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: February 25, 2016

Strong Weekend Trolley Ridership - The popularity of the City’s off-season weekend trolley service continues to grow.  Total ridership for the past Presidents’ Day weekend was 10,291 passengers compared to 7,185 passengers transported in March 2015.  Some likely explanations for the service’s recent growth include summer-like weather conditions, holiday break, and a growing familiarity with the service.  Also, the City’s transit team has improved its management of the operations based on lessons learned during last spring’s rollout of the off-season program.

How to Report Low flying Aircraft and Noise - The FAA regulates the altitude, speed, direction, or location of aircraft in flight.To reportLow Flying Aircraft, contact--- the local FAA Flight Standards District Office in Long Beach at (562) 420-1755. If you have a complaint about aircraft noise, email the FAA’s Noise Ombudsman atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. orcall (202) 267-3521.  It is important to provide specifics regarding your complaint, including dates and times of the aircraft generating the complaint. Flight tracks can be checked using John Wayne Airport’s web-based aircraft flight tracking system at www.ocair.com/communityrelations/flighttracking/.  Information available includes airline, aircraft type, altitude and flight track.

City Approved to Purchase Three Vacant Parcels - The County of Orange provides cities with limited opportunities to purchase tax defaulted properties within their jurisdictions. In June 2015, the City Council approved the purchase of three vacant parcels in Arch Beach Heights for a total of $6,000 and the County Board of Supervisors recently approved the purchase.  On February 9, 2016, the City Council adopted a resolution indicating their interest in acquiring another vacant parcel in Arch Beach Heights should it become available in the County’s auction process.  If the property becomes available, the City Council will consider approving its acquisition at a regularly scheduled City Council meeting.

Boat Canyon and Alta Laguna Park Restroom Renovations - The restroom buildings at Boat Canyon Park and Alta Laguna Park will be closed for renovations from February 29 through the end of March. Temporary restroom facilities will be provided during the renovation process. In addition, a short fence will be installed around the tot lot at Boat Canyon Park.

Nita Carman Park Fitness Equipment - New outdoor fitness equipment, consisting of a series of pull up bars, is currently being installed at Nita Carman Park.  The park will remain open during construction, and the fitness equipment is scheduled to be available for use by March 4.

Sewer Project Traffic Closures – For the week of February 29, the uphill side of the Third Street hill will be closed at 8:30 a.m. and reopened at 5:30 p.m. each weekday.  The uphill side of the Third Street hill will be open all day on the weekends.  The downhill side of Third Street hill and the westbound lane on Mermaid, between Second Street and Glenneyre, will remain closed through the end of March. Traffic control personnel will be engaged through March to help with traffic flow throughout the downtown area. For questions concerning construction, please call the project hotline at (949) 464-6686 or visit the Construction Projects section of the Water Quality Department website: www.clbwq.net.

Spring & Summer Camp 2016 Registration Activities - Registration for spring quarter recreation activities and summer camps begins Monday, February 29.  The brochure has been mailed citywide and is now available at the Community & Susi Q Center, Community Pool and Community Services Department, as well as online. A wide variety of programs and classes are 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.

First Friday Flicks at the Forum - First Friday Flicks at the Forum will be held on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Forum Theatre located at the Festival of Arts grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Road screening the film “Amy”. The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, features unseen archival footage and unheard tracks. This film is rated R with a running time of 128 minutes. This program has been funded through the generosity of Laguna Beach residents Steve Chadima and Mark Porterfield.

2016 Banner Competition- The Arts Commission is currently accepting banner designs for the annual competition. The banners are displayed on lampposts through the City and are a celebration of the community. The competition is open to Orange County artists 18 years of age or older. Artists may submit one proposal to the scale of 4” x 16”. Winning artists will be awarded $2,200 to paint their design on a provided banner which measures 4’ by 16’. The deadline for proposals is Friday, March 11, 2015. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. Applications and information is available at:

http://lagunabeach-prod.civicasoft.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=15082

2016 Art That’s Small at City Hall - The Arts Commission is currently accepting pre-registration to the 14th annual “Art That’s Small at City Hall” exhibition. The competition is open to Orange County artists 18 years of age or older with two dimensional works measuring 12” or smaller (including the frame). The first place winner will be awarded $500. Artist may pre-register through March 9, 2016 by completing the application and e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Artist may also register on the day of artwork delivery, Saturday, March 12, 2016 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Main doors to City Hall, 505 Forest Avenue. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. Applications are available at http://lagunabeach-prod.civicasoft.com/news/displaynews.htm?NewsID=1017&TargetID=20.

