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City Manager’s Updates

World Kindness Day – Join the City on Tuesday, Nov 13 at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall as the community celebrates World Kindness Day with the ceremonial signing of a declaration of support for a kinder world. This ceremony and declaration will help the City in its goal of becoming a World Kindness USA member city. Music, crafts, and light refreshments will be provided. 

For more information, contact Adam Gufarotti, Senior Recreation Supervisor, at (949) 497-0304.

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Celebrate World Kindness Day at City Hall on Tuesday, Nov 13

E-Waste, Tires and Paper Shredding Event on November 17 – Residents and businesses are invited to celebrate America Recycles Day by participating in the annual free E-Waste Drop-Off and Paper Shredding event on Saturday, Nov 17, from 8 to 11 a.m. Free tire recycling will be offered for residents only. There is a limit of nine tires per vehicle. The event will be held at the City Maintenance Facilities, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. 

For more information, including a detailed list of acceptable E-Waste items, visit the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net/recyclingor contact Liz Avila at (949) 497-0344 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Veterans Day Transit Service – Laguna Beach Transit will be modifying service on Monday, Nov 12. Coastal Services and services in Top of the World, Bluebird Canyon, Arch Beach Heights, North and South Laguna neighborhoods will be offered from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Regular service will resume on Tuesday, Nov 13.

For more information, visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/trolley.  

Public Workshop for Baja Street Retaining Wall Replacement – On Friday, Nov 16 at 3 p.m., the City of Laguna Beach is hosting an on-site public workshop to gather public input on the proposed design of a wall replacement project, at the southerly end of Baja Street, adjacent to 870 Baja Street. More information can be found on the Public Works projects page here. 

If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to provide comments, contact Alpha Santos at (949) 497-0729 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Southern California Edison Pole Replacement – On Wednesday, Nov 14, and Thursday, Nov 15, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Southern California Edison (SCE) will be replacing a utility pole north of the Balboa Avenue/Del Mar Avenue intersection. The pole is located approximately 535 feet north of the street intersection, adjacent to the emergency access fire road. The emergency access fire road shall remain open and clear of any obstructions during operations. 

For questions or concerns, contact Robert Watters, Production Specialist with SCE, at (626) 543-0331.

Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibition – The Arts Commission is currently accepting designs for the annual Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibition. Entries will be accepted through November 16.

Information and application are available at www.lagunabeachcity.net. The lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach fund this program.

2018 Juried Fine Art Exhibition – Winners of the 2018 Juried Fine Art Exhibition were announced on Thursday, Nov 1. Congratulations to: 1st Place: Zara Feeney; 2nd Place: Lillian Blouin; 3rd Place: Charlotte Burgmans; Honorable Mentions: Jay Scollon and Rowan Foley. The exhibition will remain on display at City Hall until November 30. The lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach fund this program.

Literary Laureate Short-Form Play Reading – On Friday, Nov 9 at 2 p.m., new works by students of the Short-Form Playwriting class will be presented at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Center, 380 Third Street. Come to the Community Room to hear short plays by Ken Aubuchon, Sue Bibee, Ken Jillson, Ed Kaufman, Maxine Margaritis and Carole Zavala. The lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach fund this program.


City Manager’s Updates

Change Your Clocks and Batteries this Weekend – This Sunday ends Daylight Saving Time. As you move your clocks back change the batteries in your smoke detectors – the batteries should be changed every six months. If you get in the habit of doing it in the fall and spring when you change your clocks, you’ll know that your smoke alarms are always working properly.

11th Annual National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month – During the month of November, this event brings awareness to the Laguna Beach community about people who are hungry and homeless in our community, our county, and our nation. The purpose of Laguna Beach’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month is to enhance community awareness of the issue in our society, our own hungry and homeless in Laguna Beach, and the community organizations that assist with these concerns in Laguna Beach and Orange County. 

