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: July 14, 2016

Downtown Specific Plan Update – Urban Design Presentation and Discussion - The City of Laguna Beach and consultant MIG will continue their efforts on the Downtown Specific Plan Update on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, during the Planning Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers at City Hall (505 Forest Avenue).  MIG will provide a presentation on the topic of Urban Design for discussion with the Planning Commission.  The focus will be on MIG’s urban design height analysis and massing study, evaluation of building heights, vision graphics and overall illustrative plan for the Downtown, including potential areas for public realm and streetscape improvements.  An urban design-related memo prepared by MIG is available to view on the City’s project webpage under the MIG Deliverables section (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

New EV Charging Stations in the Glenneyre Parking Structure - Two new Electric Vehicle Charging Stations will be available on July 18, 2016, in the Glenneyre Parking Structure.  Rates for these stations will be $3/hour during summer months and $2/hour during winter months (4-hour limit).  The following link can be used to locate the new charging stations once they become operational - https://na.chargepoint.com/charge_point.

Summer Breeze Bus Service - The City of Laguna Beach, in partnership with the Orange County Transportation Authority, has started a new, FREE bus service from a peripheral parking lot at the corner of Limestone and Laguna Canyon Rd., near the SR133/I-405 interchange in Irvine to Laguna Beach summer destinations.  The “Summer Breeze Bus Service” is running every Saturday and Sunday, thru August 28, 2016 from 11 a.m. to midnight.  The service is offered every 30 minutes and runs along Laguna Canyon Road stopping at the Sawdust Art Festival, Laguna Art-A-Fair, Festival of the Arts, Pageant of the Masters, the Laguna Playhouse and the Laguna Beach Bus Station where riders can also connect with the free Laguna Beach Trolley.  For more information, visit www.lagunabeachcity.net.

Laguna Beach Neighborhood Trolley Hours - The Neighborhood Trolley Program will be offering expanded operating hours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays starting Friday, July 15.  The Top of The World, Bluebird Canyon, and Arch Beach Heights neighborhood trolleys will operate Monday – Thursday, 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 a.m. – Midnight.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Midnight.; Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Mainline service will continue as normal in North Laguna and South Laguna. The Neighborhood Program operates on a 30-minute frequency with fixed stops, as well as offering a flag down service anywhere along the route.  For real-time trolley scheduling information, the Neighborhood Trolleys are now viewable on the Trolley Tracker via the Visit Laguna Beach App.  For more information regarding the Neighborhood Trolley Pilot Program, please visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/trolley or call 949-497-0746.

Parents’ Night Out - On Friday, July 29, 2016, the Laguna Beach Community Services Department will be hosting its summer Carnival themed Parents’ Night Out.  This event will give parents the opportunity to enjoy some adult time to see a movie, have a nice dinner out on the town, or catch up with friends 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, July 27, 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 - On July 18, work will begin on construction of the storm drain along Anita Street, Avalon Avenue, and Seaview Street, between Catalina Street and Temple Terrace.  Portions of streets will be closed and restricted to local access only during the working hours of 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Detours will be provided and minor traffic impacts can be anticipated.  After Labor Day, the second phase of the project will continue construction of the storm drain along Anita Street between Catalina Street and Gaviota Drive.  The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.  For questions, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

Red Phone Booth Temporary Art Installation - The Arts Commission is currently accepting proposals for a temporary art installation. The booth is located on Forest Avenue and the Commission is seeking imaginative, whimsical and colorful proposals. The winning design will be on exhibit for 24 months and will receive an honorarium of $3,500. The deadline for proposals is Monday, August 15, 2016. Complete guidelines and application is available at www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com. This project 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: July 7, 2016

