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Economist: City Permit Process Hamstrings Business
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Economist: City Permit Process Hamstrings Business

By Daniel Langhorne | LB Indy An economist hired by Laguna Beach to evaluate the downtown retail market recommends city leaders allow consumers to...

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City Explores New Limits on Bluff Construction
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City Explores New Limits on Bluff Construction

By Daniel Langhorne | LB Indy Oceanfront landowners may have a more difficult time adding onto or remodeling structures under a proposed policy...

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Letter: Can We Prevent Our Village’s Demise?
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Letter: Can We Prevent Our Village’s Demise?

No, we can’t, if we keep blaming and asking others to fix it for us. We’re feeding an environment that nurtures stagnation. I wrote two op-eds...

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Letter: Laguna Retail Sales Double in 10 Years
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Letter: Laguna Retail Sales Double in 10 Years

Next week the Planning Commission discusses the Downtown Retail Market Evaluation (or the Urban Economist’s Report). The report will likely be used...

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Public Invited to Give Trolley Input
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Public Invited to Give Trolley Input

Public Invited to Give Trolley Input The City of Laguna Beach is inviting members of the public to provide input on Neighborhood Trolley services,...

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Coast Inn Remodel Returns for Council Review
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Coast Inn Remodel Returns for Council Review

By Daniel Langhorne | LB Indy A proposal to add a rooftop pool and renovate the historic Coast Inn will come before the Laguna Beach City Council...

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Laguna Beach Local News
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Laguna Beach Local News

By JJ Gasparotti JJ Gasparotti moved to Laguna Beach with his family when he was 11yrs old. He has loved it ever since. Bumper Stickers There was a...

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Laguna Looks to Buy Library Property from County
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Laguna Looks to Buy Library Property from County

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent Laguna Beach will pursue purchasing a nearly 6,300-square-foot parcel of land underneath the Laguna...

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Council Pushes Back on Regional Housing Mandate
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Council Pushes Back on Regional Housing Mandate

By Daniel Langhorne The Laguna Beach City Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday opposing the Southern California Association of...

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Laguna Beach Local News
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Laguna Beach Local News

Marc Wiener, Laguna Beach Director of Community Development Public Invited to Reception for New Director of Community Development The City of...

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Year in Review: Top Stories of 2019
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Year in Review: Top Stories of 2019

The following is a compilation of stories that made headlines in Laguna Beach in 2019. January Big news came for the long-shuttered Hotel Laguna,...

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City Council Wades Into Downtown Specific Plan Debate
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City Council Wades Into Downtown Specific Plan Debate

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent One thing was clear after five hours of discussion at the City Council meeting Tuesday—Laguna Beach...

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Downtown Revival Plan Comes Into Focus
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Downtown Revival Plan Comes Into Focus

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent A plan to plant street trees and spruce up the streetscape in downtown Laguna Beach inched forward...

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Letter: Residents Continue to Subsidize Tourism Industry
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Letter: Residents Continue to Subsidize Tourism Industry

Laguna is robbing Peter to pay Paul, however in this case, you the resident, is Peter and the tourist is Paul. As pointed out many times by John...

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Tennis Players Rally to Block FOA Expansion
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Tennis Players Rally to Block FOA Expansion

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent The Festival of the Arts is once again eyeing two tennis courts for future expansion, a proposal...

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City Hires New Director of Community Development
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City Hires New Director of Community Development

City Manager John Pietig announced this week the hire of Marc Wiener as the city’s new Director of Community Development. Wiener is succeeding Greg...

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Commission OKs Downtown Plan
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Commission OKs Downtown Plan

City Council to review Downtown Specific Plan next month After a third review of the final draft of the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP)—a document...

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Laguna Beach Local News
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Laguna Beach Local News

Rejuvenating Downtown By Michèle Monda Tommy Bahama just closed its store and restaurant, leaving more empty windows in Laguna. The one thing...

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Letter: Developers with a Vision for Laguna
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Letter: Developers with a Vision for Laguna

As I read Skip Hellewell’s Nov. 1 Finding Meaning column in which he pays tribute to Howard G. Heisler on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of...

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Laguna Beach Local News
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Laguna Beach Local News

Fickle Friends By J.J. Gasparotti Last week’s column discussed the notion that hotels can be Laguna’s friends. At least in the sense that they help...

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Letter: Dependability Key to Increase Public Transportation Ridership
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Letter: Dependability Key to Increase Public Transportation Ridership

As a 20-year TOW resident, I have been a frequent user of Laguna’s bus service, which is only becoming more essential in this time of increasing...

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Award-Winning Circle of Friends® Memory Care Arrives in Orange County
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Award-Winning Circle of Friends® Memory Care Arrives in Orange County

Belmont Village Senior Living introduces nationally recognized program for residents An award-winning, leading edge memory care program, Circle of...

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Laguna Beach Local News
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Laguna Beach Local News

Hotels Are Our Friends By J.J. Gasparotti The Museum Hotel’s plans received their obligatory initial thumping at a recent Planning Commission...

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Museum Hotel Plan Gets Cold Reception
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Museum Hotel Plan Gets Cold Reception

Planning Commission says project should adhere to city’s General Plan By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent The Laguna Beach Planning...

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Letter: Museum Hotel and Community Psychology
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Letter: Museum Hotel and Community Psychology

Perhaps community psychology doesn’t have time for stacked problems or naysayers on NextDoor? Maybe, in a world of its own, it has time for...

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Letter: Are We Losing Our Community's Soul?
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Letter: Are We Losing Our Community's Soul?

We used to care deeply about open space and small scale, pedestrian-friendly structures. In the early ’70s, we adopted a 36-foot height limit for...

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Letter: Updated Downtown Specific Plan Could Generate More Traffic
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Letter: Updated Downtown Specific Plan Could Generate More Traffic

Few residents say they want more traffic and congestion, but the Downtown Specific Plan Update, which is nearing approval by the Planning...

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Laguna Beach Local News
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Laguna Beach Local News

Taste of Lagun By J.J. Gasparotti Were you among the crowd of smart or lucky folks who attended last week’s Taste of Laguna, held at the festival...

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Commission Backs City's Response to Downtown Plan Critics
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Commission Backs City's Response to Downtown Plan Critics

By Daniel Langhorne, Special to the Independent The Planning Commission on Tuesday agreed with city staffers’ analysis that most public comments on...

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Laguna Beach Local News
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Laguna Beach Local News

Loopholes for Changing Downtown By Michèle Monda Property rights is one of my core beliefs. You should be able to do with your property what you...

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