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City is accepting applications for Committee, Commissions, Boards and Task Forces until Jan 22

The City Council is accepting applications for the following Committees, Commissions, Boards and Task Force: Recreation Committee; Design Review Board; Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee; Heritage Committee; Environmental Sustainability Committee; View Restoration Committee; and Affordable Housing Task Force. 

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City Hall

Applications are due to the City Clerk by Mon, Jan 22 by 5:30 p.m. Interviews and appointments will be conducted on Tues, Feb 6, at 6 p.m. 

Applications will not be accepted after the Jan 22 deadline. 

Laguna Beach residents who are interested in serving on one of these committees should obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office or on-line from the City’s website, www.lagunabeachcity.net. (Click on ‘Government’; ‘City Council’; then ‘Boards, Commissions and Committees’). 

Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at (949) 497-0705.


City Manager’s Updates

Holiday Trash Collection and Tree Recycling - For the weeks Dec 25 & Jan 1, residential and commercial trash collection will be delayed by one day. Waste Management will collect and recycle holiday trees on the regular collection days at no charge through Tues, Jan 16.  Please visit the city’s website www.lagunabeachcity.net/recycling for more information. 

Community and Susi Q Center Closed - The Community & Susi Q Center will be closed through Sunday, Jan 7, for annual building maintenance. No classes or programs will be held during this time.  However, Community Services staff will be available Jan 2-4, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Dec 29 and Jan 6, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Community Center to assist with class registrations, wedding permits, professional photo permits, etc.

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Community and Susi Q Center

Field Maintenance and Closures - Riddle Field is currently closed until Jan 29, and Alta Laguna Field is now closed until Jan 8, for annual maintenance and turf renovations. Questions, please call Alexis Braun, Senior Recreation Supervisor at (949) 497-0762.

Caltrans – Overhead Warning Sign Emergency Replacement -Beginning Mon, Jan 15, Caltrans will mobilize to remove and replace a failing overhead sign structure located on North Coast Highway, approximately 2000 feet south of the El Morro Elementary School entrance. Work will be conducted on weekdays between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Intermittent closures of the shoulder and/or outside travel lane can be expected through March 30. One northbound lane will be maintained for travel and southbound lanes will not be affected during this period. For more detailed project information, contact Oussama Issa, Caltrans Assistant Resident Engineer, at (949) 279-8821.


City Council will be accepting Committee applications until Jan 22

The City Council is accepting applications for the following Committees, Commissions, Boards and Task Force: Recreation Committee; Design Review Board; Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee; Heritage Committee; Environmental Sustainability Committee; View Restoration Committee; and Affordable Housing Task Force. 

Applications are due to the City Clerk by Monday, Jan 22 by 5:30 p.m. Interviews and appointments will be conducted on Tues, Feb 6, at 6 p.m. 

Applications will not be accepted after the Jan 22 deadline. 

Laguna Beach residents who are interested in serving on one of these committees should obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office or on-line from the City’s website, www.lagunabeachcity.net. (Click on ‘Government’; ‘City Council’; then ‘Boards, Commissions and Committees’) 

Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at 949-497-0705.


City Manager’s Update

Temporary Sculpture Installation - “Light Beam” sculpture will be temporarily exhibited by Los Angeles artist team Stereobot on the front lawn of City Hall from Jan 12 to March 10. This installation has been funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Creative Placemaking Study Session - AEA Consultants will be undertaking a Study Session with the Arts Commission on Sat, Jan 20 at 10 a.m. in the City Council Chambers. A presentation will be made to the Commission along with an update. This meeting is open to the public and public comments will be open at the end of the meeting. 

Cultural Arts Funding - The City of Laguna Beach is currently accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations for cultural programming based in Laguna Beach. The deadline to submit an application is Feb 5. Applications must be submitted on-line at www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com

City Council Appointed Committees - The City Council is accepting applications for the following Committees, Commissions, Boards and Task Force: Recreation Committee; Design Review Board; Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee; Heritage Committee; Environmental Sustainability Committee; View Restoration Committee; and Affordable Housing Task Force. Applications are due to the City Clerk by Monday, Jan 22, by 5:30 p.m. 