To learn more about Laguna Beach’s Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month, the community is encouraged to visit www.lagunahungryandhomeless.org

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Tess Booth and Lucas Jablon of Crushing Hunger

Free Film Screening (includes refreshments and door prizes) – Films will be shown in the multi-purpose room at the Community and Susi Q Center at 380 Third Street. On Wednesday, Nov 7 at 3:30 p.m., “The Florida Project” (2017) will be featured. “Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.” 

On Wednesday, Nov 21 at 3:30 p.m., “Dark Days” (2000) will be shown. “Marc Singer’s documentary about the homeless population who live in the underground tunnels of New York City – haunting and uplifting in equal measures.” 

For questions, contact Jheri St. James at (949) 494-5031 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Laguna Food Pantry’s Annual Food Drive (Month of November) –

Sponsored by the City of Laguna Beach and Waste Management, the food drive benefits the Laguna Food Pantry, which provides free, fresh groceries to more than 300 local families in need each week. Located at 20652 Laguna Canyon Road north of the dog park, the Pantry is open from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Food collection sites include US Bank at 310 Glenneyre Street near Forest Avenue, plus many of the city’s churches, public and parochial schools, and Anneliese Schools. 

New volunteers are always welcome. 

For more information, contact the Laguna Food Pantry at (949) 497-7121, or visit www.lagunafoodpantry.org.

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Pictured above are food items most needed at the Laguna Food Pantry

City Council Proclaims November 15 “America Recycles Day” – As part of a project approved by the City Council to encourage recycling and reuse in the community, the City Council proclaimed November 15 “America Recycles Day” in Laguna Beach. America Recycles Day was started in 1997 by the National Recycling Coalition and is a Keep America Beautiful Initiative. Reusing and recycling products is viewed as beneficial to the environment by conserving resources, reducing energy use and carbon emissions and reducing waste loads in landfills. 

To celebrate America Recycles Day, the City, in partnership with the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and Waste Management, will hold its annual paper shredding and e-waste event for Laguna Beach businesses and residents on November 17 from 8 - 11 a.m. at the City’s Maintenance Facilities located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road.

Laguna Beach Police Department Receives Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant – The Laguna Beach Police Department has been awarded a $115,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long enforcement and public awareness program. The traffic safety program is intended to educate the public on safe roadway habits and deter people from violating traffic laws or practicing other unsafe behaviors that lead to injuries and fatalities. In 2016, 3,623 people were killed in crashes across the state, a 7-percent increase from 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Eight hundred sixty-seven pedestrians were killed on California roadways in 2016, a 33-percent increase from 2012. Along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies like phones and drug-impaired driving, this grant funding will provide opportunities to combat dangerous and illegal behaviors.

Cleaning and Video Assessment of the City’s Sewer Collection System – The Water Quality Department is working on a five-year video assessment of the sanitary sewer system. Starting November 5, the City will begin the third year of the program. This year of the assessment will cover approximately nine miles of gravity sewer infrastructure in Laguna Canyon and be completed by May 2019. Staff has contracted Tunnelworks to complete the work. 

For more information, contact Hannah Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Upcoming Design Review Board Hearing on the Proposed Odor Elimination Project at the Glenneyre Dip – The Water Quality Department is proposing a project to eliminate the sewer odors at the Glenneyre Dip. To prevent odors, City Staff proposes to install a Biological Odor Control Unit, called the IBOx, at the Bluebird SOCWA Lift Station site. In addition to the new odor control facility, the project includes replacing the existing staircase from Glenneyre Street to Galen Drive and adding a decomposed granite path with guardrails around the lift station facility. The City is scheduled to present this plan to the Design Review Board on November 8. The public is encouraged to participate in this upcoming meeting to learn more about the proposed project. 

For more information about the project, contact Hannah Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

City Receives 2018 Sustain Orange County Government of the Year Award

 The City of Laguna has received the 2018 Government of the Year award for its recycling and sustainability programs and efforts such as food waste recycling and Green Business Certification programs, offering an Environmental Lecture series to residents and having an Environmental Sustainability committee.  The City received the award on October 23 at the Ninth Annual Sustain Orange County Waste Stream Management Conference in Irvine.

