Updates from the Laguna Beach City Manager’s office

The City Manager’s office prepares a memo for Councilmembers weekly with notes covering many subjects.

Health Expo & Free Flu Shot Clinic - The annual Health Expo and Free Flu Shot Clinic will take place on Friday, Nov 4, 8:30 - 11 a.m. at the Laguna Beach Community & Susi Q Center, 380 Third Street, Laguna Beach. Flu shots are available on a first-come, first-service basis while supplies last for those 18 years and older. The Health Expo will feature a number of community services, resources providing awareness and educational information, as well as free blood pressure and hearing screenings. Sponsored by St. Joseph Health Mission Hospital in collaboration with Laguna Beach Seniors and the City of Laguna Community Services Department. For more information: (949) 464-6645.

Arch Beach Heights Access - The two projects listed below near the Arch Beach Heights neighborhood will be under construction. All lane and street closures necessary to implement both projects have been reviewed and coordinated to minimize inconvenience and provide access at all times. There won’t be lane closures on all the streets on the same day.  Emergency access is being provided at all times on all streets.

Summit Drive Utility Undergrounding - On October 24, construction to accommodate the undergrounding of overhead utilities along the 700 Block of Summit Drive began. The road will be reduced to one lane for both directions between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Construction is scheduled to be complete in December with overhead wires and poles being removed by December 2017.

Street Resurfacing - Street resurfacing will continue until December in the following areas: upper Bluebird Canyon, Alta Vista Way and lettered streets, Nyes Place, Victoria Beach, and the general area bordered by Cress Street, Alta Vista Way, the Diamond/Crestview neighborhood and the Coast. Affected residents and businesses have been notified of the project. Updated closure dates and other project information are available on the City’s website: www.lagunabeachcity.net/slurryseal.

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements - Anita Street at South Coast Highway will continue to be closed 24 hours a day for approximately two more weeks.  In early November, one lane of Glenneyre Street will be closed in each direction at Anita Street from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. This will allow for construction of the storm drain across Glenneyre Street. The lane closures are expected to last for two weeks, and the overall project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November. For questions, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

Reminders:

Top of the World Trail Project - Construction of the Top of the World Trail project began on October 24 and will be completed in approximately three months.  The existing trail from the Fire Road to Top of the World Drive will be closed during construction.   

New! Behind the Classics - A Night at the Movies - This class will show a series of classic movies from the 30’s to the 60’s followed by discussion about the making of that movie, its impact and legacy. Instructor: Theo Siegel is a writer, researcher and television professional with over 30 years of industry experience.  He worked for CBS News and E! Entertainment/Comcast Networks for twenty years. He also did freelance-work for the CBS daily show “The Talk” and the History Channel series, “America’s Book of Secrets”. For ages 18+. Every Thursday through Nov 10, 7 - 9:30 p.m. at the Community & Susi Q Center. $10 drop-in. More info: (949) 464-6645. Register at: https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=night+at+the+movies.

4th Annual Flood Prevention Device Practice Installation Day - In an ongoing effort to help prepare for the winter the City held its 4th Annual Flood Prevention Device Practice Installation Day on Oct 24.


Updates from the Laguna Beach City Manager’s office

The City Manager’s office prepares a memo for Councilmembers weekly with notes covering many subjects.

Released: October 27, 2016

“Draft” Historic Preservation Ordinance Presentation - Since September of 2015, the City of Laguna Beach has been in the process of updating its current Historic Preservation Ordinance as it relates to the City’s Historic Preservation Program.  On September 28, 2016, the Heritage Committee finalized its recommendations to the City Council regarding the “Draft” Historic Preservation Ordinance (Municipal Code Section 25.45).  On Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers (505 Forest Avenue), staff will provide an introductory presentation to the Design Review Board regarding the “Draft,” and will be present to answer any questions from the Board.  The Board review of the “Draft” will be continued to a future meeting where the Board will provide its comments for future City Council consideration about the “Draft.”

Juried Fine Art Reception - On Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. the winners of the ninth annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition will be announced at an artist reception and awards ceremony at Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Avenue. The exhibition is currently on exhibit and can be viewed through November 23, 2016. The juror, Peter Zokosky, Chair of the Drawing and Painting MFA program at Laguna College of Art & Design, reviewed submissions from artists throughout Orange County and selected 30 for exhibit. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Arts Directory - The Cultural Arts Department is currently accepting information from artists, arts organization, and galleries for inclusion in the City’s Arts Directory. Information will be accepted through November 30, 2016. This online directory is free of charge and lists visual and performing artists residing, working or exhibiting in Laguna Beach. If you would like to be added to the directory, please contact Arts Program Coordinator Michael McGregor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Restoration Projects - The Arts Commission recently approved the restoration of “Laguna Road Blossoms” on Ocean and Beach, “Canyon View” by the bus depot on Broadway and “Moving Forward” by the Community and Senior Center. Restoration of “Moving Forward” has been completed by artist Gerard Stripling. Work on “Laguna Blossoms” will commence on Wednesday, October 26, 2016, by artist Kyungmi Shin.

