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LB Beautification Council presents “Beauty & the Beast” on Nov 20

The Laguna Beach Beautification Council (LBBC) will feature Ray Lutz from Citizen’s Oversight in a program titled “Beauty & the Beast,” at Montage Laguna Beach, in room 227, on Wednesday, Nov 20 at 6 p.m.

It will be an informative program, focusing on where nuclear fuel rods are buried along a fault 100 feet from rising tides in thin-wall 5/8” storage casks. Lutz will discuss the important actions the public and officials need to know to ensure health, habitats, and the natural beauty is safe from San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). 

The public is invited to attend to hear and see what Lutz is doing regarding this issue, as well as major safeguards and permanent storage issues. Public concerns and questions are welcome.

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Ray Lutz discusses SONGS safety issues on Nov 20

Ray Lutz has a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and has been active on San Onofre since the emergency shut down on January 31, 2012. He has represented ratepayer interests at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in the San Onofre closure costs and decommissioning proceedings. His organization, Citizens Oversight, sued the CPUC and Southern California Edison (SCE) in Federal Court, which eventually encouraged an improvement in the closure costs by $775 million.

Free parking is available for LBBC members and guests attending the Beautification Program.

Montage Laguna Beach is located at 30801 S Coast Hwy. 

Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended.

RSVP for seating and more details by calling (949) 494-5787.


Frustrated council agrees to city code compliance with FCC cell site rules, residents voice opposition

By BARBARA DIAMOND

The City Council on Tuesday gave feedback on how city staff will proceed with amendments to the city code to improve compliance with the Federal Communications Commission’s rule 18-133 for wireless communication facilities, taking into account any court rulings that overrule or modify the rule.

Staff had requested feedback from the council on recommended changes to the municipal code that respond to the FCC rule passed in 2018, which purported to streamline state and local reviews of wireless communication facility applications and to facilitate the deployment of small wireless facilities.

“We reviewed all the recommendations and made some additions,” said Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow on Thursday. “I added an amendment to the code to state the council policy is to retain as much local control as permitted by law.”

City Manager John Pietig expressed his concern about adding so much to the list that the city would be out of compliance with the FCC rule.

The council was advised in April that the city would either adopt the FCC guideline or default to the government regulation pertaining to the facilities, which are expected to accommodate Fifth Generation wireless infrastructure – commonly called 5G. The city has little say in the matter.

Asked at the April meeting how much discretion the city has, City Attorney Philip Kohn said, “The short answer is very little.”

Staff reiterated its position that the city was not allowed to “unlawfully inhibit deployment of infrastructure necessary to support these new services.”

Local regulations related to radio frequency emission impacts on the environment, human health, and safety concerns cannot be imposed to restrict cell towers, according to City Attorney Travis Van Ligten.

A coalition of 90 local agencies across the country have filed a lawsuit related to the FCC regulation, according to resident Ted Reckas and affirmed by staff.

“I encourage you to not look at this as a forgone conclusion,” said Reckas. 

Councilman Peter Blake, who participated in Tuesday’s meeting by a 5G phone from New York, said, “If all the concerned are right, I am dead.”

Hardly a soul, including council members and 23 of the 24 speakers from the audience, was happy about the usurpation of local control over the installations, which many believe are detrimental to the beauty of the city and most importantly to the health of the public, particularly children.

“I am here to express my strong objection to the rollout of 5G in our community,” said Peter Surprenant, a business owner and parent of three boys who are fifth generation Lagunans.

“People come from all over the world to enjoy our beaches and beauty,” said Surprenant. “If 5G comes to Laguna, we are facing a detrimental impact to our economy. 5G can destroy any kind of momentum we have as a city in creating a quality place [for residents and vacationers] to enjoy.”

There are no 5G installations at this time in Laguna, according to staff.

The majority of the speakers appeared to be more concerned about the impacts on the environment and health than on the economy.

Lauren Bell pointed out that the intent of the city code is to protect the safety and welfare of residents and visitors.

“Therefore, you [council] have a moral obligation to honestly consider our grievances and where these cell sites should be located,” said Bell, one of three women who shared reading from a prepared statement. 

