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: December 8, 2016

Laguna SOCWA Wet Well Rehabilitation Project - Construction of the Laguna SOCWA Wet Well Rehabilitation Project will begin the week of December 12, 2016, and is expected to last through the end of May 2017. Construction activities will impact portions of both the Lumberyard and City Employee’s Parking lots over the duration of project. Notices will be sent to all parking lot permit holders. The work will include bypassing the lift station, new underground sewer pipelines, emergency backup systems, rehabilitation of the wet well and a new biological odor control system that is expected to remove the odors experienced within the general proximity to the lift station.

Coast Highway Bottleneck Project-South Coast Water District is tentatively scheduled to conduct potholing work (to better assess potential subsurface obstructions)from January 4 through January 16. This will be between Aliso Creek Beach to 9th Avenue, on the north bound number 1 lane. Pipeline construction is tentatively scheduled from January 31 through March 15, 2017. As a reminder, two crews will conduct pipeline constructionfrom 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Sundaythrough Thursday.   

What’s On – Laguna Beach Arts - Looking for arts events this holiday season? Visit the City of Laguna Beach and Laguna Beach Arts Alliance Cultural Arts Calendar on-line for events from December 2016, through February 2017. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/lbvcb/artscalendar_16121702/

Champion Cross Country Runners - Laguna Beach athletes, led by Coach Fred Pichay, conquered high winds and a hilly course to bring home four gold medals at the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation (SCMAF) Cross Country Championships this past Saturday. Christopher Drews, Luke Anderton, Whitney Winefordner and Isabela Reichel each claimed first place in their respective divisions.

Spark of Love Toy Drive -The Laguna Beach Fire Department is proud to again participate in the annual “Spark of Love” toy drive. This event is currently under way and goes through Saturday, December 24. All four of the City’s fire stations will be accepting new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for disadvantaged children in our County. The City’s fire stations are located at 501 Forest Avenue, 285 Agate Street, 2900 Alta Laguna Blvd., and 31646 2nd Avenue. For questions, please contact Fire Administration at (949) 497-0700.

North Coast Highway Lane Closures - The Laguna Beach County Water District is currently replacing five fire hydrants along North Coast Highway between Aster Street and Myrtle Street. Lane closures are necessary.The work is scheduled to be completed by January 6, 2017.

Oak Street and Mountain Road Beach Access Improvement Projects - Construction to replace the beach accesses at Oak Street and Mountain Road will begin on December 19. The stairways will be closed and signs will be posted to direct beachgoers to adjacent beach access stairways. The project is scheduled to be completed in May 2017. For more information, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

Reminders:

Downtown Specific Plan Update – Review Draft Amendments (Section I) - The City of Laguna Beach and consultant MIG will continue their efforts on the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) Update on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, during the Planning Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (505 Forest Avenue). The focus of the presentation and discussion will be on MIG’s recommended draft amendments to Section I (Introduction) of the existing DSP document. A copy of the Section I draft amendments are available to view on the project webpage (see link below). If you have questions, or for more information, 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. t; or visit:

http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/cd/planning/mjrplanginitv/downtown_specific_plan
_amendment/default.htm
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Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibition - The Arts Commission selected 12 designs from 200 submissions for the 12th annual Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibition. On exhibit at City Hall from December 1 through December 30, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and every other Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will be works by: Grace Puffer (Aged 5), Charlotte Jameson (6), Alexander Insaurralde (7), Ella Berberian (8), Savanah Rodriguez (8), Hailey Huynh (9), Ha-Jin Attenborough (9), Isabella Reneder (10), Charlotte Sekerka (11), Gary Davidson (12), Katie Letourneau (12) and Maggie Zegawitz (13).This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Winter Quarter 2017 Registration Activities - Registration for Winter Quarter 2017 classes is now available by visiting www.lagunabeachcity.net, by mail-in or in person at the Community Center at 380 Third Street or at the Community Services Department at 515 Forest Avenue.


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: December 1, 2016

Downtown Specific Plan Update – Review Draft Amendments (Section I) - The City of Laguna Beach and consultant MIG will continue their efforts on the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) Update on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, during the Planning Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (505 Forest Avenue).  The focus of the presentation and discussion will be on MIG’s recommended draft amendments to Section I (Introduction) of the existing DSP document.  A copy of the Section I draft amendments are available to view on the project webpage (see link below).  If you have questions, or for more information, 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. ; or visit:

http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/cd/planning/mjrplanginitv/downtown_specific_plan_amendment/default.htm

City Hall Exhibition - The current exhibition at City Hall, 505 Forest Avenue, features works from the Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection. On public view, for the first time, is the newly restored painting by William Griffith, titled “Untitled, Aliso Canyon” painted in 1933 for A.B Goff. Through a generous donation by Gary Goff, representing the Goff family, this painting has been returned to its full grandeur. The exhibition runs through January 20, 2017, and can be viewed Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every alternate Friday.