Special Film Screening “The Cats of Mirikitani” - November is National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month. As a public service the City of Laguna Beach Housing and Human Services Committee and Laguna Beach Seniors will host a special film screening of “The Cats of Mirikitani” on Monday, November 7, at 12:30 p.m. at the Community & Susi Q Center. Eighty year old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of WWII internment camps, Hiroshima and homelessness by creating art. An intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and homelessness and the healing powers of friendship and art, this documentary won the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award. More info: (949) 464-6645. Register at: https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?filter=c2VhcmNoPVRoZStjYXRzK29mK21pcmlraXRhbmk or register in person at the front desk of the Susi Q.

Caltrans – Maintenance Work on Laguna Canyon Road - On Thursday, October 27, Caltrans is scheduled to perform maintenance work on their drainage inlets and erosion control measures on the westbound side of Laguna Canyon Road in the Big Bend area from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  One lane in each direction is expected to remain open during this period.

Southern California Edison (SCE) System Upgrade - SCE is planning to upgrade its electrical system along the 900 block of Summit Drive on Tuesday, November 2, 2016.  The work will take approximately 12 hours to complete, and will require a power outage that will affect approximately 100 property owners.  Notices have been mailed to all affected property owners.  No traffic impacts are anticipated.

Off-Season Hours for Top of the World, Blue Bird Canyon and Arch Beach Heights Trolley Service starting October 31 - Starting Monday, October 31, these routes will resume the off-season operating hours.  The off-season service will be offered hourly, Monday – Friday from 6:50 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  There is no service on Sundays.  The service will still be served by City owned fleet of trolleys.  For more information and to view the new schedules, visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/trolley.

REMINDERS:

Health Expo & Free Flu Shot Clinic - The annual Health Expo and Free Flu Shot Clinic will take place on Friday, November 4, 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the Laguna Beach Community & Susi Q Center, 380 Third Street, Laguna Beach. Flu shots are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last for those 18 years and older. The Health Expo will feature a number of community services, resources providing awareness and educational information, as well as free blood pressure and hearing screenings. Sponsored by St. Joseph Health Mission Hospital in collaboration with Laguna Beach Seniors and the City of Laguna Beach, Community Services Department. For more information: (949) 464-6645.

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements - Anita Street at South Coast Highway will continue to be closed 24 hours a day for approximately two more weeks.  In early November, one lane of Glenneyre Street will be closed in each direction at Anita Street from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday to allow for construction of the storm drain across Glenneyre Street. The lane closures are expected to last for two weeks, and the overall project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November. For questions, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

New! Behind the Classics - A Night at the Movies - This class will show a series of classic movies from the 30’s to the 60’s followed by discussion about the making of that movie, its impact and legacy. Instructor: Theo Siegel is a writer, researcher and television professional with over 30 years of industry experience.  He worked for CBS News and E! Entertainment/Comcast Networks for twenty years. He also did freelance-work for the CBS daily show “The Talk” and the History Channel series, “America’s Book of Secrets. For ages 18+. Every Thursday through November 10, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.at the Community & Susi Q Center. $10 drop-in. More info: (949) 464-6645. Register at:

https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=night+at+the+movies.

Top of the World Trail Project - Construction of the Top of the World Trail project has begun and will be completed in approximately three months.  The existing trail from the Fire Road to Top of the World Drive will be closed during construction.


Updates from the Laguna Beach City Manager’s office

The City Manager’s office prepares a memo for Councilmembers weekly with notes covering many subjects.

Released: October 20, 2016

Health Expo & Free Flu Shot Clinic - The annual Health Expo and Free Flu Shot Clinic will take place on Friday, November 4, 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the Laguna Beach Community & Susi Q Center, 380 Third Street, Laguna Beach. Flu shots are available on a first-come, first-service basis while supplies last for those 18 years and older. The Health Expo will feature a number of community services, resources providing awareness and educational information, as well as free blood pressure and hearing screenings. Sponsored by St. Joseph Health Mission Hospital in collaboration with Laguna Beach Seniors and the City of Laguna Community Services Department. For more information: (949) 464-6645.

Arch Beach Heights Access - The two projects listed below near the Arch Beach Heights neighborhood will be under construction. All lane and street closures necessary to implement both projects have been reviewed and coordinated to minimize inconvenience and provide access at all times. There won’t be lane closures on all the streets on the same day.  Emergency access is being provided at all times on all streets.

Summit Drive Utility Undergrounding - On October 24, 2016, construction to accommodate the undergrounding of overhead utilities along the 700 Block of Summit Drive will begin. The road will be reduced to one lane for both directions between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Construction is scheduled to be complete in December 2016 with overhead wires and poles being removed by December 2017.

