Laguna Beach

City vows to defend Most Water Wise City title: All you have to do is pledge – but why should you pledge?

Laguna Beach has been declared “most water wise city” in the nation in its category four times already. And now it’s time to defend our title once again. 

Mayor Kelly Boyd is hoping for a flood of responses from residents.

How do we get to earn this title?

Pledge! That’s all you need to do – a click or two and you’re done

It’s actually quite simple. The program is designed to raise awareness among neighbors and friends and the community in general.

So residents simply have to pledge online to do more to conserve water. It’s that simple.

Just go to and make a series of online pledges to conserve water.

That’s all. 

Residents who take the challenge are entered in drawings for hundreds of eco-friendly prizes, including home improvement gift cards, home irrigation equipment, and the Grand Prize $5,000 home utility bill payment.

Why pledge?

And here are some reasons why you should go online right now and pledge:

P: Pride in our town for being water-smart winners – and not just at water polo

L: Less water now means more water later

E: Easy to do, and it’s easy savings, too

D: Do something dead simple that makes a difference 

G: Give your kids a good example of what it takes to be a responsible citizen

E: Eat, drink and be merry; celebrate with neighbors when we win again!

“Last year, Laguna Beach residents made 6,286 pledges to cut water use by 32.6 million gallons of water over the next year,” stated Boyd. 

Let’s make it 8,000 pledges this year. We can do it! Click on it now, and tell everyone how easy it is to do.

The Challenge also gives residents a chance to nominate a deserving charity that would benefit from receiving a 2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

Laguna Beach County Water District provides water service to 22,000 residents within an 8.5 square mile area of LB. The District’s mission is to furnish a high quality, reliable water supply in a financially responsible manner, while promoting water-use efficiency.

City holds Community Open House on utility undergrounding this Wednesday at the Susi Q

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The City is hosting a Community Open House on utility undergrounding on Wednesday, April 11 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Susi Q Center. 

Stop by to learn more about the City’s efforts to address the risks associated with overhead utility poles and electrical wires and potential funding strategies being explored for undergrounding of utilities along Laguna Canyon Road and other key evacuation routes. 

Speak one-on-one with City staff, ask questions and share your comments. To learn more, visit

City Council is now 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; and the Planning Commission.

Interviews and appointments will be conducted on Tuesday, May 1 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.

Deadline for applications is April 20 at 5 p.m.

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 and file in the City Clerk’s office no later than Friday, April 20 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.

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

Arts Commission

Three (3) two-year terms on the Arts Commission with terms beginning July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2020.  

The Arts Commission consists of eight 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 $125 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.  

Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Committee

Four (4) two-year terms on the Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Committee with terms beginning July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2020. 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. 

Housing and Human Services Committee

Three (3) two-year terms on the Housing and Human Services Committee with terms beginning July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2020.  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 5 p.m.

Planning Commission

Three (3) positions on the Planning Commission with terms beginning July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2020. 

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 $357 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. 

Substantial time commitment required

A substantial time commitment averaging four to six 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.

City Manager’s Update

Grand Re-opening of Thalia Street Beach Access - The City of Laguna Beach invites the community to a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, April 17 at 4 p.m. for the re-opening of the newly renovated beach access at Thalia Street.

Disposal of Sandbags - Residents can dispose of filled sand bags at the Act V Lot, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road.  Residents can also dispose of up to 10 filled sand bags by scheduling a bulky item pickup which are provided free three times per calendar year. 

To schedule a pick-up, contact Waste Management at (949) 642-1191. Filled sand bags should not be placed in the trash or recycling carts. Storage and re-use of the sandbags is recommended at least through the end of April.

Southbound Coast Highway Lane Closure on Friday, April 13 - From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday, April 13, the Montage Resort landscape contractor will be closing the number two lane of southbound Coast Highway to trim trees. The closure will begin at the northern limits of the resort property and extend to the southern limits of Treasure Island Park.  

For more information, please contact Deputy Director of Public Works, Dale Schuck at (949) 497-0735.

