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April 1, 2005
Barbara Diamond After getting the runaround for years, South Coast YMCA is ready to roll out a plan for a skateboard park carved out of the Dog Park in Laguna Canyon. The plan proposes a 35,000-square-foot park -- absorbing about one-third of the pups' playground -- adjacent to the fenced-off Verizon property. It includes a half-pipe, two quarter-pipes, a snake run, a shallow pool, a free-style area, a 1,200 square-foot facility where youngsters can gather, public parking for at least 14 vehicles, and a bus stop.
NEWS
By By Barbara Diamond | December 23, 2005
Verizon proposal to sell access bridge to the city means youth recreation facility can move ahead, supporters say.YMCA officials are seeking to bridge an obstacle to the construction of a skateboard park at the Bark Park. Verizon has agreed in a letter of intent to sell its bridge at the northern end of the Bark Park to the city for $100,000, which YMCA officials will present to the City Council at the Feb. 7 meeting. The bridge would provide access to the skate park YMCA proposes to build at the north end of the existing dog playground.
NEWS
January 16, 2014
I'd like to acknowledge and thank Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walk for its continued collaboration with the Laguna College of Art + Design in making the professional mentor/student program a huge success. The program, which culminates during every December's First Thursdays Art Walk, just celebrated its 12th year. The relationships and opportunities that our young artists establish with participating gallery professionals hold the potential to change their lives and their careers.
NEWS
By By Barbara Diamond | February 10, 2006
Amid dog-owner protests, City Council refuses to buy bridge providing access to the proposed site, dashing the hopes of area skaters.After refusing to help the YMCA develop a skateboard park adjacent to the dog playground in Laguna Canyon, city officials threw a bone to the skate park's backers on Tuesday. The council declined to purchase a bridge from Verizon that would have allowed access at the northern end of the Bark Park for skateboarders. But a council subcommittee was created to explore the possibility of smaller skateboard areas in local parks.
NEWS
By BARBARA DIAMOND | February 23, 2007
The New Year seems an appropriate time to wonder "Whatever happened to — fill in the blank?" For instance: What ever happened to plans for a skateboard park in Laguna that would rival the YMCA's prototype Encinitas facility? After getting the run-around for years and spending considerable money, the YMCA will probably not even be involved in a downsized proposal that attorney Larry Nokes and architect Marshall Ininns are developing. In 2000, the YMCA offered to build, maintain and staff the skateboard park in Laguna — all the city had to do was provide the land and front some money for planning costs.
NEWS
May 3, 2002
Barbara Diamond The proposed annexation of the Laguna Canyon parcel known as ACT V, includes a zone change that has some environmentalists scratching their heads. "We disagree with the proposed 'institutional' zoning," said Greenbelt Inc. President Elizabeth Brown. "ACT V is a buffer area for all of the greenbelt, the (Laguna Coast Wilderness) park and the Nature Reserve. Zoning should allow for only low-impact intermittent uses. Institutional zoning allows for uses, which are too urban and intense for this parcel."
NEWS
By Roger Carter | August 19, 2010
Eat, pray if you like, love, walk and skateboard. Laguna Beach is more than a "skateboard park. " It is a skateboard heaven. The whole town is up and down, and people have been skateboarding here from the beginning when a skateboard was a piece of wood with a pair of old skates screwed on the front and back. Certainly we need some good ideas in relation to safety on the really steep hills, but a ban will never work. Like one writer said, it's part of our culture and it ain't going away.
NEWS
August 13, 2004
Running a city is complicated. There are so many priorities, so many points of view and so little money. What to do when a controversial issue arises and the decision has potentially long-term affects on many people? Well, if you're in Laguna, you'd create a task force, of course. Or a committee, which will do just as well. Sometimes, there's even a committee ready to go when a problem arises. The first place to turn is the City Council, the Planning Commission or the Design Review Board.