First Friday Flicks at [seven-degrees] - First Friday Flicks will start on Friday, January 6, 2017, at its new location at [seven-degrees], 891 Laguna Canyon Road.  [seven-degrees] will be offering food for purchase and a cash bar starting at 6 p.m. The film starts at 7 p.m. followed by a post-film panel discussion. The first film will be, “Banksy Does New York” about the elusive street artist who launched a self-proclaimed month long residency in New York installing one unique exhibit a day.  This film is not rated with a running time 79 minutes. This program has been funded through the generosity of Laguna Beach residents Steve Chadima and Mark Porterfield.

Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibition - The Arts Commission selected 12 designs from 200 submissions for the 12th annual Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibition. On exhibit at City Hall from December 1 through December 30, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and every other Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will be works by: Grace Puffer (Aged 5),  Charlotte Jameson (6),  Alexander Insaurralde (7), Ella Berberian (8), Savanah Rodriguez (8), Hailey Huynh (9), Ha-Jin Attenborough (9), Isabella Reneder (10), Charlotte Sekerka (11), Gary Davidson (12), Katie Letourneau (12) and Maggie Zegawitz (13).This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach. 

Winter Quarter 2017 Registration Activities - Registration for Winter Quarter 2017 classes is now available by visiting www.lagunabeachcity.net, by mail-in or in person at the Community Center at 380 Third Street or at the Community Services Department at 515 Forest Avenue.

South Coast Water District Open House - On Thursday, December 8, from 6-8 p.m., the South Coast Water District will put on an Open House to address the project to improve the two-mile tunnel located beneath the bluff in South Laguna Beach that conveys sewage from nearby homes and business.


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: November 23, 2016

Holiday Trash Collection Schedule - Residential and commercial trash collection will be delayed one day for customers normally serviced on Thursday and Friday because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving Holiday Transit Service - There will be no Laguna Beach Transit Service on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24.  On Friday, November 25, Transit services in the neighborhoods will operate on the Saturday schedule with service from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Trolley service along the Coast will operate on the normal off-season Friday schedule from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  All services will resume to their regular schedule on Saturday, November 26.  For questions or more information regarding Thanksgiving Holiday service changes, please contact the Transit office at (949) 497-0746.

No Holiday Residential Street Sweeping - There will be no residential street sweeping on Thursday and Friday. Parking restrictions for street sweeping will not be enforced on those days.

Street Resurfacing - Slurry seal has been applied to over 65 City streets as part of the current pavement maintenance effort.  Remaining work that includes re-striping, cleanup, and addressing quality control work items, will continue through December.

Cox Communications – Laguna Canyon Road Utility Undergrounding - On November 29, 2016, utility undergrounding efforts in the “Big Bend” area of Laguna Canyon Road will resume with Cox Communications beginning their portion of the work that includes placing underground cables and equipment, connecting properties, and removing the overhead distribution system. The construction work will require the outbound lane to be moved to the center lane periodically between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, through January 2017. One lane in each direction is expected to be maintained.

Phase I Sewer Tunnel Project- TheSouth Coast Water District received three construction contractor bids for the project.  The SCWD Board awarded the contract to Drill Tech Drilling & Shoring, Inc.  The estimated construction start has been pushed back to late Jan. 2017 due to SDGE power supply arrangements. A pre-construction meeting with 4th Avenue residents will be held in early January. Both District & contractor representatives will personally handle nearby homeowners’ suggestions/concerns on one-to-one basis.

City Hall Closed - Reminder that City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving Day holiday, as well as, on Friday, November 25.

World AIDS Day - On Thursday December 1, 2016, members of the Laguna Beach HIV Advisory Committee will participate in a World AIDS Day remembrance at the Main Beach cobblestone area.  The community is also invited to attend this candlelight vigil ceremony, which begins at 4:30 pm and concludes at 5:30 pm.  During the annual event, names of Laguna Beach residents who have passed away from this disease will be read in remembrance.