Interviews and appointments will be conducted on Tues, Feb 6, at 6 p.m. Applications will not be accepted after the January 22, 2018 deadline. Laguna Beach residents who are interested in serving on one of these committees should obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office or on-line from the City’s website, www.lagunabeachcity.net. (Click on ‘Government’; ‘City Council’; then ‘Boards, Commissions and Committees’). Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at 949-497-0705.

Community Assistance Grants - The City of Laguna Beach is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Community Assistance Grants. The Community Assistance Grant program is available to non-profit 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.

Like last year, we are utilizing an online application submittal process. Visit www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com to start the application process.  Additional information can be found on the City’s website at http://lagunabeachcity.net/CAG.  This year, the deadline has been extended by one month. The new deadline for applications submitted electronically will be Thurs, March 29, 5:30 p.m.

SCE Pole Replacements -  On Jan 22 and 24, the following road closures in the Bluebird Canyon area will be required for Southern California Edison (SCE) to replace two utility poles: Smith Way on Jan 22 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Residents on Dyer Place will continue to have access to their homes and will exit through Wykoff Way; Bluebird Canyon Drive, at the intersection of Bluebird Canyon Drive and Regatta Road, on Jan 24 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. All vehicular traffic will be detoured around the work. For questions, contact SCE’s contractor Vince Crocker, Construction Coordinator, at (714) 290-8611.

Community and Susi Q Center Reopens - The Community & Susi Q Center will be reopen Monday, Jan 8, at 7:30 a.m. The year is yours, what will you do with it? We can help! Try one of our many classes offered for all age groups: art, dance, fitness, language, music, writing and so much more.  

Visit www.lagunabeachcity.net click “recreation classes” or stop by the Community Center and pick-up a brochure.


City Manager’s Update

Community Assistance Grants Funds: The City is now accepting applications for the Community Assistance Grant Program for fiscal year 2018-2019.  The Program’s objective is to assist local non-profit organizations in funding new projects and/or expanding services within the community. Consideration is given to local non-profit organizations with functioning programs, projects and services which provide the greatest benefit in meeting the needs of Laguna Beach residents, and new or expanded services not currently being provided to Laguna Beach residents.

This year, grant applications will be submitted electronically.  More information can be obtained on the City’s website http://lagunabeachcity.net/CAG . Grant applications will be accepted until 5:30 p.m. Thurs, March 29.  For further information, call (949) 497-0779.

Temporary Sculpture Installation - “Light Beam” sculpture will be temporarily exhibited by Los Angeles artist team Stereobot on the front lawn of City Hall from Jan 12 to March 10. This installation has been funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Creative Placemaking Study Session - AEA Consultants will be undertaking a Study Session with the Arts Commission on Sat, Jan 20 at 10 a.m. in the City Council Chambers. A presentation will be made to the Commission along with an update. This meeting is open to the public and public comments will be open at the end of the meeting. 

Cultural Arts Funding - The City of Laguna Beach is currently accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations for cultural programming based in Laguna Beach. The deadline to submit an application is Feb 5. Applications must be submitted on-line at www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com

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City Hall

City Council Appointed Committees - The City Council is accepting applications for the following Committees, Commissions, Boards and Task Force: Recreation Committee; Design Review Board; Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee; Heritage Committee; Environmental Sustainability Committee; View Restoration Committee; and Affordable Housing Task Force. Applications are due to the City Clerk by Monday, Jan 22, by 5:30 p.m. 

Interviews and appointments will be conducted on Tues, Feb 6, at 6 p.m. Applications will not be accepted after the January 22, 2018 deadline. Laguna Beach residents who are interested in serving on one of these committees should obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office or on-line from the City’s website, www.lagunabeachcity.net. (Click on ‘Government’; ‘City Council’; then ‘Boards, Commissions and Committees’). Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at 949-497-0705.

Community Assistance Grants - The City of Laguna Beach is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Community Assistance Grants. The Community Assistance Grant program is available to non-profit 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.

Like last year, we are utilizing an online application submittal process. Visit www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com to start the application process.  Additional information can be found on the City’s website at http://lagunabeachcity.net/CAG.  This year, the deadline has been extended by one month. The new deadline for applications submitted electronically will be Thurs, March 29, 5:30 p.m.

