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The City of Laguna Beach’s 2019 Community Services Brochure is now available

The City of Laguna Beach’s Winter 2019 Community Services Brochure is now available, which includes a wide range of classes locals may sign up for. Most classes start the week of January 7 and run through the end of March. There are plenty of fun new activities starting next week, and classes often fill up quickly, so be sure to register early to reserve your space. 

The City pool

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The City pool is a great spot for aquatic classes

One of the new and exciting classes being offered is Tri Swim Clinics. In Triathlon, the swim may seem significantly shorter than the other two disciplines, yet it occurs first, ultimately setting up your race. Learn to actually use the water to your advantage, not fight it. 

Open water swimmer and Ironman Triathlete Stephanie Havelka will be teaching the foundations of efficient swimming, giving participants what they need to be successful in any pool or open water, especially in races. Video analysis is included.

Through this class, participants will expand their knowledge and swim skills to make them a better, safer, smarter, and savvier swimmer. 

Click here to view the Winter 2019 Community Services Brochure, and follow the links inside to sign up for classes.


City Manager’s Updates

Recycle Your Christmas Tree – Waste Management will collect and recycle holiday trees on the regular collection days at no charge through Friday, Jan 18. Also, from now through the end of February, you may place bags of leaves on the curb next to your green waste cart. Waste Management will take them away on your regular pick-up day. 

For more information, visit the city’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net/recycling.

Community and Susi Q Center Reopens – The Community & Susi Q Center will reopen on Monday, Jan 7 at 7:30 a.m. Do you have a New Year’s Resolution? Susi Q classes can help you meet your goal! Try one of the many classes offered for all age groups: art, dance, fitness, language, and so much more. 

Visit www.lagunabeachcity.net– click “recreation classes” – or stop by the Community Center and pick up a brochure.

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Jump-start your New Year’s Resolutions with classes at Susi Q

Southern California Edison Pole Replacement on Bluebird Canyon Drive – Southern California Edison (SCE) will be replacing a utility pole at 301 Bluebird Canyon Drive. The work will occur on Thursday, Jan 10 through Friday, Jan 11, during the hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. at the intersection of Bluebird Canyon Drive and Glenneyre Street. Nighttime work is required, as commercial customers will be impacted by the outage. The northbound lanes of both Bluebird Canyon Drive and Glenneyre Street will be closed in the general vicinity of the intersection. SCE’s contractor will provide detour signage. 

For questions or concerns, contact Dave Bevins with Rokstad Power at (951) 287-9996.

Southern California Edison Pole Replacement on Cleo Street – Southern California Edison (SCE) will be replacing a utility pole at the 200 block of Cleo Street, located between South Coast Hwy and Glenneyre Street. The work will occur on Monday, Jan 7 through Tuesday, Jan 8, during the hours of 4 p.m. to 5 a.m. Nighttime work is required, as commercial customers will be impacted by the outage. Cleo Street between South Coast Hwy and Glenneyre Street will be closed, however, ingress and egress to the Ralphs Supermarket will be allowed during the pole replacement operation. 

For questions or concerns, contact Robert Watters, Production Specialist with SCE, at (626) 543-0331.

Friday Flicks at the Forum – On Friday, Feb 1, the Arts Commission will present the 10th season of Friday Flicks, held at the Forum Theater located at Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Road. The first film will be “Leaning into the Wind,” a documentary following land artist Andy Goldsworthy on his exploration of the world (2017 – rated PG). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the film screening starts at 7 p.m. This event is free and is funded by Laguna Beach residents Mark Porterfield and Steve Chadima. 

For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Holiday Palette Program Review – The Arts Commission will be reviewing the annual Holiday Palette Competition program and considering changes for the future. The discussion will take place during the Arts Commission meeting on January 14 held at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. 

If you have comments, please attend the meeting or email Arts Program Coordinator Mike McGregor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cultural Arts Funding – The City of Laguna Beach is currently accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations for cultural programming presented in Laguna Beach. The deadline to submit an application is February 4. 

