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By Barbara Diamond | February 19, 2009
Prudent spending, boosting the business community and reducing in red tape for property development got the most traction at the annual City Council retreat. The council agreed at the Jan. 31 meeting that the city should look at making life easier for folks who want to remodel or build on their property, do what it can to help local businesses stay keep afloat, but most of all, limit spending to the essential goals. “It’s a question of paying the mortgage or getting a haircut,” Councilwoman Jane Egly said.
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By Barbara Diamond | September 15, 2006
The Bluebird Canyon hillside restoration is shaping up. Restoration of the hillside that slid into the canyon June 1, 2005 is progressing toward a completion date of March 31, according to an update presented Tuesday to the City Council. The slide damaged 21 homes, 12 of which were destroyed, and buried city infrastructure. To meet the target date, city officials said the contractor is expected to work six-day work weeks from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and possibly some Sundays, if needed, to make up for rain delays.
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By Barbara Diamond | August 2, 2012
Some city officials think Laguna gets a bad rap for being business averse. So much so that improving customer service at City Hall for new businesses has become a priority. Recommendations of the council's Long Term Business Assistance Task Force have been implemented to assist new businesses in getting started and properly establishing themselves so they can prosper. "We did a study on what businesses residents wanted and which ones already open that they liked," said Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson , task force co-chair with Councilwoman Toni Iseman . "Coast Hardware was No. 1 for its customer service.
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By James Pribram | January 18, 2008
With time comes change. The Jolly Roger sat for years on the corner of Coast Highway, packed every morning with the regulars. Not that I ever ate there but it certainly had become a part of Laguna. One can only wonder why it has sat vacant now going on two or three years. Astronomical rent ? or city red tape? While that building is sitting empty and serving only the memories of yesterday, across the street another building sits empty. This is where the old Jamba Juice use to be ?
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | May 12, 2011
A subcommittee of the Business Assistance Task Force reported its efforts to assist existing businesses and encourage more to open during last week's City Council meeting. "Several dozen new stores have opened up in town in the past year and we have turned down none," said Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson, who leads the task force and subcommittee with Mayor Toni Iseman. "If we have a reputation for not being friendly to business, they need to look at the numbers. " Twelve task force recommendations have been completed, including peripheral parking at Pavilions during Festival Season, establishing a customer service improvement team at City Hall, and annual customer service evaluations.
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By: Darleene Barrientos | September 10, 2005
College students displaced by Hurricane Katrina will be able to attend a California Community College for the price of a resident if the Assembly and the governor approve a bill written by Assemblywoman Carol Liu. The bill, which passed with a vote of 39-0 in the Senate Wednesday, will waive nonresident tuition for this school year for students from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama whose colleges closed because of...
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By Tom Harman | February 26, 2010
California’s recession is over. You didn’t notice? Well, not many Californians did. According to the Business Forecasting Center at the University of the Pacific, California’s two-year recession ended in the fourth quarter of 2009. The report acknowledges that, certain economic indicators aside, it will “feel like a recession” to Californians for a while longer. Unemployment rates — still hovering above 12% — are not predicted to fall back into single digits until 2012.
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By Barbara Diamond | November 15, 2012
South Laguna Civic Assn. won't get seed money from the city to buy community garden plots. The City Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday to deny the request by the association for $251,000 to jump-start the drive to raise almost $1 million to purchase the land that local gardeners have been tilling for the past three years. Financial uncertainty and competing requests were cited as the reasons. Councilman Kelly Boyd feared the city would dig itself into a hole if the request was approved.
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August 13, 2010
Name: Elizabeth Perason Age: 58 Birth place: Ft. Benning, Ga. How long have you lived in Laguna Beach? 27 years Occupation: marketing consultant Education: bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in marketing and minor in British literatureat– Baldwin Wallace College, Cleveland (Berea), Ohio Previously elected or appointed positions: two-term councilwoman, three times as mayor; three-term planning commissioner Community organizations you belong to :  All in Laguna Beach:  Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Assn.
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June 11, 2004
Barbara Diamond Vision 2030 Committee recommendations clearly viewed a future that preserved Laguna's past. "Our goal was to preserve as much as possible the diverse architecture and qualities that contribute to the unique character of Laguna Beach," said Planning Commissioner Anne Johnson, chair of the Vision 2030 Community Character-Place strategy team. "We knew change was inevitable, but we wanted landmarks and neighborhoods preserved and preserved well and we recommended shoring up the Heritage Committee powers.
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By Barbara Diamond | August 2, 2012
Some city officials think Laguna gets a bad rap for being business averse. So much so that improving customer service at City Hall for new businesses has become a priority. Recommendations of the council's Long Term Business Assistance Task Force have been implemented to assist new businesses in getting started and properly establishing themselves so they can prosper. "We did a study on what businesses residents wanted and which ones already open that they liked," said Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson , task force co-chair with Councilwoman Toni Iseman . "Coast Hardware was No. 1 for its customer service.
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By Barbara Diamond | February 19, 2009
Prudent spending, boosting the business community and reducing in red tape for property development got the most traction at the annual City Council retreat. The council agreed at the Jan. 31 meeting that the city should look at making life easier for folks who want to remodel or build on their property, do what it can to help local businesses stay keep afloat, but most of all, limit spending to the essential goals. “It’s a question of paying the mortgage or getting a haircut,” Councilwoman Jane Egly said.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 15, 2006
The Bluebird Canyon hillside restoration is shaping up. Restoration of the hillside that slid into the canyon June 1, 2005 is progressing toward a completion date of March 31, according to an update presented Tuesday to the City Council. The slide damaged 21 homes, 12 of which were destroyed, and buried city infrastructure. To meet the target date, city officials said the contractor is expected to work six-day work weeks from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and possibly some Sundays, if needed, to make up for rain delays.
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