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By Barbara Diamond | March 9, 2007
A majority of City Council members said Tuesday that they couldn't see how St. Mary's Episcopal Church's revised project sufficiently improved a neighbor's ocean view. The project includes demolition of the Guild Hall to make way for the construction of new meeting facilities and classrooms. Church officials appeared flummoxed by the council's rejection of the revision, which was made in order to meet a condition of approval required by the council in December — that a neighbor's ocean view must be increased.
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By Catharine Cooper | March 20, 2009
It is the scent of the leaves, pungent and sweet, that I most remember. My 8-year-old mind said that the trees were “very tall and smelled like the earth.” Dad said they were “messy.” Mom taught me to pronounce their tricky name. The grove of eucalyptus trees that surrounded our house on Ledroit Lane fascinated me. I had never seen these types of trees. We had recently moved from Long Beach to a 50-year-old house spread out over acres on a hilltop ledge.
NEWS
March 27, 2009
Editor?s note: The following were written in response to Chasing Down the Muse, ?What about the right to a view?? March 20. Like you, we have our view severely impacted by trees and hedges. I am frustrated that the city makes it difficult to impossible to improve your home with unbelievable restrictions but has no restrictions on trees ? and no effective restriction on hedges. To attempt to ?enforce? the hedge ordinance you have to spend hundreds of dollars and take a highly adversarial stance with a neighbor who you do not really want to fight with.
NEWS
April 29, 2005
Suzie Harrison City and school district officials hope they are nearing the ninth inning in resolving simmering complaints about the high school baseball field fence. The baseball field ad hoc committee and the Laguna Beach Board of Education have been meeting with neighbors for months to address the concerns, which have been causing strife since fall 2004. Some neighbors have complained that the fence around the field ruins their views and does not keep balls from breaking car windows.
NEWS
May 24, 2002
Mary Nelson's letter in the May 17 edition of the Coastline Pilot, "Laguna trees should be cherished," stated I had a dislike for trees, questioned if I had ever been to Carmel and asked me to ponder about the tree situation in Carmel. First, let me state that Nelson is wrong on all counts. I like trees and have made the following statement in writing and at the council meetings many times. That is: the right kind of tree in the right location is great, but the wrong tree and/or a tree in the wrong location is a disaster to both public and private view sheds.
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By CHERRIL DOTY | January 12, 2007
New year's resolutions. It's that time of year when we pause to look back and wonder what we might change, wish to change, resolve to change, even commit to change. For whatever reasons, this is that moment in time on the Western calendar that reminds us to look at what is important and what we would wish for in our lives that may or may not be present. I say I don't make resolutions, but, in fact, this is the time of year when I do set aside time to think about where my path is leading and resolve to make changes as needed.
NEWS
By: | September 16, 2005
We are becoming the MTV Laguna It becomes increasingly frustrating to read the letters and articles in our local papers these days, as they continue to reflect the changing climate in our beloved town. This is made crystal clear by the ongoing griping about "view loss" as displayed on the cover article in last week's Coastline Pilot. I'm not surprised Chris Toy is in shadow in the photo -- I'd be ashamed to show my face too if I lived in such splendor and was complaining about view loss.
NEWS
July 8, 2005
Barbara Diamond Condominium owners at Blue Lagoon feel like they were outsmarted by Montage Resort and Spa. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to uphold a unanimous Planning Commission approval of a plan for a 7,754-square-foot home on a Montage Resort and Spa estate lot, which Blue Lagoon owners had appealed. "I feel like a guppy swimming with sharks," said Bari Burns, speaking on behalf of the 119-member Blue Laguna Homeowners Assn.
NEWS
June 18, 2004
Dream house vs. nightmare neighbors What used to be a lovely quiet beach-side community has now become an uncreative, urbanized time warp with a dying architecture and landscape that once was. In this lovely city you're supposed to be able to do a simple remodel, pitch a roof, build, plant a tree and landscape to your own likings -- of course all within reason of the city codes. All this -- your dream home. This is what many call the American dream, a place where you are supposed to be able to plant your roots.