Restoration of Public Art - In the current calendar year, the Arts Commission has undertaken maintenance on seven City owned public art installations. At its meeting on November 14, 2016, the Commission approved the maintenance of an additional eight pieces, which will be undertaken in the next couple of months, which include: “Canyon View” (Broadway); “Deer Warrior” (Jarhaus Park); “Laguna Road Blossoms” (Ocean Avenue), “Memento” (Lang Park); “Mermaid Murals” (Mermaid Street) “Nautilus Beach” (Forest Avenue); “Rendezvous” (Heisler Park); “The Discussion” (Ocean Avenue). “Laguna Road Blossoms” (Ocean Avenue).  The maintenance of these public art pieces is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Hospitality Night 2016 - This year’s Hospitality Night will be on Friday, December 2. For a full list of events and details, please check the following link from the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce:  http://www.lagunabeachchamber.org/hospitality-night.

Field Maintenance and Closures - The fields will be closed for annual maintenance and turf renovations during the following dates: Moulton Meadows Field November 21, 2016 – January 3, 2017, Alta Laguna Field November 28, 2016 – January 3, 2017 and Riddle Field December 5, 2016 – January 30, 2017. Questions, please call (949) 497-0762.  

Reminders: 

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements - Construction of the storm drain at the intersection of Glenneyre Street and Anita Street is anticipated to continue for the next three weeks. Lane closures and minor traffic impacts can be expected from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lanes will reopen during non-working hours. For more information, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.


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: November 17, 2016

Thanksgiving Holiday Transit Service - There will be no Laguna Beach Transit Service on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24.  On Friday, November 25, Transit services in the neighborhoods will operate on the Saturday schedule with service from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Trolley service along the Coast will operate on the normal off-season Friday schedule from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  All services will resume to their regular schedule on Saturday, November 26.  For questions or more information regarding Thanksgiving Holiday service changes, please contact the Transit office at (949) 497-0746.

Free Social Security Planning Workshop - This workshop is facilitated by Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Orange County taking place on Monday, November 21, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Community & Susi Q Center, 380 Third Street. Sign-up, call (949) 464-6645.

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements - Construction of the storm drain line at the intersection of Glenneyre Street and Anita Street is anticipated to continue for the next four weeks. The leftmost southbound lane on Glenneyre Street will be closed 24 hours a day until Tuesday, November 22. All other lane closures and minor traffic impacts can be expected from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lanes will reopen during non-working hours. For more information, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.


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: November 10, 2016

South Laguna Civic Association Follow-up Meeting: On Monday November 14 at 7 p.m., the Police, Marine Safety, and Public Works Departments, along with representatives from OC Lifeguards, and OC Parks, will be attending the SLCA board meeting to report back plans for the addressing their issues for the next busy season, as well as on-going resources that have been dedicated to address on-going concerns.

Juried Fine Art Exhibition – Winners Announced - The Arts Commission conducted its tenth annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition this month which is currently on display at City Hall. The winners of the exhibition were announced as 1st Place Jeanette Inouye; 2nd Place Naomi Shachar; 3rd Place Andrew Ko; each were awarded $1,000, $500 and $250 respectively. Honorable mention was awarded to Therese Conte, Mutlu Ertac, Jill Cooper, Mike Tauber, and Michael Munroe.

Palette Competition - Winners Announced - The Arts Commission selected four designs by artists Leigh Bell, Marcel Mead, Austin Hart, and Al Esquerra for this year’s competition. These new palettes will be installed outside City Hall. The palettes can be seen throughout the City extending to South Laguna. Currently in its 50th year, this program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. 

Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibition – Call for Artists - The Arts Commission is currently accepting designs to the annual competition. Students, age 5 to 17 years old, may submit an original design celebrating the holiday season. Up to 12 designs will be selected for display at City Hall throughout December. Designs must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2016. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and

City of Laguna Beach. The guidelines and application are available at:

http://lagunabeachcity.net/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=16948

Cultural Arts Funding – Call for Applications - 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 February 6, 2017. Applications must be submitted on-line at www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com.

Hey, what’s your address! Have you recently painted your house?  Not trimmed your landscaping for a while?  The Fire Department would like to remind residents to ensure that the addresses for homes need to be visible from the street so we can find you when you call.  Addresses should be at least 4” in height, not covered by landscaping, be of contrasting color to the house, and hopefully illuminated at night.  If you have a mailbox ensure your address is posted on both sides of the box; not just one.  Firefighters, police offices and ambulances may respond from both directions!