Street Resurfacing - Street resurfacing will continue until December in the following areas: upper Bluebird Canyon, Alta Vista Way and lettered streets, Nyes Place, Victoria Beach, and the general area bordered by Cress Street, Alta Vista Way, the Diamond/Crestview neighborhood and the Coast. Affected residents and businesses have been notified of the project. Updated closure dates and other project information are available on the City’s website: www.lagunabeachcity.net/slurryseal.

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements - Anita Street at South Coast Highway will continue to be closed 24 hours a day for approximately two more weeks.  In early November, one lane of Glenneyre Street will be closed in each direction at Anita Street from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This will allow for construction of the storm drain across Glenneyre Street. The lane closures are expected to last for two weeks, and the overall project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November. For questions, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

Reminders:

Top of the World Trail Project - Construction of the Top of the World Trail project will begin on October 24, 2016 and be completed in approximately three months.  The existing trail from the Fire Road to Top of the World Drive will be closed during construction.   

New! Behind the Classics - A Night at the Movies - This class will show a series of classic movies from the 30’s to the 60’s followed by discussion about the making of that movie, its impact and legacy. Instructor: Theo Siegel is a writer, researcher and television professional with over 30 years of industry experience.  He worked for CBS News and E! Entertainment/Comcast Networks for twenty years. He also did freelance-work for the CBS daily show “The Talk” and the History Channel series, “America’s Book of Secrets. For ages 18+. Every Thursday through November 10, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.at the Community & Susi Q Center. $10 drop-in. More info: (949) 464-6645. Register at:

https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=night+at+the+movies.

4th Annual Flood Prevention Device Practice Installation Day - In an ongoing effort to help prepare for the winter the City is holding its 4th Annual Flood Prevention Device Practice Installation Day on October 24


Updates from the Laguna Beach City Manager’s office

The City Manager’s office prepares a memo for Councilmembers weekly with notes covering many subjects.

Released: October 13, 2016

Top of the World Trail Project - Construction of the Top of the World Trail project will begin on October 24, 2016 and be completed in approximately three months.  The existing trail from the Fire Road to Top of the World Drive will be closed during construction.   

Summit Drive Utility Undergrounding - On October 24, 2016, construction to accommodate the undergrounding of overhead utilities along the 700 Block of Summit Drive will begin. Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., the road will be reduced to one lane for both directions.  Construction is scheduled to be complete in December 2016 and overhead wires and poles by will be removed by December 2017.

Reminders:

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements - Anita Street at Coast Highway will continue to be closed 24 hours a day for approximately 3 more weeks. The overall project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.  For questions, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

World Music Series - The Arts Commission is presenting Tearful Usturoi (Gypsy) the next concert of their music series on Friday, October 14, 2016, at the Heisler Park Amphitheatre at 5:15 p.m. This series presents the culture and music from around the world. This event is free and has been funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Street Resurfacing - Street resurfacing will continue till December in the following areas: upper Bluebird Canyon, Alta Vista Way and lettered streets, Nyes Place, Victoria Beach, and the general area bordered by Cress Street, Alta Vista Way, the Diamond/Crestview neighborhood and the Coast.   Preliminary work will require temporary street closures on Dyer Place, Smith Way, and a small portion of Bluebird Canyon Drive near Eastman Way on October 14 between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Affected residents and businesses have been notified of the project.  Specific street level project information is available on the City’s website: www.lagunabeachcity.net/slurryseal.

New! Behind the Classics - A Night at the Movies - This class will show a series of classic movies from the 30’s to the 60’s followed by discussion about the making of that movie, its impact and legacy. Instructor: Theo Siegel is a writer, researcher and television professional with over 30 years of industry experience.  He worked for CBS News and E! Entertainment/Comcast Networks for twenty years. He also did freelance-work for the CBS daily show “The Talk” and the History Channel series, “America’s Book of Secrets. For ages 18+. Every Thursday through November 10, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.at the Community & Susi Q Center. $10 drop-in. More info: (949) 464-6645. Register at:

https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=night+at+the+movies.

Parents’ Night Out - On Friday, October 21, 2016, the Laguna Beach Community Services Department will be hosting its fall Parents’ Night Out.  Parents can enjoy an evening out on the town while their children enjoy “kid time” in a safe, fun-filled environment. The cost is $20 for Laguna Beach residents and $25 for non-residents with sibling discounts available.  Registration is required for this event by visiting: https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=parents. The registration deadline is Wednesday, October 19, 5:30 p.m. If you have questions regarding Parents’ Night Out, contact Program Coordinator, Patty Quilter, at (949) 464-9535.

4th Annual Flood Prevention Device Practice Installation Day - In an ongoing effort to help prepare for the winter the City is holding its 4th Annual Flood Prevention Device Practice Installation Day on October 24.