SCE Pole Replacements - On Jan 22 and 24, the following road closures in the Bluebird Canyon area will be required for Southern California Edison (SCE) to replace two utility poles: Smith Way on Jan 22 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Residents on Dyer Place will continue to have access to their homes and will exit through Wykoff Way; Bluebird Canyon Drive, at the intersection of Bluebird Canyon Drive and Regatta Road, on Jan 24 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. All vehicular traffic will be detoured around the work. For questions, contact SCE’s contractor Vince Crocker, Construction Coordinator, at (714) 290-8611.


City Manager releases key accomplishments of 2017

--From a press release

Public safety

Measure LL: Nearly 80 percent of Laguna Beach residents voted to approve Measure LL in 2016, which increased the Transient Occupancy Tax rate paid by tourists who stay in hotels and other lodging establishments from 10 to 12 percent. As a result, residents saw improved service enhancements to public safety such as: 

Two additional Beach Patrol Officers allowing for an additional 80 hours a week of beach patrol assigned primarily to South Laguna;

One additional Community Outreach Officer for an additional 40 hours a week of working with homeless and mentally ill populations;

Upgrading a fire engine to paramedic status at Station Two to provide paramedic coverage at all four fire stations;

Adding a Civilian Fire Marshal to enhance fire prevention programs and improve turnaround time for plan checks and inspections;

Hiring two additional Marine Safety Officers for an additional 200 days of lifeguard tower coverage; and

Setting aside $1 million annually for utility undergrounding to help prevent fires and power outages.

“America First” Rallies – The Police Department as well as other city departments and regional agencies successfully maintained peace during several rallies on Main Beach that attracted as many as 2,500 protestors and counter protestors. 

Local Hazard Mitigation Plan – A plan has been developed for public review and finalization in 2018.  

Fire Department Assists with fires Statewide – Firefighters provided assistance to wildfires located in both Northern and Southern California while maintain coverage at all four of the City’s fire stations.

Coffee with a Cop program – Five events were held in 2017 that give the community an opportunity to interact with police officers, ask questions, and let officers know about things going on in their neighborhoods.

Citizen’s Police Academy – The Citizen’s Police Academy graduated its 24th and 25th classes this year bringing the total number of graduates to more than 400 people since the program’s inception.

Downtown Emergency Notification system – A Downtown Emergency Notification system has been purchased to alert residents and visitors in the low-lying tsunami inundation zone in the event of a tsunami, which will be installed in early 2018. 

$105,000 Office of Traffic Safety Grant – The City received a grant for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic-related deaths and injuries. 

Facilities and capital improvements

Laguna SOCWA Lift Station – This sewage lift station transmits one million gallons of wastewater per day to the Coastal Treatment Plant, and was rehabilitated to extend its useful life and reliability. 

Downtown Cleanliness – Funding from Measure LL was used to add 80 hours per week of sidewalk steam cleaning; augment daily cleaning of Downtown and Coast Highway (litter removal, trash can cleaning, sidewalk sweeping, etc.); and provide an additional 42 hours per week of cleaning Main Beach and Heisler Park restrooms during peak months. 

Oak Street & Mountain Road Beach Access – The City completed rehabilitation of these two beach access points and was awarded the 2017 Project of the Year award by the American Public Works Association for this outstanding capital improvement project.

Top of the World Trail Project – After more than 20 years, this trail project, which provides pedestrian and bicycle access to the Fire Road and the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, was completed.

Milligan Drive Bridge – Partnering with the Sarah Thurston Park community, this bridge was replaced and a ribbon cutting was held.

Improvement of City Facilities and Local Infrastructure

The City completed several projects to improve City facilities and local infrastructure:

Repaired and resealed more than 30 streets in the Skyline, Mystic Hills, lower Bluebird Canyon, and lower Summit Drive areas

Repaired 12,000 square feet of damaged sidewalk, curbs, and gutters citywide

Installed 35 accessible sidewalk curb ramps citywide

Resurfaced tennis courts at Irvine Bowl Park; renovated turf, resurfaced basketball courts, and repainted benches at Main Beach Park; renovated turf at Heisler Park; and improved lighting on Wesley Drive at Lang Park

Installed new fencing and shade structure at Bluebird Park

Restriping of tennis courts at Lang Park to allow for not only tennis, but also pickleball

Extended sidewalk on Cress Street from Bluebird Park to Temple Terrace

Completed renovations of the former Recreation Building and Police Lobby

Community Development

Customer Service Improvements – The Community Development Department conducted eleven community workshops; continued implementation of an electronic sign-in system at the front counter; and completed a record number of plan check reviews, building inspections, and customers served at the front counter.