Applications must be submitted online at www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com. The lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach provide funding for this program.

The City Council is accepting applications for Committees, Commissions, and Boards – Spots are available on the Recreation Committee, Design Review Board, Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee, Heritage Committee, Environmental Sustainability Committee, View Restoration Committee, and Housing & Human Services Committee. Interviews and appointments will be conducted on Tuesday, Feb 5 at 6 p.m. by the City Council in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Avenue. 

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.netand file by Tuesday, Jan 22 at 5 p.m. The application on the City website is interactive and you are encouraged to fill in the application online. 

Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at (949) 497-0705. Applications will not be accepted after the January 22 deadline. 

Community Assistance Grants – The City of Laguna Beach will begin accepting applications for fiscal year 2019-2020 Community Assistance Grants beginning January 7. 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 on the City’s website at http://lagunabeachcity.net/CAG. To be considered for a grant, applications must be submitted electronically by Friday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. The submission link will be activated on the website on January 7. 

Contact Sherri A. Aubin, Community Services Administrative Assistant, at (949) 497-0779 for more information.


Council to choose new Planning Commissioner

By BARBARA DIAMOND

The City Council has a plethora of candidates from which to choose a successor to former Planning Commissioner Sue Kempf, who was elected November 6 to the City Council. 

A selection is scheduled to be made at the first meeting in January from the 12 residents who have submitted applications for a seat on the five-member commission.

“We have a very full agenda that night so the interviews and selection will be held from 5 to 6 p.m.,” said City Clerk Lisette Chel-Walker. “That way people at the meeting for other agenda items won’t have to sit through the hearing.”

The replacement was originally scheduled for the December 11 meeting. 

Applicants include Jorg Dubin and Allison T. Mathews, both candidates in the recent City Council election, Stephen Ball, Chad Edgley, Illana Feldman, Jeff Feldman, Steven Goldman, Ernest Hackmon, Casey Hensel, Caroline Parker, Kavita Reddy and Walker Reed.

Members of the Planning Commission perform the duties of an officially appointed “planning agency” as required by California State law. This includes preparing, reviewing, revising and implementing the City’s General Plan.

The Commissioners administer specific plans, including the Downtown Specific Plan and zoning and subdivision ordinances, annually review the City’s Capital Improvement Program for its consistency with the General Plan and try to promote public interest, comments and understanding of the General Plan and the regulations related to it.


City Manager’s Updates

The City Council is accepting applications for Committees, Commissions, and Boards – Spots are available on the Recreation Committee, Design Review Board, Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee, Heritage Committee, Environmental Sustainability Committee, View Restoration Committee, and Housing & Human Services Committee.

Interviews and appointments will be conducted on Tuesday, Feb 5 at 6 p.m., by the City Council in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave. 

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 at www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/council/committees/default.htm and file by Tuesday, Jan 22 at 5 p.m. The application on the City’s website is interactive and you are encouraged to fill in the application online. 

Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at (949) 497-0705. Applications will not be accepted after the January 22 deadline. 

Special Olympics Torch Run – The Laguna Beach Police Department is a proud supporter of Special Olympics Southern California Law Enforcement Torch Run. All proceeds from the Orange County Festival of Speed (OCFOS) will be donated to Special Olympics Southern California. The OCFOS will be the greatest car show and hypercar exhibition in Southern California. The public is invited to join OCFOS and Special Olympics on January 12 and 13 at the Fontana Speedway. 

For more details, visit www.ocfestivalofspeed.com

Did You Know? Laguna Beach Has a Christmas Cove – “Christmas Cove” is the northernmost beach that is easily accessible from the Montage Resort (by way of the ramp at the end of the resort’s park area). Goff Cove is just off to the left at the bottom of the ramp. The beach is a mix between sand bottom and rocky reef. The surf can become large depending on how the sand has shifted and the direction of the swell with rip currents forming at the south end of the beach. As always, the taking or collecting of rocks, shells, or marine life from any beach is prohibited.