Arts Marketing Workshop - The City of Laguna Beach is collaborating with the National Arts Marketing Project, a program of Americans for the Arts and will be offering a free arts marketing workshop for artists on March 3, 2016. Due to overwhelming demand the workshop limit of 60 was filled on the day of the announcement. If you are interested in participating in future workshops contact Sian Poeschl, Cultural Arts Manager will be 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.

Reminders:

Community Assistance Grants - The City of Laguna Beach is now accepting applications for 2016-2017 Community Assistance Grants. The Community Assistance Grant program is available to non-profit and/or public organizations that provide special services to residents of Laguna Beach. The objective of this program is to assist local organizations in funding new projects and/or expanded services within our community. Organizations applying for Fiscal Year 2016-17 Community Assistance Grant funds will find additional information and may download the application from the City’s website: http://lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/community/grants/.  To be considered for a grant, applications must be received by tomorrow, February 26, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

Training On How To Use The New City Website - City staff will be hosting an educational training sessions on the new City website.  Residents will learn about the site’s new features and how to easily navigate through the menus and pages to find information about City meetings, departments, news and events.  The session will be held on Monday, February 29, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. For those who cannot attend, the training session will be videotaped and made available on the City website.

Heritage Committee Workshops - The City is in the process of holding a series of workshops with the Heritage Committee that will focus on different topic areas related to historic preservation with the purpose of formulating a revised Draft Ordinance and Historic Inventory Update.  The next workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 1, at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers to discuss the “C- Contributive” property rating and the option to include a Structure of Merit Program in the draft update to the Historic Preservation Ordinance.  For more information or information about past meetings please visit:

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

Citywide Track & Field Meet - The City of Laguna Beach will host the annual Boys & Girls Track Meet on Friday, March 18, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Laguna Beach High School Track and Field.  All children born in or after the year 2001 and reside or attend school within the Laguna Beach Unified School District boundaries are invited to attend. Participants may enter a maximum of three (3) events.  The top four finishers in each age division and event are eligible to compete at the Orange County Track Meet on May 1, 2016. Please register online at https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=track or submit a completed entry form along with $17 entry fee per child ($22 at the track meet) to the Community Services Department by Thursday, March 17. If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Alexis Braun, Recreation Supervisor, at (949) 497-0762.


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: February 18, 2016

91 Freeway Project in Corona – Weekend Full Closure - As part of the Riverside County Transportation Commission’s (RCTC) 91 Project, there will be a 55-hour weekend full closure of the 91 in both directions between the 71 and I-15 in Corona from Friday, February 19 at 9 p.m. to Monday, February 22, 2016, at 4 a.m. This closure, branded “91 Steer Clear,” is needed to perform three major construction activities:  Demolish the west side of the Maple Street Bridge over the 91; install support beams for the new westbound Maple Street flyover ramp bridge; and pave the new eastbound 91 alignment near I-15. For questions and updates, please call the Project Helpline 877-770-9191 or visit the website at www.sr91project.info.

Southern California Edison Construction on South Coast Highway - Southern California Edison (SCE) is finalizing the removal and replacement of three deteriorated subterranean vaults along southbound South Coast Highway between Mountain Road and Bluebird Canyon Drive. The work requires the outside travel lane to be closed from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on February 19, and from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on February 22. There will also be night work from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. on February 22 to stripe the pavement and work on a traffic signal, as this work would be very disruptive to traffic if done during the day. Questions regarding the project may be directed to Justin Van Tassel, SCE Project General Supervisor, at (951) 217-4363.

Sewer Project Traffic Closures - Starting Friday, February 19, the uphill side of the Third Street hill will reopen at 5:30 p.m. each weekday.  The uphill side of the Third Street hill will be open all day on the weekends.  The downhill side of Third Street hill and the westbound lane on Mermaid, between Second Street and Glenneyre, will remain closed through the end of March. Traffic control personnel will be engaged through March to help with traffic flow throughout the downtown area. For questions concerning construction, please call the project hotline at (949) 464-6686 or visit the Construction Projects section of the Water Quality Department website: www.clbwq.net.

Dog Walker Watch - Come join the Laguna Beach Police Department next Tuesday to learn how Dog Walkers can help prevent crime in our community and help to keep Laguna safe at the Dog Walker Watch Meeting. The Dog Walker Watch meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at Susi Q, 380 Third St., Laguna Beach, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The training session will promote a heightened awareness of behaviors that might be suspicious, what information is important and how to report it to law enforcement. Please contact Community Services Officer Natasha Hernandez at 949-497-0382. We will also sign people up for Nixle.

Reminders:

Parents’ Night Out - On Friday, February 26, 2016, the Laguna Beach Community Services Department will be hosting its first 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. If you have questions regarding Parents’ Night Out, contact Program Coordinator, Patty Quilter, at (949) 464-9535.