Updates from the Laguna Beach City Manager’s office

The City Manager’s office prepares a memo for Councilmembers weekly with notes covering many subjects.

Released: October 6, 2016

Street Resurfacing -Street resurfacing is scheduled to begin on October 19 and will continue till December in the following areas: upper Bluebird Canyon, Alta Vista Way and lettered streets, Nyes Place, Victoria Beach, and the general area bordered by Cress Street, Alta Vista Way, the Diamond/Crestview neighborhood and the Coast.   Preliminary work will require temporary street closures on Dyer Place, Smith Way, and a small portion of Bluebird Canyon Drive near Eastman Way on October 14 between 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Affected residents and businesses have been notified of the project.  Specific street level project information is available on the City’s website: www.lagunabeachcity.net/slurryseal.

Parents’ Night Out - On Friday, October 21, 2016, the Laguna Beach Community Services Department will be hosting its fall Parents’ Night Out.  Parents can enjoy an evening out on the town while their children enjoy “kid time” in a safe, fun-filled environment. The cost is $20 for Laguna Beach residents and $25 for non-residents with sibling discounts available.  Registration is required for this event by visiting: https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=parents. The registration deadline is Wednesday, October 19, 5:30 p.m. If you have questions regarding Parents’ Night Out, contact Program Coordinator, Patty Quilter, at (949) 464-9535.

Reminders:

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements- Anita Street at Coast Highway will continue to be closed 24 hours a day for approximately 4 more weeks.  Work on Catalina Street between Anita Street and Oak Street will begin on October 10 and will take two weeks to complete.  The overall project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.  For questions, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

World Music Series - The Arts Commission is excited to present a new music series on Friday, October 7 and 14, 2016, at the Heisler Park Amphitheatre at 5:15 p.m. This new series presents the culture and music from around the world and is a free concert.

October 7 – Temple Bhajan Band (Manta and Chants of India)

October 14 – Tearful Usturoi (Gypsy)

This event is free and has been funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

4th Annual Flood Prevention Device Practice Installation Day - In an ongoing effort to help prepare for the winter the City is holding its 4th Annual Flood Prevention Device Practice Installation Day on October 24. For more information, see the attached flyer. (Attachment)

New! Date Night-An Evening with the Important Adolescent in Your Life - Share this four-part series with your son or daughter, one-on-one in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, exploring new approaches to conversation. These courses are designed to help you and your child develop and enhance a relationship of warmth and respect. You will learn ways to remain open-hearted in the midst of disagreement, how to stay safe online and learn about the effects of substances on our bodies. Food will be provided and participants receive a certificate of completion. These sessions will take place every Tuesday. They started on October 4 through 25, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Community & Susi Q Center.  Teens age 11-15 years. $55 per family. More info: (949) 464-6645. Register at: https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=date+night.

New! Behind the Classics - A Night at the Movies - This class will show a series of classic movies from the 30’s to the 60’s followed by discussion about the making of that movie, its impact and legacy. Instructor: Theo Siegel is a writer, researcher and television professional with over 30 years of industry experience.  He worked for CBS News and was a film archivist and researcher at E! Entertainment/Comcast Networks for twenty years. He also did freelance-work for the CBS daily show “The Talk” and the History Channel series, “America’s Book of Secrets. For ages 18+. Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.at the Community & Susi Q Center. Next 5-week session begins October 13. The cost is $50/5-week series or $10 drop-in. More info: (949) 464-6645. Register at: https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=night+at+the+movies.


Updates from the Laguna Beach City Manager’s office

The City Manager’s office prepares a memo for Councilmembers weekly with notes covering many subjects.

Released: September 29, 2016

4th Annual Flood Prevention Device Practice Installation Day - In an ongoing effort to assist with the implementation of the recently adopted Floodplain Management Ordinance, the Code Enforcement Division has notified the Laguna Beach property and business owners located in the flood hazard zone of the upcoming 1st Annual Flood Prevention Device Practice Installation Day. This is a voluntary educational emergency preparedness training event encouraged by FEMA.  All persons employed to work in a business located within areas of special flood hazards are requested to be trained by the business owner on how to install the flood prevention devices and be provided a copy of the flood contingency measures plan. Each year on the 4th Monday in October, the business owner and employees are encouraged to practice installation of the flood prevention devices. Therefore, Monday, Oct 24, 2016 is designated as the 4th Annual Flood Prevention Device Practice Installation Day. 

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements Project Update - This week Anita Street at Coast Highway is CLOSED and will continue to be closed 24 hours a day for 4 weeks.  On October 5 and 6, the outside southbound lane of South Coast Highway will be CLOSED near Anita Street between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The overall project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November in advance of winter rains.  For questions, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

New Firefighters - Jeff Zaccaro and Brandon Hawkins began work on Monday, September 26 as Firefighters with the Fire Department.  Jeff and Brandon are both second generation Firefighters and both were Ocean Lifeguards in South Orange County.  Jeff and Brandon graduated from Santa Ana College’s Fire Academy.  After two weeks of orientation they will be assigned to Fire Station Two on Agate Street. 