Southern California Edison Pole Replacement - From 10 p.m. on April 15 to 7 a.m. on April 16, Southern California Edison will be replacing an Edison pole at the northeast corner of the intersection at Cleo Street and Sleepy Hollow Lane. Cleo Street, west of South Coast Highway to Sleepy Hollow Lane, will be closed during the work. Emergency vehicle access shall be maintained via Sleepy Hollow Lane as approved by the Fire Marshal. The traffic signal at the South Coast Highway and Cleo Street intersection will be affected by the outage with a four-way red flash initiated during the work.

Free Paint/E-Waste Drop-off & Shredding Event on Saturday, April 14 - 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, April 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City Maintenance Facilities, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. 

Free shredding service will also be available on site. This service is sponsored by the City and Waste Management. For more information, including a detailed list of acceptable E-Waste items, please visit or contact Liz Avila at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Downtown Specific Plan Update - Review Portions of Section V: Land Use Districts - The City of Laguna Beach will continue their efforts on the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) Update on Wednesday, April 18 during the Planning Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. 

The Planning Commission will review and discuss MIG’s recommended draft amendments to Section V: Land Use Districts of the existing DSP document. Topics covered include: the intent and purpose of land use districts, permitted land uses/required entitlements, permit processes, findings and special findings for certain uses, allowable changes in permitted use category per City Council resolution, and definitions.  

A copy of the draft amendments are available to view on the City’s website: For more information onthe Downtown Specific Plan Update project, please contact Wendy Jung, Senior Planner, at (949) 497-0321 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

City-Wide Track & Field Meet - The City of Laguna Beach will host the annual Boys & Girls Track Meet on Friday, April 20 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Laguna Beach High School. All children born in or after the year 2003 and residing in Laguna Beach or attending school within the Laguna Beach Unified School District boundaries are invited to attend. 

Please register online by Thursday, April 19 at  

Bluebird SOCWA Lift Station Odor Control Improvement Project – Community Meeting - Water Quality staff will be holding a community meeting to present and discuss the subject project on April 19, at 6 p.m. The project will address the odors surrounding the City’s sewage lift station located at the corner of Calliope Street and Glenneyre Street.  

The presentation will cover the proposed project with details on the layout and aesthetics of the new facility. Please join as staff will be seeking input from the community. For questions, please contact Hannah Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Laguna Beach Literary Festival - The public is invited to a free day of readings panels, workshops and craft talks with some of California’s finest writers, hosted by Laguna Beach Poet Laureate Kate Buckley. This special event will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Library, 363 Glenneyre Street.  

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. For more information, please visit

Call to Artists – City Council Chambers Banners - The Arts Commission is inviting artists to submit designs to replace banners in the City Council Chambers. The competition is open to Laguna Beach residents ages 18 and older. Entries must be submitted to the reception desk at the Community and Susi Q Center, 380 Third Street, by May 14 at 5 p.m.    

This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. For full guidelines and an entry form, please visit

Sunset Serenades and World Music - Friday evenings from May 4 - June 8 at 6:30 p.m., the Arts Commission will present free concerts at the Heisler Park Amphitheatre with a variety of music genres.

This year’s schedule includes:

5/4: Jackie Menter Trio - Classical

5/11: Jack Benny - Eclectic/Acoustic Pop trio

5/18: The Phil Gough/Alan Deremo Project

5/25: Maestro Lazaro Galarraga and Friends - Afro Cuban

6/1: Gamelan X with Mayang Sunda - Indonesian

6/8: L’Esprit D’ Afrique – African

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

Council approves hybrid Landscape and Scenic Highway element: Let the tree planting begin


It took six years for mandated revisions to the Landscape and Scenic Highways element in the General Plan and an updated companion resource document to wend their way through multiply hearings to finally reach the council.

The Council on Tuesday voted 4-0 (Councilwoman Toni Iseman was absent due to illness) for the third of three options, as recommended by staff. The option includes approval of amendments to the existing element suggested by the Design Review Board and the Planning Commission, except for commission’s recommendation to reorganize the element. 

