City Manager’s Updates

Pearl Street Beach Access Closure – Unusually low sand levels have prompted the closure of the beach access stairway at Pearl Street. Beachgoers are being re-directed to Woods Cove, where sand levels are normal. The stairway will be re-opened as soon as a sufficient amount of sand returns to Pearl Street beach.

Free Public Lecture Series on Proposed Aliso Creek Estuary Project – The City of Laguna Beach announces a free public lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug 30, regarding proposals for an estuary restoration project at Aliso Creek and its implications for the future. The lecture will be held in the Community Room at the Laguna Beach Community Center at 380 Third Street.

The proposed restoration project will be presented by Laguna Ocean Foundation Project Lead Coordinator Ed Almanza, who will be introduced by Laguna Beach Mayor Pro Tem Rob Zur Schmiede. The Foundation received a grant from the California Coastal Conservancy to develop a Conceptual Restoration Plan to return the Aliso Creek estuary to a healthy ecosystem. The presentation will include slides and videos to describe the local and regionally significant benefits of the restoration project. This lecture is the third of four in a series of educational events presented by the City’s Environmental Sustainability Committee.

For more information, contact Environmental Specialist Mike Phillips at (949) 497-0390.

Art Inspired Writing Winners and Author Event – Congratulations to Ellen Kempler and Theresa Keegan on having their work selected as the winners of the City’s Literary Laureate’s Art Inspired Writing Competition! Their work will be on public display at City Hall near the first-floor elevator through September. In addition, the public is invited to attend a special Author Event on Thursday, Aug 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Center, 380 Third Street, where over thirty contributing authors will present their pieces. An anthology of competition entries has been published and will be available for purchase. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

LPAPA at City Hall – The Laguna Plein Air Painters Association is currently exhibiting work at City Hall, 505 Forest Ave, through October 4. Stop by and experience more than 50 stunning works by local artists. This exhibition is free and open to the public during normal City Hall business hours.

Calls for Artists – The Arts Commission is currently accepting submissions for their 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 These arts opportunities are funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

For more information contact Arts Programs Coordinator Mike McGregor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..