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February 7, 2013
The South Laguna Civic Assn. is asking gardeners and those interested in the South Laguna Community Garden Park to join them at 11 a.m. Saturday at Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course, 31106 S. Coast Hwy. The group will discuss ideas and funding to make the park permanent, according to a news release. Fundraising is already underway and donations also have been made. A no-host lunch at Ben Brown's Cafe will take place afterward. Those interested should RSVP to Tom Joliet at longbrdr@hotmail.com.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | December 6, 2013
The South Coast Water District plans to present revisions to a proposed project that would shore up a two-mile underground tunnel and replace an aging sewer pipeline in South Laguna. City planning commissioners will review the changes to the estimated $80-million project when they meet next week. Concerned about the possibility of traffic and construction-related noise, residents called for changes to how the work would be implemented during an October Planning Commission meeting.
NEWS
April 15, 2005
ELISABETH M. BROWN It was April ten years ago, while driving along PCH near the Lucky's, now Albertson's, shopping center, when I first noticed them -- large dark green shrubs covered with white flowers on the South Laguna hillsides. They were very showy, and I wondered about them because no other part of the Greenbelt sported white flowering shrubs at that time of year. In my typical coastal sage scrub neighborhood of Canyon Acres, the slopes were sprinkled with yellow from the flowers of the bush sunflowers.
NEWS
By Arnold Hano | May 4, 2007
Nearly 20 years have passed since South Laguna left its uncertain existence as a ward of Orange County and entered, instead, the warm embrace of the city of Laguna Beach. North and South were united. It has not always been a smooth alliance. For some reason, South Laguna remains terra incognita — all those tiny streets, those narrow roadways, those signs warning off anyone who even thinks of parking in front of one of those much-too-small houses; hills not easily traversed; turnarounds that leave drivers sweaty and muttering imprecations.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 18, 2008
South Coast Medical Center has a “for sale” sign on it for the second time in three years, but hospital officials stress that the hospital will remain fully operational until it can be turned over to a new owner. Adventist Health officials announced Sept. 12 that they were no longer willing to absorb the financial losses sustained by the center and were preparing to shuck it. The announcement confirmed rumors that had bounced around town since the Laguna Beach City Council began holding closed sessions regarding the potential sale of properties with addresses that correspond to the four parcels that make up the hospital campus in South Laguna.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2007
The 35th annual Village Laguna Charm House Tour will be held in South Laguna this year and includes six homes: three "charmers," a very contemporary home, an oceanfront home and the Rust House, where owners Paul and Jan Muñoz collaborated with architect Ted Wells, past president of the Society of Architectural Historians. The tour will be staged beginning at noon from the Rust House, which is next door to South Coast Medical Center at 31872 Coast Highway. Buses will start from the Rust House, circulate among the homes and return.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 12, 2008
Adventist Health officials announced Friday that South Coast Medical Center is for sale. The announcement confirmed rumors that have reverberated around town since the Laguna Beach City Council began holding closed sessions a couple of weeks ago on the potential sale of the four parcels that make up the hospital campus owned by Adventist since 1998 in South Laguna. “As a system, we have carried hospitals that are experience challenging times,” said Robert G. Carman, Adventist President and chief executive officer.
NEWS
By Josh Aden | January 31, 2008
Ceanothus Drive in South Laguna could be extended by 400 feet under a proposal to provide access for a four-home development in the hillside area abutting a wilderness park. Laguna Beach planners intend to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration of environmental impact for the road extension. The public comment period ends Thursday. A Mitigated Negative Declaration finding would mean the proposed development would not require a full environmental impact report. If approved, the project would extend the road 400 feet through hillside to reach five buildable lots — that may be combined into four — owned by Santa Monica-based company Coast Royale LLC. A Negative Declaration from the city would mean there is no negative impact on the surrounding land.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | June 4, 2009
South Laguna customers of South Coast Water District are going to see higher bills if a proposed rate increase is adopted, as expected this month. Escalating costs of imported water supplies are the largest single factor driving the potential rate change. The district has been advised that the cost of wholesale supplies will increase more than 40% over the next 15 months, starting with a 20% jump on Sept. 1. “Reduced supplies of imported water and increased demand equals higher wholesale rates,” said Linda Homscheid, district spokeswoman.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 8, 2014
Jon Madison wants to take the next step. After 14 years on the Laguna Beach Heritage Commission, he recently entered the race for one of three open seats on the City Council. The owner of Madison Square & Garden Cafe on North Coast Highway said he originally thought about seeking a spot on the Planning Commission after Chairman Robert Zur Schmiede announced he would run for a council position. But the 25-year resident decided the five-member council needs the perspective of another business person.
