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Stan Jacobs July 03, 2014 at 04:16 PM
It would require a lot of talent and promotional acumen to attract visitors to Laguna Beach:-)
Roger E. Butow May 21, 2014 at 02:48 PM
Steve: How bizarre in light of what the Laguna Beach City Council did by amending the Canyon zoning Read Moreto promote uses like this. They've ignored both the General AND Specific Area land use plans for the Canyon above Big Bend. My GONZO LAGUNA blogs on this have found a lot of resonance locally, but yours is the poster child for how speculators and developers act. They're finding collaborators and facilitators in government, this story of yours reflects citizens rising up in vehement, educated opposition. Now for the BOS in Riverside to smell the coffee and agree. Good piece of reporting!
Nancy Carroll May 21, 2014 at 06:40 PM
Good article. Bad project. Unincorporated towns do not have the checks and balances that citiesRead Morehave . Land speculators like TSG (Shopoff, aka Bill Shopoff of Laguna Beach) know this. They boast about how they can get the land rezoned with their "relationships" and use lobbyists to effect this. It is just doing "business". They buy land cheap (usually sold in a distress situation) get it rezoned through their "relationships" and then sell it at a huge profit. Most often there is no building etc. just the value of their "relationships" and the zone busting. The spot zoning and zone busting that they do, well.... that is just the cost of them doing business. Too bad for those poor kids, seniors, and families that live nearby and have to breathe the diesel exhaust and lose on property values. "But I donate....!"
Roger E. Butow May 21, 2014 at 08:03 PM
Stan: I moved to Laguna in 1972, which I have identified in my journalism these past 15 years asRead Moreapp roximately the "Beginning of the End." And c'mon, that's just a coincidence folks! :+) :+) :+) Laguna then took a serious commodification turn when The Athens Group Development $$$ (from Arizona) started getting thrown around in the late 90s. Rumors of council seats being purchased, they in turn appointing planning commissioners that rubber-stamped, the whole enchilada of a Chinatown scenario emerged. What was proposed as a 4 star Marriott, backed by a Merrill Lynch investment group of about 500 parties morphed into a 5 star Montage Resort & Spa financed by a billionaire. Now 95% of the residents can't even afford to have a drink there let alone stay for a night. Presently, we have Las Vegas casino & bar $$$ pouring into town for both the Artists Work/Live & former Coast Inn redevelopment, I'm sure there's more in the pipe. We could easily end up with Big Box stores in the Canyon, they'll allege they're convenient, saving trips into town......So the 600+ storage unit & 50 car parking lot proposed @ Laguna Canyon Storage at Big Bend, added to the 75 person occupancy (plus Food Bank) at the now temporary homeless shelter are just tips of the iceberg. I still like Laguna, but I find it difficult to love anymore-----Yes, Stan, changes that wipe out a real sense of community are pretty vacuous.
Brainwashed_In_Church April 14, 2014 at 10:15 AM
The breakeven point on solar power is over 17 years, 23 years if you have a tile roof. Be carefulRead Moreo f these high pressure sales weasels trying to get you to lease too.
Brainwashed_In_Church April 05, 2014 at 09:38 PM
It takes about 17 years to break even after getting solar panels for your home - 22 years if youRead Morehav e a tile roof.
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