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By Ken Frank | November 4, 2010
Editor's note: City Manager Ken Frank is retiring in December after 30 years with the city. In this column, he shares what he sees as the top 10 most significant accomplishments of the city administration during the past three decades. No. 3 on the list of city accomplishments over the last 30 years is: redeveloping Treasure Island Mobile Home Park into an oceanfront park and the Montage Resort & Spa. Without question, the most controversial and divisive issue dealt with by the city over last 30 years was the closing of the private Treasure Island Mobile Home Park and the reincarnation of that 30 acres into Treasure Island Park and the Montage Resort.
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By Cindy Frazier | August 11, 2009
Confirming speculation that the economic downturn has affected the planned redevelopment of the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course, Athens Group announced today that the Aliso project and plans for adjacent properites has been put on hold “indefinitely.” John Mansour, vice president of the Athens Group, made the announcement Tuesday on behalf of Aliso Creek Properties, LLC, owners of Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course and Driftwood Properties, LLC, owners of 250 acres north of the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 14, 2009
Athens Group confirmed on Tuesday speculation that the Aliso Creek Area Redevelopment Plan had been put on hold. The decision was attributed to the economy, which hospitality industry watchdogs report has a chokehold on Orange County’s luxury hotels, two of which are in Laguna Beach. “After much deliberation, project investors have decided to indefinitely suspend the Aliso Creek Area Redevelopment Plan process,” Athens Group’s Vice President John Mansour said in a statement issued Tuesday.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 6, 2009
The city is stymied on the environmental impact report for Aliso Creek Redevelopment Area. More information and more money are needed for the report to be completed, City Manager Ken Frank said. “It is a huge EIR, and we still don’t have a couple of pieces the developer needs to provide, such as the color renderings for a Design Review Board hearing,” Frank said. “Just little pieces so the consultant can finish the report.” And the money in the trust fund to pay for the consultant has been exhausted.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | February 8, 2007
After nearly succumbing to a sale — and possible closure — South Coast Medical Center has a bright prognosis of fiscal health and well-being, despite serious challenges ahead. The hospital is rebounding with more patients, more doctors and more employees, Bruce Christian, the hospital's new chief executive officer, told the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. "The hospital was DOA [dead on arrival] and now it's coming back," Christian said. "Over the last quarter of 2006, our losses have been 50% less than the previous year.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | August 19, 2010
The California Coastal Commission decided Friday to take up on appeal the redevelopment of the Coast Inn and the loss of the Boom Boom Room gay bar at a future hearing. Acting at the request of Commissioners Sarah Wan and Mary Shallenberger, and Laguna Beach activist Audrey Prosser, the commission decided that the proposed project raised "a substantial issue" with respect to the provision of visitor and tourist-serving facilities on the coast. The property, at 1401 S. Coast Hwy., is situated between the sea and the first public road in the city's designated Commercial/Tourist Corridor, according to a commission staff report.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | February 26, 2008
Whether the Boom Boom Room and Coast Inn are heading into redevelopment or not, Fred Karger isn’t giving up the fight to keep Laguna’s gay center from disappearing. The owner of the emblematic center of Laguna Beach’s gay community has reportedly reverted back to his original plan to turn the site into a boutique hotel, following its quiet withdrawal from the real estate market Feb. 1. “It’s not over,” said Karger, founder of Save the Boom, who has been waging a highly public campaign to keep the 80-year-old bar afloat.
BUSINESS
By Barbara Diamond | January 5, 2007
Laguna Beach businesswoman Heidi Miller doesn't give up easily. On Feb. 1, Miller will reopen the international newsstand on the corner of the highway and Ocean Avenue that went out of business in 2006. She considers it a public service. "It belongs in Laguna," Miller said. "When it closed last year, I knew Johnny Rockets wanted to open a walk-up window and I knew that would never fly. Nobody wanted ketchup packages all over the street. I have the same landlord and I told him to call me back when the city said no."