Holiday Cookie Contest Taste Test – Residents are invited to attend the tasting and judging ceremony for the Community Services Department’s second annual Holiday Cookie Contest. Five finalists have been selected to bake a sample batch for a taste test on Monday, Nov 5, at 3:30 p.m. at the Community and Susi Q Center, located at 380 Third Street. The winner’s story and recipe will be published in the Winter 2019 Community Services brochure, to be mailed citywide. Cookies, milk, and refreshments will be available to all who attend. 

For more information, contact Adam Gufarotti, Senior Recreation Supervisor, at (949) 497-0304.


City updates guidelines for landscape and scenic corridors

The City of Laguna Beach is updating its guidelines that help preserve, enhance and sustain landscape and scenic corridors essential to the City’s unique character. These guidelines will help the community define the City’s landscape goals, policies and programs for years to come. 

First, the Landscape and Scenic Highways Element will help shape Laguna Beach’s landscape in the 21st Century – using a forward-thinking approach to link landscaping aesthetics with modern function.

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Coast Highway runs along Laguna Beach’s beautiful coastline

The Element is part of the City’s General Plan, and builds upon the guidelines set in the Landscape and Scenic Highways Resource Document. The Element creates policy direction and implementation actions that preserve and enhance landscapes and scenic corridors essential to the unique character of Laguna Beach. 

Policies in the new Element focus on our most relevant Citywide landscape-related issues including fire safety, soil stability, neighborhood character, view equity, heritage trees, scenic highways, streetscapes, maintenance and more. 

The City has also been working with a team to transform and update the existing Landscape and Scenic Highways Resource Document (LSHRD). The updated Highways Document contains landscape guidelines for our two scenic highways, Laguna Canyon Road and Coast Highway, and our 38 neighborhood landscape areas.

The City of Laguna Beach City Council will review the Landscape and Scenic Highways Element and the Resource Document on Tuesday, Nov 13 at its regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (505 Forest Avenue).   

A first draft of the Landscape and Scenic Highways Element and Resource Document was reviewed by the City Council on April 10 where they provided comments and directed staff to incorporate changes to each document. The City Council recommendations have now been incorporated into an updated draft that the City Council will now review and consider adopting. 

To view a copy of the public review draft of the LSHE and LSHRD, click here.

For more information, contact Jim Pechous, Assistant Director at (949) 497-0320 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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City Updating Guidelines for Landscape and Scenic Highways – The City of Laguna Beach is updating its guidelines that help preserve, enhance and sustain landscape and scenic corridors essential to the City’s unique character. These guidelines will help the community define the City’s landscape goals, policies and programs for years to come. The updated Highways Document contains landscape guidelines for our two scenic highways, Laguna Canyon Road and Coast Highway, and our 38 neighborhood landscape areas. 

The City of Laguna Beach City Council will review the Landscape and Scenic Highways Element (LSHE) and the Resource Document (LSHRD) on Tuesday, Nov 13 at its regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (505 Forest Avenue). 

For more information, or to view a copy of the public review draft of the LSHE and LSHRD click here. 

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Coast Highway along Main Beach

Local Regulations Related to the Placement of Campaign Signs – There is a daily effort by the City’s Code Enforcement Division to monitor public property in the City and remove campaign signs that are placed on public property. Public property includes parks, medians, and the public right of way. Campaign signs posted on private property are allowed with the permission of the property owner. The theft or destruction of campaign signs is a crime and will be prosecuted. 

If you see signs placed in violation of the Municipal Code, call the City’s Code Enforcement Division at (949) 497-0301 and they will investigate promptly. Please do not attempt to rectify the situation yourself. 

Help Keep Your Sewer Lateral Clean – A private sewer lateral is the pipe that drains your sinks, bathtubs, toilets and showers from your home or building to the City’s sewer main line. Proper maintenance of a private sewer lateral is important because they can clog with roots and grease and can cause a backup inside your property or spill from the line. 