Olympic Sendoff PartyCome meet and have your photo taken with Laguna Beach residents Aria and Makenzie Fischer, the dynamic sister duo who will be going to the Rio Olympics this summer to compete on the US Women’s Water Polo team. Show your support for these talented athletes and let them know that the community is excited to watch them compete this summer. The event will be held on Wednesday, July 13, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in front of City Hall. If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Adam Gufarotti, Recreation Supervisor, at (949) 497-0304, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements – On July 18, work will begin on construction of the storm drain along Anita Street, Avalon Avenue, and Seaview Street, between Catalina Street and Temple Terrace.  Portions of streets will be closed and restricted to local access only during the working hours of 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Detours will be provided and minor traffic impacts can be anticipated.  After Labor Day, the second phase of the project will continue construction of the storm drain along Anita Street between Catalina Street and Gaviota Drive.  The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.  For questions, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

Reminders:

Summer Breeze Bus Service - The City of Laguna Beach in partnership with the Orange County Transportation Authority is offering a new free bus service from a peripheral parking lot near the SR133/I-405 interchange in Irvine to Laguna Beach summer destinations.  The “Summer Breeze Bus Service” will run every Saturday and Sunday, starting next Saturday, July 9, 2016, to August 28, 2016 from 11 a.m. to midnight.  The service is offered every 30 minutes and runs along Laguna Canyon Road stopping at the Sawdust Art Festival, Laguna Art-A-Fair, Festival of the Arts, Pageant of the Masters, the Laguna Playhouse and the Laguna Beach Bus Station where riders can also connect with the free Laguna Beach Trolley.   Summer 2016 Recreation Registration - Registration for the summer quarter recreation activities is underway.  A wide variety of summer camps, programs and classes are being offered for all ages.  Register for activities online at www.lagunabeachcity.net (click on Recreation Classes), by mail-in, or drop-off to the Community Services Department at 515 Forest Avenue.

Red Phone Booth Temporary Art Installation - The Arts Commission is currently accepting proposals for a temporary art installation. The booth is located on Forest Avenue and the Commission is seeking imaginative, whimsical and colorful proposals. The winning design will be on exhibit for 24 months and will receive an honorarium of $3,500. The deadline for proposals is Monday, August 15, 2016. Complete guidelines and application is available at www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com. This project 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 Council members weekly with notes covering many subjects. This is based on the report sent out on June 30.

Summer Breeze Bus Service: The City of Laguna Beach in partnership with the Orange County Transportation Authority is offering a new free bus service from a peripheral parking lot near the SR133/I-405 interchange in Irvine to Laguna Beach summer destinations. The “Summer Breeze Bus Service” will run every Saturday and Sunday, starting next Saturday, July 9, 2016, to August 28, 2016 from 11 a.m. to midnight. The service is offered every 30 minutes and runs along Laguna Canyon Road stopping at the Sawdust Art Festival, Laguna Art-A-Fair, Festival of the Arts, Pageant of the Masters, the Laguna Playhouse and the Laguna Beach Bus Station where riders can also connect with the free Laguna Beach Trolley. From more information, please see the attached brochure.

4th of July Trolley Service - Laguna Beach Transit will be offering a Modified 4th of July Holiday Trolley Service on the Coastal and Canyon routes, with the service ending at 7:00 p.m. in lieu of 11:30 p.m. Normal Summer Festival Trolley Service will resume Tuesday, July 5 operating continuously from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Please contact the Transit Division at 949-497-0746 for information regarding the 4th of July Trolley Service.

Fire Captain Retirement – Fire Captain Steve Rening has retired from the Fire Department effective June 25 after 33 years of service to the City. Steve was hired full-time on January 7, 1983, and also served several years before that as a volunteer Firefighter. Steve’s father, Walter, was also a Firefighter for the City and was hired in 1953. As the Fire Department prepares for our centennial celebration in 2019, it is important to recognize and honor the service of the Rening family to the City for over 50 years.

Nyes/Oro Fuel Modification Project - The Fire Department recently completed the Nyes/Oro Canyon Fuel Modification Project in Arch Beach Heights. The project encompassed approximately 22 acres of land which was modified by hand crews who removed dead and/or dying vegetation, invasive plants, rubbish, and trash from the area. The goal of the project was to create a modified area of reduced fuel, or vegetation, between the homes and the open space. The area would create defensible space so Firefighters would have a greater chance of success when protecting homes from a wildfire, or even prevent a house fire from spreading into the open space.