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NEWS
March 20, 2014
Re: " Out of the Blue: Chase away Chase, too many banks," Coastline Pilot, March 14. I don't think columnist Billy Fried has given a fair description of Chase bank in Laguna Beach. It's amazing to have a bank in South Laguna and downtown Laguna. Convenience for locals is, I am sure, the big picture. Zpizza's Sid Fanarof didn't renew his lease, and in not doing so his landlords did their job and put another tenant in the vacant and available space at the Albertson's shopping center.
NEWS
By Billy Fried and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | March 13, 2014
OK, so what's the story on the sudden surge of banks in our town? Big, hairy ones. The ones we bailed out after they caused the crash and who thanked us by collectively growing 30% bigger and gobbling up the weak. Four new banks have come to town - U.S., Union and two from Chase - for a 133% increase to seven. Did I miss something? Did our economy double since 2008? Are we opening up more canyons to build on? Putting in a harbor? Couldn't we have more of something moral and decent like parklets, lounges and pot dispensaries?
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | March 6, 2014
The Laguna Beach City Council determined that more public input is needed before it makes any recommendations to Caltrans about possibly increasing speed limits along six sections of state-owned Coast Highway. The council voted unanimously Tuesday night for the city's Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee to discuss the topic and then bring the matter back to the council. City staff sought the council's input on whether to boost speed limits by 5 mph along six sections of Coast Highway, primarily in north Laguna, although one stretch calls for boosting the speed limit from 40 mph to 45 mph from Hinkle Place to Catalina Avenue in South Laguna, a city staff report said.
NEWS
By Beau Nicolette | December 12, 2013
The future of the South Laguna Community Garden Park is uncertain, as the land it is rooted in has been sold. The previous owner, Paul Tran of Louisiana, sold the land at Eagle Rock Way and South Coast Highway for $1.2 million on Oct. 28, according to South Laguna Civic Assn. President Bill Rihn. Rihn said with the land sold to a unknown buyer, the future of the garden, which opened in 2009, remains a mystery. "What we really hope is that the new owner will let us stay there for a couple years," Rihn said.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | December 6, 2013
The South Coast Water District plans to present revisions to a proposed project that would shore up a two-mile underground tunnel and replace an aging sewer pipeline in South Laguna. City planning commissioners will review the changes to the estimated $80-million project when they meet next week. Concerned about the possibility of traffic and construction-related noise, residents called for changes to how the work would be implemented during an October Planning Commission meeting.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | October 31, 2013
The Laguna Beach Planning Commission on Wednesday heard concerns from residents about a project to repair a deteriorating sewage tunnel in South Laguna and agreed to delay a vote on the issue. Commissioners voted 4 to 0 - with Linda Dietrich absent - to continue the public hearing on the South Coast Water District's sewer tunnel stabilization and pipeline replacement project to Dec. 11, according to a meeting video on the city's website . "This is a large project in scope and time frame, and it would be nice to have a full commission when we vote," Commissioner Ken Sadler said of the proposal, which calls for enlarging and stabilizing a two-mile-long existing tunnel that runs parallel to Coast Highway from Three Arch Bay north to Aliso Beach Park.
NEWS
September 12, 2013
ANNE KOMAREK MUDGE June 5, 1930- August 23, 2013 Anne Komarek Mudge, persistent giver, gourmet cook, bonne vivante, New Yorker Magazine devotée, dear mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, died August 23, 2013 from cardiac complications following a car accident. Anne lived life like she was hopping between a Shel Silverstein children's book and a Noel Coward play, always giving and always alert for a sparkling bon mot, which she aptly called “zingers,” to the rueful chagrin of those on the receiving end. Anne was born and raised in Ottawa Hills, Ohio, but she yearned to travel.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | September 12, 2013
Building a skate park across South Coast Highway from Aliso Beach Park in South Laguna remains an option, Community Services Director Ben Siegel told Recreation Committee members at their meeting Monday night. Siegel said he spoke with Orange County officials about a possible skate park of 9,000 to 12,000 square feet at a site that is now a parking lot and grassy area. "There's not a lot to update," Siegel said. "They were going to look at a couple issues, including ownership and feasibility.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 21, 2013
Many South Laguna residents thought that trees on their streets were automatically given heritage status when the area was annexed by Laguna Beach, but the City Council ruled otherwise on Tuesday. The council voted 3-1 to require South Laguna property owners seeking heritage status for their trees to file an application. Residents had maintained that when the city adopted the South Laguna Specific Plan, trees inventoried by the county were presumed to come under the same protection provided heritage trees in pre-annexation Laguna.
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