Reminders:

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

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements - Construction of the storm drain line at the intersection of Glenneyre Street and Anita Street is anticipated to continue for the next three weeks. The leftmost southbound lane on Glenneyre Street will be closed 24 hours a day for approximately one week.  All other lane closures and minor traffic impacts can be expected from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will be open during non-working hours. For more information, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

Top of the World Park Renovation - A neighborhood workshop will be held at Top of the World Park at 4:00 p.m. on November 15, 2016 to provide information, answer questions, and obtain public input regarding the park proposed renovations. Concept plans for the project can be viewed on City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net on the Public Works page under City Projects, Construction Projects List.  Public input on the project will be accepted until November 22, 2016.  For more information or to provide input, please contact Tri Nguyen at (949) 497-0300.

Disaster Preparedness Community Workshop - On November 16, at 6 p.m. at the Susi Q Center, Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse, Marine Safety Chief Kevin Snow, Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock, Public Works Project Manager Wade Brown, and Meteorologist Alex Tardy will be sharing weather and disaster preparedness information to community members.


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: November 3, 2016

Art and Nature Event at Main Beach - On Wednesday, November 2, the Laguna Art Museum began installation of the temporary sculpture “1/4 Mile Arc” at Main Beach. The installation of 200 mirrored stainless steel poles will take two days to complete and will be on exhibition Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with removal on Monday, November 7, 2016.

Disaster Preparedness Community Workshop - On November 16, at 6 p.m. at the Susi Q Center, Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse, Marine Safety Chief Kevin Snow, Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock, Public Works Project Manager Wade Brown, and Meteorologist Alex Tardy will be sharing weather and disaster preparedness information to community members.

Top of the World Park Renovation - A neighborhood workshop will be held at Top of the World Park at 4:00 p.m. on November 15, 2016 to provide information, answer questions, and obtain public input regarding the park proposed renovations. Concept plans for the project can be viewed on City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net on the Public Works page under City Projects, Construction Projects List.  Public input on the project will be accepted until November 22, 2016.  For more information or to provide input, please contact Tri Nguyen at (949) 497-0300.

Officer Receives Honor - Officer Brian Clasby was honored by the Orange County Trauma Intervention Program at its annual Heroes with a Heart Gala on Wednesday evening at the Anaheim Hilton. The nominations come from the citizens who were impacted by the services of the specific officer.

Daylight Saving Time - The Fire Department would like to remind all residents that this Sunday ends Daylight Saving Time. As you move your clocks back this weekend remember to also change the batteries in your smoke detectors and ensure that they are functioning properly. More information regarding smoke detector testing is available on the City’s website at http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/fire/fire_prevention/default.htm.

Reminders:

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements - Anita Street at South Coast Highway will continue to be closed 24 hours a day for approximately one more week.  For more information, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

Draft Historic Preservation Ordinance Presentation - 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 Historic Preservation Ordinance Presentation.


The City of Laguna Beach Community Development Department welcomes new management staff members

After an extensive search to replace Assistant Director Ann Larson upon her retirement last July, Greg Pfost, Community Development Director for the City of Laguna Beach, reports that Jim Pechous will be starting as the Community Development Department’s new Assistant Director. Jim comes to the City with over 30 years of public sector planning experience, all of which he gained while working for the City of San Clemente. 

His most current position was that of City Planner, responsible for the activities and programs within San Clemente’s Planning Division, while also working closely with San Clemente’s Building and Code Enforcement Divisions. Jim is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, holding a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies and Geography. Jim’s first day at the City will be on Nov 28.

Additionally, after another extensive search, Pfost announced the promotion of Laguna Beach’s existing Principal Planner, Scott Drapkin, to the position of Planning Manager. Scott has served in the Planning Division for the City of Laguna Beach over the past 19 years, working on a variety of current and advanced planning projects. Scott holds a Bachelors Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Grand Canyon University. Scott will assume the role of Planning Manager immediately.

This is an exciting time for the City and the Community Development Department as there are many significant planning initiatives currently underway in addition to all Department Divisions (Planning, Zoning, Building, and Code Enforcement) experiencing very high activity levels. Working closely with Director Pfost, new Assistant Director Pechous will assist in the development and implementation of key department projects, initiatives and goals while also playing a key leadership role in building and maintaining a cohesive team dedicated to providing excellent customer service to the community.

Under the direction of Mr. Pfost, Mr. Pechous will be working closely with the City’s Zoning Administrator, Nancy Csira, and Building Official, Dennis Bogle, on efforts to continue improving upon efficiency in service to the public and to the City’s Design Review Board. Further, in his new role, Mr. Drapkin will be working with Director Pfost in serving as the staff liaison to the Planning Commission in addition to managing the day to day operations of the Department’s Planning Division.


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.

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