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City Council accepting applications for Committees, Commissions and Boards

The City Council is accepting applications for the following Committees, Commissions, and Boards: Arts Commission; Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee; Housing and Human Services Committee; Planning Commission and the Personnel Board. 

Interviews and appointments will be conducted on Tuesday, May 7 at 6 p.m., by the City Council in the City Council Chambers. All applicants will be interviewed. Applicants may be contacted by City Council members prior to the interviews and appointments so please be prepared to make a brief statement about your desire to serve on a committee.

Laguna Beach residents who are interested in serving on one of these committees should obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office or online from the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net and file in the City Clerk’s office no later than Thursday, April 25 at 5 p.m. Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at (949) 497-0705. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

T number of positions that will be open and details for the following Committees, Commissions and Boards: (*The City Council may reduce or enlarge the number of committee members at their discretion.)

--Four two-year terms on the Arts Commission with terms beginning July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021. The Arts Commission consists of 8 members, one of which is an alternate position, appointed by the City Council. Four of the seven members must be actively participating in the arts. 

The Commissioners are compensated in the amount of $137 per month. The Arts Commission has the power and duty to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council in all matters pertaining to the artistic aspects of the City. Additionally, commissioners recommend to the City Council the adoption of such ordinances, rules, and regulations as they may deem necessary for the administration and preservation of the fine/performing arts of the community. 

One of the major projects of the Commission is the implementation of the Cultural Arts Plan. Commission meetings are generally held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 5:30 p.m.  Meeting and preparation time may exceed several hours per week. 

--Five two-year terms on the Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Committee with terms beginning July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021. The Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Committee is a nine-member body appointed by the City Council whose charge would be to advise the City Council on all matters pertaining to disaster prevention, planning, and preparedness. The Committee will make recommendations to the City Council and will have staggered terms.  Meetings are generally held on the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. 

--Six two-year terms on the Housing and Human Services Committee with terms beginning July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021. The Housing and Human Services Committee is currently a nine-member body appointed by the City Council whose charge would be to assess and identify housing opportunities and human needs for all segments of the community; provides input on the City’s Housing Element of the General Plan; informs and makes recommendations to the City Council and other community leaders; and increases community awareness of programs to fill these needs. Meetings are generally held on the first Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m.

--Two positions on the Planning Commission with terms beginning July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021. The Planning Commission is a five-member body appointed by the City Council for the purpose of reviewing and advising the Council on items related to the development and modification of land uses within the City limits. As such, the Commission reviews and recommends action on the development and amendment of the general plan, zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, and special projects related to land use planning.

Planning Commissioners serve a two-year term and are compensated in the amount of $392.00 per month. The regular meetings of the Commission are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 6 p.m. Study sessions may be held as part of the regular meeting or at other specified times. A substantial time commitment averaging 4-6 hours a week is necessary to be a Planning Commissioner. 

Meetings may be four or more hours long and require a great deal of preparation time. In addition to these regular meetings, Commissioners are expected to visit sites and review project proposals prior to the meeting, as well as attend special project workshops. It is desirable to have or be able to acquire certain skills or aptitudes, such as the ability to understand zoning regulations and their effect on allowed land uses. Experience in land use planning, architecture, engineering and/or real estate would be an asset.

 --Four positions on the Personnel Board, one of the four selected positions will serve as an alternate member, with terms beginning July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021. The Personnel Board consists of four members, one of which is an alternate position, appointed by the City Council whose charge would be to hear appeals relative to any disciplinary action, dismissal, demotion, reduction in pay or suspension. The Personnel Board will meet as needed. 

Laguna Beach residents who are interested in serving on one of these committees should obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office or online from the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net and file in the City Clerk’s office no later than Thursday, April 25 at 5 p.m. Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at (949) 497-0705. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

The City Clerk’s office is located at 505 Forest Ave.

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