Updates to the Downtown Specific Plan – The Planning Commission has started the final review of these documents to present its recommendations to the City Council in 2018.

Laguna Canyon Planning Study – City Council reviewed proposed modifications to various existing planning documents that focused on zoning and development issues in Laguna Canyon. A proposed implementation timeline will return for City Council’s consideration in early 2018. 

Historic Preservation – The Heritage Committee, Design Review Board, and the Planning Commission have provided their recommendations to the City Council to update the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance and the Historic Inventory. The City Council will be considering these recommendations in early 2018.

Landscape and Scenic Highways Element – The City is developing a new element that will preserve, enhance, and sustain landscape and scenic corridors essential to the City’s unique character. The City Council is expected to finalize this item in 2018.

Accessory Dwelling Unit – The Planning Commission has provided its recommendations to the City Council to update the Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance. The City Council will be considering these recommendations in early 2018.

Transit

Neighborhood Trolley Extended Weekend Service – This service launched July 1, 2017 after a successful pilot in 2016, and offers extended trolley weekend hours in the Top of the World, Arch Beach Heights and Bluebird Canyon neighborhoods.   

Summer Breeze Bus Service – The City, in partnership with the Orange County Transportation Authority, once again offered free bus service and free parking from a peripheral parking lot near SR-133/I-405 interchange in Irvine to Laguna Beach summer destinations. More than 9,721 boardings were recorded over the ten weekends of operation, which is a 79 percent increase over 2016.  

Trolley Tracker - Major improvements to the Trolley Tracker mobile app rolled out in August 2017.  The new Tracker has a system map, displays each route separately, and has real time predictive arrival allowing for easier accessibility.  

Summer Festival Transit Service – The City’s Transit Service accommodated 552,119 boardings during the 10-week summer season.

New Coastal Routes – Based on community feedback, the City launched two new transit routes: Long and Short Coastal routes. Both routes make all stop along Coast Highway with the Long Coastal route continuing past Mission Hospital to the Ritz Carlton.

Miscellaneous

Village Entrance Project – A final project design is anticipated to be reviewed and approved by the City Council in early 2018. 

“Smoke-Free Superstar” – The City was awarded a certificate of recognition by the Orange County Tobacco Education Coalition for adopting a smoke-free public places ordinance this year.

Leadership Laguna – The Laguna Beach Community Foundation and the City hosted its second five-week citizen awareness program called “Leadership Laguna” for residents to learn about city operations and how to participate in civic affairs.

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting – The City received an award for its easily readable and efficiently organized comprehensive annual finance report (CAFR).

Laguna’s Excellent Ocean Water Quality – The 2016-2017 Health the Bay Beach Report Card stated that of the eight beaches in Orange County identified as “California’s Cleanest Beaches for Water Quality”, seven of the eight are in Laguna Beach. 

90th Birthday – The City celebrated its 90th birthday. 

Hospitality Night – This year’s Hospitality Night was relocated from City Hall to the Peppertree parking lot, which provided for additional event space to celebrate the holidays. 

“Park Plaza” trial concept – The City Council approved of a temporary outdoor plaza from October 21, 2017 through January 2, 2018 for people to gather and foster connectivity while enjoying the outdoors.

Five-Year Financial Assessment Workshop – City staff prepared a five-year forecast of revenues and expenditures as a tool for financial sustainability to the City Council. 

Balanced Budget – The City Council adopted a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18 while maintaining a 20% General Fund Reserve.

Open Space – The City Council purchased eight vacant parcels totaling 13 acres to be used for permanent open space in Laguna Canyon and Arch Beach Heights.