NEWS
April 18, 2003
A little levity on city issues Re: "Should the City Council approve a resolution to end the conflict in Iraq," Coastline Pilot, April 4. I would suggest that if such a resolution is passed it should include ending all starvation, complete world peace, outlawing SUVs and ending the inane idea that what the city councils of this country have to say about anything beyond their city limits really matters. In response to the "I told you so," ("Resort as bad as predicted," Coastline Pilot, April 4)
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NEWS
January 16, 2014
I'd like to acknowledge and thank Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walk for its continued collaboration with the Laguna College of Art + Design in making the professional mentor/student program a huge success. The program, which culminates during every December's First Thursdays Art Walk, just celebrated its 12th year. The relationships and opportunities that our young artists establish with participating gallery professionals hold the potential to change their lives and their careers.
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NEWS
June 12, 2013
It is true, very true, as Councilman Bob Whalen said, that "there is a steep learning curve when you go on the [Planning] Commission. " ("Incumbents reappointed to Planning Commission," Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot, May 31.) The Planning Commission is important as well because it is so frequently a stepping stone from which candidates run for City Council. I would therefore suggest to the City Council that it give consideration to the creation of an alternate membership on the Planning Commission, which would allow a potential new member to learn, and would also allow the council — and the public — to evaluate her or his performance to determine whether, at the next opening, he or she should be appointed to a full term.
NEWS
May 15, 2013
The following is from the May 7 City Council meeting. All council members were present. * PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS The public is allowed to speak on any subject not on the agenda. Speakers generally are limited to three minutes, but the time can be adjusted by the council. •Kendra Ulrich of Washington, D.C., thanked the council on behalf of Friends of the Earth for showing leadership and passing a resolution expressing concern about the San Onofre nuclear reactors.
NEWS
By Roger Carter | August 19, 2010
Eat, pray if you like, love, walk and skateboard. Laguna Beach is more than a "skateboard park. " It is a skateboard heaven. The whole town is up and down, and people have been skateboarding here from the beginning when a skateboard was a piece of wood with a pair of old skates screwed on the front and back. Certainly we need some good ideas in relation to safety on the really steep hills, but a ban will never work. Like one writer said, it's part of our culture and it ain't going away.
NEWS
July 16, 2010
Many of us in town are celebrating the one-year anniversary of Mission Hospital. Most of what we read concerns the hospital as a neighbor, specifically noise problems. Last week the Coastline had a letter focused on the religious orientation of the hospital's ownership ("Will faith override health directives?", July 9). Have we lost track of the purpose of Mission Hospital? I've visited patients in the hospital since it was built in the late '50s. Sadly, I recently visited as an emergency patient with a life-threatening condition.
NEWS
June 15, 2007
Councilwoman Elizabeth Schneider absent PUBLIC COMMENT Members of the public are allowed three minutes each to comment on issues not on the meeting agenda. The time may be shortened or lengthened at the discretion of the council. Doug DuMaurier said the Irvine Desalter Project is producing toxic materials. Arnold Hano asked why nothing is being done to halt mansionization. Flatlander Rik Lawrence said the Casa del Camino was in serious violation of its conditional use permit.
NEWS
By BARBARA DIAMOND | March 1, 2007
The New Year seems an appropriate time to wonder "Whatever happened to — fill in the blank?" For instance: What ever happened to plans for a skateboard park in Laguna that would rival the YMCA's prototype Encinitas facility? After getting the run-around for years and spending considerable money, the YMCA will probably not even be involved in a downsized proposal that attorney Larry Nokes and architect Marshall Ininns are developing. In 2000, the YMCA offered to build, maintain and staff the skateboard park in Laguna — all the city had to do was provide the land and front some money for planning costs.
NEWS
By By Barbara Diamond | February 10, 2006
Amid dog-owner protests, City Council refuses to buy bridge providing access to the proposed site, dashing the hopes of area skaters.After refusing to help the YMCA develop a skateboard park adjacent to the dog playground in Laguna Canyon, city officials threw a bone to the skate park's backers on Tuesday. The council declined to purchase a bridge from Verizon that would have allowed access at the northern end of the Bark Park for skateboarders. But a council subcommittee was created to explore the possibility of smaller skateboard areas in local parks.
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