Kristina Krich, who was next up, said site selection must be updated to protect residents and homeowners, as well as people sensitive to electromagnetic and radio frequency electromagnetic radiation. 

Shannon O’Neil completed the document, which included adoption of the farthest distance apart for poles unless it could be proved that they must be closer in order to work, which would require affirmation by independent contractors.

O’Neil’s portion of the document also included a limit on the maximum power that should be allowed, limitation of operations to daytime, a requirement to conform to city ordinances, and that towers must be approved on a site-by-site basis. 

Top of the World Elementary School student Nate Joakim told the council he didn’t want 5G near his school.

“Kids’ brains are not completely used, which allows more rays to get to the brains,” Joakim said. “5G is too new to know what can happen.”

Bob Jastad was the lone speaker from the audience who supported 5G.

“I believe in this technology,” said Jastad. “The benefits will prove themselves. It would be worth it to have a 5G workshop.”

Following comments from the public, the council reviewed all city staff recommendations, but made no motion on the item. 

Staff recommendations included offering incentives for facility locations to be shared and updating rules for facilities that use the public right of way. 

Further feedback:

--When beneficial, offer an administrative use permit process for co-locations on future facilities

--Mayor Bob Whalen added that staff should consider noise, fire safety risks/very high fire hazard zones, mandatory radiofrequency testing, provide appropriate warning signs, zones, American Disabilities Act, Fair Housing, limited-access streets, and the distance of the installations from neighborhoods, schools, parks, and medical facilities

--Develop aggressive spacing requirements between facilities

The revised code will be returned to the council for approval.


The City, LBPD and LBUSD add second SRO to Laguna Beach schools 

By SUZIE HARRISON

In continuing collaborative work with the Laguna Beach Police Department, the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education took action Tuesday to approve an updated Memorandum of Understanding between LBPD and LBUSD to provide a second assigned School Resource Officer (SRO).

The city and the school district split the $200,000 cost of the additional SRO and the $70,000 appropriated by the city for the purchase of car for the officer, as approved by a district agreement with LBUSD.

According to LBUSD Board President Jan Vickers, “Following the City Council approving an additional SRO for LBUSD the Board of Education voted in favor as well. Noting the many roles and interactions of our current SRO Corporal Ashton and that meeting the needs at four schools was challenging the addition of a second SRO for the two elementary schools will provide more of the relational and educational components of the position. This will also enhance school safety as many parents and staff expressed a need for more presence on campus.

“The Board of Education recognizes the increased collaboration with the LBPD, LBFD, and the city provides more support for students in many capacities and enhances district safety,” Vickers continued.

A presentation by LBPD Captain Jeff Calvert at Tuesday’s board meeting emphasized the workload covers four areas: intervention, classroom, safety, and events.

Capt Calvert said, “The addition of our first School Resource Officer (SRO) in September 2018 was a long-awaited milestone to improve the safety of our kids, and to build stronger relationships and communication between the Police Department, students, parents, and the LBUSD School District.”

City Manager John Pietig, LBUSD Superintendent Jason Viloria, LBPD Chief Laura Farinella, and the Laguna Beach City Council all agreed with the PTA and parents that a second SRO would enhance the existing program and provide better coverage over all four LBUSD campuses.

“The position has evolved into so much more because of SRO Corporal Cornelius Ashton’s passion and commitment to not only mentoring the kids, but ensuring they have a safe learning environment, and engaging them when they are struggling with social-emotional issues. He has truly become a part of the fabric of the LBUSD family,” stated Capt Calvert.

The role of the SRO is aligned with the district’s focus on educating the whole child, in addition to the support provided by counselors, student support specialists, psychologists, and other school staff. 

LBUSD Superintendent Jason Viloria said, “We appreciate our ongoing partnership with the City of Laguna Beach and the Laguna Beach Police Department. An additional SRO will enhance the additional safety improvements we have added as a result of the OCIAC recommendations, provide valuable training and education to students on safety-related topics and will be an additional resource for students and staff.