The option also included the conversion of some of the larger tasks into action items at a cost of up to $35,000, to be brought back to the council for further evaluation. 

“We have been waiting for this document to begin replanting downtown trees,” said City Manager John Pietig.

Let the tree planting begin?

Staff was directed to begin preparing a landscape/streetscape implementation plan to replace trees in the downtown and make other improvements in the streetscape, according to Community Development Director Greg Pfost. 

Other directions to staff included providing the council with a proposed Request for Proposal for consultant assistance to come up with a plan for approval/public input process for the plan. 

“We will revise both documents (the element and the resource document) to be consistent with directions we received from Council,” Pfost said. 

Support for Option One was expressed by former Planning Commissioner Barbara Metzger on her own behalf and of the named signatories to a letter she read.

That option requires less staff time and less expense than Option Three. It did not incorporate Planning Commission recommendations intended to improve the document and make it more user-friendly.

“Our intent was not to disrupt the process,” said Commissioner Roger McErlane, who served on the commission sub-committee that recommended reorganization of the element and the resource document. “In retrospect, I think that appointing a subcommittee after six years is a mistake – it is disruptive.” 

Former Mayor Ann Christoph said the Landscape and Resource Document has been revised several times and the authors, one of whom is Christoph, are willing to do more revisions.

Eucalypti under fire again

Tuesday’s hearing could have been titled “A Debate on Safety on Scenic Highways,” which took up a considerable amount of the roughly two-hour hearing.

Safety issues were raised by the fire department and the Public Works Department questioned the advisability of continuing to plant eucalypti as street trees.

“Between (consultant) Mike Rohde and myself, we have 78 years of experience in the fire industry,” said Acting Fire Chief Tom Christopher.

His department’s concerns:

--The premise expressed by consultants that healthy green trees, including eucalypti, work as ember catchers that protect structures from burning

--The consultants’ interpretation of National Fire Behavior standards and science in the element and the resource document

--Portrayal of the goats that graze brush as less than the fire prevention tool 

 “We need to follow the advice of sworn fire safety professionals and respect consensus fire science just as we respect consensus climate science,” said Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Committee Chair Matt Lawson.

The Public Works contends that most eucalypti tend to be shallow rooted and present a hazard when they fail and fall in a high wind. Limb drop is also a public safety issue. 

Furthermore, many eucalypti grow too large to be used on Laguna streets, need larger planting areas than are available, and are prone to pests and diseases, according to the Public Works report. 

The department supported the Planning Commission recommendation to determine street trees for specific locations in the downtown.

“You cannot take a broad based approach and apply it to the whole city,” said Christopher.

Council to consider Arts Commission recommendations for Village Entrance


The Arts Commission has been working since January to come up with recommendations for public art, other than artist-designed benches, to enhance the Village Entrance.

An Arts Commission recommendation to be considered by the City Council tonight is a proposal to develop a bandstand style or pavilion that would become an “outdoor plaza venue” (noted in bold face type in the report), where people would gather.

“We have heard a request from the public for a gathering space,” said Cultural Arts Manager Sian Poeschl. 

Commissioners also recommended that the space should be designed in relation, and complementary to existing facilities, as opposed to a “Culture Palace” that seeks to fill all space needs.

The commission’s preferred option would provide a multi-use and flexible facility for performances and exhibitions, classrooms, studio space and the capacity for digital programming, according to Poeschl’s report.   

Also in bold face in the commission’s recommendations: “One potential is that the facility ‘points to’ and coordinates art activities in other venues and places occurring throughout the City.”   

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Location of possible public art, potentially south and north of the vehicular bridge in the Village Entrance plan

The commission is asking the council to invite artists Art Fornes, Arnie Quinze and Janet Echelman to submit proposals for an installation at the trail-crossing area south of the vehicular bridge in the Village Entrance plan. The bridge is located roughly in the middle of the frontage that stretches along Forest Avenue, Broadway and Canyon Road.  