Reminders!

Public Art Dedication - On Wednesday, July 6, at 5:30 p.m. the City of Laguna Beach will dedicate the artist-designed bench installation “The Love that Binds” by artists Jose Calderon and Roberto Delgado at Crescent Bay Point Park. The benches have been created from travertine stone with handmade tile inserts which depict Laguna Beach, its people and places. This installation has been funded by Laguna Beach resident Norman Powell.

Red Phone Booth Temporary Art Installation - The Arts Commission is currently accepting proposals for a temporary art installation. The booth is located on Forest Avenue and the Commission is seeking imaginative, whimsical and colorful proposals. The winning design will be on exhibit for 24 months and will receive an honorarium of $3,500. The deadline for proposals is Monday, August 15. Complete guidelines and application is available at www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com. This project is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach. 


2016 – 17 Budget is approved with last minute funding

By BARBARA DIAMOND

On Tuesday the City Council approved the 2016-17 budget, which starts on July 1 with a $1,099,885 general fund that allows increases in spending due to better-than-expected revenue.

Increased revenue will be spent on 29 items ranging from new hires to a one-time $500,000 appropriation to expand the fuel modification zone to include Hobo Canyon. 

Last minute requests for money or support that had not arisen at the Budget Workshop were tacked on to the expenditures outlined in the agenda bill.

Radio station KX 93.5’s request for $20,000 over and above its application for a $23,500 Community Assistant Grant, and Laguna Greenbelt’s plea for $15,000 to monitor the open space crossings for Laguna’s wildlife were approved. 

Mayor Steve Dicterow offered to write a letter to the recalcitrant owner of the Community Garden property in South Laguna, as requested by the South Laguna Civic Assn., which has been unable to make contact.

South Laguna issues are raised

South Laguna resident John Thomas complained that his area of town has been neglected by city government. He asked for a crackdown on inappropriate and/or illegal activities on beaches, day and night. 

 “I’ve lived here 25 years, and this is not an exaggeration, over the past three years, the number of people coming to South Laguna beaches has dramatically increased and the nature of those coming has changed, and not for the better,” said Thomas.

However, South Laguna Beaches are tended by county-hired lifeguards and beach trash collectors.

“The City does coordinate with South Laguna lifeguards and park rangers,” said City Manager John Pietig. 

Thomas also read a letter signed by Association President Greg O’Loughlin noting that it is long past time for the city to fill in the gaps that exist in the sidewalk along Coast Highway. 

Pietig said money has been set aside in the 10-year capital improvement plan for the sidewalk project. “It has slowed down because of the Cal Trans commitment for sidewalks,” he said. 

Cal Trans has jurisdiction over the highway. Even if the city moved ahead on a project by itself, it would need Cal Trans to sign off on the design, according to City Engineer Christina Templeton. 

“It would be faster if we coordinated with Cal Trans,” she said. 

“And it might be done before ten years,” Templeton added.

The complete modifications to the budget for fiscal year 2016-17 are available for review on the City’s website, www.lagunabeachcity.net.


Medal of Courage awarded by City Council to firefighter Pat Cary for bravery in successful rescue

By MAGGI HENRIKSON

Laguna’s Fire Chief LaTendresse stood before the city council and said “It’s not very often that we come before you and want to recognize one of our own, because we view what we do every day as just part of our job, but there are these certain instances…” 

He went on to describe the heroic action taken by Pat Cary at 5:20 in the afternoon of April 10 when he responded to a call of distress. It was a victim trapped in one of the dangerous blowholes on the coast below 2175 S. Coast Hwy. 

Facebook photo

Firefighter Pat Cary (right) with his wife, Rosalind

“He was 10 feet into the blowhole with tidal surges entering from the bottom,” said LaTendresse. “While they could not see the victim, the desperation was evident in his screams for help. He expressed his inability to hold on much longer.”