Community Assistance Grants – The City of Laguna Beach is now accepting applications for 2016-2017 Community Assistance Grants. The Community Assistance Grant program is available to non-profit and/or public organizations that provide special services to residents of Laguna Beach. The objective of this program is to assist local organizations in funding new projects and/or expanded services within our community. Organizations applying for Fiscal Year 2016-17 Community Assistance Grant funds will find additional information and may download the application from the City’s website: http://lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/community/grants/.  To be considered for a grant, applications must be received by Friday, February 26, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

Training On How To Use The New City Website - City staff will be hosting an educational training sessions on the new City website.  Residents will learn about the site’s new features and how to easily navigate through the menus and pages to find information about City meetings, departments, news and events.  The session will be held on Monday, February 29, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. For those who cannot attend, the training session will be videotaped and made available on the City website.

Heritage Committee Workshops - The City is in the process of holding a series of workshops with the Heritage Committee that will focus on different topic areas related to historic preservation with the purpose of formulating a revised Draft Ordinance and Historic Inventory Update.  The next workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 1, at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers to discuss the “C- Contributive” property rating and the option to include a Structure of Merit Program in the draft update to the Historic Preservation Ordinance.  For more information or information about past meetings please visit:

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

2016 Banner Competition - The Arts Commission is currently accepting banner designs for the annual competition. The banners are displayed on lampposts through the City and are a celebration of the community. The competition is open to Orange County artists 18 years of age or older. Artists may submit one proposal to the scale of 4” x 16”. Winning artists will be awarded $2,200 to paint their design on a provided banner which measures 4’ by 16’. The deadline for proposals is Friday, March 11, 2016. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. Applications and

information for this competition is available at:

http://lagunabeach-rod.civicasoft.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=15082.

Citywide Track & Field Meet - The City of Laguna Beach will host the annual Boys & Girls Track Meet on Friday, March 18, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Laguna Beach High School Track and Field.  All children born in or after the year 2001 and reside or attend school within the Laguna Beach Unified School District boundaries are invited to attend. Participants may enter a maximum of three (3) events.  The top four finishers in each age division and event are eligible to compete at the Orange County Track Meet on May 1, 2016. Please register online at https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=track or submit a completed entry form along with $17 entry fee per child ($22 at the track meet) to the Community Services Department by Thursday, March 17. If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Alexis Braun, Recreation Supervisor, at (949) 497-0762.


Whalen follows Dicterow in running for reelection 

At a Friday lunch for outgoing Mayor Bob Whalen hosted by the Woman’s Club, Whalen announced his intention to run in November for reelection to the City Council.  

In making the announcement, he pointed to two major factors that convinced him to run again.  “First, I have a great respect for and a good working relationship with my fellow Councilmembers and I believe that we are a Council that can work together to get things done.  Second, there is too much unfinished business on projects that I moved forward in my first term,” Whalen stated.  

He cited as the unfinished business implementing a citywide utility undergrounding program, completing the land use plan updates for the downtown and Laguna Canyon areas and promoting an arts renaissance here in Laguna with the building of a cultural arts facility to serve residents and local arts groups.

When asked about these goals, Whalen said “I began the push for citywide undergrounding following the July 3, 2015 fire in the Canyon sparked by downed Southern California Edison power lines.  Along with Councilmember Rob Zur Schmiede and City Manager John Pietig, I have met with Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric, representatives of the California Public Utilities Commission and the State Legislature to push this forward.  This undergrounding effort is critical to increase fire safety and traffic safety in our community.  Without it we run the risk of a major fire disaster caused by downed power lines and will continue to see deaths on Laguna Canyon Road with crashes into poles.”  

Whalen promised to present a financing plan that is more cost effective for residents than the current approach of neighborhood assessment districts.  

The downtown and Laguna Canyon land use plan reviews have been underway for about a year and are expected to be concluded by a year from now.  

“Reviewing our mix of land uses, parking regulations and urban design criteria is important to the long range development in downtown.  As for the Canyon, it is important to preserve the character of the Canyon while at the same time looking for opportunities closer to the downtown area to promote artist work live housing and possibly senior housing.”

Whalen described the arts as a true passion. He recently made the proposal for matching grants of $1 million for each of the Laguna Art Museum and the Laguna Playhouse in honor of their centennial celebrations, which were unanimously approved by the Council.  “The City is just completing an updated Cultural Arts Plan that will be coming to the Council for review in March.  It lists a cultural arts center as a major component of the plan with strong support among local arts groups. I would like to work to make that a reality.”  