Proposals for the north side of the bridge would be considered as long as the artist understands that the artwork could not obstruct the functions of the water quality treatment basin.

Regardless of location, the commission is recommending that proposals should include electrical outlets and infrastructure for future performances and events.

Public art is a requirement in the development of commercial property, including City projects. 

Developers have the choice of purchasing art or contributing to the City’s Art in Lieu Fund. 

If purchasing art, one percent of a project’s total value must be used for original work that is site-specific and approved by the council. The alternative is a 1.25 percent contribution to the City’s Art-in-lieu Fund, to be used to acquire art works designated by the City.  

The Art in Public Places allocation for the Village Entrance is $80,000. The commission is recommending an additional $100,000 be appropriated from the in-lieu fund, which has a current balance of $190,400.

City Manager’s Updates

Coffee with a Cop - Join your neighbors and personnel from the Laguna Beach Police Department for coffee, doughnuts, and conversation on Sunday, April 22 from 8 - 10:30 a.m. at Laguna Beach Cyclery (240 Thalia St.).. No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. We hope to see you there!

Police Department Citizen’s Academy Graduates - On Thursday, April 19, Class #25, made up of 19 community members, graduated from the Laguna Beach Police Department Citizen’s Academy. We are so happy to be able to partner with our community and share the ever-changing facets of police work, and we now have life-long community partners.

Art That’s Small Exhibition Winners - The winners of this year’s competition are: First Place - Alice Gamez; second Place - Carolina Manchester; third place - Shakiba Hashemi; City Hall Choice - Jill Cooper; Honorable Mentions - Bryce Darrow, Ludo Leideritz and Gabriella Kohr. The Arts Commission would like to thank all participating artists. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach. 

Laguna Beach Literary Festival - The first Laguna Beach Literary Festival took place on Saturday, April 14, and was a big hit! The Arts Commission would like to recognize and thank Kate Buckley for her tenure as the City of Laguna Beach’s inaugural Poet Laureate. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

City Treasurer’s added duties – hotel audits – preserve retirement benefits


The addition of hotel audits to the regular duties of City Treasurer Laura Parisi qualifies the service for retirement benefits. 

A salary of $11,600 will be added henceforth in Parisi’s $86,640 a year salary and her 25-hour a week schedule will be upped by about three hours a month, approved on a 4-1 vote Tuesday, with Councilman Rob Zur Schmiede opposed. 

Parisi has performed the audit separately from her regular duties since 2000 and was paid separately. Prior to 2000, the City had hired an independent certified public accounting firm to make the audit, paying a higher price for the service than requested by Parisi.

The switch included the caveat that the audits were not part of Parisi’s duties, a position reiterated by the council in 2005.

Parisi’s “special compensation” for the audits was reported to the California Public Employees Retirement System, which manages health and pension benefits for city employees. 

In 2015, CalPERS reviewed Parisi’s “special compensation” and notified the city that the audit did not qualify.

Had the council not taken the action to add the audits to Parisi’s regular duties, the City would have been required to eliminate the special compensation status of the payment for the audits. The City would also have been obliged to refund the $3,500 Parisi had contributed to her CalPERS retirement benefits related to the compensation for the audits. 

According to the report by Director of Administrative Services Gavin Curran, the CalPERS directive would have lowered the calculation of Parisi’s retirement by about $11,600.

Former Mayor Paul Freeman, who was on the council when the audits were assigned to Parisi, testified that he never thought the work was not “pensionable.”  

Councilman Steve Dicterow said putting the audits into Parisi’s hands was always intended to qualify for contributions to her retirement contribution to CalPERS.

However, the audits are not automatically part of the job for other treasurers who may not have the same qualifications or experience as Parisi.

2018 City Council Election Update

Three City Council seats up for grabs this year


The terms of Mayor Kelly Boyd, Mayor Pro Tem Rob Zur Schmiede and Councilwoman Toni Iseman will end this year.