Property owners are responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of their property’s sewer lateral from the home including the point of connection with the City’s sewer main line. It is recommended that all homeowners have their sewer laterals video inspected on a periodic basis to ensure they are functioning properly. 

Additionally, when the City becomes aware of potential problems with a private lateral or a significant remodel project is completed the lateral will need to be video inspected. Private developments and apartment projects need to inspect their lateral every five years. Contact a plumbing company participating in the City’s program for a video inspection and lateral assessment. 

No matter the company you choose, be sure your plumber contacts the City’s Plumber’s Hotline before they begin work at (949) 464-6616. Be sure to request a copy of the lateral video inspection. 

Council Chamber Banner Competition Winners – Congratulations to local artists Kelly Goldstein and Al Esquerra on having their designs selected by the Arts Commission. Each artist will paint their design on 10’ x 3’ banners that will be installed in the City Hall Council Chambers mid-November. The lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach fund this program. 

To view the winning designs, click here. 

Holiday Palette Competition Winners – Congratulations to local artists Marcel Mead, Michael Munroe, Kelly Goldstein and Dedre Sines on having their designs selected by the Arts Commission for the annual Holiday Palette Competition. Each artist will paint their design on a 3’ x 4’ wood palette that will be displayed on the lampposts outside City Hall this holiday season. The lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach fund this program. 

To view the winning designs, click here. 

Juried Fine Art Exhibition and Reception – Now through November 30, residents are invited to see the selected works of the City’s 2018 Juried Fine Art Exhibition in the first-floor gallery of City Hall, 505 Forest Avenue. The exhibition is open to the public during normal City Hall business hours. The public is also invited to attend a special reception and awards ceremony from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov 1. The lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach fund this program. 

For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Call to Artists – Red Telephone Booth – The Laguna Beach Arts Commission is accepting proposals for the Red Telephone Booth temporary art installation site on Forest Avenue. The selected design will be installed for a 24-month period. The deadline for submission is January 7, 2019, and the honorarium is $5,000. This program is unded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach. 

Apply online at www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com

Upcoming Community Meetings on Proposed Odor Elimination Project at Bluebird SOCWA Lift Station – The Water Quality Department is proposing a project to eliminate the sewer odors at the “Glenneyre Dip.” To prevent odors, City Staff proposes to install a Biological Odor Control Unit, called the IBOx, at the Bluebird SOCWA Lift Station site. In addition to the new odor control facility, the project includes replacing the existing staircase from Glenneyre Street to Galen Drive and adding a decomposed granite path with guardrails around the lift station facility. 

The City is scheduled to present this plan to the Design Review Board on November 8. The public is encouraged to participate in this upcoming meeting to learn more about the proposed project.

Upcoming Community Safety Event to Commemorate 25th Anniversary of Laguna Beach Fire – On Saturday, October 27 the City is hosting a Community Safety Event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fire Station 1 at City Hall. The Fire, Police and Marine Safety Departments will join other City staff members to discuss how to prepare you, your family, and your property for various disasters and better understand the City’s preparations to protect the community. Residents will also learn about how to sign up for important public safety notifications. 

The event will feature informational booths, Fire Engine tours and tours of Fire Station 1, a Laguna Beach Fire Goat petting zoo, information on the “Ready-Set-Go” home wildfire protection initiative, emergency information and resident resources, CERT program information and much more. This Saturday also marks the 25th anniversary of the 1993 Laguna Beach Fire.

For more information on the event, contact Firefighter Pat Cary at (949) 497-0700.


Council to hear a request to remove C-rated structure from the Register

By BARBARA DIAMOND

The Heritage Committee has recommended the City Council deny a request to remove the C-rated property at 337 Hawthorne Street from the Historic Register.

Removal from the Register is subject to Council review and approval by the committee. In June, the Heritage Committee opined that the structure should remain on the Register because it meets the criteria of a historic resource.