“It’s the goal of LBUSD and LBPD to have Corp Ashton work with Laguna Beach High School and Thurston Middle School while the new SRO will be in charge of El Morro and Top of the World elementary schools.

Capt Calvert said, “I’m pleased to see the PTA and parents recognize the value of the SRO program within our schools, and passionately advocate for an additional position. It’s a reflection of all the hard work and energy between the City and School District in supporting the program.”

With a ratio of two SROs per 1.522 students, Laguna Beach will continue to have lowest ratio of nearby and larger districts. Irvine’s ratio is 12 officers to 2.917 students. Newport Beach has three officers per 7.150 students.

Capt Calvert said, “LBPD is excited about the opportunity and we look forward to selecting the next Officer to take on this important responsibility.”


City Manager’s Updates

Veterans Day Transit Service – Laguna Beach Transit will be modifying service on Monday, Nov 11 in observation of Veteran’s Day. Only the Coastal Services will be running from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day with no neighborhood services.

This will affect Top of the World, Bluebird Canyon, Arch Beach Heights, North, and South Laguna neighborhoods. Regular service will resume on Tuesday, Nov 12. For more information, visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/trolley

Holiday Street Sweeping Schedule – On Monday, Nov 11, only non-residential areas will be swept. Residential street sweeping will not occur, and parking restrictions will not be enforced.

Laguna Canyon Channel Repairs – Between November 12 and November 22, the Orange County Flood Control District (OCFCD) will be making temporary repairs by installing a brace to Laguna Canyon Channel next to Forest Avenue. 

The majority of the work will be done within the channel and in the adjacent City parking lot (Lot 12). A portion of the parking lot will need to be closed to accommodate the work. Minor traffic impacts to Forest Avenue may occur intermittently. 

For questions, contact Project Director Thomas Perez at (949) 464-6688.

E-Waste and Paper Shredding Event on November 16 – 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 16, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The event will be held at the City Maintenance Facilities, 1900 Laguna Canyon Rod.

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

SCE Pole Replacement – On Tuesday, Nov 12, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Southern California Edison (SCE) will be replacing a utility pole located at 1233 Gaviota Drive. A portion of Gaviota Drive will be closed between Brooks Street and Cress Street. Residents and commercial customers are advised to remove their vehicles from the affected portion of the street during the work hours. 

For questions or concerns, contact SCE’s Customer Service number at (800) 655-4555.

Southern California Gas Company Concrete Repairs on Coast Highway – Southern California Gas Company (SCG) will be working in two areas of town next week. 

For questions or concerns, contact SCG’s project coordinator Jorge Hernandez at (714) 989-5147.

--31831 Coast Hwy – On Wednesday, Nov 13, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., the southbound lane closest to the curb on Coast Highway will be closed between Seacliff Drive and Circle Drive. SCG’s contractor will be performing asphalt repairs associated with previous gas line work.

--2425 South Coast Hwy- On Thursday, Nov 14, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., the southbound lane closest to the curb on South Coast Highway will be closed between Moss Street and Rockledge Road. SCG’s contractor will be performing asphalt repairs associated with previous gas line work.

Evacuation Time Survey and Outreach Event – In July, the Laguna Beach City Council unanimously approved a Fire Mitigation and Safety Subcommittee Report and approved moving forward with its recommended action items.

One of these recommendations was to conduct a comprehensive evacuation time estimate study. The City awarded the contract to KLD Engineering, a firm that specializes in evacuation time estimates including those communities with wildfire risk. 

The City invites the public to take an online survey created by KLD Engineering that will help capture specific information from our community needed for the study. 

The survey can be found at www.lagunabeachsurvey.kld.engineering. Additionally, KLD will be at various locations around town through November 16 if you would like to take the survey in-person. The public is also invited to attend the City’s next Evacuation Outreach event on Sunday, Nov 10, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Fire Station 4, located at 31646 2nd Avenue. 

Download your neighborhood specific evacuation map at www.lagunabeachcity.net/evacuation. For more information on where you can take the evacuation time survey in person, contact Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (949) 497-0389.