Mayor Steve Dicterow has already declared his decision to run again in November. So with Whalen’s announcement, both incumbents are now in the race for the two seats up in the election.


Federal Court rejects ACLU’s motion to halt enforcement of laws that prohibit homeless camping

From a press release

Last week the City of Laguna Beach received a favorable court ruling in a federal lawsuit filed by the ACLU that challenges the City’s homeless programs and services.  Laguna Beach is the only city in Orange County that funds and operates a year-round overnight shelter.  

The ACLU’s lawsuit contends that the City is required to provide permanent supportive housing (essentially apartments) for the disabled homeless, and that the City’s enforcement of certain state and local laws constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.  

Finding that the plaintiffs have not demonstrated they are likely to succeed on the merits of these claims, U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford denied the ACLU’s motion for a preliminary injunction, which would have prevented the City from enforcing laws that prohibit lodging on public property while the lawsuit is pending.

The City takes very seriously its role in addressing the needs of the homeless.  Since 2009, the City has spent approximately $350,000 a year to operate its emergency shelter and additional programs, including a community outreach officer and a case worker to assist in reuniting people with their families and connecting them with other service and resource providers.  The City will continue to look for opportunities to address the needs of the homeless on a cooperative and regional basis.


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: February 11, 2016

91 Freeway Project in Corona – Weekend Full Closure - As part of the Riverside County Transportation Commission’s (RCTC) 91 Project, there will be a 55-hour weekend full closure of the 91 in both directions between the 71 and I-15 in Corona from Friday, February 19 at 9 p.m. to Monday, February 22, 2016, at 4 a.m. This closure, branded “91 Steer Clear,” is needed to perform three major construction activities:  Demolish the west side of the Maple Street Bridge over the 91; install support beams for the new westbound Maple Street flyover ramp bridge; and pave the new eastbound 91 alignment near I-15. For questions and updates, please call the Project Helpline 877-770-9191 or visit the website at www.sr91project.info.

Training On How To Use The New City Website - City staff will host two educational training sessions on the new City website.  Residents will learn about the site’s new features and how to easily navigate through the menus and pages to find information about City meetings, departments, news and events.  The first sessions will be held on Thursday, February 18, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Susi Q Community Center MPR Room. The second training will be on Monday, February 29, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. For those who cannot attend, the training sessions will be videotaped and made available on the City website. 

Use the City website to renew or apply for a Business License - Businesses can now renew or apply for a new business license using the City website.  This great, new one-stop feature allows new or existing businesses to easily apply for or renew their license and make the payment all through the City website.  For more information please visit:

 http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/citygov/finance/busilicense/default.htm.

Southern California Edison (SCE) Construction on South Coast Highway - SCE is progressing with the removal and replacement of three deteriorating subterranean vaults along southbound South Coast Highway between Mountain Road and Bluebird Canyon Drive. The work requires the outside travel lane to be closed from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. between February 16 – 19 and February 22 - 23. Questions regarding the project may be directed to Justin Van Tassel, SCE Project General Supervisor, at (951) 217-4363.

Sewer Line Construction Third and Forest Pipeline Project - The Contractor completed construction of the jacking pit and began tunneling operations at the bottom of the Third Street hill.  For Winter Break beginning 2-15-16, the Contractor will be working in three areas; 1) the Third Street Hill, 2) Park Avenue, and 3) the Lumberyard Parking lot.  At the first two locations tunneling and trenching operations will be engaged, and in the Lumberyard Lot an underground structure will continue to be constructed.  TRAFFIC IMPACTS:  Traffic safety will require the Third Street hill, from Park Avenue and Mermaid Street, to be closed, in both directions, 24-hours a day until completion of this phase of work.  The hill closure will be in effect until February 19.  During the same period, the westbound lane on Mermaid Street, from Second Street to Glenneyre Street, will also be closed.  The pipeline construction in Park Avenue will require the road to be closed between Bent Street and Third Street. The Park Avenue closure will be between the hours of 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Police traffic control will be present during peak periods to assist traffic flow.  For more details see the Coastline Pilot page 2.  For questions concerning construction please call the project hotline at (949) 464-6686 or visit the Construction Projects section of the Water Quality Department website: www.clbwq.net.

Heritage Committee Workshops - The City is in the process of holding a series of workshops with the Heritage Committee that will focus on different topic areas related to historic preservation with the purpose of formulating a revised Draft Ordinance and Historic Inventory Update.  The next workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 1, at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers to discuss the “C- Contributive” property rating and the option to include a Structure of Merit Program in the draft update to the Historic Preservation Ordinance.  For more information or information about past meetings please visit:

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

Holiday Transit Operations – Main line Transit service will run from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Presidents Day, Monday, February 15.