Firefighters do not normally face ocean rescues, but because Marine Safety was delayed on arrival, Cary had to think quick on his feet. According to LaTendresse, he “authorized a plan to utilize a ladder off the truck in a very unusual way.”

Pat Cary saved the man from probable drowning. 

Cary was commended by the Fire Chief and the Laguna Beach City Council for his bravery, quick action, and ingenuity in the successful rescue.

LaTendresse concluded, saying, “As your captain I am comforted knowing that you, the epitome of a professional firefighter are part of my crew.”


Updates from the Laguna Beach City Manager’s office

The City Manager’s office prepares a memo for Council members weekly with notes covering many subjects. This is based on the report sent out on June 23.

Laguna Beach Neighborhood Trolley Pilot Program: The City of Laguna Beach started its free Neighborhood Trolley Pilot Program. The service is replacing the Mainline Bus service in Top of The World, Bluebird Canyon, Arch Beach Heights, and will utilize brand new green and red trolleys.

The new service will operate Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. The neighborhood program will operate on a 30-minute frequency with fixed stops, as well as offering a flag-down service anywhere along the route. Mainline service will continue as normal in North Laguna and South Laguna. For more information regarding the Neighborhood Trolley Pilot Program please visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/trolley or call 949-497-0746.

Summer Festival Trolley Service - Laguna Beach Transit kicked off its Summer Festival Service on June 24. During the 10-week Summer Festival Season, free trolley services will be offered seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Trolley service includes stops along Coast Highway as well as Laguna Canyon Road in order to service the Festival of the Arts/Pageant of the Masters, Sawdust Art Festival, Art-A-Fair and the Laguna Playhouse. For more information regarding the Summer Festival Service please visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/trolley or call 949-497-0746.

Southern California Edison Rotating Outages - As the summer is upon us, SCE has provided the attached rotating outage procedures and policies as well as notification programs that will be used in the event of rotating outages that are likely to occur this summer. These same notification procedures are used to alert citizens of significant interruptions and/or rotating outages caused by major emergencies such as wildfires, inclement weather, or earthquakes. Additional information and resources to help conserve energy wherever possible can be found on 

http://insideedison.com/stories/sce-encourages-energy-conservation-this-summer and www.sce.com/outage

Keep Bird Nests Safe and Trees Healthy - The City has published a new Information Guide to assist residents, tree trimmers and contractors in understanding potential impacts that could occur to birds and their nests from trimming trees during certain times of the year when birds are nesting. In addition, on June 20, 2016 a Press Release was sent to the local media informing the general public of this information. The Information Guide and Press Release (links are posted below) are located on the City’s website and can be found in hard copy in the Community Development, Public Works and Animal Control offices. 

http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/news/displaynews.htm?NewsID=1139&TargetID=1,22

http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=16090

Angels Game Law Enforcement Appreciation Night - At Friday evening’s Angels game against the Oakland A’s, Detectives Dave Gensemer and Cornelius Ashton were honored on the field before the game as Laguna Beach’s Top Cops for their work on multiple cases. Officer Natalie Leal’s son was also selected and enjoyed the bat kid privilege.

Reminders!

Lifeguard Staffing Level One Is Underway - Swim near a lifeguard. Full staffing of the City’s 30 lifeguard towers is now underway and will continue through Labor Day, September 7.

Gas Company Repairs - While repairing a pipe at the intersection of Third Street and Mermaid Street earlier this month, the Gas Company detected that additional repairs were needed. The Gas Company will return to work at this intersection on June 28, June 29, and July 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No lane closures will be necessary, but minor traffic impacts can be expected.

Public Art Dedication - On Wednesday, July 6, at 5:30 p.m. the City of Laguna Beach will dedicate the artist-designed bench installation “The Love that Binds” by artists Jose Calderon and Roberto Delgado at Crescent Bay Point Park. The benches have been created from travertine stone with handmade tile inserts which depict Laguna Beach, its people and places. This installation has been funded by Laguna Beach resident Norman Powell.