Reminders:

2016 Holiday Palette Competition - The Arts Commission is currently accepting designs to the annual competition. Winning artists will be provided with a wooden palette on which to paint their original design. The honorarium for this project is $600. Designs must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday October 3, 2016. The guidelines and application is available at: http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=16586.

New! Date Night-An Evening with the Important Adolescent in Your Life - Share this four-part series with your son or daughter, one-on-one in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, exploring new approaches to conversation. These courses are designed to help you and your child develop and enhance a relationship of warmth and respect. You will learn ways to remain open-hearted in the midst of disagreement, how to stay safe online and learn about the effects of substances on our bodies. Food will be provided and participants receive a certificate of completion. These sessions will take place every Tuesday, from October 4 through 25, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Community & Susi Q Center.  Teens age 11-15 years. $55 per family. More info: (949) 464-6645. Register at: https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=date+night.

Arts Marketing Workshop - The City of Laguna Beach in collaboration with the National Arts Marketing Project, a program of Americans for the Arts,  will be offering a free arts marketing workshop for arts organizations on October 7, 2016. The workshop titled, “Not All Marketing Dollars Are Created Equal…And That’s Okay,” will be led by Diane Wyenn, Visual Arts Marketing Consultant and former Marketing Director for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and REDCAT. If your arts organization is interested in obtaining more information, please contact Sian Poeschl, Cultural Arts Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach.

World Music Series - The Arts Commission is excited to present a new music series on Friday, October 7 and 14, 2016, at the Heisler Park Amphitheatre at 5:15 p.m. This new series presents the culture and music from around the world and is a free concert.

October 7 – Temple Bhajan Band (Manta and Chants of India)

October 14 – Tearful Usturoi (Gypsy)

This event is free and has been funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

New! Behind the Classics - A Night at the Movies - This class will show a series of classic movies from the 30’s to the 60’s followed by discussion about the making of that movie, its impact and legacy. Instructor: Theo Siegel is a writer, researcher and television professional with over 30 years of industry experience.  He worked for CBS News and was a film archivist and researcher at E! Entertainment/Comcast Networks for twenty years. He also did freelance-work for the CBS daily show “The Talk” and the History Channel series, “America’s Book of Secrets. For ages 18+. Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.at the Community & Susi Q Center. Next 5-week session begins October 13. The cost is $50/5-week series or $10 drop-in. More info: (949) 464-6645. Register at: https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=night+at+the+movies.

Upcoming Closures on 91 Freeway - On September 9, OCTA began its undertaking of the rehabilitation of the 91 Express Lanes along the SR-91 corridor between Orange and Riverside Counties. This project requires the closure of the 91 Express Lanes, and the #1 general purpose lane over a series of weekends.  Branded “The 91 Weekend Shift”, repaving has been scheduled to occur approximately over 10 consecutive weekends, 5 weekends in each direction and one direction at a time. Paving began on the eastbound direction from about SR-55 to the county line. Once repaving is finished in the eastbound direction, crews will repave the 91 Express Lanes in the westbound direction, from about the county line to SR-55. Additional information can be found on the OCTA website at: http://www.octa.net/Projects-and-Programs/All-Projects/Freeway-Projects/Riverside-Freeway-(SR-91)/The-91-Weekend-Shift/?frm=8532.


Updates from the Laguna Beach City Manager’s office

The City Manager’s office prepares a memo for Councilmembers weekly with notes covering many subjects.

Released: September 22, 2016

Draft Historic Preservation Ordinance - The City of Laguna Beach will hold a public workshop with the Heritage Committee on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers (505 Forest Avenue). The workshop will be held to review the Committee’s final comments and recommendations to the City Council on a revised draft of the Historic Preservation Ordinance (Municipal Code Section 25.45). The workshop information, a revised draft of the proposed Ordinance and other workshop information will be posted by September 23, 2016, on the City website here:

http://lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/cd/preserve/historicresources.htm.

Health Care Agency Releases The Annual Ocean Water Quality Report - The Orange County Health Care Agency recently released their Annual Ocean, Harbor & Bay Water Quality Report for 2015.  Laguna Beach had an overall decline in the number of postings along the coast.  The report also noted a decline in number of sewer spills reported Countywide. For more information, the report card can be found at:

http://www.ocbeachinfo.com/downloads/reports/2015oceanreport.pdf.

Public Art Dedication On Thursday, September 29, 2016, at 5:00 p.m., the City of Laguna Beach will dedicate the sculpture “The Sunbathers” recently reconstructed by artist Leonard Glasser at Nita Carmen Park. The sculptures were recreated in stainless steel, and thanks to a generous donation by Laguna Construction, were reinstalled at the park. This installation has been funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach. 