Emergency Kit Backpacks Available for Purchase A Laguna Beach-specific Emergency Kit Backpack is now available to residents and business owners for purchase. Each red backpack features an official City of Laguna Beach Seal, light sticks, a 4-in-1 gas and water shut off tool, bio-hazard bags, nitrile gloves, N95 mask, 54-piece first aid kit, duct tape, emergency poncho, solar blanket, AM/FM radio with flashlight and cell phone charger, and a personal hygiene kit. 

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Emergency Kit Backpacks are available for purchase 

Additionally, it contains emergency plan guides and disaster-specific information. You can now purchase a Laguna Beach-specific Emergency Kit Backpack for $50 on the City’s website at https://bit.ly/2DlnFGy. No profits are being made from the sale of this backpack.

12th 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 and ways to get involved, the community is encouraged to visit www.lagunahungryandhomeless.org

LBPD Holiday Food Basket Program – Last year the Laguna Beach Police Department, Laguna Beach Unified School District, and the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach teamed up to collect food donations to help families in need during the holidays. With the help of the community the teams collectively were able to donate 38 meals to Laguna Beach families during the holiday season. Thank you to everyone who participated. 

For the Thanksgiving holiday, the teams will again be accepting donations from November 5 - November 21. Non-perishable food items, canned goods, apple cider juice, and grocery store gift cards are accepted at the Laguna Beach Police Department. 

For questions about the program, or how you can contribute, contact Community Services Officer Natasha Hernandez at (949) 497-0382 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Laguna Beach Police Department Awarded Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant – The Laguna Beach Police Department received a $104,975 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long enforcement and education program. The money will fund various activities intended to reduce deaths and injuries on California roads. 

The funding from the OTS will be used for numerous programs, including but not limited to DUI/driver’s license checkpoints, patrols specifically looking for suspected alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers, creating “Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders, and officer training to identify suspected impaired drivers and conduct sobriety tests. Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


City Manager’s Updates

New Laguna Beach Trolley App – A brand-new trolley app is now available for download via the Apple and Android app stores. The “Laguna Beach Trolley App” will have many new and improved features and will provide more accurate predictive arrival, schedules, smoother tracking of the city’s vehicles, and posted detours and delays. An online web-based version of the app is also available at the City’s website and at the following link: http://lagunabeachtransit.doublemap.com/map/.

If you have any questions about how to download and use this app, please contact Paula Faust, Deputy Director of Parking and Transit Services, at (949) 497-0303.


Council to consider whether to eliminate public transit routes

By BARBARA DIAMOND

To be or not to be? 

Staff is asking the City Council to decide at tonight’s (October 29) meeting whether to eliminate weekday and Saturday trolley service to neighborhoods, modify it, or try to attract more riders. 

Ridership has declined, by 24 percent in the last three years, in spite of the robust promotion of the service. In the same time period, costs have risen seven percent.

Staff has prepared two alternatives for the council to consider. 

--Option One

Cancel the regular weekday and Saturday routes to North and South Laguna, Top of the World, Bluebird Canyon, and Arch Beach Heights, all of which run from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Council to trolley

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Council will consider two options regarding changes to Laguna’s trolley service

The option also includes expanding Sally’s Fund to provide additional services to seniors and to develop a subsidy program to reimburse low-income riders for up to 10 rides a month, not to exceed $100.

--Option Two

Cancel the North and South routes, add a weekday coastal route running from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., modify the hours of the neighborhood routes to 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. or other hours the council might prefer, and conduct an extensive outreach and marketing program with a new app and the goal of bumping ridership up to 10 passengers an hour on each route by May 15, 2020. 

Finally, the staff is recommending they come back to the council in June with a report that recommends canceling any route that has not achieved the 10 riders per hour goal.


City Manager’s Updates

Trick-or-Treat for Laguna Beach Preschool Kids – The Community Services Department will hold a free annual Halloween event on Thursday, Oct 31, from 9 - 10:30 a.m. on the Community & Susi Q Center Terrace, 380 Third Street. Residents are invited to bring their little ghosts and goblins for a fun morning of treats, snacks, music, and photo ops. 

For more information, call (949) 464-6645.