The Hawthorne Street property was built in 1927 with a detached garage and recommended by the committee for inclusion in the Register in 2008 at the request of the owner. The committee also recommended approval of development that included a reduction in garage from four vehicles to three – a perk of being on the Register. 

However, the Design Review Board did not approve the project, which was appealed to the City Council and returned for further review by the board. 

In 2011, the board approved a project that added 700 square feet to the existing 1,409-square-foot home, construction of a four-car garage and a 663-square-foot second unit above the garage.

A new owner bought the property in 2013. The Real Property Report on file at City Hall provided the information that the structure was on the Register. 

In June of 2016, a permit was issued for the construction of the garage and the unit. In 2017, a permit was issued for the addition to the house. 

Three months later, the owner submitted a request to remove the property from the Register.

The Municipal Code states that a decision to remove a structure from the Register shall take into consideration payment or restoration of any utilized benefit or incentive. However, neither the applicant nor the previously approved project utilized any historic preservation benefit, specifically the parking reduction.

The property owner says the DRB’s decision not to reduce the parking requirement is a breach of contract and voids it.


City Manager’s Updates

Thalia Street Partial Lane Closure – On Thursday, Oct 25, the Laguna Beach County Water District (LBCWD) will have the southbound lane of Thalia partially closed between Wilson and Wendt Terrace from 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a water service upgrade. A flagman stationed at the worksite will accommodate both directions of traffic. “No Parking” signs will be placed in the immediate construction area on Tuesday, Oct 23.

For questions, contact the LBCWD at (949) 494-1041.

3rd Street Lane Closure – On Tuesday, Oct 30, the Laguna Beach County Water District (LBCWD) will have the downhill lane of 3rd Street hill closed between Mermaid Street and Park Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a water meter installation needed for the City landscaping of the planter boxes. Advance warning and traffic control measures will be in place along with a flagman stationed at Park Avenue as additional precaution.

For questions, contact the LBCWD at (949) 494-1041.

Animal Shelter Lift Station Upgrades to Meet Growing Demands – The City’s Water Quality Department and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) have collaborated to successfully upgrade the wastewater pumping facility that supports both the Animal Shelter and the PMMC. The upgrade to the station eliminates difficulties handling peak flow capacities, greatly improves reliability, and allows for superior monitoring of the station’s operations. The City Council and the PMMC Board of Directors split the cost of the facility upgrades.

Upcoming Community Meetings on Proposed Odor Elimination Project at Bluebird SOCWA Lift Station – The Water Quality Department will be holding a community meeting on Thursday, Oct 18 at 6 p.m. at the Bluebird SOCWA Lift Station (located at the end of Galen Drive near the corner of Calliope and Glenneyre Street) to discuss a project to eliminate the sewer odors at the “Glenneyre Dip.” To prevent odors, City Staff proposes to install a Biological Odor Control Unit, called the IBOx, at the Bluebird SOCWA Lift Station site. In addition to the new odor control facility, the project includes replacing the existing staircase from Glenneyre Street to Galen Drive and adding a decomposed granite path with guardrails around the lift station facility. The City is scheduled to present this plan to the Design Review Board on November 8. The public is encouraged to participate in these upcoming community meetings to learn more about the proposed project.

Upcoming Community Safety Event to Commemorate 25th Anniversary of Laguna Beach Fire – A Community Safety Event commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the 1993 Laguna Beach Fire (which burned approximately 16,000 acres and destroyed or damaged over 400 homes in the City) will be held on Saturday, Oct 27, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Fire Station 1 (located at 505 Forest Avenue next to City Hall.) This community event will involve many of the City Departmentsthatplay an important role in providing emergency response to the City’s residents and visitors during and after a natural disaster. The event will feature informational booths, fire engine tours and tours of Fire Station 1, the Laguna Beach Fire Goats, information on the “Ready-Set-Go” home wildfire protection initiative, emergency information and resident resources, CERT program information and much more. 

