City Manager’s Updates

Leadership Laguna 2018: A Citizens’ Academy - Back by popular demand, the City of Laguna Beach will be hosting a free, five-week citizen awareness program for residents to learn about city operations and how to participate in civic affairs. Sessions take place every Thursday in March from 7 - 9 p.m. (beginning on March 1 and ending on March 29). 

Each session will cover various aspects of local government and featuring presentations from local government leaders. Online applications will be available starting Monday, Jan 15. See attached flyer for more information or visit:

City Hall Closed on Monday, Jan 15 - City Hall will be closed on Monday, Jan 15 in observance for Martin Luther King’s birthday. Essential services such as police, fire, lifeguards, bus service and other functions are still provided. 

Enhanced Transit Service on Martin Luther King Day - On Monday Jan 15, Neighborhood and Coastal trolley services will be provided similar to the Sunday schedule, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For detailed schedule information, please see

Holiday Street Sweeping Schedule - On Martin Luther King Day, Monday Jan 15, street sweeping and parking enforcement will only occur in commercial areas. For more information, please contact Senior Fleet Maintenance Supervisor, Austin Comp at (949) 464-6637.

Downtown Specific Plan Update – Continue to Review Section III, Topic 10 – Civic Art District - The City of Laguna Beach will continue their efforts on the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) Update on Wed, Jan 17, during the Planning Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. 

City staff will present the public input received thus far regarding DSP Section III: Issue Statements and Policies, Topic 10 – Civic Art District, for further consideration and discussion by the Planning Commission. Copies of the public input received are available to view on the City’s website:  

For more information on the Downtown Specific Plan Update project please contact: Wendy Jung, Senior Planner, at (949) 497-0321; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

2018 Public Art Projects – Call for Artists - The City of Laguna Beach is currently accepting applications from qualified artists with demonstrated experience in public art. Applicants may apply for one or all projects by March 19,. The sites are at the Agate Street and Thalia Street Beach access and the Third Street Stairway. For information about the call for artists and honorarium please visit

These projects are being funded by Laguna Beach residents Linda and Toni Bonnici, Greg, Bobbi and Dick Nathanson, Tammie Arnold and Mark Porterfield.

Creative Placemaking Study Session - AEA Consultants will be undertaking a Study Session with the Arts Commission on Sat, Jan 20 at 10 a.m. in the City Council Chambers. A presentation will be made to the Commission along with an update. This meeting is open to the public and, if time allows public comments will be open at the end of the meeting.

Cultural Arts Funding - The City of Laguna Beach is currently accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations for cultural programming based in Laguna Beach. The deadline to submit an application is Feb 5. Applications must be submitted on-line at

Date Night – An Evening with the Important Young Person in Your Life - One of the biggest hurdles raising a teenager is maintaining open and honest communication about drugs and alcohol. Join Marci Mednick, of St Joseph Health, along with expert Ray Lozano as they convey substance use information in a way that young people really get. This three part-dinner series is for teens ages 11-15 and their parents. The series will be held on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning Jan 23 thru Feb 6, from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Community & Susi Q Center. Cost: $45 per family. Register online at or by calling (949) 464-6645.

Mindful Parenting -  Join Lucas LeardMann, from the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, for this three-part series for adults. Mindful parenting focuses on managing strong emotions, improving mindful communication and cultivating compassion and self-care.  The series will be held on three consecutive Saturdays beginning Jan 27 thru Feb 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Community & Susi Q Center. Cost: $15.  Register online at or by calling (949) 464-6645.

Community Assistance Grants - The City of Laguna Beach is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Community Assistance Grants. The Community Assistance Grant program is available to non-profit organizations that provide special services to residents of Laguna Beach. 

The objective of this program is to assist local organizations in funding new projects and/or expanded services within our community. Like last year, we are utilizing an online application submittal process. Visit to start the application process.  Additional information can be found on the City’s website at  This year, the deadline has been extended by one month. The new deadline for applications submitted electronically will be Thursday, March 29, 5:30 p.m.

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