Citywide Track & Field Meet - The City of Laguna Beach will host the annual Boys & Girls Track Meet on Friday, March 18, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Laguna Beach High School Track and Field.  All children born in or after the year 2001 and reside or attend school within the Laguna Beach Unified School District boundaries are invited to attend. Participants may enter a maximum of three (3) events.  The top four finishers in each age division and event are eligible to compete at the Orange County Track Meet on May 1, 2016. Please register online at https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=track or submit a completed entry form along with $17 entry fee per child ($22 at the track meet) to the Community Services Department by Thursday, March 17. If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Alexis Braun, Recreation Supervisor, at (949) 497-0762.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) - The Police Department recognized 10 CERT members who completed a significant amount of additional training to become CERT Mutual Aid Program (CMAP) members.  CMAP CERT members are available to respond to any CERT call-outs throughout Orange County.  In the past they have been activated to support the wildland fires in 2007 and 2008 in different areas of Orange County.  CMAP members from other cities can also be request to assist with events in Laguna Beach, if needed.  These individuals have committed themselves to be leaders in their community as well as the County.  Congratulations!

Public Service Announcements - The Fire Department has created three Public Service Announcements (PSA) that are now available on the City’s website.   The PSA’s cover how to fill sandbags; how to check your smoke detector, and how to shut off the gas service to your home.  Each PSA is approximately one minute in length and are intended to assist and instruct residents on the various techniques for each of the above subjects.  The PSA’s can be found on both the Fire and Police Department’s Emergency Preparedness web page http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/police/emergprep/default.htm or the Fire Department’s Fire Prevention web page: http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/fire/fire_prevention/default.htm

Reminders: 

Parents’ Night Out - On Friday, February 26, 2016, the Laguna Beach Community Services Department will be hosting its first 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. If you have questions regarding Parents’ Night Out, contact Program Coordinator, Patty Quilter, at (949) 464-9535.

Community Assistance Grants – The City of Laguna Beach is now accepting applications for 2016-2017 Community Assistance Grants. The Community Assistance Grant program is available to non-profit and/or public organizations that provide special services to residents of Laguna Beach. The objective of this program is to assist local organizations in funding new projects and/or expanded services within our community. Organizations applying for Fiscal Year 2016-17 Community Assistance Grant funds will find additional information and may download the application from the City’s website: http://lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/community/grants/.  To be considered for a grant, applications must be received by Friday, February 26, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

2016 Banner Competition - The Arts Commission is currently accepting banner designs for the annual competition. The banners are displayed on lampposts through the City and are a celebration of the community. The competition is open to Orange County artists 18 years of age or older. Artists may submit one proposal to the scale of 4” x 16”. Winning artists will be awarded $2,200 to paint their design on a provided banner which measures 4’ by 16’. The deadline for proposals is Friday, March 11, 2016. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. Applications and

information for this competition is available at:

http://lagunabeach-rod.civicasoft.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=15082.

City Hall Exhibition - The current exhibition at City Hall, 505 Forest Avenue, features the works by candidate of the Laguna College of Art + Design MFA program. Titled “Pacific Currents” the exhibition has be co-curated by Peter Zokosky, chair of the MFA programs in Drawing and Painting and Andrea Harris-McGee, LCAD gallery director.  The exhibition runs through March 11, 2016, and can be viewed Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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: February 4, 2016

Southern California Edison (SCE) Construction on South Coast Highway - SCE is progressing with the removal and replacement of three deteriorating subterranean vaults along southbound South Coast Highway between Mountain Road and Bluebird Canyon Drive. The work requires the outside travel lane to remain closed 24 hours per day until February 11, 2016. Please direct any questions to Justin Van Tassel, SCE Project General Supervisor, at (951) 217-4363.  Concerned residents may sign up to receive traffic alert email messages on the City’s website via at:

http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/citygov/textalerts.htm.

Sewer Line Construction Third and Forest Pipeline Project- Work began on the deep jacking pit at the bottom of Third Street hill.  For the next two weeks, the Contractor will be jacking a steel casing through the hill and inserting the new sewer pipe in the casing.  Concurrently, a large sewer system junction structure is being constructed at the Lumber Yard Parking Lot.  TRAFFIC IMPACTS: Traffic safety will require the Third Street hill, from Park Avenue and Mermaid Street, to be closed, in both directions, 24-hours a day until completion of this phase of work.  The hill closure will be in effect until February 19.  The westbound lane on Mermaid Street, from Second Street to Glenneyre Street, will also be closed.  Police traffic control will be present during peak periods to assist traffic flow.  For more details see the Coastline Pilot page 2.  For questions concerning construction please call the project hotline at (949) 464-6686 or visit the Construction Projects section of the Water Quality Department website: www.clbwq.net.