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The devastation from the 1993 fire reminds us to get prepared for emergencies

Supervisory Leadership Institute Graduation – This week Sergeant Cota graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI). SLI is an intensive leadership development program that is designed to stimulate personal growth, leadership, and ethical decision-making for California law enforcement front line supervisors. Congratulations Sergeant Cota.

Leaf Collection Program – The City’s annual Leaf Collection Program for 2018 has started and will run through February 28. During this period, residents may place unlimited amounts of tied bagged leaves at the curb next to their green waste cart. 

Click here for more information.

Final Call for Cookie Recipes – The entry period for the Community Services Department’s second-annual Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest ends next Friday, Oct 26. Each participant is asked to submit their cookie recipe and the story behind their family’s recipe. The winner’s story and recipe will be published in the Winter 2019 Community Services brochure, to be mailed Citywide. 

Entry forms are available online at https://goo.gl/forms/11NB1UMqT7PCXpy22 and at the front desk of the Community and Susi Q Center. For more information, contact Adam Gufarotti, Senior Recreation Supervisor, at (949) 497-0304.


City Manager’s Updates

20th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational Happening this Week – The 20th annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational is happening this week through Sunday around the City. Headquartered at the Festival of Arts grounds, the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational features 50 of the nation’s top award-winning plein air artists who are dedicated to painting the landscape and preserving Laguna’s plein air painting legacy and tradition. 

During the 9-day plein air art festival, the invited artists can be seen painting in and around Laguna Beach parks, coastlines, and the canyon. The first Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational was presented in 1999. 

For more information, visit www.lagunapleinair.org

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Laguna Beach makes the perfect setting for the Plein Air Painting Invitational

Bluebird SOCWA “Glenneyre Dip” Odor Control Upgrade Project Update – 

The Water Quality Department has been working on a project to eliminate the sewer odors at the “Glenneyre Dip”. Staff is scheduled to present the revised project scope to the Design Review Board (DRB) on November 8. Staff has addressed the comments from both the public and DRB in the two previous hearings on June 14, 2018, and July 26, 2018. The public is encouraged to learn all about the project and to attend and participate in the hearing. 

For more information about the project, contact Hannah Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

LitLaguna Workshop Series – The Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Department and the Literary Laureate Program present a series of writing workshops for aspiring writers who want to learn more about the craft of writing. 

The series will be held at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Center, 380 Third Street. Class size is limited. 

For dates, topics or to register, click here.

City to Partner With Health Care Agency to Exercise Emergency Response at Irvine Great Park – The City of Laguna Beach is one of seven South County cities partnering with the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA) to exercise a Point of Dispensing (POD) emergency preparedness event at the Great Park in Irvine on October 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. to practice rapid distribution of medicine in the event of a public health outbreak. 

In a real emergency, PODs can save lives by getting needed medication and supplies to our community quickly and efficiently. If a widespread disease or other emergency were to occur, it may be necessary for local health departments to activate PODs to distribute large amounts of vaccinations, antibiotics, and other medicines to a large number of people. 

Participants will receive a commemorative tote bag, local emergency planning materials, information about the AlertOC emergency notification system, and a holiday pumpkin while supplies last. The exercise will help communities prepare for general health emergencies, and is a partnership of several local entities, including the Orange County Health Care Agency, Medical Reserve Corps and the cities of Aliso Viejo, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and San Clemente. 

Visit www.AlertOC.org to learn about and register for OC’s mass notification system. 

Village Entrance Project Parking – In recent newspaper articles and at City Council candidate forums, questions have been raised regarding the number of vehicular parking spaces that will be provided by the Village Entrance Project. The purpose of this weekly update is to provide some background and information about the project.   

