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City Manager’s Updates

Ensure Home Address Visibility – Have you recently painted your house? Not trimmed your landscaping for a while? The Fire Department would like to remind residents to ensure that all home addresses are visible from the street so that emergency personnel can find you when you call. Addresses should be at least 4” in height, not covered by landscaping, be of contrasting color to the house, and hopefully illuminated at night. If you have a mailbox, ensure your address is posted on both sides of the box, not just one. Firefighters, police officers, and ambulances may respond from both directions.

New Laguna Beach Police Officer – Officer Britney Priest will be graduating from the Golden West Police Academy on Friday, March 15. Priest demonstrated remarkable leadership throughout her training and was nominated class president by her classmates and academy staff. As class president, she will be one of the keynote speakers during the graduation ceremony. The City is happy to have her as part of the Laguna Beach team. 

Anita Street Beach Access Improvements – The City invites the public to participate in a workshop to discuss design features for the upcoming Anita Street Beach Access Improvements. The workshop will be held at 10 a.m. on March 20 at the Anita Street beach access. 

Conceptual plans are available on the City’s website at http://lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/pw/cityprojects/construction_projects_list.htm. For additional information, contact Associate Civil Engineer Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The City will host a workshop on March 20 on Anita Street Beach access improvements

Southern California Gas Company Concrete Repair – On Tuesday, March 19, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., the northbound lane closest to the curb on S Coast Highway will be closed between Laguna Avenue and Ocean Avenue. Southern California Gas Company’s contractor will be reconstructing a concrete sidewalk associated with a previous emergency gas line leak repair near 278 S Coast Highway. Pedestrian access will be maintained during construction. 

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

Glenneyre Street Lane Closure – On March 19, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Laguna Beach County Water District will close one lane of the 2400 block of Glenneyre Street for service replacements. Both directions of traffic will be accommodated at all times. 

For more information, contact Lisa Dunbar at the Water District at (949) 464-3119 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2nd Street Tree Well Improvements and Tree Health Enhancements – Beginning on Tuesday, March 12, the Public Works Department will be starting phase II of the project to enhance all the tree wells on 2nd Street between Forest Avenue and Mermaid Street. Concrete and hardscape treatments surrounding the tree roots will be removed and an ADA compliant permeable surfacing will be installed. The work will address girdling of the tree trunks, will enhance the air and water permeability of the tree wells, and will remove potential tripping hazards. The project is expected to be completed by Friday, March 15. 

For questions about the project, contact Public Works Deputy Director Dale Schuck at (949) 497-0735.

Community Assistance Grants – The Community Assistance Grant program is available to nonprofit 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. 

Additional information can be found at www.lagunabeachcity.net/CAG

To be considered for a grant, applications must be submitted electronically by Friday, March 22, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. 

Contact Adam Gufarotti, Senior Recreation Supervisor, at (949) 497-0304 for more information.

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The Little Free Library in the TOW neighborhood

Fire Station #3 Receives New Little Free Library – The Little Free Library Foundation has donated a library box under their Impact Giving Program for installation in front of Laguna Beach Fire Station #3. The library will serve firefighters, the school community, and neighbors, with the primary goal of raising awareness about nature, wildlife, and our local environment in a time of increasingly dangerous fires and lengthier fire seasons. As with other Little Free Libraries, the fire station’s library will also be stocked with books to entertain as well as inform. 

A Community Celebration/Potluck will be held Wednesday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Fire Station #3, located on the corner of Tree Top Lane and Alta Laguna Boulevard in Top of the World. Please bring your appetite and a dish to share.

Feedback Sought on Wireless Emergency Test – The City of Laguna Beach is requesting feedback from those who received the Wireless Emergency Alert test message on March 6 at 3 p.m. Residents are asked to complete a brief 6-question survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WEATestFeedback3-6-19

For more information about the Wireless Emergency Alert test or Outdoor Warning System test, 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.

Citywide Track & Field Meet – The City of Laguna Beach will host the annual Boys & Girls Track Meet on Friday, March 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Laguna Beach High School. All children born in or after the year 2004 that reside in Laguna Beach or attend school within the Laguna Beach Unified School District boundaries are invited to attend. Register online by Thursday, March 28, at https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=track+meet

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Program – Residents of Laguna Beach and Laguna Woods can purchase low-cost vouchers to have their dog or cat spayed or neutered at three veterinary hospitals located in Laguna Beach from April 1 to April 30. The voucher cost is $15 to $40 for neuters and $25 to $75 for spays. The cost is based on the weight of the pet. Residents can purchase the low-cost spay/neuter vouchers at the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter until March 31. There is a maximum of two vouchers per household. 

For additional information, you may contact the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter at (949) 497-3552. 

Junior Lifeguards – Registration for the 2019 Junior Lifeguard program is now open to Laguna Beach residents. Participants must pass the required swim test or have participated in the 2018 program to be eligible to register. The next swim tests will be held this Friday, March 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. Not sure if your child is ready for the swim test? Try out a JG Clinic on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. All swim tests and clinics take place at the Laguna Beach High School and Community Pool, located at 670 Park Ave. For additional information about the Junior Lifeguard program, visit http://bit.ly/2RAlQcl or call (949) 497-0788.

Free Paint/E-Waste Drop-off and Shredding Event on Saturday March 16 – 

Residents and businesses are invited to participate in the annual free drop-off event to dispose of unwanted paint, batteries, CFL bulbs, and E-Waste on Saturday, March 16, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the City Maintenance Facilities, 1900 Laguna Canyon Rd. Free shredding service will also be available on site. The City and Waste Management sponsor this service. 

For more information, including a detailed list of acceptable E-Waste items, visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/recycling or contact Liz Avila at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parking and Trolley at ACT V on March 16 – On Saturday, March 16, ACT V (Lot 16) is closed for parking and trolley service until 1 p.m. due to the Free paint/E-Waste Drop-Off and Shredding Event. 

For more information on parking options, go to www.lagunabeachcity.net/parking or call (949) 497-0766.

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