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By Barbara Diamond | September 25, 2009
Leaf blowers are prohibited in Laguna, a prohibition often ignored and rarely enforced. The council approved at the Sept. 15 meeting a policy to pump up awareness of the prohibition and the penalties for violating it. ?Enforcement is difficult because the violators are gone by the time [police] arrive,? Councilwoman Verna Rollinger said. Property owners may not be aware that their gardeners are using the leaf blowers, city officials said. Rollinger proposed notifying the property owners of the violation in a cordial letter, seeking their compliance in the prohibition against blowers that are prohibited under the city?
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By Ashley Breeding | September 17, 2009
Things are coming along at Crystal Cove’s Historic District, where the park is now embarking on “phase two” of a multimillion-dollar restoration project, which will include the Outdoor Education area, House Museum and additional rental and operational support cottages. Laura Davick, founder and president of the Crystal Cove Alliance, said the organization hit a milestone Tuesday, when the bidding process for the phase commenced. Bids are due by Oct. 16. “We’ve had a great year for donations, despite a challenging economy,” she said.
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By Josh Aden | July 19, 2007
People who frequent La Casa Del Camino's rooftop bar — and enjoy its magnificent views of the ocean and hills — may have to start checking in to the hotel to use the space. A dispute between the hotel's owner and the Planning Commission over whether the bar violates existing conditional use permits of the hotel led to a July 11 hearing aimed at clarifying the permitted uses for the rooftop area. The commissioners unanimously approved a revised conditional use permit that states specifically what activities are allowed to take place on the deck.
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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.
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By Barbara Diamond | August 7, 2008
City Manager Ken Frank advised the council this week that awarding a commercial franchise for kayaks at Goff Island would likely be an exercise in futility. Frank notified the council in a memo that unless otherwise instructed he would not pursue the application for the franchise, based on a conversation with the California Coastal Commission enforcement office in Long Beach. The council did not respond to the Aug. 1 memo, which hit the Internet on Saturday. “The memo to the council wasn’t intended to be made public, but one member of the council sent a copy to someone,” Frank said.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | April 7, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the incident Kimberly O'Brien Young was referring to. Skateboard aficionados were spinning their wheels Tuesday in their attempt to convince a City Council majority to retract a ban on some of the city's steepest hills. The council voted 3 to 2 to adopt a resolution designating streets on which skateboarding and roller skating will be prohibited. Council members Kelly Boyd and Verna Rollinger dissented. "Verna, I didn't vote for you, but you stood for us," said Peter French.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | January 20, 2011
The California Coastal Commission has rejected Laguna Beach's zoning ordinance amendments that would have prohibited medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. The commission voted 6 to 5 at the Jan. 12 to 14 meeting in Long Beach to deny the proposed amendment as submitted, disregarding a staff recommendation for approval. Some commissioners voiced concern that the amendment clashes with state law that allows the use of medical marijuana, but others were convinced that that was not within the commission's purview.
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By Barbara Diamond | August 21, 2009
Some customers of the Laguna Beach County Water District have been watering their yards by the light of the moon and they have been howling. The Water Use Efficiency & Water Supply Shortage Ordinance recently passed by the City Council on recommendation of the district board specifically prohibits watering between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Folks who aren’t early risers and water with hoses have complained about the hours, particularly now that...
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By Derek Ostensen | October 12, 2007
Many residents were shocked and dismayed last week to learn that Goko was being replaced by the formula-based, assembly-line style Quiznos. Most of us assumed our city policies prevented such a clear departure from our focus on village character and resident serving businesses. A closer look revealed that our Downtown Specific Plan, which prevents franchises such as this, extends only to Legion Street, leaving a great deal more of our beloved village susceptible to the type of homogenization and diminishment of village character embodied by franchise chains like Quiznos.
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August 25, 2011
The following is from the City Council meeting of Aug. 16. * Recognition of lifeguards Three lifeguards were honored for the rescue of passengers and a pet from a powerless motorboat and keeping the drifting boat from crashing onto Aliso Beach, a county-owned beach. The boat was about 50 yards offshore when Orange County lifeguard Tammy Lang radioed for backup before jumping into the choppy water to swim her rescue buoy to the boat's operator, who was in the water trying to tow the boat away from South Point at the 10th Street Beach.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | April 7, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the incident Kimberly O'Brien Young was referring to. Skateboard aficionados were spinning their wheels Tuesday in their attempt to convince a City Council majority to retract a ban on some of the city's steepest hills. The council voted 3 to 2 to adopt a resolution designating streets on which skateboarding and roller skating will be prohibited. Council members Kelly Boyd and Verna Rollinger dissented. "Verna, I didn't vote for you, but you stood for us," said Peter French.
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By Barbara Diamond | September 25, 2009
Leaf blowers are prohibited in Laguna, a prohibition often ignored and rarely enforced. The council approved at the Sept. 15 meeting a policy to pump up awareness of the prohibition and the penalties for violating it. ?Enforcement is difficult because the violators are gone by the time [police] arrive,? Councilwoman Verna Rollinger said. Property owners may not be aware that their gardeners are using the leaf blowers, city officials said. Rollinger proposed notifying the property owners of the violation in a cordial letter, seeking their compliance in the prohibition against blowers that are prohibited under the city?
NEWS
By Ashley Breeding | September 17, 2009
Things are coming along at Crystal Cove’s Historic District, where the park is now embarking on “phase two” of a multimillion-dollar restoration project, which will include the Outdoor Education area, House Museum and additional rental and operational support cottages. Laura Davick, founder and president of the Crystal Cove Alliance, said the organization hit a milestone Tuesday, when the bidding process for the phase commenced. Bids are due by Oct. 16. “We’ve had a great year for donations, despite a challenging economy,” she said.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 7, 2008
City Manager Ken Frank advised the council this week that awarding a commercial franchise for kayaks at Goff Island would likely be an exercise in futility. Frank notified the council in a memo that unless otherwise instructed he would not pursue the application for the franchise, based on a conversation with the California Coastal Commission enforcement office in Long Beach. The council did not respond to the Aug. 1 memo, which hit the Internet on Saturday. “The memo to the council wasn’t intended to be made public, but one member of the council sent a copy to someone,” Frank said.
NEWS
By Josh Aden | July 19, 2007
People who frequent La Casa Del Camino's rooftop bar — and enjoy its magnificent views of the ocean and hills — may have to start checking in to the hotel to use the space. A dispute between the hotel's owner and the Planning Commission over whether the bar violates existing conditional use permits of the hotel led to a July 11 hearing aimed at clarifying the permitted uses for the rooftop area. The commissioners unanimously approved a revised conditional use permit that states specifically what activities are allowed to take place on the deck.
NEWS
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.
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