On November 12, 2013, the City Council decided to abandon a project to build a $42 million four-level parking structure at the Village Entrance site and instead chose a design that provides for surface parking, pedestrian pathways, enhanced landscaping and lighting, and improved traffic circulation. As part of this decision, the City Council decided to acquire a property adjacent to the project, positioned for development, and commonly known as the Christmas Tree Lot (725 Laguna Canyon Road). The lot was specifically acquired by the City Council to offset the anticipated loss of surface parking spaces resulting from the new design approach for the Village Entrance. The current project design was then approved in January 2018 after 16 public meetings over the last five years and the appeal period concluded in February 2018. Construction has started and will be complete in about two years, with the project being open for parking during the intervening summer seasons. The current project costs $11.1 million, which is a substantial reduction from the $42 million cost of the parking structure alternative.

When the Village Entrance project is complete in June of 2020, it will provide a total of 370 vehicle parking spaces, along with eight motorcycle and 104 bicycle parking spaces. Per parking codes, this is the equivalent of 387 parking spaces and encourages the use of motorcycles and bikes to relieve congestion on roads. In addition, the recent relocation of City employees to other buildings has reduced the employee parking need by 10 parking spaces and increasing the spaces available for public parking during the day.


LBHS cheer squad invites future cheerleaders to Laguna Beach Cheer Clinic this Saturday

Future cheerleaders, both boys and girls, from the ages of kindergarten through eighth grade, are invited to join the LBHS cheer squad at the Laguna Beach Cheer Clinic at LBHS Dugger Gym this Saturday, Oct 13. Attendees will learn cheers, chants, dance with the LBHS cheerleaders and perform at the LBHS versus Ocean View home football game on Friday, Oct 19.

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(L-R) Back row: Tanya Tran, Kelsey Bailey, Eden Pfanner, Chloe Gabora, Emma Diver, Sophia Pfanner, Izzy Lyons, Ariana Bonni, Alina Dziuk, Lucy Becker

(L-R) Front row: Captains Cirrafina Biele and Kali Russell

Not pictured: Alex Lemus, Nina Seidensticker, Kaylie Rozell

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the clinic runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The fee for the clinic is $50, which includes all instruction, a Laguna Cheer T-shirt, hair bow, pom-poms, snack and water. The price is $55 for sign-ups on the morning of the clinic.

LBHS Dugger Gym is on St Ann’s Dr, and LBHS cheerleaders will be there to direct attendees.

LBHS is located at 625 Park Ave.

Register online at www.lbhsathletics.com. Navigate to the cheer section.

For questions, contact Cheer Boosters at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


LBUSD Updates on One Billion Acts of Kindness and Dyslexia

One Billion Acts of Kindness

The Board reviewed and adopted Resolution #18-12: One Billion Acts of Kindness. Launched in 2016 by the OC Department of Education, the initiative seeks to improve school climate, promote character and rally communities for greater civility through one billion acts of kindness. 

The initiative also supports improved student behavior by reducing bullying, reducing suspension rates, and increasing attendance. LBUSD is committed to creating a positive learning environment for all students and staff. Annual climate survey data indicates that students feel safe on campus, welcomed by other students, and are respected by both students and staff. 

Every Student, Every day Study Session: Dyslexia and Our Journey

On August 14, 2017, the California Superintendent of Public Instruction released “the California Dyslexia Guidelines,” as required by Assembly Bill 1369 and California Education Code. The Dyslexia Guidelines is a long-awaited document meant to define dyslexia and identify responsive, research-based interventions. 

Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services Dr. Alysia Odipo, Director of Special Education Irene White, and staff led a Board Study Session on LBUSD’s journey to provide guidelines, raise awareness, and increase understanding of the characteristics of dyslexia.

LBUSD Dyslexia Study

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LBUSD Board Members learning more about dyslexia and making District Guidelines

Study outcomes were to distinguish between fundamental truths and myths of dyslexia; understand how impairments of phonological nature are involved in dyslexia; and learn about District’s plan for identification and support.

The study showed that dyslexia isn’t about reversals and isn’t about faulty eye movements. The phenotype of dyslexia is about the inability to sound out words; unexpected comprehension difficulties; long term vocabulary challenges; and unexpected poor reading that is due to a problem in language, not in vision.

A critical point the Board learned is that early identification and intervention is the key. Strategies learned benefit all students, and later intervention does not produce the same benefits.