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By Joanna Clay | November 17, 2011
The Laguna Niguel Gateway, a mixture of industrial uses, might see a future as a pedestrian-oriented village. The concept was set forth by the Gateway Specific Plan approved at Tuesday's City Council meeting. The plan allows for residential uses on Cabot and Forbes roads, a first in the area, after a 2006 recommendation by the Urban Land Institute that recognized housing could revitalize the area. However, Community Development Director Dan Fox made it clear that it is not a city redevelopment plan, but rather a zoning document that identifies uses, development standards and design guidelines for future projects.
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By Ken Frank | November 4, 2010
Editor's note: City Manager Ken Frank is retiring in December after 30 years with the city. In this column, he shares what he sees as the top 10 most significant accomplishments of the city administration during the past three decades. No. 3 on the list of city accomplishments over the last 30 years is: redeveloping Treasure Island Mobile Home Park into an oceanfront park and the Montage Resort & Spa. Without question, the most controversial and divisive issue dealt with by the city over last 30 years was the closing of the private Treasure Island Mobile Home Park and the reincarnation of that 30 acres into Treasure Island Park and the Montage Resort.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | August 19, 2010
The California Coastal Commission decided Friday to take up on appeal the redevelopment of the Coast Inn and the loss of the Boom Boom Room gay bar at a future hearing. Acting at the request of Commissioners Sarah Wan and Mary Shallenberger, and Laguna Beach activist Audrey Prosser, the commission decided that the proposed project raised "a substantial issue" with respect to the provision of visitor and tourist-serving facilities on the coast. The property, at 1401 S. Coast Hwy., is situated between the sea and the first public road in the city's designated Commercial/Tourist Corridor, according to a commission staff report.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 14, 2009
Athens Group confirmed on Tuesday speculation that the Aliso Creek Area Redevelopment Plan had been put on hold. The decision was attributed to the economy, which hospitality industry watchdogs report has a chokehold on Orange County’s luxury hotels, two of which are in Laguna Beach. “After much deliberation, project investors have decided to indefinitely suspend the Aliso Creek Area Redevelopment Plan process,” Athens Group’s Vice President John Mansour said in a statement issued Tuesday.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | August 11, 2009
Confirming speculation that the economic downturn has affected the planned redevelopment of the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course, Athens Group announced today that the Aliso project and plans for adjacent properites has been put on hold “indefinitely.” John Mansour, vice president of the Athens Group, made the announcement Tuesday on behalf of Aliso Creek Properties, LLC, owners of Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course and Driftwood Properties, LLC, owners of 250 acres north of the Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 6, 2009
The city is stymied on the environmental impact report for Aliso Creek Redevelopment Area. More information and more money are needed for the report to be completed, City Manager Ken Frank said. “It is a huge EIR, and we still don’t have a couple of pieces the developer needs to provide, such as the color renderings for a Design Review Board hearing,” Frank said. “Just little pieces so the consultant can finish the report.” And the money in the trust fund to pay for the consultant has been exhausted.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | May 22, 2008
Redevelopment proposals for properties owned by Athens Group in South Laguna canyons came under scrutiny Monday night at a public meeting of the City Council and the Planning Commission. “On an issue of this magnitude, it is critical that we have maximum public involvement,” Planning Commissioner Norm Grossman said. “I thought people did a good job of doing what you are supposed to do in a scoping session, which is to identify areas of concern and to suggest alternatives to be analyzed in the EIR.” The usual comment period is 30 days for an initial study that deems an EIR is necessary.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | February 29, 2008
Whether the Boom Boom Room and Coast Inn are heading into redevelopment or not, Fred Karger isn?t giving up the fight to keep Laguna?s gay center from disappearing. The owner of the emblematic center of Laguna Beach?s gay community has reportedly reverted back to his original plan to turn the site into a boutique hotel, following its quiet withdrawal from the real estate market Feb. 1. ?It?s not over,? said Karger, founder of Save the Boom, who has been waging a highly public campaign to keep the 80-year-old bar afloat.
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