Reminders:

Community & Susi Q Center Maintenance Closure – Annual maintenance will be performed at the Community Center until Sunday, Jan 6. As a result, classes and programs will resume on Monday, Jan 7. The Community Services front desk will be open for transactions and information on December 28 from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and January 2 and 3 from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

For questions, call (949) 464-6645.

Holiday Street Sweeping Schedule – On New Year’s Day, Tuesday, Jan 1, street sweeping and parking enforcement will only occur in commercial areas. 

For more information, contact Senior Fleet Maintenance Supervisor Austin Comp at (949) 464-6637.

Transit Holiday Schedule – Late Service on New Year’s Eve – On New Year’s Eve, no need to drive to your festivities, Transit will be running late so it can take you! Transit will be following a modified schedule below for the New Year’s Holiday:

Monday, Dec 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Regular Neighborhood Service and Coastal Service. Tuesday, Jan 1 – No Service.

For schedule information: visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/trolleyor call (949) 497-0766.

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Take the free trolley to your New Year’s Eve party

Holiday Trash Collection and Tree Recycling – For the week of New Year’s, residential and commercial trash collection will be delayed by one day on Tuesday, Jan 1. Waste Management will collect and recycle holiday trees on the regular collection days at no charge from now until Friday, Jan 18. 

Visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/recycling for more information. 

Community Assistance Grants – The City of Laguna Beach will begin accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2019 - 2020 Community Assistance Grants beginning January 7. 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 http://lagunabeachcity.net/CAG. To be considered for a grant, applications must be submitted electronically by Friday, March 22 at 4:30 p.m. The submission link will be activated on the website January 7. 

Contact Sherri A. Aubin, Community Services Administrative Assistant, at (949) 497-0779 for more information.

Kit-Lit Writing Contest – Laguna Beach Literary Laureate Suzanne Redfearn, in partnership with Catmosphere Laguna Foundation, is holding a cat-themed writing contest. All genres are accepted. The contest is open to Orange County residents ages 16 and older. Selected winners will have their work published. 

To enter, submit your cat-themed literary work to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.by February 1. The lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach fund the Literary Laureate program.

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Cat lovers with a passion for writing can enter to win cat-themed prizes

Call to Artists: Red Telephone Booth – The Laguna Beach Arts Commission is accepting proposals for the Red Telephone Booth temporary art installation site on Forest Avenue. The selected design will be installed for a 24-month period. The deadline for submission is January 7 and the honorarium is $5,000. The program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach. 

Apply online at www.lagunabeachcity.com/slideroom.com.    

Recreation Committee Accepting Student Liaison Applications – The Recreation Committee is accepting applications for the Student Liaison Representative to the Committee. The Student Representatives act as liaisons and non-voting members of the Recreation Committee. 

Applications are due by Monday, Jan 7 and can be found by visiting here.

For questions, contact Alexis Braun, Senior Recreation Supervisor, at (949) 497-0762 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Council approves urgency ordinance regulating street vendors

By BARBARA DIAMOND

The City Council sucked it up and approved an ordinance regulating street vendors in Laguna Beach, complying with a state law that will take effect in January, an ordinance that they really don’t favor.

While city staff are on record criticizing the state law foisted on the city, had the council balked, street vending in Laguna would be completely under state control. The staff presented the urgency ordinance in order to comply with State Senate Bill 946 to retain as much control as possible.

“Under the circumstances, we have to adopt something and adopt it now,” said Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow, who made the motion to approve the emergency ordinance.

Under the terms of the state bill, a city ordinance cannot prohibit a licensed sidewalk vendor from selling food or merchandise in a park owned or operated by the local authority – that would include Heisler, Treasure Island, Village Green and Bluebird parks – unless said authority has signed an agreement for concessions that exclusively permits the sale of food or merchandise by the concessionaire.

Locations for vendors cannot be restricted to designated neighborhoods, except for health, safety and welfare concerns.

Councilwoman Toni Iseman expressed concerns about noise levels, especially emanating from the carts roving in residential neighborhoods.      