Trolley Service Discussion at the October 29 City Council Meeting The Weekday and Saturday Neighborhood Trolley Service will be discussed at the October 29 City Council meeting: North and South Laguna (Routes 1 and 2), Top of the World (Route 3), Bluebird Canyon (Route 4), and Arch Beach Heights (Route 5), presently operated Monday - Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Trolley service will be discussed at Oct 29 City Council meeting 

SCE Pole Replacement – On Monday, Oct 28, between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m., Southern California Edison (SCE) will be replacing a utility pole located in the alley behind 278 Broadway St. The alley will be closed approximately 100 feet north and south of the utility pole. Residents and commercial customers are advised to remove their vehicles from the affected portion of the alley during the work hours. 

For questions or concerns, contact SCE’s Customer Service number at (800) 655-4555.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct 26 – The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and health issue. In 2017, approximately 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides an opportunity for citizens to prevent drug addiction and overdose. 

On October 26, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Laguna Beach Police Department will be partnering with the DEA to host the DEA’s 18th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day drop spot will be located in front of the Laguna Beach Police Department. Several members of our Police Department will be there to greet each community member and assist in the disposal of their prescription drugs. The Police Department will NOT be accepting Hypodermic Needles. 

For further information, contact Public Information Officer Sergeant Jim Cota at (949) 464-6671 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

City Launches New Ask Laguna Mobile App – The City of Laguna Beach is pleased to announce the launch of its “Ask Laguna” mobile app, as part of an ongoing effort to enhance communication and make City services more accessible to residents and visitors. 

The Ask Laguna mobile app is a free smartphone application available for Apple and Android devices that allows users to submit service requests to the City for issues such as graffiti, broken parking meters, and potholes with just the touch of a button. The service request is then automatically sent to the respective City Department for review. Ask Laguna is available for free download on all iPhone and Android devices. Simply search “Ask Laguna” on the App Store or GooglePlay. The Ask Laguna app is not intended for use in reporting emergency situations or crimes in progress. If you have an emergency, always dial 9-1-1.

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 it is functioning properly.

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. 

Feedback Sought on City Website – The City is in in the process of redesigning its website so that it works better for you, and would like your ideas, thoughts, and feedback. Whether you visit the City’s site once a year or every day, take an anonymous survey at www.lagunabeachcity.net/website. Share the link and ask friends and neighbors to take the survey too, because the more input the City has, the more clearly it can see what needs to be improved.

Adult Education Classes – The City of Laguna Beach partnered with the Laguna Beach Unified School District to provide an Adult Education Program dedicated to promoting educational opportunities for adult learners. The upcoming free classes available include: Resume Writing and Interviewing Skills, Intermediate Computer Skills, and an Excel Course. To register click here and for questions, contact Sr. Recreation Supervisor Alexis Braun at (949) 497-0762.


Council to consider whether to eliminate public transit routes

By BARBARA DIAMOND

To be or not to be? 

Staff is asking the City Council to decide at the October 29 meeting whether to eliminate weekday and Saturday trolley service to neighborhoods, modify it, or try to attract more riders. 

Ridership has declined, by 24 percent in the last three years, in spite of the robust promotion of the service. In the same time period, costs have risen seven percent.

Staff has prepared two alternatives for the council to consider. 

--Option One

Cancel the regular weekday and Saturday routes to North and South Laguna, Top of the World, Bluebird Canyon, and Arch Beach Heights, all of which run from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Council to trolley

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Council will consider two options regarding changes to Laguna’s trolley service

The option also includes expanding Sally’s Fund to provide additional services to seniors and to develop a subsidy program to reimburse low-income riders for up to 10 rides a month, not to exceed $100.

--Option Two

Cancel the North and South routes, add a weekday coastal route running from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., modify the hours of the neighborhood routes to 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. or other hours the council might prefer, and conduct an extensive outreach and marketing program with a new app and the goal of bumping ridership up to 10 passengers an hour on each route by May 15, 2020. 

Finally, the staff is recommending they come back to the council in June with a report that recommends canceling any route that has not achieved the 10 riders per hour goal.