Voters will have a wide choice if all the folks who have expressed interest in running for one of the three seats actually become candidates. Boyd will not be among them, although he said he will campaign for selected candidates. Iseman has indicated she won’t make a decision until later this year on whether to try for a record-shattering, sixth consecutive term in office. 

Zur Schmiede says he definitely will run, although he has yet to submit his 501 form, which confirms a candidate’s intent to run.

As of Monday, only three hopefuls have submitted the form. 

Mancuso, Kempf and Kinsman are definitely running

Judie Mancuso submitted her 501 in June of 2017. 

Mancuso is a long-time animal welfare advocate, founder of the 501(c)(4) Social Compassion in Legislation, and a candidate for the City Council in 2016.

“I have over 10 years of experience in getting big things done at the State level,” said Mancuso on Saturday. 

Sue Kempf submitted her 501 in March. Her resume includes running her own company and others. In Laguna, she was a founder and graduate of the first Community Emergency Response Team class, served on the View Equity Task Force, and co-chaired the Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Committee. She currently sits on the Planning Commission, with her term ending June 30.

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“I am running because this is a great town to live in and I want to make sure it stays that way,” said Kempf.

Cheryl Kinsman filed her 501 on Monday. 

A former City Council member, Kinsman sits on the Laguna Beach County Water District Commission. 

Kinsman was honored as the 2014 Woman of the Year by the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club for her service to the community. 

She is credited with working successfully with then-Councilwoman Jane Egly to keep a hospital with an Emergency Department in Laguna. 

Previous to her eight years on the council, Kinsman served on the Planning Commission and the city’s Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee. Her experience as an MBA and CPA were put to use as volunteer auditor of the Laguna Beach High School PTA and treasurer of Neighborhood Watch and the North Laguna Community Assn.

Hall, Blake, Philippsen, Zeiter and Auger have yet to decide/file

The list of potential candidates who have yet to make their intent to run in writing includes Michelle Hall, who ran for the council in 2014. 

“I believe it is time for a change,” said Hall, a past president of Laguna Beach Republicans. “We need someone like me. I have lived here all my life and I understand the community.”

Not committed to running yet, and that is a big YET: Gallery owner Peter Blake, a longtime Laguna Beach resident and businessman, unashamedly passionate about Laguna and concerned for its future.

“I am waiting and hoping to see a candidate who thinks the way I do,” Blake said last week. “The city is not broken, but it has been eroding for the past 25 years, for which I blame Village Laguna – it did wonderful things in the past, but it is out-of-step with the times.”

The list of uncommitted possible candidates includes Karyn Philippsen, a founding member and former president of the Laguna Beach Visitors Bureau (now called Visit Laguna) and a founder of the Sister Cities Assn of Laguna Beach. Philippsen said this week that she is “considering her options.”

Attorney Jennifer Zeiter also said she is considering running for the council. Zeiter is founder of Stop Taxing Our Property, a group opposed to funding undergrounding with a bond or sales tax increase, and a past president of Laguna Beach Taxpayers Assn.

Lorene Auger, who styles herself as Lorene Laguna, has said she will file her 501 when she fills out her election committee.

Goldstein will support like-minded candidate

Sam Goldstein, owner of the Heisler Building, a former Design Review Board member and integral to the establishment of the Business Improvement District that funds art projects, art groups and artists, will not be running for office, but he will be seriously involved in the election. 

He has established Liberate Laguna to financially support favored candidates and has contacted some of the hopefuls to determine how their positions align with his. 

The election campaign officially begins July 16, the first day that candidates can pick up nominating papers and collect signatures.

