Neighborhoods

Public Safety Message from the Chief of Police

Date: August 17, 2018 Laguna Beach Residents: Over the past few months there has been much concern expressed about crime and safety in our city. LBCHAT reached out to Laguna Beach Police Chief Laura Farinella and asked her to respond to the safety concerns. Here is Chief Farinella’s response: The…

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Guest Review: South Laguna Tourist Quagmire

Date: August 16, 2018 Subject: August 15, 2018 meeting on tourist Impacts in South Laguna. Comments from South Laguna resident Michele Monda: I attended the South Laguna Civic Association (SLCA) meeting on Wednesday night (August 15th) to hear an update on what the Laguna police, lifeguards and county parks staff…

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Coastal city Short-Term Rental proponents ignore legally-binding land use concepts, typically using meritless, fatally flawed arguments at hearings. They’re good for business? Unfortunately, coastal trends since 2000 are “Commerce first, residents second.” By residents I mean those NOT owning potential STR parcels. Favoring commerce over 40+% of the population who…

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The 27June 2017 City Council meeting has a consent item concerning Laguna Beach’s signing-on as a member of  the Western States Sober Living Homes Reform Coalition (WSSLHR) spearheaded by the Association of California Cities – Orange County (ACC-OC).  The Coalition supports federal and state legislation that seek to close loopholes…

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Last night’s (18April17) relatively brief city council meeting spent a lot of time on Public Hearing item #2, which was an appeal against the Design Review Board’s denial of a variance to tear-down & replace a ‘possibly’ historical bluff-top home in South Laguna (31987 Coast Highway).  As is so often…

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Laguna Canyon Residents vs. Developers

Laguna Canyon Residents Take On Developers With No Help From City Council A huge victory for Laguna Canyon residents who fought the city staff, planning commission and City Council to uphold our existing governing document of Laguna Canyon Area Annexation Area Specific Plan~ It should be noted this massive size…

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