Cultural Arts Activity – The City and Arts Commission facilitated a number of new initiatives this year including: (a) retained two firms to undertake Artist Work/Live and Creative Placemaking assessments; (b) established a Public Art Review panel and guidelines for temporary public art exhibits; (c) appointed Laguna Beach’s first Poet Laureate; (d) accepted an artist designed bench at the north end of Heisler Park; (e) approved an artist designed bench at the Mountain Road beach access stairway; (f) announced the finding of the Arts and Economic Prosperity report that the Arts generated $95.4 million in direct and indirect spending by non-profit art organizations and their audiences; and (g) presented two marketing workshops for arts organizations.


City News

City is now accepting applications for the Community Assistance Grant Program for 2018-19

The City of Laguna Beach is now accepting applications for the Community Assistance Grant Program for fiscal year 2018-2019. The Program’s objective is to assist local non-profit organizations in funding new projects and/or expanding services within the community. 

Consideration is given to local non-profit organizations with functioning programs, projects, and services which provide the greatest benefit in meeting the needs of residents, and new or expanded services not currently being provided locally.

This year, grant applications will be submitted electronically. More information can be obtained on the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net/CAG.

Grant applications will be accepted until 5:30 p.m. on Thurs, March 29. 

For further information, call (949) 497-0779.

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

…and applications for Committee, Commissions, Boards and Task Forces will be accepted until Jan 22

The City Council is accepting applications for the following Committees, Commissions, Boards and Task Force: Recreation Committee; Design Review Board; Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee; Heritage Committee; Environmental Sustainability Committee; View Restoration Committee; and Affordable Housing Task Force. 

Applications are due to the City Clerk by Mon, Jan 22 by 5:30 p.m. 

Interviews and appointments will be conducted on Tues, Feb 6, at 6 p.m. 

Applications will not be accepted after the Jan 22 deadline. 

Laguna Beach residents who are interested in serving on one of these committees should obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office or on-line from the City’s website, www.lagunabeachcity.net. (Click on ‘Government’; ‘City Council’; then ‘Boards, Commissions and Committees’) 

Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at (949) 497-0705.


City Manager’s Updates

Leadership Laguna 2018: A Citizens’ Academy - Back by popular demand, the City of Laguna Beach will be hosting a free, five-week citizen awareness program for residents to learn about city operations and how to participate in civic affairs. Sessions take place every Thursday in March from 7 - 9 p.m. (beginning on March 1 and ending on March 29). 

Each session will cover various aspects of local government and featuring presentations from local government leaders. Online applications will be available starting Monday, Jan 15. See attached flyer for more information or visit: www.lagunabeachcity.net/leadershiplaguna.

City Hall Closed on Monday, Jan 15 - City Hall will be closed on Monday, Jan 15 in observance for Martin Luther King’s birthday. Essential services such as police, fire, lifeguards, bus service and other functions are still provided. 

Enhanced Transit Service on Martin Luther King Day - On Monday Jan 15, Neighborhood and Coastal trolley services will be provided similar to the Sunday schedule, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For detailed schedule information, please see www.lagunabeachcity.net/trolley.

Holiday Street Sweeping Schedule - On Martin Luther King Day, Monday Jan 15, street sweeping and parking enforcement will only occur in commercial areas. For more information, please contact Senior Fleet Maintenance Supervisor, Austin Comp at (949) 464-6637.

Downtown Specific Plan Update – Continue to Review Section III, Topic 10 – Civic Art District - The City of Laguna Beach will continue their efforts on the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) Update on Wed, Jan 17, during the Planning Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. 

City staff will present the public input received thus far regarding DSP Section III: Issue Statements and Policies, Topic 10 – Civic Art District, for further consideration and discussion by the Planning Commission. Copies of the public input received are available to view on the City’s website: www.lagunabeachcity.net.  

For more information on the Downtown Specific Plan Update project please contact: Wendy Jung, Senior Planner, at (949) 497-0321; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2018 Public Art Projects – Call for Artists - The City of Laguna Beach is currently accepting applications from qualified artists with demonstrated experience in public art. Applicants may apply for one or all projects by March 19,. The sites are at the Agate Street and Thalia Street Beach access and the Third Street Stairway. For information about the call for artists and honorarium please visit www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com

These projects are being funded by Laguna Beach residents Linda and Toni Bonnici, Greg, Bobbi and Dick Nathanson, Tammie Arnold and Mark Porterfield.