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LBUSD Board Members learn hands on about dyslexia

Per the California Educational Code, educational services for dyslexia are evidence-based, multisensory, direct, explicit, structural, and sequential. 

LBUSD Direct focus areas of dyslexia are Screening and Assessment, Instruction, Training, and Parent Partnerships.

For more information, please visit www.lbusd.org.


City Manager’s Updates

6th Annual Flood Prevention Device Practice Installation Day – The Code Enforcement Division has notified Laguna Beach property and business owners located in the flood hazard zone of the upcoming 6th Annual Flood Prevention Device Practice Installation Day scheduled for Monday, Oct 22. This is a voluntary educational emergency preparedness training event encouraged by FEMA. 

All people employed to work in a business located within areas of special flood hazards are requested to be trained by the business owner on how to install the flood prevention devices and be provided a copy of the flood contingency measures plan.

Bluebird SOCWA “Glenneyre Dip” Odor Control Upgrade Project Update – 

The Water Quality Department has been working on a project to eliminate the sewer odors at the “Glenneyre Dip”. Staff is scheduled to present the revised project scope to the Design Review Board (DRB) on November 8. Staff has addressed the comments from both the public and DRB in the two previous hearings on June 14 and July 26, 2018. The public is encouraged to learn all about the project and to attend and participate in the hearing. 

For more information about the project, contact Hannah Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lane Closures on Coast Highway – On October 8 and 9, Caltrans will be conducting subsurface utility investigations on South Coast Highway near Broadway. Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., one northbound lane will be closed on October 8 and one southbound lane will be closed on October 9. 

For additional information, contact Bob Bazargan, Caltrans Project Manager at (949) 279-9358.

City to Partner With Health Care Agency to Exercise Emergency Response at Irvine Great Park – The City of Laguna Beach is one of seven South County cities partnering with the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA) to exercise a Point of Dispensing (POD) emergency preparedness event at the Great Park in Irvine on October 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. to practice rapid distribution of medicine in the event of a public health outbreak. 

If a widespread disease or other emergency were to occur, it may be necessary for local health departments to activate PODs to distribute large amounts of vaccinations, antibiotics, and other medicines to a large number of people. The Great Park POD exercise will offer both a walk-up option and a drive-thru option. During the event, participants will be directed through the exercise by local police and fire authorities and will be asked to complete a brief intake form, proceed to a nurse or nursing student who will distribute exercise materials, then be directed through the exit station. 

Participants will receive a commemorative tote bag, local emergency planning materials, information about the AlertOC emergency notification system, and a holiday pumpkin while supplies last. The exercise will help communities prepare for general health emergencies, and is a partnership of several local entities, including the Orange County Health Care Agency, Medical Reserve Corps and the cities of Aliso Viejo, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and San Clemente. 

For more information about this one-day event, visit www.ochealthinfo.com/PODEvent.

Take the Trolley to the Classic Car Show – Why hassle with parking at the Classic Car Show this Sunday, October 7? Take the Neighborhood or Coastal Trolley to the event. 

For schedules and times, visit www.lagunabeachcity.net\trolley, use the Trolley Tracker on the Visit Laguna Beach mobile app or call (949) 497-0766. 

City Managers Updates Trolley

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The Trolley is a fun and free way to get around Laguna Beach

Construction Work in Front of City Hall – Two parking stalls in front of City Hall will be closed between October 9 and 12 to allow for modifications that will bring the handicapped parking space into compliance with current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

Brooks Street Crosswalk Improvements Requiring a 10-minute Closure of Coast Highway – Caltrans is finalizing the installation of the in-road warning lights and flashing beacons at Brooks Street crosswalk on Coast Highway. To install the flashing beacons, South Coast Highway has to be closed for 10 minutes on Thursday, Oct 4 around 11:30 a.m. Traffic will be detoured away from South Coast Highway during that time.

If you have any questions regarding this project, contact Mark Trestik, Acting City Engineer at (949) 497-0300.

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