Other limitations on local control:

--Local regulations are not allowed to prohibit roaming sidewalk vendors in areas zoned exclusively residential, but may prohibit stationary sidewalk vendors

--Sidewalk vendors may be prohibited from the vicinity of a farmers’ market during operating hours or near an area designated for a temporary use permit, under certain circumstances

--The number of sidewalk vendor licenses cannot be restricted by the cities unless related to health or safety welfare, but the vendors must have valid California Department of Tax sand Fee Administration sellers’ permits

Local businesswoman Kavita Reddy said the city should hire an economist to ease the process and make the playing field more level. 

Reddy pointed out that there are no restrictions on what vendors can sell (barring illegals), they can change merchandise and they are not subject to parking requirements, none of which prerogatives local brick and mortar retailers are allowed. 

Local authorities do have the authority over the time, place and manner of sidewalk vending, to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability access standards.

The city also can require street vendors to have a city permit. A flat annual fee of $180 will be charged for the permit, which is not transferable, but does guarantee the location of the stationary carts. The amount is based on the estimated time required to process the permit.

Assistant City Manager Christa Johnson suggested that city retailers might consider coughing up the permit fee and reserving a space related to their business, but left unoccupied. 

Violations of city regulations that comply with the bill will be fined: a maximum of $100 for the first violation; a maximum of $200 for the second violation; and not more than $500 for each individual offense within a year of the first violation. The city may rescind a vendor’s permit for the term of the permit after the fourth violation. 

Vending without a permitted license costs even more: $250 for the first offense; $500 for the second within a year of the first violation; and $1,000 for each offense within a year of the first one.


City Manager’s Updates

Community & Susi Q Center Maintenance Closure – Annual maintenance will be performed at the Community & Susi Q Center between Saturday, Dec 22 and Sunday, Jan 6, 2019. Classes and programs will resume on Monday, Jan 7. The Community Services front desk will be open for transactions and information on December 26 and 27 from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., December 28 from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and January 2 and 3 from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

For questions, call (949) 464-6645.

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Annual maintenance will be performed at the Community & Susi Q Center; classes will resume on Jan 7

Holiday Street Sweeping Schedule – There will be no street sweeping performed on Christmas Day, Dec 25, and parking restrictions will not be enforced. On New Year’s Day, Jan 1, street sweeping and parking enforcement will only occur in commercial areas. 

For more information, contact Senior Fleet Maintenance Supervisor Austin Comp at (949) 464-6637.

Transit Holiday Schedule – Late Service on New Year’s Eve – On New Year’s Eve, no need to drive to your festivities, Transit will be running late so the City can take you! Transit will be following the modified schedule below for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays:

Monday, Dec 24 from 6:30 am to 6:30 p.m. there will be regular Neighborhood Service only, no Coastal Service.

Tuesday, Dec 25 – No Service

Monday, Dec 31 – from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. there will be Regular Neighborhood Service and Coastal Service.

Tuesday, Jan 1 – No Service

For schedule information, visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/trolley or call (949) 497-0766.

Laguna Food Pantry Seeking Donations – The Laguna Beach Food Pantry is currently taking donations. Items needed include tuna, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, pasta and pasta sauce, rice and beans, and cereal. 

The Laguna Food Pantry is located at 20652 Laguna Canyon Rd, but you can also drop donations off at U.S. Bank at 310 Glenneyre St. U.S. Bank serves as a collection point for food that is eventually brought over to the Pantry.

City’s Elf “Elbee” Making the Rounds – Have you been following Elbee, the City’s Elf on a Shelf? Last week some of his antics included driving a fire truck, visiting the goats, snorkeling, and accidentally getting Santa’s sleigh booted. Follow Elbee on Instagram Stories @lagunabeachgov. 

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Elbee has been making the rounds around the Laguna

Community Assistance Grants – The City of Laguna Beach will begin accepting applications for fiscal year 2019-2020 Community Assistance Grants beginning January 7, 2019. 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 on the City’s website at http://lagunabeachcity.net/CAG. To be considered for a grant, applications must be submitted electronically by Friday, March 22, 2019, at 4:30 p.m.  The submission link will be activated on the website on January 7, 2019. 