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By Bryce Alderton | April 24, 2014
Laguna Beach Unified School District trustees are sticking with their goal of getting a bid for a more extensive tennis court repair project after hearing the city's proposal for a less-expensive solution. Trustees met with City Council members and district and city staff Tuesday to discuss the state of six tennis courts on district property across Park Avenue from Laguna Beach High School. The city and district share the courts through a joint-use agreement, which requires the city pay 70% for improvements and the district 30%. The percentages align with the hours the courts are available for public and high school use. Residents say the court surfaces are unsafe because they are slippery, dirty and cracked.
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By Bryce Alderton | March 27, 2014
The city's 14-month journey to a revamped view ordinance is nearly complete. View Equity Committee members hope only a few tweaks are needed before the proposal returns to the City Council for a vote. Residents filled City Hall on Tuesday night to provide input on the latest rendition, which aims to clarify the conditions under which residents can fight the save their property's views. It would give property owners a legal means to preserve existing views or restore a view that has been marred since the property was purchased.
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By Steve Caporaso and Marianne Blume | March 13, 2014
More than a year ago, then-Mayor Kelly Boyd "raised a passionate plea to improve the city's view preservation ordinance, which he said, 'now has no teeth in it whatsoever and often pits neighbor against neighbor,'" according to a story in the Laguna Beach Independent . After one year of view equity committee meetings, and numerous drafts of a new ordinance, the city has published the final draft, which will be voted on March 25 at a special council...
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By Beau Nicolette | January 13, 2014
The Laguna Beach City Council voted unanimously to enter an agreement with Southern California Edison to waive the need for a coastal development permit for replacing utility poles. "We feel like this was a win for [the city]," Mayor Pro Tem Bob Whalen said. He said Edison has been replacing poles with little communication or agreement with the city. Public Works Director Steve May said Edison was not required to get a permit to replace a pole with one of the same size and location but should have for replacements that were taller or in a new spot.
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By Bryce Alderton | December 5, 2013
Laguna Beach residents on Tuesday night picked apart a proposal to alter the current city ordinance relating to views, rendering the process, in its 12th month, a work in progress. The city's View Equity Committee , during a public meeting in council chambers, listened to 36 speakers touch on a variety of topics, including the date a resident can use when determining if he or she is entitled to a certain view and the number of locations a homeowner can claim as a primary view.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | November 7, 2013
A committee charged with tweaking an existing ordinance related to residents' views has finished its draft and is awaiting public comment. The View Equity Committee's proposed view ordinance provides guidelines on a date a resident can use when determining if he or she is entitled to a certain view, according to the proposed ordinance, available on the city's website at lagunabeachcity.net . The committee, which includes Sue Kempf, Mayor...
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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
By Barbara Diamond | June 27, 2013
A Laguna Beach City Council subcommittee appointed to craft an ordinance dealing with view loss has been meeting since February and was still hearing passionate arguments at a meeting Tuesday. The subcommittee has the job of creating the ordinance without raising the hackles of environmentalists and property rights advocates, about 70 of whom showed up for the meeting in the council chambers. Among the questions being asked and sometimes vociferously answered: What views should be protected, all or only those from ceremonial rooms?
NEWS
June 4, 2013
The Steering Committee of the Citizens for View Preservation and Restoration (CVPR) would like to respond to the inaccurate and misleading statements made in May 29 letters from Lenny Vincent and Anne Cox. 1. We do not condone "intimidation and harassment" at public meetings. We encourage a civilized discussion and we respect all points of view. 2. We believe a "common sense" view ordinance is feasible and that views and trees can co-exist peacefully in Laguna Beach. 3. For decades, our city has ignored the growing view obstruction problem and sadly too many good neighbors are now engaged in acrimonious fights over views and trees.
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By Anne Cox | May 29, 2013
Several years ago, I read in the paper about a whole street of beautiful old jacaranda trees in Buena Park that the City Council had decided to remove because their roots were affecting the sidewalk. Horrified at such a callous decision, I remember thinking, "Thank God I don't live in a city where they would cut down old trees to maintain flat sidewalks. " Little did I know that I do live in such a city. I never would have believed that here in Laguna Beach, a city that the rest of Orange County mocks as "tree huggers," our City Council would blithely decide to chop down 60-year-old trees that shade our downtown and provide much of the charm and ambience that makes Laguna special.
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