Red Phone Booth Temporary Art Installation - The Arts Commission is currently accepting proposals for a temporary art installation. The booth is located on Forest Avenue and the Commission is seeking imaginative, whimsical and colorful proposals. The winning design will be on exhibit for 24 months and will receive an honorarium of $3,500. The deadline for proposals is Monday, August 15. Complete guidelines and application is available at www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com. This project is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Summer 2016 Recreation Registration - Registration for the summer quarter recreation activities is underway. A wide variety of summer camps, programs and classes are being offered for all ages. Register for activities online at www.lagunabeachcity.net (click on Recreation Classes), or by mail-in, or drop-off to 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 Council members weekly with notes covering many subjects. This is the report sent out on June 23.

Laguna Beach Neighborhood Trolley Pilot Program: The City of Laguna Beach will start its free Neighborhood Trolley Pilot Program tomorrow, June 24.  The service will replace the current Mainline Bus service in Top of The World, Bluebird Canyon, Arch Beach Heights, and will utilize brand new green and red trolleys.  

The new service will operate Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  The neighborhood program will operate on a 30-minute frequency with fixed stops, as well as offering a flag-down service anywhere along the route. Mainline service will continue as normal in North Laguna and South Laguna. For more information regarding the Neighborhood Trolley Pilot Program please visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/trolley or call 949-497-0746.

Summer Festival Trolley Service - On Friday June 24, Laguna Beach Transit will kick off its Summer Festival Service.  During the 10-week Summer Festival Season, free trolley services will be offered seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Trolley service includes stops along Coast Highway as well as Laguna Canyon Road in order to service the Festival of the Arts/Pageant of the Masters, Sawdust Art Festival, Art-A-Fair and the Laguna Playhouse. For more information regarding the Summer Festival Service please visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/trolley or call 949-497-0746.

Southern California Edison Rotating Outages - As the summer is upon us, SCE has provided the attached rotating outage procedures and policies as well as notification programs that will be used in the event of rotating outages that are likely to occur this summer. These same notification procedures are used to alert citizens of significant interruptions and/or rotating outages caused by major emergencies such as wildfires, inclement weather, or earthquakes. Additional information and resources to help conserve energy wherever possible can be found on 

http://insideedison.com/stories/sce-encourages-energy-conservation-this-summer and www.sce.com/outage

Keep Bird Nests Safe and Trees Healthy - The City has published a new Information Guide to assist residents, tree trimmers and contractors in understanding potential impacts that could occur to birds and their nests from trimming trees during certain times of the year when birds are nesting. In addition, on June 20, 2016 a Press Release was sent to the local media informing the general public of this information. The Information Guide and Press Release (links are posted below) are located on the City’s website and can be found in hard copy in the Community Development, Public Works and Animal Control offices. 

http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/news/displaynews.htm?NewsID=1139&TargetID=1,22

http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=16090

Angels Game Law Enforcement Appreciation Night - At Friday evening’s Angels game against the Oakland A’s, Detectives Dave Gensemer and Cornelius Ashton will be honored on the field before the game as Laguna Beach’s Top Cops for their work on multiple cases. Officer Natalie Leal’s son was also selected and will be enjoying the bat kid privilege.

Reminders!

Lifeguard Staffing Level One Begins on June 25 - Swim near a lifeguard. Full staffing of the City’s 30 lifeguard towers will begin on June 25 and continue through Labor Day, September 7.

Gas Company Repairs - While repairing a pipe at the intersection of Third Street and Mermaid Street earlier this month, the Gas Company detected that additional repairs were needed. The Gas Company will return to work at this intersection on June 28, June 29, and July 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No lane closures will be necessary, but minor traffic impacts can be expected.