For more information, contact Sherri A. Aubin, Community Services Administrative Assistant, at (949) 497-0779.

Kit-Lit Writing Contest – Laguna Beach Literary Laureate Suzanne Redfearn, in partnership with Catmosphere Laguna Foundation, is holding a cat-themed writing contest. All genres are accepted. The contest is open to Orange County residents 16 years of age and older. Selected winners will have their work published. 

To enter, submit your cat-themed literary work to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 1, 2019. The lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach fund the Literary Laureate program.

City Hall Winter Exhibitions – There are currently three art exhibitions on display at City Hall: Children’s Holiday Palettes, the Festival of Arts Permanent Collection, and a special exhibition of local photography by Baldemar Fierro. The exhibitions are open to the public during City Hall business hours. They are funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

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Stop by City Hall to check out the wonderful winter art exhibitions on display 

Call to Artists: Red Telephone Booth – The Laguna Beach Arts Commission is accepting proposals for the Red Telephone Booth temporary art installation site on Forest Avenue. The selected design will be installed for a 24-month period.  The deadline for submission is January 7, 2019, and the honorarium is $5,000. The program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Apply online at https://lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com/

City Hall Holiday Hours – In observance of the Holidays, Laguna Beach City Hall will be closed to the public on the following days: Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve); Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day); Monday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve); and Tuesday, January 1 (New Year’s Day). Essential services such as Police, Fire, and Marine Safety will still be provided on all these days.

Holiday Trash Collection and Tree Recycling – For the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, residential and commercial trash collection will be delayed by one day starting on Tuesday, Dec 25, and Tuesday, Jan 1. Waste Management will collect and recycle holiday trees on the regular collection days at no charge starting on Wednesday, Dec 26, and running through Friday, Jan 18, 2019. 

Visit the city’s website www.lagunabeachcity.net/recycling for more information. 

Recreation Committee Accepting Student Liaison Applications – The Recreation Committee is accepting applications for the Student Liaison Representative to the Committee. The Student Representatives act as liaisons and non-voting members of the Recreation Committee. Applications are due by Monday, Jan 7, 2019, and can be found here.

For questions, contact Alexis Braun, Senior Recreation Supervisor, at (949) 497-0762 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Council approves formation of Fire Safety Subcommittee

By BARBARA DIAMOND

The City Council recently approved Mayor Bob Whalen’s proposal to create a subcommittee to identify and prioritize additional programs to lessen the risk of loss of life and property damage from wildfires.

Defeat of the local bond measure to fund undergrounding utility poles was a blow to supporters who believe that undergrounding utility poles is the most efficient way to reduce the risk of ferocious wildfires in Laguna.

No one was more committed or worked harder for Measure P than Mayor Bob Whalen. The defeat has not lessened his concerns but has changed his plan of attack.

“I have completed the 12 stages of grief,” said Whalen at the council meeting at which he proposed the formation of a subcommittee to investigate wildfire mitigation and fire safety programs.

No one spoke in opposition to the proposed subcommittee.

Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Committee Chair Matt Lawson testified that substantially all of Laguna Beach lies within the Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones as does Paradise.

Council approved 1993 fire

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1993 fire approaching Emerald Bay

“We are but a spark and a gust away from a similar catastrophe,” said Lawson. “Despite improvements to the city’s fire readiness posture, any major brush fire incident today would likely be far worse that the ‘93 disaster.”

Whalen proposed six goals for the committee to which he and newly elected Councilwoman Sue Kempf were appointed by the council:

--Assess the current level of risk and exposure to wildfires

--Research and document programs, rules and regulations in place to mitigate wildfire risk and promote fire safety in Laguna Beach

--Identify current annual cost of the city’s mitigation measures and fire safety programs

--Identify and prioritize additional programs, mitigation measures, staffing and equipment needed to further reduce the risk of lost lives and damaged properties by wildfires and the cost to implement them

--Develop an action plan to implement as many of the items in goal four as possible, along with necessary changes to the city ordinances, rules and regulations or state law

--Develop a plan to fund the recommendations

Whalen and Kempf will work with City Manager John Pietig and staff to fulfill the purposes of the committee and report back to the council by June 1.