91 Freeway Project in Corona – Weekend Full Closure - As part of the Riverside County Transportation Commission’s (RCTC) 91 Project, there will be a 55-hour weekend full closure of the 91 in both directions between the 71 and I-15 in Corona from Friday, February 19 at 9 p.m. to Monday, February 22, 2016, at 4 a.m. This closure, branded “91 Steer Clear,” is needed to perform three major construction activities:  Demolish the west side of the Maple Street Bridge over the 91; install support beams for the new westbound Maple Street flyover ramp bridge; and pave the new eastbound 91 alignment near I-15. For questions and updates, please call the Project Helpline 877-770-9191 or visit the website at www.sr91project.info.

Nixle - The Police Department in conjunction with the Digital Communications Coordinator will being launching the Nixle system to better communicate with our community. Nixle is a text, email, and phone message system that will allow all City Departments to engage the community regarding many different types of information such as traffic congestion, community events, and emergency information. Over time, this system will take the place of our current traffic alerts. Signing up is as easy as texting the Laguna Beach zip code (92651) to 888-777 on your cell phone to receive both advisory and alert messages. For further opt-in features such as community events, a resident can sign in through the Nixle website. An educational campaign will being next month through community meetings such as Coffee with a Cop, a press release, and links on the City website. Cut and paste this link in your web browser for more detained information. www.nixle.com

CERT Graduates Twenty New Students - This week the police department, along with the fire department completed Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for 20 employees from The Ranch, Laguna Beach.  Training included disaster preparedness, fire suppression, search & rescue, amongst other topics.  This brings the total number of City wide trained citizens to 220.  CERT training consists of 20 hours of FEMA certified instruction on potentially life-saving disaster preparedness topics designed for community members.  The skills learned in this training have proven very helpful across the nation during disasters.

Joint Investigation Leads To Long Prison Term - Laguna Beach and Newport Beach Detectives successfully investigated several fraud incidents, which resulted in a guilty plea on Monday!  The incidents all occurred in 2014 when a local man was accused of fraudulently obtaining services and vehicles from victims in both communities.  He wrote at least $200,000 in bad checks and was able to obtain a 2003 Mercedes and a 2010 Range Rover from a Laguna Beach car dealer.  Detectives from both agencies worked together in order to combine their cases and submit them to the District Attorney for prosecution.  The defendant appeared in court on Monday and ended up pleading guilty to 16 felony counts of fraud and was sentenced to seven years in state prison, restitution, and a $444,000 fine.    

Parents’ Night Out - On Friday, February 26, 2016, the Laguna Beach Community Services Department will be hosting its first 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. Parents are encouraged to park their cars at the Community & Susi Q Center and walk downtown with discounts available at local participating restaurants. Children are to be dropped off at 5:30 p.m. at the Community & Susi Q Center with trained instructors who will lead them in a night filled with games, music and dance, arts and crafts, video games, and a pizza snack. The evening is open to fully potty trained children to ages 10 years old.  Check in will begin at 5:30 p.m. and children must be picked up no later than 9:30 p.m. 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. If you have questions regarding Parents’ Night Out, contact Program Coordinator, Patty Quilter, at (949) 464-9535. (Attachment)

Reminders:

First Friday Flicks at the Forum - First Friday Flicks at the Forum starts on February 5, 2016, at the Forum Theatre located at the Festival of Arts grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. The first screening will be the 2015 film “The Wolfpack.” This coming of age story follows the six Angulo brothers who have spent their entire lives locked away from society. All they know of the outside world is gleaned from the films they watch obsessively and recreate meticulously. For years this has served as a productive way to stave off loneliness — but when one of the brothers escapes, everything changes.  This film is rated R with a running time of 90 minutes. This program has been funded through the generosity of Laguna Beach residents Steve Chadima and Mark Porterfield.

Community Assistance Grants – The City of Laguna Beach is now accepting applications for 2016-2017 Community Assistance Grants. The Community Assistance Grant program is available to non-profit and/or public organizations that provide special services to residents of Laguna Beach. The objective of this program is to assist local organizations in funding new projects and/or expanded services within our community. Organizations applying for Fiscal Year 2016-17 Community Assistance Grant funds will find additional information and may download the application from the City’s website: http://lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/community/grants/.  To be considered for a grant, applications must be received by Friday, February 26, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

2016 Banner Competition - The Arts Commission is currently accepting banner designs for the annual competition. The banners are displayed on lampposts through the City and are a celebration of the community. The competition is open to Orange County artists 18 years of age or older. Artists may submit one proposal to the scale of 4” x 16”. Winning artists will be awarded $2,200 to paint their design on a provided banner which measures 4’ by 16’. The deadline for proposals is Friday, March 11, 2016. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. Applications and

information for this competition is available at:

http://lagunabeach-rod.civicasoft.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=15082.