Public Art Dedication - On Wednesday, July 6, at 5:30 p.m. the City of Laguna Beach will dedicate the artist-designed bench installation “The Love that Binds” by artists Jose Calderon and Roberto Delgado at Crescent Bay Point Park. The benches have been created from travertine stone with handmade tile inserts which depict Laguna Beach, its people and places. This installation has been funded by Laguna Beach resident Norman Powell.

Red Phone Booth Temporary Art Installation - The Arts Commission is currently accepting proposals for a temporary art installation. The booth is located on Forest Avenue and the Commission is seeking imaginative, whimsical and colorful proposals. The winning design will be on exhibit for 24 months and will receive an honorarium of $3,500. The deadline for proposals is Monday, August 15. Complete guidelines and application is available at www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com. This project is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Summer 2016 Recreation Registration - Registration for the summer quarter recreation activities is underway.  A wide variety of summer camps, programs and classes are being offered for all ages.  Register for activities online at www.lagunabeachcity.net (click on Recreation Classes), or by mail-in, or drop-off to 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: June 16, 2016

Hot Weather This Weekend - A significant heat wave is headed our way this weekend.  The hottest temperatures on the coast are expected on Monday, when Laguna Beach could reach over 80 degrees.  If you visit the wildness areas, including the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park or the Aliso and Wood Canyon Park, please abide by the hours of operation, 7:00 a.m. to sunset.  Also, no smoking or open fires are permitted.  Individuals caught violating this regulation could be cited with a fine of up to $1,000.  If you are going to take advantage of the hot weather ensure you that you keep yourself hydrated and hike or bike with a friend. With this hot weather predicted the Fire Department is encouraging residents to ensure their pets have shade and water.

Short Term Lodging - The City Council’s Short Term Lodging Subcommittee will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 starting at 4:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 505 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

We’re Now on Instagram - The City of Laguna Beach launched its Instagram presence on June 15, 2016. The City’s newest social media channel, which can be found on Instagram @lagunabeachgov, will tell the story of the (often unseen) work that keeps the City running, the people who do that work, and other visual moments of Laguna Beach. City of Laguna Beach Instagram photos will be tagged #LagunaBeachCity. Like our Facebook and Twitter accounts, the purpose of Laguna Beach’s Instagram account is to build relationships and communicate with those who live, work, visit, and conduct business in the City of Laguna Beach. Find us on Facebook as “City of Laguna Beach” and on Twitter @lagunabeachgov. For more information about the City’s social media presence please contact Jennifer Chapman, Digital Communications Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (949) 497-0795.

Public Art Dedication - On Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. the City of Laguna Beach will dedicate the artist designed bench installation “The Love that Binds” by artists Jose Calderon and Roberto Delgado at Crescent Bay Point Park. The benches have been created of travertine stone with handmade tile inserts which depict Laguna Beach its, people and places. This installation has been funded by the Laguna Beach resident Norman Powell.

Red Phone Booth Temporary Art Installation - The Arts Commission is currently accepting proposals for a temporary art installation. The booth is located on Forest Avenue and the Commission is seeking imaginative, whimsical and colorful proposals. The winning design will be on exhibit for 24 months and will receive an honorarium of $3,500. The deadline for proposals is Monday, August 15, 2016. Complete guidelines and application is available at www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com. This project is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach

Festival of Arts Temporary Sculpture Exhibition - The City of Laguna Beach is collaborating with the Festival of Arts by providing a sculpture pad near the Broadway Bus Deport for the exhibition of sculpture from the Festival’s permanent collection. The Festival will be installing the sculpture “Bulk Head” by artist Hal Pastorius for a three year exhibition. The installation is a nod to the Sawdust Art Festival’s 50th anniversary, as Pastorius was the first president of the organization in 1966. This project is funded by the lodging establishment and City of Laguna Beach.

Lifeguard Staffing Level-One Begins on June 25, 2016 - Swim near a lifeguard. Full staffing of the City’s 30 lifeguard towers will begin on June 25, 2016 and continue through Labor Day, September 7, 2016.