City Manager’s Updates

Yelp Names Laguna Beach #1 U.S. City to Shop Local in 2018 – The City of Laguna Beach has landed the top spot on the “Top 20 Cities to Shop Local in 2018,” as decided by Yelp from a 2018 Yelp survey conducted by The Harris Poll. The survey highlights several of the City’s “Top Local Shops,” most of which are clothing, sportswear, and surf shops. A limit of no more than one city per state and at least 100 relevant businesses per city were set. Laguna Beach, Asheville, N.C., and Lahaina, Hawaii, were the top three cities on Yelp’s list. 

Find out more here.

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Hobie Surf Shop is one of our of awesome local businesses located in downtown Laguna

South Coast Air Quality Management District Issues No-Burn Alert for Wednesday, Dec 12 – The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has issued a residential no-burn alert effective on Wednesday, Dec 12, from midnight through 11:59 p.m., for all those living in the South Coast Air Basin, which includes Orange County. SCAQMD reminds residents in these areas that burning wood in their fireplaces or any indoor or outdoor wood-burning device is prohibited during the mandatory wood-burning ban (the burning of wood in outdoor residential fireplaces is always prohibited in Laguna Beach). 

City Hall Holiday Hours – In observance of the holidays, Laguna Beach City Hall will be closed to the public on the following days: Monday, December 24 (Christmas Eve); Tuesday, December 25 (Christmas Day); Monday, December 31 (New Year’s Eve); and Tuesday, January 1 (New Year’s Day.) Essential services such as Police, Fire, and Marine Safety will still be provided on all these days.

Holiday Trash Collection and Tree Recycling – For the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, residential and commercial trash collection will be delayed by one day starting on Tuesday, Dec 25, and Tuesday, Jan 1. Waste Management will collect and recycle holiday trees on the regular collection days at no charge starting on Wednesday, Dec 26 through Friday, Jan 18, 2019. 

Visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/recycling for more information. 

Recreation Committee Accepting Student Liaison Applications – The Recreation Committee is accepting applications for the Student Liaison Representative to the Committee. The Student Representative acts as a liaison and non-voting member of the Recreation Committee. The applications are due by Monday, Jan 7, 2019 and are available here.

For questions, contact Alexis Braun, Senior Recreation Supervisor at (949) 497-0762 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Riddle Field is a place for local recreational baseball leagues 

Does Your Mobile Contractor Have a Business License to Work in the City of Laguna Beach? Mobile contractors like gardeners, landscapers, carpet cleaners, mobile car detailers, and swimming pool or pond service operators all need to hold a Laguna Beach Business License to operate within the City. A business license ensures contractors are aware of the City’s regulations and guidelines to avoid the illegal discharge of fertilizers, pesticides, lawn, dirt, sediment, organic materials, and cleaning chemicals to the streets and gutters that drain to the ocean. 

Educating contractors prior to beginning work helps protect the storm drain system and protects from potential violations and enforcement actions by the City. Residents and businesses are responsible for the actions of their contractors and have a responsibility to ensure that their contractors are aware of local regulations, beginning with securing a City of Laguna Beach Business License. Invest the time to talk to your contractors and confirm that they are licensed with the City prior to starting work. 

More information on the City Business Licensing process can be found here.


City Manager’s Updates

Three things residents can do to prepare for the storms headed our way – 1) Go to www.AlertOC.com to register your cell phone numbers, text numbers, and email addresses into the mass notification system. It is recommended that you register your work and home addresses separately to ensure you receive proper notifications for each location. AlertOC is a critical link for residents and businesses to immediately learn of any required actions. Additionally, make sure you are registered for Nixle by texting “92651” to 888-777; 2) Get free sandbags if you’re a local resident or business; 3) Clean your gutters, trim your trees, and turn off your sprinkler system.

