City Manager’s Updates

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The City Manager has released this week’s updates

Orange County Health Care Agency Outreach and Engagement Team – Once again, the Police Department has partnered with Orange County Health Care Agency, and beginning next week, two days a week, two Outreach and Engagement Officers will work in collaboration with our Police Community Outreach Officers to follow up with the homeless population in Laguna Beach. This team will be in addition to the clinician that already works with the Outreach Officers two days a week, giving support now four days a week.

Upcoming Remembrance Ceremony – This year’s City Remembrance Ceremony marks the fifth anniversary of Police Officer Jon Coutchie’s End of Watch. City employees, family, friends and members of the community are encouraged to attend the event to remember the sacrifice of the Police Department’s two fallen officers. The ceremony will take place outside of the Laguna Beach Police Department in front of the Eternal Legacy memorial beginning at 5:30 p.m. on September 21. Refreshments will immediately follow the event. 

Learn More About the Village Entrance Project - You’ve heard a lot about it, but what exactly is the Village Entrance Project, and where is it going to be located? The project will be located near downtown in the area adjacent to the intersection of Laguna Canyon Road and Forest Avenue and focuses on enhanced pedestrian safety, improved traffic flow and new public open space. 

Watch the City’s Village Entrance Project overview video and learn more about the project at www.lagunabeachcity.net/villageentrance. In addition, the City of Laguna Beach would like to invite the community to a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, Sept 11 at 4 p.m. for the Village Entrance project. The ceremony will be held near Lot 10 at 725 Laguna Canyon Road. Refreshments will be served. 

Contact Lou Kneip at (949) 464-6688 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

September is National Preparedness Month – September marks National Preparedness Month and the City of Laguna Beach encourages its residents to get prepared. The City is breaking down the month of September into weekly tasks that will help you be more prepared. This week – stay informed by registering your cell phone numbers, text numbers, and email addresses with AlertOC at www.alertoc.com. AlertOC is Orange County’s Emergency Notification System which sends geo-targeted emergency notifications to impacted areas. Additionally, register for Nixle, the City’s community notification system used to alert residents for localized situations and relevant community advisories. 

Text 92651 to 888-777 to enroll in Nixle. Sign up for AlertOC and Nixle, they’re free and the best way to stay informed in an emergency!

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Dorn Court Storm Drain Improvements - On September 10, construction work to improve the storm drain system on Dorn Court will begin. Minor traffic delays and parking impacts can be expected during working hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of November 2018. 

Contact Tri Nguyen at (949) 497-0741 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

9-11 Day of Remembrance – On Tuesday, Sept 11 beginning at 8 a.m. at Monument Point in Heisler Park, the City will host a ceremony to honor the 2,980 individuals whose lives were lost at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The ceremony will conclude at 9:10 a.m.

Calls for Artists – The Arts Commission is currently accepting submissions for Juried Fine Art and Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibitions as well as their Council Chamber Banner and Holiday Palette Competitions. 

Guidelines and entry forms are available via the “Calls for Artists” page at http://lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/art. The lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach fund these programs. 

  Arts Marketing Workshop – On Friday, Oct 5 the Arts Commission in partnership with National Arts Marketing Project will be holding a free arts marketing workshop for artists. The workshop, “The Art of Relevance,” will be led by Art Marketing Project founder Cindy Sherman and funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach. 

For information and registration visit https://lagunabeachart.eventbrite.com.

Artist Work Live Assessment – If you are an artist or work in a creative industry, the City needs your input. Please take the brief survey being conducted in partnership with Artspace at www.artspace.org/CreativeSpaceLaguna. The lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach fund this assessment.

City Receives Emergency Services Gold Award – Did you know? The California Emergency Services Association awarded the City of Laguna Beach the California Emergency Services Association Gold Award for outstanding service in Emergency Management. Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock’ s work in the area of creating both shelter and evacuation plans is what prompted the City of Aliso Viejo to nominate the City for the award. Villwock will receive the award at the CESA Annual Emergency Management Training and Conference this month.

Free Car Seat Safety Event – The Laguna Beach Police Department, in partnership with “National Child Safety Passenger Week,” will be offering free car seat inspections by certified technicians in front of the police station, on Saturday, Sept 8 and again on Saturday, Sept 22 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The appointments are in 30-minute increments, so schedule your appointment soon. 

To reserve an appointment, contact Debi Jensen at (949) 497-0396 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Southern California Edison Pole Replacements on Glenneyre Street – On Tuesday, Sept 11 between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., and on Wednesday, Sept 12 between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Southern California Edison (SCE) will be replacing utility poles at 660 and 634 Glenneyre Street. On Tuesday, the work will require that Los Olivos be closed between Glenneyre Street and Goff Street. On Wednesday, the work will require that El Camino del Mar be closed between Glenneyre Street and Goff Street. On both days, the northbound and southbound lanes in Glenneyre Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction approximately from St. Ann’s Drive to Legion Street. 

For questions or concerns, contact SCE at (949) 458-4562.

Southern California Edison Pole Replacements on Laguna Canyon Road – On Thursday, Sept 13 through Friday, Sept 14 between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., SCE will be replacing two utility poles located at Laguna Canyon Road, between El Toro Road and the SR-73 toll road. The work will require that the northbound lane closest to the shoulder of Laguna Canyon Road be closed from approximately 1,900 feet south of the SR-73 toll road to the toll road.

For questions or concerns, contact Mike Thomas, Field Construction Supervisor with Pro Energy Services, Inc. at (949) 302-4978.