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By Joanna Clay | October 11, 2011
Amid public dissent on the issue, the Aliso Viejo City Council on Oct. 4 approved eight light poles and a restroom facility at Foxborough Park. After its Sept. 7 meeting, the council agreed to investigate the elevation difference between the fields and nearby homes. Area homeowners, however, argued that the physical appearance of the poles and their emitted light could lower the value of their homes, as well as obstruct their views. Director of Planning Services Albert Armijo said the city concluded the difference to be 67 feet, which means the homes would peek out over the tops of the light poles.
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By Cindy Frazier | February 23, 2007
Community members got a "first look" at renderings of a proposed redevelopment of the Main Beach lifeguard headquarters on what was a sunny Saturday morning at the beach on Feb. 17. While most were pleased with the idea of replacing and updating the lifeguard facility, the steel-and-glass design of the structures left some cold. "This doesn't charm me," one woman said. City officials want to replace the 25-year-old lifeguard building at 175 No. Coast Highway — and an adjacent public restroom — with a $3.5 million facility that will consolidate lifeguard quarters and provide better visibility of the coastline.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | January 27, 2011
The City Council will get a different perspective this week on what it approved in June for the new Lifeguard Headquarters, public restrooms and sewer lift station on Main Beach. Stakes will outline the footprint of a conceptual plan that is 50% larger than structures the city's general plan allows on the beach. The proposal required a revision to the city's Local Coastal Program, which was granted this month by the California Coastal Commission. Commissioners accepted the city's premise that the project was worthy of special consideration because it provides the significant public benefit of beach and bluff restoration.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | June 24, 2010
Lifeguard project to go to Coastal Commission Council revises previous plan in effort to pass muster with panel, but seeks to keep restrooms part of Main Beach facility. A smaller version of the Lifeguard Headquarters project on Main Beach will be submitted to the California Coastal Commission for approval. The City Council voted at the June 15 meeting for revisions to a previous plan, hoping that reductions on both levels of the structure will pass muster with the commission, which had voted to limit the footprint to 2,000 square feet or less, despite its own staff support for a larger version.
NEWS
By Josh Aden | December 13, 2007
The public restrooms at Aliso Beach — the last remnant of the Aliso Pier — are being torn down, making way for more beach restoration area. The existing facilities were slowly decaying, and it was more cost effective for Orange County to build new facilities, said Don Johnson, the project manager. The restrooms were at the base of the Aliso Pier, which was built in 1971. The pier was badly damaged in the storms during the 1997 El Nino season. The pier was demolished in 1999, leaving the restrooms behind.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 3, 2009
It’s finally done. The City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday the concept design for a new Marine Safety Headquarters and public restrooms at Main Beach. Given the choice of two designs, the council opted for the larger one preferred by the lifeguards and recommended by staff. “You’ve seen this [project] a few times before,” said Assistant City Manager John Pietig, an understatement that brought sympathetic chuckles from the council. Seven previous designs were presented to the council.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | March 5, 2009
The City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday a staff recommendation to once again modify plans for the new Lifeguard Headquarters and restrooms at Main Beach. The proposal reduces the height by relocating the sewer lift station from under the proposed building, but increases the size by about 50 square feet — still shy of the Marine Safety Department ideal and not committed to by the council. “Having seen about five different alternatives that are all different sizes, I am assuming that your recommendation would be to move the sewer pump station with any of the five and would lower any of these schemes by two feet,” said Councilwoman Verna Rollinger, who asked for an assurance that the size of the project was not locked in by the council’s vote before moving to approve the staff recommendation.
NEWS
April 19, 2002
Barbara Diamond The city picked up another pocket park Tuesday. City officials unanimously agreed to accept ownership of the small blufftop park and an access road that was carved out of the old Smithcliffs estate when the 10.4-acre site was approved for development by the California Coastal Commission in 1991. A gate to the park, allegedly welded closed at an unknown date by the Smithcliffs Homeowners Assn., will remain locked for 90 days while the association and McKnight Drive residents discuss the issue with the city and try to come up with some solutions to their concerns about the public path.
NEWS
October 19, 2007
Many were pleased the powers-that-be listened to those who thought the proposed new lifeguard headquarters and public restrooms on Main Beach were simply too big as originally planned. The city went back to the drawing board and is now moving forward with a ?compromise? project that is 21% smaller, about a foot shorter, and will have less impacts on views. But the jury is still out on whether this project will be built. There are a lot of drawbacks in terms of how the buildings will serve public safety.