Water Quality at Winter Fantasy – On Sunday, Dec 16, from 12 to 3 p.m., the City of Laguna Beach Water Quality Department is collaborating with the Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy. The City will be helping participants to design reusable bags using manhole lid patterns. The bags and workshop are free to the first 100 participants. The City encourages the public to stop by, make a bag, and learn about the City’s Water Quality Department.

Free Parking and Free Trolley to Sawdust Festival – The Sawdust Winter Fantasy is open one more weekend, this Saturday and Sunday, Dec 15 and 16. Bring the kids, meet Santa, and finish your holiday shopping early. Park for free in the Act V parking lot (Lot 16) and take the free trolley. For more information, visit https://sawdustartfestival.org/.

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The Sawdust Winter Fantasy is a local wonderland

Friendship Shelter Seeking Blankets – Friendship Shelter needs blankets and twin-size comforters for the Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL). Donations are being accepted daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 1335 South Coast Highway (check in at the front desk, located at the top of the external stairs at the back of the building facing Gaviota Drive). The City thanks you in advance for your donations.

Trees Being Replanted Along Coast Highway – As part of the City Tree Replanting Project, the City’s Public Works Department is planting 30 street trees in the downtown area and along Coast Highway to replace trees that have fallen or been removed. The City also accepted a donation of $30,000 from the Laguna Beach Urban Tree Fund, which allowed the City to enhance the project by planting 24 and 36-inch box trees in lieu of 15-gallon trees and to provide deep watering tubes. The project includes planting the trees, installing a permeable rubberized tree well surfacing system, root barriers, watering tubes, and a 120-day plant irrigation and plant establishment period.

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30 street trees are being replaced downtown and along Coast Highway

Bluebird SOCWA Odor Control System Going Forward – The Water Quality Department has successfully worked with the neighbors and interested community members to collaborate on an acceptable location of the odor control system for the Bluebird lift station.

Cultural Arts Calendar – Residents looking for arts events this holiday season can visit the City of Laguna Beach and Laguna Beach Arts Alliance Cultural Arts Calendar here.

These events are funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Accurate Crime Statistics – Since 2016, violent crimes (murder, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault) have decreased 17% in the City of Laguna Beach. Property crimes in the City have decreased 38%. These numbers reflect crime statistics through November 26, 2018. Laguna Beach crime rate information is listed on certain relocation websites and is not representative of the actual situation. Using per capita metrics to compare Laguna Beach’s crime rates or spending statistics is also not representative because it does not take into account that Laguna Beach services six million visitors per year in addition to our residents. When fairly evaluating how many employees, both sworn and non-sworn, are needed to appropriately police a city, the size of the residential, working, and visitor community must all be considered.

Finance Officer Nancy Pauley Hired as Palm Springs Director of Finance – The City of Laguna Beach is accepting applications for the position of Finance Officer in the Administrative Services Department. The position has opened because Laguna Beach Finance Officer Nancy Pauley has been hired as the new Director of Finance for the City of Palm Springs. Pauley’s last day with the City of Laguna Beach was November 30. Pauley has worked for the City of Laguna Beach for over 10 years, working annually on the City’s budget. She also played a key role in the City’s Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

To receive the Certificate of Achievement, a governmental unit must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized comprehensive Annual Financial Report, whose contents conform to program standards. This is the third consecutive year the City has received the award. 

“Nancy has been the driving force behind our recognition of financial reporting awards, and she has been an instrumental part of the City’s Finance Division for the last decade,” said Director of Administrative Services Gavin Curran. “She leaves big shoes to fill, and we wish her continued success in her new role as Director of Finance for the City of Palm Springs.” 

Details of the position and instructions on how to apply can be found at www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lagunabeach. The position will remain open until filled.


City Manager’s Updates

Three things residents can do to prepare for the storms headed our way – 1) Go to www.AlertOC.com to register your cell phone numbers, text numbers, and email addresses into the mass notification system. It is recommended that you register your work and home addresses separately to ensure you receive proper notifications for each location. AlertOC is a critical link for residents and businesses to immediately learn of any required actions. Additionally, make sure you are registered for Nixle by texting “92651” to 888-777; 2) Get free sandbags if you’re a local resident or business; 3) Clean your gutters, trim your trees, and turn off your sprinkler system.