Police Chief on KX 93.5 - Chief Farinella will participate in an interview with Radio Host Billy Fried on Laguna Talks, Thursday September 22, from 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements Update - Work continues to progress for storm drain construction along Anita Street, Avalon Avenue, and Seaview Street, between Gaviota Drive and Temple Terrace.  Construction work hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Starting the week of September 26, Anita Street at Coast Highway will be CLOSED in order to conduct boring under Coast Highway.  Traffic will be prohibited from turning onto Anita Street from Coast Highway.  Access to businesses and parking lots on Anita Street near Coast Highway will be maintained from Gaviota Drive and Glenneyre Street.  The Anita Street closure will be in effect 24 hours a day for approximately 4 weeks.

Also on October 5 and 6, the outside southbound lane of South Coast Highway will be CLOSED near Anita Street between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to conduct subsurface utility investigations for the new storm drain.  The overall project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November in advance of winter rains.  For questions, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

New! Behind the Classics - A Night at the Movies - This class will show a series of classic movies from the 30’s to the 60’s followed by discussion about the making of that movie, its impact and legacy. Instructor: Theo Siegel is a writer, researcher and television professional with over 30 years of industry experience.  He worked for CBS News and was a film archivist and researcher at E! Entertainment/Comcast Networks for twenty years. He also did freelance-work for the CBS daily show “The Talk” and the History Channel series, “America’s Book of Secrets. For ages 18+. Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.at the Community & Susi Q Center. Next 5-week session begins October 13. The cost is $50/5-week series or $10 drop-in. More info: (949) 464-6645. Register at: https://secure.rec1.com/.

Reminders:

Sunset Serenades – Only two Friday evenings left for the Sunset Serenades which are presented by the Arts Commission at 5:30 p.m. at the Heisler Park Amphitheatre.  John Lester (singer/solo bassist) will be performing on 9/23, and Alexandra Jack (singer songwriter) will be performing on 9/30. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Southern California Edison – Pole Replacement Project - On Tuesday, September 27, Southern California Edison will be replacing a deteriorated power pole on Cedar Way between Myrtle and Jasmine Street that requires Cedar Way to be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  On Wednesday, September 28, SCE will be replacing 2 additional deteriorated poles on Cliff and Lower Cliff Dr.  Lower Cliff Dr. will be closed from noon to 4:00 p.m. The pole replacement work on Cliff Drive will not require any lane closures, but may require a shift in traffic lanes.

2016 Holiday Palette Competition - The Arts Commission is currently accepting designs to the annual competition. Winning artists will be provided with a wooden palette on which to paint their original design. The honorarium for this project is $600. Designs must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday October 3, 2016. The guidelines and application is available at:

http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=16586.

New! Date Night-An Evening with the Important Adolescent in Your Life - Share this four-part series with your son or daughter, one-on-one in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, exploring new approaches to conversation. These courses are designed to help you and your child develop and enhance a relationship of warmth and respect. You will learn ways to remain open-hearted in the midst of disagreement, how to stay safe online and learn about the effects of substances on our bodies. Food will be provided and participants receive a certificate of completion. These sessions will take place every Tuesday, from October 4 through 25, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Community & Susi Q Center.  Teens age 11-15 years. $55 per family. More info: (949) 464-6645. Register at: https://secure.rec1.com/.

Arts Marketing Workshop - The City of Laguna Beach in collaboration with the National Arts Marketing Project, a program of Americans for the Arts,  will be offering a free arts marketing workshop for arts organizations on October 7, 2016. The workshop titled, “Not All Marketing Dollars Are Created Equal…And That’s Okay,” will be led by Diane Wyenn, Visual Arts Marketing Consultant and former Marketing Director for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and REDCAT. If your arts organization is interested in obtaining more information, please contact Sian Poeschl, Cultural Arts Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach.

World Music Series - The Arts Commission is excited to present a new music series on Friday, October 7 and 14, 2016, at the Heisler Park Amphitheatre at 5:15 p.m. This new series presents the culture and music from around the world and is a free concert.

October 7 – Temple Bhajan Band (Manta and Chants of India)

October 14 – Tearful Usturoi (Gypsy)

This event is free and has been funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.


Updates from the Laguna Beach City Manager’s office

The City Manager’s office prepares a memo for Councilmembers weekly with notes covering many subjects.

Released: September 15, 2016

2016 Holiday Palette Competition - The Arts Commission is currently accepting designs to the annual competition. Winning artists will be provided with a wooden palette on which to paint their original design. The honorarium for this project is $600. Designs must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday October 3, 2016. The guidelines and application is available at:

http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=16586.