NEWS
By James Pribram | February 22, 2008
Although I didn?t make it to Javier?s grand opening night in which invited guests enjoyed free food and drinks all night, I did make it the second night when it seemed all of Orange County was there, including former NFL player turned ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson, who sat nearby. The new Javier?s in Crystal Cove certainly doesn?t disappoint. Upon arriving it looked more like a Hollywood grand opening for a major motion picture, and I suppose in some ways the new Javier?s is just that ?
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By Barbara Diamond | July 19, 2012
City officials expect the construction of the new lifeguard headquarters and public restrooms on Main Beach to be completed well under the $8.1 million budgeted for the project - if all goes well. The City Council on Tuesday approved contracts for the construction and associated costs, estimated to top out at $6.6 million, including about $1 million already spent or encumbered and a contingency fund in case of mishaps or the need to revise plans for the complex project. "That leaves a reserve of $1.5 million, which hopefully will be available for another project," City Project Manager Wade Brown said.
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NEWS
November 23, 2011
The Aliso Viejo Community Assn. and the city are seeking bids for a restroom project for Foxborough Park. Sealed bids should be turned into City Hall by 2 p.m. Dec. 14, according to a news release. The project includes transporting the 256-square-foot prefabricated restroom building from Aliso Viejo Ranch to the park at 27164 Foxborough Way. The contractor is also expected to install and connect water and sewer improvements. The project should be completed in 60 days or less.
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By Joanna Clay | October 11, 2011
Amid public dissent on the issue, the Aliso Viejo City Council on Oct. 4 approved eight light poles and a restroom facility at Foxborough Park. After its Sept. 7 meeting, the council agreed to investigate the elevation difference between the fields and nearby homes. Area homeowners, however, argued that the physical appearance of the poles and their emitted light could lower the value of their homes, as well as obstruct their views. Director of Planning Services Albert Armijo said the city concluded the difference to be 67 feet, which means the homes would peek out over the tops of the light poles.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | January 27, 2011
The City Council will get a different perspective this week on what it approved in June for the new Lifeguard Headquarters, public restrooms and sewer lift station on Main Beach. Stakes will outline the footprint of a conceptual plan that is 50% larger than structures the city's general plan allows on the beach. The proposal required a revision to the city's Local Coastal Program, which was granted this month by the California Coastal Commission. Commissioners accepted the city's premise that the project was worthy of special consideration because it provides the significant public benefit of beach and bluff restoration.
NEWS
October 28, 2010
A registered sex offender from Laguna Beach was charged with molesting a 5-year-old boy in a public restroom, and authorities said there might be more victims. Nicholas James Needham, 27, was charged this week by the Orange County district attorney's office with one felony count each of lewd acts on a child under 14 and possession and control of child pornography. He is expected to be arranged on Friday. According to a statement from prosecutors, the alleged molestation occurred June 15 at the Block of Orange mall.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | June 24, 2010
Lifeguard project to go to Coastal Commission Council revises previous plan in effort to pass muster with panel, but seeks to keep restrooms part of Main Beach facility. A smaller version of the Lifeguard Headquarters project on Main Beach will be submitted to the California Coastal Commission for approval. The City Council voted at the June 15 meeting for revisions to a previous plan, hoping that reductions on both levels of the structure will pass muster with the commission, which had voted to limit the footprint to 2,000 square feet or less, despite its own staff support for a larger version.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | February 26, 2010
Aliso Beach concessionaires Michael Weiss and Aaron Trap hope to attract customers to their Sand CafĂ© with a tropical decor and more than hot dogs and hamburgers on a tasty menu. Weiss and Trap will open the cafe to the public April 1, with a grand opening planned for May 1. They want year-round patrons, not just summer beachgoers. “We know we will have a significant crowd on weekends, but we really want to give the community a year-round opportunity to eat on the beach while watching the sun set,” Weiss said.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 3, 2009
It’s finally done. The City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday the concept design for a new Marine Safety Headquarters and public restrooms at Main Beach. Given the choice of two designs, the council opted for the larger one preferred by the lifeguards and recommended by staff. “You’ve seen this [project] a few times before,” said Assistant City Manager John Pietig, an understatement that brought sympathetic chuckles from the council. Seven previous designs were presented to the council.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | March 5, 2009
The City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday a staff recommendation to once again modify plans for the new Lifeguard Headquarters and restrooms at Main Beach. The proposal reduces the height by relocating the sewer lift station from under the proposed building, but increases the size by about 50 square feet — still shy of the Marine Safety Department ideal and not committed to by the council. “Having seen about five different alternatives that are all different sizes, I am assuming that your recommendation would be to move the sewer pump station with any of the five and would lower any of these schemes by two feet,” said Councilwoman Verna Rollinger, who asked for an assurance that the size of the project was not locked in by the council’s vote before moving to approve the staff recommendation.
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