Southern California Edison System Upgrade - Southern California Edison is planning to upgrade the electrical system along Temple Terrace starting June 22.  The work will take approximately 3 weeks to complete. SCE will be mailing notices to all affected property owners. No traffic impacts are anticipated.  

Gas Company Repairs-While repairing a pipe at the intersection of Third Street and Mermaid Street earlier this month, the Gas Company detected that additional repairs were needed. The Gas Company will return to work at this intersection on June 28, June 29, and July 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No lane closures will be necessary, but minor traffic impacts can be expected.

Reminders:

Alta Laguna Tennis and Basketball Court Resurfacing - Routine maintenance and resurfacing work at Alta Laguna Park started on Monday, June 6. The work is slated to be complete by Friday, June 23. Three tennis courts will remain open for play during the project. If you have any questions, please call Alexis Braun, Recreation Supervisor, at (949) 497-0762.  

Summer 2016 Recreation Registration - Registration for the summer quarter recreation activities is underway.  A wide variety of summer camps, programs and classes are being offered for all ages.  Register for activities online at www.lagunabeachcity.net (click on Recreation Classes), or by mail-in, or drop-off to 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: June 9, 2016

Draft Historic Preservation Ordinance - The City of Laguna Beach will hold a public workshop with the Heritage Committee on Thursday, June 16, 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 discuss and receive public comment on a revised draft of the Historic Preservation Ordinance (Municipal Code Section 25.45).  The City Attorney will also be present to discuss the ordinance as it relates to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). A copy of the draft Historic Preservation Ordinance can be found here:

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

Two New Police Officers Graduate from Academy - Two police recruits are graduating from the Orange County Sheriff’s Training Academy on Thursday evening. Chris Roberts, a former Summer Beach Patrol Officer, and Alejandro Diaz, a Civilian Jailer, are both graduating from this six-month training program. Next week they will begin six months of training with experienced Laguna Beach Field Training Officers.      

Alta Laguna Tennis and Basketball Court Resurfacing - Routine maintenance and resurfacing work at Alta Laguna Park started on Monday, June 6. The work is slated to be complete by Friday, June 23. Three tennis courts will remain open for play during the project. If you have any questions, please call Alexis Braun, Recreation Supervisor, at (949) 497-0762.  

Gutter Repairs in Front of City Hall - On June 13, minor repairs to improve accessibility and drainage will be made to the curb ramp on Forest Avenue adjacent to the Lumberyard parking lot in front of City Hall. The curb ramp will be closed for a portion of that day.

Reminders:

Annual Composting Classes - The City’s solid waste hauler, Waste Management, will offer the third of four free composting classes planned for 2016.  The class will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Lang Park, located at 21540 Wesley 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.  

Summer 2016 Recreation Registration - Registration for the summer quarter recreation activities is underway.  A wide variety of summer camps, programs and classes are being offered for all ages.  Register for activities online at www.lagunabeachcity.net (click on Recreation Classes), or by mail-in, or drop-off to the Community Services Department at 515 Forest Avenue.

It’s Time to Renew Your Shopper Parking Permits! - Residents who have participated in the shopper parking permit program in the past should have already received their 2016-2018 application in the mail. If you did not receive an application, or are interested in the program, please visit the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net. Just click the “Shopper Permits” icon located on the City’s home page. From the website, residents can purchase parking permits on-line or by mail by downloading a PDF version of the information packet and application. The cost is $80 each for the first two shopper permits and $150 each for the third and fourth permit. If you received an application in the mail, please note that the enclosed Shopper Parking Reference Sheet referenced valid dates of August 1, 2014 – July 31, 2016.  This date was incorrect.  New Shoppers Permits are valid from August 1, 2016 through July 31, 2018. A revised Shopper Parking Permit Reference Sheet will be included with your shopper permit receipt.   Finally, the new Shopper Parking Permits will be mailed the last week in July.  For questions, please call the parking permit hotline at (949) 497-0314. 

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