Creative Placemaking Study Session - AEA Consultants will be undertaking a Study Session with the Arts Commission on Sat, Jan 20 at 10 a.m. in the City Council Chambers. A presentation will be made to the Commission along with an update. This meeting is open to the public and, if time allows public comments will be open at the end of the meeting.

Cultural Arts Funding - The City of Laguna Beach is currently accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations for cultural programming based in Laguna Beach. The deadline to submit an application is Feb 5. Applications must be submitted on-line at www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com

Date Night – An Evening with the Important Young Person in Your Life - One of the biggest hurdles raising a teenager is maintaining open and honest communication about drugs and alcohol. Join Marci Mednick, of St Joseph Health, along with expert Ray Lozano as they convey substance use information in a way that young people really get. This three part-dinner series is for teens ages 11-15 and their parents. The series will be held on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning Jan 23 thru Feb 6, from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Community & Susi Q Center. Cost: $45 per family. Register online at https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/ or by calling (949) 464-6645.

Mindful Parenting -  Join Lucas LeardMann, from the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, for this three-part series for adults. Mindful parenting focuses on managing strong emotions, improving mindful communication and cultivating compassion and self-care.  The series will be held on three consecutive Saturdays beginning Jan 27 thru Feb 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Community & Susi Q Center. Cost: $15.  Register online at https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/ or by calling (949) 464-6645.

Community Assistance Grants - The City of Laguna Beach is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Community Assistance Grants. The Community Assistance Grant program is available to non-profit 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. Like last year, we are utilizing an online application submittal process. Visit www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com to start the application process.  Additional information can be found on the City’s website at http://lagunabeachcity.net/CAG.  This year, the deadline has been extended by one month. The new deadline for applications submitted electronically will be Thursday, March 29, 5:30 p.m.


City Manager’s Updates

Leadership Laguna 2018: A Citizens’ Academy - Back by popular demand, the City of Laguna Beach will be hosting a free, five-week citizen awareness program for residents to learn about city operations and how to participate in civic affairs. Sessions take place every Thursday in March from 7 - 9 p.m. (beginning on March 1 and ending on March 29). 

Each session will cover various aspects of local government and featuring presentations from local government leaders. Online applications will be available starting Monday, Jan 15. See attached flyer for more information or visit: www.lagunabeachcity.net/leadershiplaguna.

Cultural Arts Funding - The City of Laguna Beach is currently accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations for cultural programming based in Laguna Beach. The deadline to submit an application is Feb 5. Applications must be submitted on-line at www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com

Date Night – An Evening with the Important Young Person in Your Life - One of the biggest hurdles raising a teenager is maintaining open and honest communication about drugs and alcohol. Join Marci Mednick, of St Joseph Health, along with expert Ray Lozano as they convey substance use information in a way that young people really get. This three part-dinner series is for teens ages 11-15 and their parents. The series will be held on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning Jan 23 thru Feb 6, from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Community & Susi Q Center. Cost: $45 per family. Register online at https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/ or by calling (949) 464-6645.

Mindful Parenting - Join Lucas LeardMann, from the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, for this three-part series for adults. Mindful parenting focuses on managing strong emotions, improving mindful communication and cultivating compassion and self-care.  The series will be held on three consecutive Saturdays beginning Jan 27 thru Feb 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Community & Susi Q Center. Cost: $15.  Register online at https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/ or by calling (949) 464-6645.

Community Assistance Grants - The City of Laguna Beach is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Community Assistance Grants. The Community Assistance Grant program is available to non-profit 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. Like last year, we are utilizing an online application submittal process. Visit www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com to start the application process.  Additional information can be found on the City’s website at http://lagunabeachcity.net/CAG.  This year, the deadline has been extended by one month. The new deadline for applications submitted electronically will be Thursday, March 29, 5:30 p.m.


City calls for applications from artists for 2018 Public Art Projects

The City of Laguna Beach is currently accepting applications from qualified artists with demonstrated experience in public art. Applicants may apply for one or all projects by March 19. 

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

One of three proposed sites, the Third Street stairs

The sites are at the Agate Street and Thalia Street Beach access and the Third Street stairway. For information about the call for artists and honorarium please visit www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com.

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