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By Barbara Diamond | November 29, 2012
South Laguna Civic Assn. officials will host a potluck from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday and other activities at the South Laguna Community Garden to bring attention to their efforts to buy the land. The group believes bringing folks into the garden will raise support and funding for the purchase of the two plots in the 31600 block of Coast Highway that local gardeners have tilled for three years. The asking price is almost $1 million, which does not include fees to fundraising companies and the city's development department for a conditional use permit.
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.
By Joanna Clay | November 1, 2012
The South Laguna Civic Assn. surveyed the six South Coast Water District candidates about issues pertinent to Laguna Beach, such as Aliso Creek, water recycling and the five-year Tunnel Stabilization and Sewer Pipeline Replacement Project. Laguna Beach residents don't vote in candidates due to a 1998 agreement when The Local Agency Formation Commissions consolidated water districts. Dana Point, Capistrano Beach and San Clemente residents do get to vote for the candidates, who serve a four-year term.
By Joanna Clay | October 3, 2012
Zpizza is shutting its ovens at its original location in South Laguna on Tuesday, ending a 26-year run there. However, the pizza shop won't be leaving the city where it got its start, Operations Manager Summer Tarango said. Although Zpizza is leaving 30902 Coast Hwy., in seven months it plans to reopen in the same shopping center, where Animal Crackers Pet Rescue is currently located. "We're sorry to see Animal Crackers go, but we're grateful to get the spot," she said. "They do amazing work.
September 26, 2012
The city has a $200,000 windfall and some say the best use of funds is to help buy land in South Laguna for the Community Garden. Personally, I would love to see more community gardens throughout town. But, is this the best use of funds? Citizen surveys for the past 40 years list parking and traffic concerns above all else. The 2011 survey listed bike friendly streets as another top concern. I don't believe community gardens has ever been mentioned in our citizen surveys. City Council also made Complete Streets one of its top priorities for 2012.
By Barbara Diamond | September 21, 2012
South Laguna residents asked the City Council Tuesday to seed fundraising for the purchase of the community garden parcel that is on the market. The request for funding from the sale of a different parcel the city acquired by quitclaim from the county and agreed to sell for $251,251.87 was not on the agenda. The city attorney and city manager advised the council to discontinue public testimony on the proposal, despite some grousing, until the requested allocation was agendized. "It will be on the Oct. 2 agenda," said City Manager John Pietig.
August 23, 2012
Summer trolleys end at 11:30 p.m. Sept. 2. Take a ride on the south route and explore your town. Stop at Wesley Drive and walk Treasure Island Park or plop down on one of its four gorgeous beaches. Check out the almost mermaid, "Voyager" by Linda Brunker, near the underground garage, the nearly 50-foot long "fish" mosaic by Dora De Larioson the wall under Montage's northern swimming pool and the four big picnic tables and five small tables on the green near the gazebo where hundreds watch the Emerald Bay and downtown July 4 fireworks.
By Brittany Woolsey | August 20, 2012
Brothers George and Bill Bryan, natives of Laguna Beach, credit the city as the inspiration behind their film company, 10th Street Bros. Films. "We made our first movie in my bedroom on Tenth Ave. in South Laguna," George said via email. "They call the beach [there] Tenth Street, which was a magical place at the time. Unfortunately, due to what many think is overdevelopment, there is way more sand there now and the wave doesn't break anymore. " The company makes movies around their favorite sport - skimboarding.
By David Hansen | August 9, 2012
Like any good tourist town, Laguna Beach has maps — lots of them. They litter every coffee shop, hotel lobby and corner business. But behind the slick trifolds is a fickle and driven local advertising industry that will try just about anything to stand out. Enter the HIP district of Laguna. Did you even know there was a HIP district of Laguna? Chances are, no. Launched about three years ago, it's largely the brainchild of Joe Hanauer, a real estate veteran who owns Sapphire and several other buildings in Laguna.
By Barbara Diamond | July 12, 2012
Property owners who are reluctant to allow access to a South Coast Water District tunnel beneath their bluff top property are also opposed to the district's plan to acquire the area below their properties through court action. As of June 28, 10 South Laguna property owners had not agreed to sell easements the district needs for the tunnel stabilization project. After spending 18 months trying to buy the easements, the district announced it will go to court to acquire the land by eminent domain, the power to take private property for public use after just compensation.
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