City Hall Exhibition - The current exhibition at City Hall, 505 Forest Avenue, features the works by candidate of the Laguna College of Art + Design MFA program. Titled “Pacific Currents” the exhibition has be co-curated by Peter Zokosky, chair of the MFA programs in Drawing and Painting and Andrea Harris-McGee, LCAD gallery director.  The exhibition runs through March 11, 2016, and can be viewed Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


New Chamber Board of Directors and winners of “Spirit of Laguna” Awards celebrated last Friday 

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual “Spirit of Laguna” awards and 2016 Board of Directors installation event Friday, Jan 29, at [seven-degrees]. Thirteen Spirit awards were presented.  

Chamber President Larry Nokes emcee’d the event with co-host Pat Kollenda providing brilliant “color commentary.” Mayor Steve Dicterow presided over the installation ceremony and swore in the Chamber’s 2016 Directors. 

Also in attendance and presenting awards were Supervisor Lisa Bartlett; and Sheri Morrison, representing Assemblyman Matthew Harper.

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Chamber of Commerce 2016 board members sworn in by Mayor Steve Dicterow (left to right): Larry Nokes, Dave Rubel, Ken Fischbeck, Debbie MacDonald, Kavita Reddy, Jonathan Burke, Mauricio Souza, Aaron Talarico and Scott Sanchez

For the first time ever, the public was invited to cast votes online at the Chamber’s website and Facebook page. A total of 920 votes were cast, determining the following winners:

Building Industry:  Gregg Abel Design & Construction
Non-Profit:  Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach
Volunteer:  Wendy Potter
Citizen:  Barbara MacGillivray
Green Enterprise:  Stu News Laguna
Restaurant:  The Deck/Driftwood Kitchen
Government Official:  Bob Whalen
City Professional:  Christa Johnson
Retail Store:  Hobie Surf Shop
Gallery:  Peter Blake Gallery
Professional Service:  The UPS Store/Boat Canyon

Business:  Montage Resort

In addition, the Chamber voted on its own award, for Board Member of the Year. Board Director and Secretary, Kavita Reddy, owner of Buy Hand, was the recipient.

As host of the event, the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce promotes, represents, and supports local businesses in Laguna, and advocates on their behalf.  Now in its 99th year of operation, the Chamber also serves as the business resource center for the community. On an ongoing basis, the Chamber hosts educational seminars, luncheons, and networking events for local businesses and citizens


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: January 28, 2016

Sewer Line Construction Third and Forest Pipeline Project- For the upcoming three weeks, the Contractor will continue construction on the Third Street hill.  The construction includes jacking a steel casing through the hill and inserting the new sewer pipe in the casing. 
Traffic Impacts:  Because the jacking and receiving pits are so large and deep, traffic safety will require the Third Street hill, from Park Avenue and Mermaid Street, to be closed, in both directions, 24-hours a day until completion of this phase of work.  The hill closure will be from January 27 to February 12.  During the same period, the westbound lane on Mermaid Street, from Second Street to Glenneyre Street, will also be closed.  Police traffic control will be present during peak periods to assist traffic flow.  For more details see the Coastline Pilot page 2.  For questions concerning construction please call the project hotline at (949) 464-6686 or visit the Construction Projects section of the Water Quality Department website: www.clbwq.net.

Southern California Edison (SCE) Construction on South Coast Highway - SCE is progressing with the removal and replacement of three deteriorating subterranean vaults along southbound South Coast Highway between Mountain Road and Bluebird Canyon Drive. The work requires the outside travel lane to remain closed 24 hours per day until February 11, 2016. Please direct any questions to Justin Van Tassel, SCE Project General Supervisor, at (951) 217-4363.  Concerned residents may sign up to receive traffic alert email messages on the City’s website via at:

http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/citygov/textalerts.htm.

Cultural Arts Funding - The deadline to submit applications from non-profit organizations with functioning cultural programming based in Laguna Beach is February 1, 2016. Applications must be submitted on-line at www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com.

Draft Cultural Arts Plan - On Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, the Arts Commission and Planning Commission will have a joint study session to review the first draft of the Cultural Arts Plan. Created by the Cultural Planning Group, the plan embodies the collective vision and ideas of the community. More than seven hundred residents and visitors actively participate in interviews, discussion groups, town hall meetings and two surveys. Comments can be made via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The first draft can be reviewed on-line at:

http://lagunabeach-prod.civicasoft.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=15547.