Arts Marketing Workshop - The City of Laguna Beach in collaboration with the National Arts Marketing Project, a program of Americans for the Arts, will be offering a free arts marketing workshop for arts organizations on October 7, 2016. The workshop titled, “Not All Marketing Dollars Are Created Equal…And That’s Okay,” will be led by Diane Wyenn, Visual Arts Marketing Consultant and former Marketing Director for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and REDCAT. If your arts organization is interested in obtaining more information, please contact Sian Poeschl, Cultural Arts Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach.

Remembrance Ceremony at Police Memorial - In honor of Officer Jon Coutchie’s ultimate sacrifice three years ago, members of the Police Department will be gathering in front of the Police Memorial on Wednesday September 21, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.  This has become an annual tradition which is open to any member of the public wishing to attend.  During the ceremony, members of the Laguna Beach Honor Guard will lower the American Flag at the memorial and give it to a recipient in the audience.  This Police Memorial honors two Laguna Beach Police Officers who were killed in the line of duty (Gordon French in 1953 and Jon Coutchie in 2013). 

World Music Series - The Arts Commission is excited to present a new music series on Friday, October 7 and 14, 2016, at the Heisler Park Amphitheatre at 5:15 p.m. This new series presents the culture and music from around the world and is a free concert.

October 7 – Temple Bhajan Band (Manta and Chants of India)

October 14 – Tearful Usturoi (Gypsy)

This event is free and has been funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Retirement of Vic Hillstead - After 16 years of dedicated service to the City of Laguna Beach as the Deputy Director of Public Facilities and over 32 years of overall public service, Vic Hillstead has announced his retirement as of October 1.  During his tenure at the City, Vic has contributed significantly to the City’s efforts in maintaining its beautiful beaches, streets and sidewalks, parks, public buildings and facilities. 

AlertOC Regional Test:AlertOC, the County’s mass notification system, is a critical link for residents to immediately learn of any required actions, such as evacuating their homes during an imminent fire. On September 22, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., more than two million Orange County residents, including Laguna Beach residents, will receive a call to test AlertOC. The drill will replicate a large scale, multi-jurisdictional emergency requiring thousands of numbers to be called simultaneously across Orange County’s entire region.

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements - Work continues to progress for storm drain construction along Anita Street, Avalon Avenue, and Seaview Street, between Gaviota Drive and Temple Terrace.  Construction work hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Starting the week of September 26, Anita Street at Coast Highway will be CLOSED in order to conduct boring under Coast Highway.  Traffic will be prohibited from turning onto Anita Street from Coast Highway.  Access to businesses and parking lots on Anita Street near Coast Highway will be maintained from Gaviota Drive and Glenneyre Street.  The Anita Street closure will be in effect 24 hours a day for approximately 4 weeks. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November in advance of winter rains.  For questions, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

Southern California Edison – System Upgrade -Southern California Edison continues to upgrade the aging 4 KVA electrical system to a more modern and efficient 12 KVA system. This work will be completed in phases.  The first phase, along Santa Cruz Street and Temple Terrace, is expected to be completed by September 22.  SCE will continue to notify all affected property owners of any work impacts and planned outages via mailing notices. Minor traffic impacts due to periodical street and/or lane closures can be expected.

Southern California Edison – Pole Replacement Project - On Tuesday, September 27, Southern California Edison will be replacing a deteriorated power pole on Cedar Way between Myrtle and Jasmine Street that requires Cedar Way to be closed from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  On Wednesday, September 28, SCE will be replacing 2 additional deteriorated poles on Cliff and Lower Cliff Dr.  Lower Cliff Dr. will be closed from noon to 4:00 p.m. The pole replacement work on Cliff Drive will not require any lane closures, but may require a shift in traffic lanes.

Newest Laguna Beach Police Officer Graduates from Academy - On Friday September 16, 2016, Recruit Ron Goodwin will be graduating from the Goldenwest Police Academy after completing six months of intensive training.   Ron has been employed by the City as a Beach Patrol Officer, Jailer and Police Aide since 2013. 

New! Date Night-An Evening with the Important Adolescent in Your Life - Share this four-part series with your son or daughter, one-on-one in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, exploring new approaches to conversation. These courses are designed to help you and your child develop and enhance a relationship of warmth and respect. You will learn ways to remain open-hearted in the midst of disagreement, how to stay safe online and learn about the effects of substances on our bodies. Food will be provided and participants receive a certificate of completion. Tuesday, October 4-25, 6:30-8:00pm at the Community & Susi Q Center.  Teens age 11-15 years. $55 per family. More info: (949) 464-6645. Register at: https://secure.rec1.com/

Reminders:

Sunset Serenades - Every Friday evening from September 9 through September 30, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. the Arts Commission will present Sunset Serenades. The free concerts are held at the Heisler Park Amphitheatre with a variety of music genres.  Anna Gliadkovskaya (classical piano) will be performing on 9/16, John Lester (singer/solo bassist) will be performing on 9/23, and Alexandra Jack (singer songwriter) will be performing on 9/30. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.


