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City Manager’s Updates

Extension of Candidate Filing Period for the City of Laguna Beach – The process of nomination for the November 6, 2018, General Municipal Election which opened July 16, 2018, for three (3) seats on the City Council will be extended through Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018, at 5 p.m. for non-incumbent filers if an incumbent who is eligible for reelection fails to file a Declaration of Candidacy by 5 p.m. on August 10, 2018. Per state law, the nomination period for filing nomination papers for the Office of City Council may be extended five days to Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018, at 5 p.m. Candidates that have not filed nomination papers but would still like to do so if the nomination period is extended, must make an appointment to pick up the nomination forms from the City Clerk’s Office beginning Monday, Aug 13, 2018. Nomination papers with the appropriate signatures and fees must be filed with the City Clerk no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018. The General Municipal Election is November 6, 2018. For information on the election and to register to vote, visit www.ocvote.com or call the City of Laguna Beach City Clerk’s office (949) 497-0705.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Course Accepting Applications – The City is excited to announce registration for the upcoming Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), which is an organized and trained group of volunteers ready to assist in case of a disaster. Applications are due by Monday, Sept 17, and must be submitted online at http://bit.ly/2tmh9vi. For more information, contact Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator at (949) 497-0389 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Sunset Serenades – Sunset Serenades returns on Friday evenings in September at 5:30 p.m. at the Heisler Park Amphitheater at Cliff Dr and Jasmine St.

This fall’s schedule includes:

9/7: Valerie Geason – Jazz Vocalist

9/14: Jack Benny – Eclectic rainbow pop group

9/21: Dr. Jane G. Ferruzzo – Virtuoso Harpis

9/28: Community Beatles Singalong with Jason Feddy

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach.

City Managers serenades

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Sunset Serenades begin again in September in Heisler Park

 Marketing Workshop for Artists – On Friday, Oct 5, 2018, the Arts Commission in collaboration with Americans for the Arts is hosting “The Art of Relevance,” a free marketing workshop with guest presenter Cindy Sherman, founder of Art Marketing Project. The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. For information and registration visit https://lagunabeachart.eventbrite.com.

 Cleo Street Lift Station Upgrade – The City’s Water Quality Department is in the process of replacing the onsite emergency generator at the wastewater lift station located near the Cleo Street beach access. The area will remain open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic to the beach and surrounding homes during the replacement project. For information about the project, contact Hannah Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Fall Recreation Guide – This fall, our Laguna Beach Community Services Fall Recreation Guide features a tear out Emergency Preparedness Form you can use to make sure you and your family are prepared and know what to do in the event of an emergency. Residents should receive a copy of the Fall Recreation Guide in the mail, but you can also pick one up anytime at the Susi Q Center or at City Hall. You can also register for recreation classes and programs online at www.lagunabeachcity.net.

 Community Outreach – The Laguna Beach Police Department has started a new community outreach initiative by placing a temporary pop-up informational booth at Main Beach Park from Friday through Sunday until Labor Day of 2018.

 Water Quality Department – The City dedicates significant resources and effort to prevent urban runoff pollution from ever reaching the ocean. The City’s Water Quality Department staff removes an average of eight tons of debris and sediment annually from 17 of the City’s urban water diversions. Remaining street pollution is captured before it reaches the beach and is sent to the sanitary sewer system for treatment. There are 25 urban water diversions along the Laguna Beach coastline, and over 80 percent of the watershed land area in the City of Laguna Beach is diverted.

City Managers trees

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Photo by Lynette Brasfield

Trees have long been a part of our iconic landscape

Tree Removal Ordinance – The City of Laguna Beach recently adopted a Tree Removal Ordinance to establish protection of the urban forest in the City by requiring a permit be issued before the removal of private trees in three categories. Residents need a permit to remove a tree if it is a Heritage Tree, a Design Review approved tree or a tree that is privately maintained in the public right of way. If you are unsure if your tree requires a permit for removal or for more information on the tree removal permit process, see the Tree Removal Permit page on the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net/trp.

 Southern California Edison Pole Replacement – On Wednesday, Aug 15, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 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 175 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 JC Holt, Construction Coordinator with Pro Energy Services, Inc. at (909) 781-3973.

 Southern California Edison Pole Replacement – On Thursday, Aug 16, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., SCE will be replacing a utility pole at 353 Cedar Way. The work is being performed during the night due to an outage associated with the pole replacement, which will affect commercial customers in the vicinity. Cedar Way, between Jasmine Street and Aster Street, will be closed during operations.  Emergency vehicle access shall be permitted at Cedar Way as needed.  The affected residents and customers have been notified of the work and the street closure in advance by SCE.  For questions or concerns, contact JC Holt, Construction Coordinator with Pro Energy Services, Inc. at (909) 781-3973.