City Manager’s Updates

Testing of the Long Range Warning System - The City of Laguna Beach will be testing the newly installed Downtown Outdoor Warning System on Friday, May 4 at 12 p.m. Those who are in the coverage area will hear a recorded message clearly indicating that it is a test only. In the event of a real emergency, this system can be activated to provide life-saving instructions to residents and visitors in the downtown area. The system may be utilized for all hazards or disasters where immediate action from the public is necessary. Laguna Beach’s Downtown Outdoor Warning System differs from others within Orange County as it provides verbal instructions along with a siren as opposed to just a siren. Specific emergency announcements can be broadcast over any one (or more) of the three speakers, which are located at City Hall, Main Beach, and Heisler Park. The Cities of Huntington Beach and Newport Beach will also be testing their independent Outdoor Warning Systems at the same time.

New Fire Chief - Michael Garcia will start as the new Fire Chief on Monday, April 30. Chief Garcia has over 32 years of experience in the fire service, including 28 years with the City of Long Beach. An event for employees and the public to meet Chief Garcia will be held on May 3 at Fire Station One from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Access to Free Offers on the Trolley Tracker -You can nowride Laguna Beach Transit and use the Trolley Tracker app to gain access to exclusive offers from restaurants, retailers and attractions all over town! To unlock these offers, simply ride the trolley, and click on Special Offers on the Trolley Tracker app. To redeem, show the offer on your phone to the participating business. The Trolley Tracker is available on the Visit Laguna Beach app and in the Apple and Google Play Stores.

Caltrans – Coast Hwy Traffic Signals Replacement -Beginning Monday, April 30, Caltrans will mobilize to replace the traffic and pedestrian signal heads located at seven intersections between Cress Street and Ocean Avenue on Coast Highway. Work will be conducted on weekdays between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Intermittent lane closures and flashing red signal lights can be expected through May 24. One northbound and southbound lane will be maintained for travel during this period. For more detailed project information, please contact Moussa Essayli, Caltrans Resident Engineer, at (949) 279-8816.

Heritage Month - Celebrate Heritage Month this May and enjoy the many scheduled activities and events. Activities and tours are scheduled throughout the entire month of May. A calendar of all the events can be found on the city website at

Review Proposal for a Wayfinding Signage Pilot Project - The City of Laguna Beach will bring forward a proposal for a Wayfinding Signage Pilot Project on Wednesday, May 2 during the Planning Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (505 Forest Avenue). The purpose of the wayfinding signage is to inform and direct visitors and residents to their desired destinations, amenities and features, and enhance the visitor and resident experience. Prior to the meeting, a prototype of the pedestrian directional sign will be installed within the existing planter at the southeast corner of Forest Avenue and South Coast Highway. After review and upon recommendation by the Planning Commission, the project will be reviewed by the City Council at its meeting on May 22. The City’s goal is to conduct the pilot project for pedestrian wayfinding signs in summer 2018. 

Summer Camp and Summer Recreation Activities Registration - Registration for summer 2018 recreation activities for all ages, adult softball and youth summer camps opens on Monday, April 30. To register and see the list of programs available please visit:

Call to Artists: Council Chambers Banners - The Arts Commission is inviting artists to submit designs to replace the banners in the Council Chambers. The competition is open to Laguna Beach residents ages 18 and older. Entries must be submitted to the reception desk at Susi Q Community Center, 380 Third Street, by May 14 at 5 p.m. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach. For more information, email Arts Program Coordinator Michael McGregor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

City Hall Exhibition -The Artist Fund at Festival of Arts is currently exhibiting their annual Board of Directors Show at City Hall, 505 Forest Avenue. See work by local artists Geraldine Crosper, Anne England, Roger Folk, Rick Graves, Elizabeth McGhee and Wendy Wirth. The exhibition can be viewed through May 22.

Sunset Serenades - Held on Friday evenings in May and June at 6:30 p.m. at the Heisler Park Amphitheater, Cliff Drive, enjoy the free concert series featuring:

5/4: Jackie Menter Trio – Classical

5/11: Jack Benny – Eclectic/Acoustic Pop trio

5/18: The Phil Gough/Alan Deremo Project

5/25: Maestro Lazaro Galarraga and Friends – Afro Cuban

6/1: Gamelan X with Mayang Sunda – Indonesian

6/8: L’Esprit D’ Afrique – African

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

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