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March 20, 1990 | LESLIE HERZOG
City officials tonight will discuss asking the state for money to acquire the 200-acre DeWitt/Platz site in Laguna Canyon and 245 other acres, all by eminent domain. Laguna Beach was allocated $10 million under the California Wildlife, Coastal and Park Land Conservation Act, which provides grants for acquisition of natural lands. Thus far, Laguna Beach has spent $3 million of that. Formal application is required to the state for the remaining funds.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2001
The developer of the Treasure Island resort is reconsidering a controversial plan to moor a 50-foot boat 550 feet offshore of south Laguna Beach. The Athens Group of Phoenix has approval from the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the California Department of Fish and Game, the State Lands Commission and the State Water Resources Control Board.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1992 | LESLIE BERKMAN
After months of dickering with plans, the city's Design Review Board has unanimously approved a proposal to build a three-bedroom home carved within a landmark rock formation near Aliso Pier. "It's hard to believe. It is just sinking in," said Ed Bowler, a 44-year-old El Cajon dentist whose family has been struggling to get the home built since his father bought the property 23 years ago with the idea of retiring there. "It was going to be his dream home," Bowler said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three state and federal agencies approved a resort developer's plan to moor a pleasure craft off Laguna Beach's shore, all while the proposal was unknown to city officials, who say it would violate local laws. The Athens Group is looking to add panache to its five-star resort under construction at Treasure Island by offering hotel guests sunset cruises and fishing expeditions on the 50-foot boat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1995 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Silent film-era starlets once rode horseback nude in the moonlight along a secluded strip of oceanfront property on the north end of Laguna Beach, across from glistening Emerald Bay. During these Roaring '20s, Florence (Pancho) Barnes, the legendary cigar-smoking aviatrix, lived here, eventually blowing her fortune hosting lavish parties for her famous Hollywood guests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1990 | LESLIE EARNEST
The County Planning Commission is scheduled today to consider approving a new development on property known as Smithcliffs, a 10-acre parcel on a coastal strip next to Laguna Beach. Plans to build 26 homes on the land have drawn opposition from the city, nearby residents and environmentalists concerned about the monarch butterfly, which roosts each winter on the property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1990 | LESLIE EARNEST and LEN HALL
Determined to control the development of a 10-acre oceanfront bluff, the city has hired a San Juan Capistrano councilman as a consultant to help it in a tug-of-war for building rights at the site, which borders the city near its northern end.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1997 | LIZ SEYMOUR
The site of an empty, dilapidated building near downtown will be converted into about 20 apartments for low-income residents. The City Council briefly considered limiting occupancy to senior citizens on fixed incomes. But council members, who approved the idea Tuesday, expanded the housing plan to include younger residents and others who work in the city but cannot afford to live there. At least 20% of the units at 450 Glenneyre St. will be reserved for seniors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1990 | TAMMERLIN DRUMMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When a city flexes its legislative muscle, forcing a property owner to sell land to the government, it's usually to make way for a school, road or other public construction project. Not so in this quaint, seaside community where city officials' greatest concern is the feverish residential development raging at its borders. Here, the City Council recently began using eminent domain--the government's authority to purchase land from unwilling sellers--to prevent anyone from ever building on it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1990 | LESLIE EARNEST
The County Planning Commission has again delayed a decision on a 26-home development proposed for an ocean bluff next to Laguna Beach. Commissioners agreed to resume discussing the project next Tuesday after failing to agree on whether public access to an ocean viewpoint should be a part of the final plan. It was the fourth public hearing on development plans for the 10-acre Smithcliffs property, which is between Laguna Beach and the unincorporated Emerald Bay community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2001 | STANLEY ALLISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When wrecking crews demolished the Aliso Pier in the wake of several damaging El Nino storms, residents in South Laguna took comfort in the promises from county officials that they would eventually rebuild the landmark fishing pier. But two years later, efforts to construct a new pier have stalled, with many beach denizens as well as county leaders concluding that the beach is actually better without one.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2001 | STANLEY ALLISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When wrecking crews demolished the Aliso Pier in the wake of several damaging El Nino storms, residents in south Laguna took comfort in the promises from county officials that they would eventually rebuild the landmark fishing pier. But two years later, efforts to construct a new pier have stalled, with many beach denizens as well as county leaders concluding that the beach is actually better without one.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Coastal Commission on Tuesday unanimously rejected requests by community activists to revoke a developer's permit for a controversial $150-million resort at Laguna Beach's Treasure Island.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Coastal Commission has agreed to reconsider its approval of a $150-million resort at Laguna Beach's Treasure Island after community activists charged that the public is being shortchanged on promised parkland by the developer. Village Laguna and the South Laguna Civic Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 2000 | CHRISTINE HANLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A debate dividing Laguna Beach for months spilled into a packed City Hall meeting room and was coming to a head when Bob Henry, wearing a Santa Claus hat and jingling sleigh bells, took center stage. In a hilarious rendition of "A Visit From St. Nicholas," the onetime producer for Flip Wilson lampooned the fight by some feisty fellow seniors for a plot of land set aside for a possible low-income housing project.
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December 7, 2000 | VIVIAN LETRAN
ART Expansion Study: Efforts to expand the Segerstrom Family Gallery at the Laguna Art Museum will begin with a $10,000 feasibility study, funded by the Segerstrom Foundation, museum officials said. The additional space is being sought for educational and community theater functions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1994 | LESLIE EARNEST
The City Council tonight will consider whether to formally begin talks with the state about the possibility of installing a soccer field on a slice of Crystal Cove State Park behind El Morro Elementary School. Councilman Wayne Peterson, who placed the subject on the agenda, said the sports' popularity has outgrown the space needed to play the game. Laguna Beach now has more than 900 youngsters playing soccer, but its one field at Moulton Meadows Park is not regulation size, Peterson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 1994 | LESLIE EARNEST, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Proponents of a failed statewide bond measure that would have provided $25 million to buy more open space in Laguna Canyon were hopeful Wednesday they could overcome the major setback and still save the land from development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2000 | Scott Schudy, (949) 248-2153
The Planning Commission has approved Morgan Stanley Dean Witter's proposal for a storefront at 302 Glenneyre St. Commissioners expressed concern that the design reflected more of an office atmosphere than a retail setting. The commission, in its decision last week, required the firm to provide visitor information to draw people into the lobby and make the space conform with the other retail shops in the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2000 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Coastal Commission's approval of the Treasure Island project in South Laguna Beach was what some are calling a textbook case of how to develop the coast. Unlike acrimonious divisions on other projects, the developer of Treasure Island, environmental foes and commission staff were able to resolve major differences and move forward. While not everyone was satisfied, most were pleased by the unprecedented protection of the ocean. "This is the wave of the future.
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