the final recommendations from the Parking/Traffic/Circulation Committee's subcommittee regarding midtown preferential parking: 1. Preferential parking for the residential areas of midtown should not be implemented as the lead change to the parking circumstances for several reasons: Circulation of traffic in the neighborhoods and adjoining areas would be negatively affected. The core problem of insufficient parking is not solved by initiation of such a restrictive measure.
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NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | December 19, 2013
Laguna Beach planning commissioners approved a portion of the South Coast Water District's project to repair a deteriorating 2-mile-long underground tunnel that houses a sewer pipe in South Laguna. The commission voted unanimously at its Dec. 11 meeting to approve the conditional use permit and coastal development permit for the portion of the project that is within Laguna Beach's local coastal zone. A portion of the project under Three Arch Bay (4,140 feet) still needs Coastal Commission approval, though the district can proceed with the rest of the project while awaiting the commission's response, district spokesman Steve Greyshock said.
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NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | December 6, 2013
The South Coast Water District plans to present revisions to a proposed project that would shore up a two-mile underground tunnel and replace an aging sewer pipeline in South Laguna. City planning commissioners will review the changes to the estimated $80-million project when they meet next week. Concerned about the possibility of traffic and construction-related noise, residents called for changes to how the work would be implemented during an October Planning Commission meeting.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | October 28, 2013
For ticket holders, music festivals can be a treat. But for area residents, the only upshots can be bawdy fans, gridlocked traffic and noise de trop. Anticipating such criticism, Tyler Russell was determined to do things differently. So he conceived an event that straddles the line between exciting and toned down. Starting out, he rifled through a list of a couple hundred musicians and contacted only those who were of a high enough caliber, who then had to agree to a charity show.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | September 26, 2013
The music can play on at The Cliff Restaurant. The Laguna Beach Planning Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved certain types of tunes at specific times and days. About 30 supporters of The Cliff raised their hands when Steve Kawaratani, a former Design Review Board member who consulted for the restaurant, asked who was in favor of music at the South Coast Highway locale, which is within walking distance of Main Beach. "We believe it's reasonable for the Planning Commission to approve amplified music," Kawaratani read from a prepared statement before commissioners voted.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | February 7, 2013
Residents who complain about increased noise from commercial flights were told on Monday that nothing has changed. But their ears tell them differently. About 16 residents attended a meeting Monday at City Hall and were advised to collect pre-2008 data to compare with current noise levels from air traffic to make their case. But the city already has that data and it doesn't validate residents' reports, according to Assistant City Manager Christa Johnson. "It is maddening when you are told nothing has changed and you know it has," said Keri Kern-Barriga, a resident of Laguna Canyon, where residents first voiced complaints about the increased noise to the city.
SPORTS
From Staff Reports | June 28, 2012
The final stretch of the 2012 Little League Baseball season starts this weekend for four Laguna Beach teams in the District 55 All-Star tournament. The Majors and 10/11 teams start tourney play Saturday. The 9/10 team plays its first game Sunday and the Junior team is in action Monday. The double-elimination event runs through next week, culminating in championship finals in each division. There are no tournament games Wednesday because of the Fourth of July holiday. * Majors Division Opener: 4 p.m. Saturday, vs. Laguna Niguel (Chapparosa Park, Laguna Niguel)
NEWS
By Bob Proudlock | February 9, 2012
My house is at the lower end of the 400 block of Nyes Place. As a young man I was raised on automobile road racing starting out in handicap races at the now famous Goodwood Circuit in the south of England, then graduating to principally endurance racing. The sound of good engines is still an elixir and magic to me. I can tell which ones are working well and those that are not. Many times I can tell the make and model of the car or bike just by the sound it makes. Lower Nyes Place is narrow and deep in a canyon.
NEWS
February 24, 2011
I applaud the efforts of the City council to rein in excessive noise pollution of any kind ["Council approves quiet zone," Coastline Pilot, Feb. 18]. Laguna Beach is one of my favorite places to spend leisure time, but of late the level of traffic noise on Coast Highway and in Laguna Canyon on weekends is noticeably worse. What are the biggest noise polluters of all? Motorcycles with illegal modified exhaust systems. Can anyone explain to me why, if I drove a car without an effective muffler I would instantly get a ticket, but somehow motorcycle riders are exempt?
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | October 21, 2010
Disgruntled Woods Cove neighbors of Mozambique restaurant might get an early Christmas present. The City Council voted 4 to 1 on Tuesday to hold a public hearing on Dec. 7 to consider the general public's opinion of a privileged parking program for Woods Cove residents up to six blocks away from the restaurant. The residents' complaints about the disruption of their lives by tipsy or just ebullient restaurant patrons who park on the streets rather than the free valet parking prompted the council's action.
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