Updates from the Laguna Beach City Manager’s office

The City Manager’s office prepares a memo for Councilmembers weekly with notes covering many subjects.

Released: September 8, 2016

Olympic Welcome Home Celebration – Please join us in welcoming home our local Olympians, water polo gold medalists Aria and Makenzie Fischer, on September 11, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The festivities will take place at the Laguna Beach High School Stadium and will include food, carnival-style games, face painting, photo booth, arts and crafts, autograph signings, and much more. For questions, contact Adam Gufarotti, Recreation Supervisor, at (949) 497-0304.

9/11 Memorial Service - Members of the City’s Fire, Marine Safety and Police Departments will participate in a memorial service honoring the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on our Country.  The service will be held at Heisler Park at the City’s 9/11 memorial art work “Semper Memento.”  The ceremony is organized by the Orange County Fire Chiefs Association and is timed to coincide with the actual times the attack, beginning at 8:46 a.m.  The public is invited to attend this brief service honoring the 2,996 lives that were lost, including 343 New York City Firefighters, 37 Police Officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and 23 New York City Police Officers.

Remembrance Ceremony at Police Memorial - In honor of Officer Jon Coutchie’s ultimate sacrifice three years ago, members of the Police Department will be gathering in front of the Police Memorial on Wednesday September 21, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  This has become an annual tradition, which is open to any member of the public wishing to attend.  During the ceremony, members of the Laguna Beach Honor Guard will lower the American Flag at the memorial and give it to a recipient in the audience.  This Police Memorial honors two Laguna Beach Police Officers who were killed in the line of duty (Gordon French in 1953 and Jon Coutchie in 2013). 

Upcoming Closures on 91 Freeway - Beginning September 9, OCTA is undertaking a rehabilitation of the 91 Express Lanes along the SR-91 corridor between Orange and Riverside Counties. This project will require the closure of the 91 Express Lanes, and the #1 general purpose lane over a series of weekends.  Branded “The 91 Weekend Shift”, repaving is scheduled to occur approximately over 10 consecutive weekends, 5 weekends in each direction and 1 direction at a time. Paving will begin in the eastbound direction from about SR-55 to the county line. Once repaving is finished in the eastbound direction, crews will repave the 91 Express Lanes in the westbound direction, from about the county line to SR-55. Additional information can be found on the OCTA  website at: http://www.octa.net/Projects-and-Programs/All-Projects/Freeway-Projects/Riverside-Freeway-(SR-91)/The-91-Weekend-Shift/?frm=8532

Annual Composting Classes - The City’s solid waste hauler, Waste Management, will offer the last free composting class planned for 2016.  The class will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Bluebird Park, located at 798 Bluebird Canyon Drive. Compost bins and worm bins will be available for purchase during the class at a discounted price. Class attendees will be eligible to enter a raffle and win a free compost bin.  For more information regarding the class, contact the Waste Management class instructor, Lisa Ryder, at (310) 874-2499 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

New! Money Basics for Parents & Teens -This workshop discusses the importance of money skills to youth and the advantage of knowing how to budget, fundamentals of wants and needs and the importance of establishing a relationship with a financial institution. Monday, September 19, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00p.m. at the Community & Susi Q Center.  Teens ages 11-18 years FREE! More info: (949) 464-6645. Register at: https://secure.rec1.com/

Milligan Drive Bridge Replacement - Construction of Milligan Drive bridge replacement will begin on September 26.  Working hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.   Access across the bridge from Laguna Canyon Road will be unavailable during construction. Temporary access to the Sarah Thurston Park neighborhood will be provided through the vacant lot at 113 Canyon Acres Drive from Laguna Canyon Road. Affected residents are being notified by mail. Construction is scheduled to be completed in January 2017.   For questions, please contact Tri Nguyen at (949) 497-0741.

Mission Hospital Gives $1.3 Million to Local Nonprofits - On August 30, Mission Hospital announced that it awarded $1.3 million in grants to 12 local non-profit organizations. According to Christy Cornwall, Director of Community Benefit at Mission Hospital, the grants “further strengthen programs that address the prevention of substance abuse among youths, and provide mental health, urgent care, and housing support services that align with [Mission Hospital’s] core focus on creating healthy communities.” Four local grant recipients include the Laguna Beach Community Clinic, the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach Seniors, and the Friendship Shelter. We would like to recognize and congratulate Mission Hospital for its commitment to building strong and healthy communities. 

Reminders:

Sunset Serenades - Every Friday evening from September 9 through September 30, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. the Arts Commission will present Sunset Serenades. The free concerts are held at the Heisler Park Amphitheatre with a variety of music genres.

9/9       Denmantau - pop/rock

9/16     Anna Gliadkovskaya - classical piano

9/23     John Lester - singer/solo bassist

9/30     Alexandra Jack - singer songwriter

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

 

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