The City of LB and LBUSD partner to offer residents free adult education classes

For the first time, the City of Laguna Beach has collaborated with the Laguna Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) to provide residents with adult education classes at no cost.

Senior Recreation Supervisor Alexis Braun of the Community Services Department for the City of Laguna Beach says, “We received a grant, and since we don’t have as many resources as the LBUSD, we decided to partner with them. In the future, we will be offering ESL classes and programs for local hotels and the day workers at the Laguna Day Workers Center.”

The following classes are scheduled for the fall:

Resume Writing & Interviewing Skills

Saturday, Oct 26, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

One of the most important – and intimidating – steps in the job search process is writing a solid resume that gets the attention you want and need.

Learn how to put together a resume that will help you stand out from the crowd.

Further, interviewing requires preparation, communication skills, and persuasion techniques that show why you are the best person for the position. This class will teach proven methods that will empower you to give yourself the competitive edge and highlight your talents that best fit the job requirements and will improve your success in interviewing.

Microsoft Excel 2016 – Introduction, Intermediate & Advanced

Saturday, Nov 16, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Whether it’s to learn or brush up on skills for home or the office, participants will learn tips and shortcuts they never knew existed. This course covers the essentials (and so much more!) needed to give you a solid, working knowledge of Excel in a comfortable setting. 

Introduction To Computers

Saturday, Oct 19, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

This class introduces computer concepts, including fundamental functions and operations of the computer. Topics include identification of hardware components, basic computer operations, security issues, and use of software applications. Upon completion, attendees should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role and function of computers and use the computer to solve problems.

Intermediate Computer Skills

Saturday, Nov 2, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

During this intensive course in computer basics, participants will learn the various concepts of computing including general computing concepts, hardware and software, operations of information networks, and tasks. Participants will also receive training in using basic Windows applications including Paint, Internet Explorer and/or Chrome, WordPad, NotePad, task manager,

and calculator. This comprehensive course includes lessons in the use of the keyboard, mouse, and Windows.

All adult education classes will take place in the Community Room at the Community and Susi Q Center, located at 380 Third St.

There is free parking for participants in the street-level garage below the building.

To register for a class, click here.

For more information about the adult education program, contact Alexis Braun at (949) 497-0762 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The adult education classes are funded by a state grant in partnership with Laguna Beach Unified School District.


City and LFA present “Preparing for the Next Fire: Your home” on Oct 30 

The City of Laguna Beach and Laguna Friends of Architecture (LFA) will host a meeting on Wednesday, Oct 30 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Community and Susi Q Senior Center. The presentation focuses on “Preparing for the Next Fire: Your home.” 

Doors will open at 6 p.m., with presentations from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., and a Q&A from 8:30 - 9 p.m. Light snacks and water will be provided. Brochures and handouts will be available.

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Will your home survive a fire?

In 1993, a fast-moving fire destroyed or severely damaged over 400 homes in Laguna Beach. Presentations will address the questions of whether your home will survive a fire and things you can do now to prepare your home for a fire. This program is designed to address residents’ concerns.

Fire Chief Mike Garcia, Emergency Coordinator Jordan Villwock, and City Fire Consultant Mike Rohde will talk about fire safety procedures, citywide evacuation routes, and methods for homeowners to improve the fire resistance of their homes. 

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One “hardened” home remained standing on Skyline Drive after the 1993 fire

Keynote speakers include: 

--Mike Garcia, Laguna Beach Fire Chief – will present an overview of Laguna Beach’s new Wildfire Mitigation Plan

--Mike Rohde, Wildfire Defense Program Manager – will present Laguna Beach’s Fuel Modification Plan, how to create defensible space and how to “harden” your home

--Jordan Villwock, Laguna Beach Emergency Operations Coordinator – will present Laguna Beach’s new Evacuation Plan 

--Kelly Berkompas, Brandguard Ember-Proof Vents – will present a video on the risk of ember intrusion and products available for both new construction and retrofitting 

Residents shouldn’t miss this opportunity to ask questions and get straight answers from these experts.

The Community and Susi Q Senior Center is located at 380 Third St.

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