Parents’ Night Out - On Friday, February 26, 2016, the Laguna Beach Community Services Department will be hosting its first 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.  Children will be dropped off at 5:30 p.m. at the Community & Susi Q Center with trained instructors who will lead them in a night filled with games, music and dance, arts and crafts, video games, and a pizza snack. The evening is open to fully potty trained children to ages 10 years old.  Check in will begin at 5:30 p.m. and children must be picked up no later than 9:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for Laguna Beach residents and $25 for non-residents.  Registration is required for this event by visiting: https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=parents. If you have questions regarding Parents’ Night Out, contact Program Coordinator, Patty Quilter, at (949) 464-9535.

Reminders:

Forest Avenue Banner Program - All Laguna Beach non-profit organizations interested in participating in the 2017 Forest Avenue Banner Program are encouraged to submit their email address to Patty Slowsky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the Community Services Department by Friday, February 5, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. Detailed and revised banner information will then be emailed out to all participating non-profits on Monday, February 8.

First Friday Flicks at the Forum - First Friday Flicks at the Forum starts on February 5, 2016, at the Forum Theatre located at the Festival of Arts grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. The first screening will be the 2015 film “The Wolfpack.” This coming of age story follows the six Angulo brothers who have spent their entire lives locked away from society. All they know of the outside world is gleaned from the films they watch obsessively and recreate meticulously. For years this has served as a productive way to stave off loneliness — but when one of the brothers escapes, everything changes.  This film is rated R with a running time of 90 minutes. This program has been funded through the generosity of Laguna Beach residents Steve Chadima and Mark Porterfield.

Community Assistance Grants – The City of Laguna Beach is now accepting applications for 2016-2017 Community Assistance Grants. The Community Assistance Grant program is available to non-profit and/or public organizations that provide special services to residents of Laguna Beach. The objective of this program is to assist local organizations in funding new projects and/or expanded services within our community. Organizations applying for Fiscal Year 2016-17 Community Assistance Grant funds will find additional information and may download the application from the City’s website: http://lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/community/grants/.  To be considered for a grant, applications must be received by Friday, February 26, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

2016 Banner Competition - The Arts Commission is currently accepting banner designs for the annual competition. The banners are displayed on lampposts through the City and are a celebration of the community. The competition is open to Orange County artists 18 years of age or older. Artists may submit one proposal to the scale of 4” x 16”. Winning artists will be awarded $2,200 to paint their design on a provided banner which measures 4’ by 16’. The deadline for proposals is Friday, March 11, 2016. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. Applications and

information for this competition is available at:

http://lagunabeach-rod.civicasoft.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=15082.

City Hall Exhibition - The current exhibition at City Hall, 505 Forest Avenue, features the works by candidate of the Laguna College of Art + Design MFA program. Titled “Pacific Currents” the exhibition has be co-curated by Peter Zokosky, chair of the MFA programs in Drawing and Painting and Andrea Harris-McGee, LCAD gallery director.  The exhibition runs through March 11, 2016, and can be viewed Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Jane Egly appointed to Water District Commission

Jane Egly, former city councilwoman and Laguna Beach Mayor, has been appointed to the Laguna Beach County Water District’s water Commission by the Board of Directors to fill a seat left vacant with the passing of Commission Chair Bruce R. Scherer.

Egly is no stranger to water issues in Laguna Beach. While serving as a Laguna Beach City Council member, Egly served on the District’s Board as a Director from January 2005 through 2012. During her 2012 term as Board President, Egly joined mayors across the country asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water and cut pollution by taking part in the Mayors Challenge for Water Conservation. The Mayors Challenge is a national contest aimed at drastically slashing water and energy use across the nation that encourages residents in all 50 states to conserve water, save energy, and reduce pollution, helping Laguna secure the title of most water wise city in its population category.

Egly is an experienced litigator and dedicated community leader who has devoted many hours of work to community service. Egly is a strong advocate of environmental sustainability with particular focus on reduction of water use and is passionate about promoting water use efficiency to Laguna Beach residents.

Renae Hinchey, general manager of the District stated, “We are thrilled to have Jane serving on the District’s Commission. Her knowledge, passion, and balanced judgment regarding water issues are a tremendous asset to our community. During this historic drought, her commitment to water use efficiency further compliments the work the commission and District customers have done to meet the Governor’s 25 percent mandatory statewide water reduction.”

Laguna Beach County Water District provides water service to 22,000 residents within an 8.5 square mile area of Laguna Beach. The District’s mission is to furnish a high quality, reliable water supply in a financially responsible manner, while promoting water-use efficiency.

 

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