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By Barbara Diamond | April 27, 2007
Safety versus beauty on the sand in Laguna Beach will be debated by the California Coastal Commission in May. Proposed new lifeguard towers for seven city beaches have been appealed to the commission, based on aesthetic and environmental concerns. Similar towers are already in place on six other beach sites. The commission staff is recommending the commission determine that a substantial issue exists: the allegation that the towers do not conform to the standards set in the city's Local Coastal Plan, certified by the commission, or the public access and recreation policies in the California Coastal Act. A hearing on the appeal by Laguna Beach resident Sandra Siani, Commission Chair Patrick Kruer and Commissioner Sara Wan is scheduled for the May 9 through 11 commission meetings.
February 13, 2014
I am writing in full support of the artist live-work space proposed by Louis Longi. I am a Laguna College of Art and Design alumni of the undergrad and graduate programs and I have been showing at the Festival of Art for the past four years. I have been living and working as an artist for 12 years in Laguna Beach. The entire time I have been here it has been a struggle to find a reasonable studio and live space. A few years ago I was forced to start a group studio in Costa Mesa due to the high rent cost and lack of space here in Laguna.
November 22, 2002
Suzie Harrison The Festival of Arts' student artists will have their 2002 Holiday Show and Sale Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wells Fargo Bank on the third-floor gallery. The show has been moved from the festival grounds because of construction. About 30 adult art students from the festival's art education program will participate in the show, submitting raku pottery, sculpture and mixed media. Local artists Monica Dunham and Mada Leach teach the classes at the festival for a community outreach program that started in 1992.
May 17, 2002
Deepa Bharath CRYSTAL COVE -- Improving visitor facilities and restoring the 46 dilapidated beachfront cottages for public use will be high on the priority list for the state park's historic district, officials said this week. The improvements and restoration project will be expedited, thanks to $9.2 million of Proposition 40 funds set aside by Gov. Gray Davis in his revised budget, which was released Tuesday. Plans could be unveiled by the fall.
September 13, 2002
WEATHER TIDBITS Summer has just begun for us locals. There has been more surf this month than the last four summers total! Can you spell El Nino? Hurricane Hernan's waves struck promptly at noon last Tuesday. At 11:30 a.m. it was flat, your Tidbitter dropped his latest column at the Coastline Pilot, hung out with the staff at our paper till noon or so, then sauntered down Ocean Avenue, crossed the street at Coast Highway only to be greeted by head-high corduroy marching in from a ridiculous angle, almost perpendicular to the beach.
July 26, 2002
Send DATEBOOK items to the Laguna Beach Coastline-Pilot, 384 Forest Ave., No. 22, Laguna Beach, CA 92652; fax to 494-8979; call 494-4321 or e-mail Submissions must be received two weeks before publication. A complete listing may be found at SATURDAY FESTIVAL OF ARTS The Festival of Arts will host "Take a Walk on the Wild Side." Visitors can interact with exotic wild animals while artist Chris Hoy captures their beauty on canvas.
By Steve Kawaratani | August 29, 2008
One of the pleasures of being a gardener is greeting fellow gardeners in town. From the Farmer’s Market to walking Buster and Blondie on the village streets, conversations invariably move directly to the latest control for thrips or exchanging lies on the quantity and quality of cucumbers harvested. It’s not that we’re struck solely by the lure of gardening — the lore is equally important. To escape from gardening for a moment, I decide to relax by sitting in at a Design Review hearing.
By By Dan Beighley | January 13, 2006
New amphitheater, terraced garden, restrooms and railing planned for the bluff-top park.Expect well-worn and weather-beaten Heisler Park to be more user-friendly and easier on the eyes. City officials and an architect outlined upcoming changes to the park in a tour through the bluff-top venue last Saturday. The improvement plans were two years in the making, said project manager Wade Brown. The remodeling objectives are primarily concerned with landslide prevention -- new drainage and irrigation features will be installed -- as well as improved public access.
By Fred Ortega | June 9, 2006
GLENDALE ? Aramazd Stepanian's hopes of opening a small performing arts theater on San Fernando Road are on the verge of being flushed down the toilet. Stepanian is the director of the Community & Arts Projects & Services, which has already paid six months rent in advance for a small storefront space and has begun design work to convert the site into a 40-seat theater called the Luna Playhouse. But when city inspectors reviewed the group's plans, Stepanian was told that the city's building code would require the installation of five toilets: a wheelchair-accessible toilet and a urinal for men, and three toilets, one handicap-accessible, for women.
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