Water Quality at Winter Fantasy – On December 16, from 12 to 3 p.m., the City of Laguna Beach Water Quality Department is collaborating with the Sawdust Art Festival Winter Fantasy. The City will be helping participants to design reusable bags using manhole lid patterns. The bags and workshop are free to the first 100 participants. The City encourages the public to stop by, make a bag, and learn about the City’s Water Quality Department.

Free Parking and Free Trolley to Sawdust Festival – The Sawdust Winter Fantasy is open weekends now through December 16. Bring the kids, meet Santa, and finish your holiday shopping early. Park for free in the Act V parking lot (Lot 16) and take the free trolley. For more information, visit https://sawdustartfestival.org/.

City Managers Sawdust

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The Sawdust Winter Fantasy is a local wonderland

Friendship Shelter Seeking Blankets – Friendship Shelter needs blankets and twin-size comforters for the Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL). Donations are being accepted daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 1335 South Coast Highway (check in at the front desk, located at the top of the external stairs at the back of the building facing Gaviota Drive). The City thanks you in advance for your donations.

Trees Being Replanted Along Coast Highway – As part of the City Tree Replanting Project, the City’s Public Works Department is planting 30 street trees in the downtown area and along Coast Highway to replace trees that have fallen or been removed. The City also accepted a donation of $30,000 from the Laguna Beach Urban Tree Fund, which allowed the City to enhance the project by planting 24 and 36-inch box trees in lieu of 15-gallon trees and to provide deep watering tubes. The project includes planting the trees, installing a permeable rubberized tree well surfacing system, root barriers, watering tubes, and a 120-day plant irrigation and plant establishment period.

City Managers trees

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30 street trees are being replaced downtown and along Coast Highway

Bluebird SOCWA Odor Control System Going Forward – The Water Quality Department has successfully worked with the neighbors and interested community members to collaborate on an acceptable location of the odor control system for the Bluebird lift station.

Cultural Arts Calendar – Residents looking for arts events this holiday season can visit the City of Laguna Beach and Laguna Beach Arts Alliance Cultural Arts Calendar here.

These events are funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Accurate Crime Statistics – Since 2016, violent crimes (murder, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault) have decreased 17% in the City of Laguna Beach. Property crimes in the City have decreased 38%. These numbers reflect crime statistics through November 26, 2018. Laguna Beach crime rate information is listed on certain relocation websites and is not representative of the actual situation. Using per capita metrics to compare Laguna Beach’s crime rates or spending statistics is also not representative because it does not take into account that Laguna Beach services six million visitors per year in addition to our residents. When fairly evaluating how many employees, both sworn and non-sworn, are needed to appropriately police a city, the size of the residential, working, and visitor community must all be considered.

Finance Officer Nancy Pauley Hired as Palm Springs Director of Finance – The City of Laguna Beach is accepting applications for the position of Finance Officer in the Administrative Services Department. The position has opened because Laguna Beach Finance Officer Nancy Pauley has been hired as the new Director of Finance for the City of Palm Springs. Pauley’s last day with the City of Laguna Beach was November 30. Pauley has worked for the City of Laguna Beach for over 10 years, working annually on the City’s budget. She also played a key role in the City’s Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

To receive the Certificate of Achievement, a governmental unit must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized comprehensive Annual Financial Report, whose contents conform to program standards. This is the third consecutive year the City has received the award. 

“Nancy has been the driving force behind our recognition of financial reporting awards, and she has been an instrumental part of the City’s Finance Division for the last decade,” said Director of Administrative Services Gavin Curran. “She leaves big shoes to fill, and we wish her continued success in her new role as Director of Finance for the City of Palm Springs.” 

Details of the position and instructions on how to apply can be found at www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lagunabeach. The position will remain open until filled.

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