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City announces exciting lineup of summer camps for kids

With summer right around the corner, the City of Laguna Beach is offering dozens of different summer camps to choose from so kids will have fun staying busy until school starts again. Registration for summer camps is now open so parents can cross that off the summer prep to-do list.

The long list of options includes beach and aquatics camps; art, music, and creative camps; and youth sports camps.

The popular Beach Camp Laguna teaches kids ocean safety. Less strenuous than the Junior Guards program, the camp offers beach activities that include short ocean swims past the breakers, some strenuous running, lifeguard games, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayaking, body surfing and more. There are nine weekly sessions offered, from June 24 through August 22.

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Sumer beach camps are a great way to keep young ones active and involved in the community during summer break 

The Junior Lifeguards program will also be offered, providing beach and water safety instruction to boys and girls ages 8-15. The program includes education in ocean safety, rescue techniques, beach activities, physical fitness, and marine safety operations in an environment that emphasizes courtesy, respect, and good sportsmanship.

The Little Mermaids and Sea Cubs program is available for kids to learn about sea creatures and explore tidal pools in an outdoor setting. Beach activities will include simple exercises and games at various beaches. 

For kids interested in skimboarding, the City will also offer two skim schools. Skim Laguna will roam from Thalia to Bluebird in a weeklong skim adventure. The camp will emphasize water safety and cover skills for beginners to wrapping waves and pro tricks. 

Champion rider Paulo Prietto, with over 15 years of experience, teaches SoLag Skim School. This weeklong skim boarding camp teaches all aspects of skimboarding from basic skills to advanced maneuvers. 

With so many awesome camps to choose from, Laguna’s kids will be sure to have a swell time this summer at the beach and beyond. 

For more information on the City’s summer beach and aquatics camps for kids, click here. For more information on art, music, and creative camps, click here. For more information on youth sports camps, click here.


City Manager’s Updates

Community Development Department Streamlines Review Process – The Laguna Beach Community Development Department is already making progress on its March 5 Action Plan to improve the project review process for property owners. In less than a month, the Department has hit the ground running and already made major changes to improve the quality and efficacy of permit processing. 

Those changes include a streamlined process that allows multiple plan submittals at once, allowing all Community Development Divisions and City Departments to review plans early in the process and in parallel with the Zoning Division review. 

This change is already resulting in quicker review times of building permit plan checks. Also, a newly formed Development Management Team (DMT) now reviews commercial and residential projects at the very beginning of the development review process. 

The DMT (made up of Community Development, Fire, Public Works, and Water Quality Departments) reviews and provides comments on new projects within two weeks of a project submittal – then meets with the property owner and project design team to go over the DMT’s comments to the applicant. By meeting with the property owner early, the DMT helps identify all the project requirements and direction up front, thus avoiding setbacks that could happen later in the process.

City Leaders Share Lessons Learned from Paradise – On Monday, March 25, Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen, City Manager John Pietig and Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock spoke to a full house about lessons learned from a January visit to fire-ravaged Paradise, Calif., the site of the deadly November 2018 Camp Fire.   

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City Leaders shared from their trip to Paradise on March 25 

At this week’s fire safety meeting, hosted by Village Laguna, Villwock shared his takeaways from the Paradise tragedy and outlined how residents can best prepare for a fast-moving fire and reduce fire risk, detailed current emergency preparedness measures, and described the City’s ongoing fuel modification efforts in and around Laguna Canyon.

 “We have one of the best notification programs in the State to help notify you when something happens, but one of the things we learned in Paradise is we need to take a look at it and make it even better,” said City Manager John Pietig. 

Last fall, the City Council supported Mayor Bob Whalen’s recommendation to create the Wildfire Mitigation and Fire Safety Subcommittee to help assess the City’s current level of preparedness, fire risk and exposure to wildfires, resources and infrastructure and review current regulations to mitigate wildfires. 

The committee will present its recommendations to the City Council this summer and develop an immediate action plan. “It’s important we not just evaluate all the opportunities for protection – we’re going to have to prioritize them,” Pietig said. 

“Choices are going to have to be made to maintain the type of community we all want to live in and also protect our residents.”

This week’s meeting was held at the Unitarian Universalist Church.

Annual Composting Classes – The City’s solid waste hauler, Waste Management, will offer the first of four free composting classes planned for 2019 on Saturday, March 30, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Bluebird Park, located at 798 Bluebird Canyon Dr. Compost and worm bins will be available for purchase during the class at a discounted price. 

For more information visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/recycling or contact the Waste Management class instructor, Lisa Ryder, at (310) 874-2499.

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 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. 

Not sure if your child is ready for the swim test? Try the City’s 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 Avenue. 

Additional information about the Junior Lifeguard program is available at http://bit.ly/2RAlQcl or by calling (949) 497-0788.


City to host “Open for Construction” workshop: vulnerable building types and recommended solutions 

The City of Laguna Beach and the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will host an “Open for Construction” workshop on Friday, April 5, from 1 - 3 p.m. at the City Council Chambers.

The public is invited to attend the workshop and learn how to protect their building from earthquakes through retrofitting. Older residential homes that are not securely connected to their foundation and multi-story wood buildings with a soft or weak first story (typically a ground-level garage or storefront with residential units on the floors above) are particularly susceptible to damage from earthquake forces. Representatives will discuss potential retrofit schemes and product solutions to help residents get started on improving their building’s earthquake performance.

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Residents can learn how to protect their buildings from earthquakes

Jerry Myers, Director of the Laguna Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), an organized and trained group of volunteers ready to assist in case of disaster, will be presenting how residents can be prepared for the next big earthquake.

A Simpson Strong-Tie representative will be presenting prescriptive residential retrofitting systems that are available to brace and secure structures to their foundations, and an Interwest Consulting Group structural engineer representative will be presenting why Soft Story structures have been getting a lot of attention, their vulnerabilities and how other municipalities have developed programs to address them.

Architects, designers, contractors, real estate professionals, residents, property and business owners are invited to attend. Visit www.lagunabeachchamber.org and click on the Events tab to locate and register for the event or contact Paula Hornbuckle-Arnold, Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, at (949) 494-1018 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on the content of the workshop, contact Maria Ring, Sr. Permit Technician, Building Division at (949) 497-0798 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


City Manager’s Updates

Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce to Host Annual State of the City Luncheon – The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will host its annual “State of the City” luncheon on Thursday, May 2, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 South Coast Hwy.

Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen and city officials will present the State of the City address. The luncheon is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and provides attendees a great opportunity to get an up-close look at city activities, recent highlights from the past 12 months, and city goals for the near future. 

To reserve tickets or for more information, call (949) 494-1018 or visit www.lagunabeachchamber.org

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Mayor Bob Whalen and City officials will present State of the City address

Public Invited to Take Community Development Department Questionnaire – If you have recently interacted with the City of Laguna Beach Community Development Department, you are invited to take a new customer service questionnaire about your experience. This questionnaire is a tool to help the city enhance customer service, streamline development approval procedures, enhance training, and target staffing to improve project turnaround times as part of the new Community Development Department action plan. 

Take the survey here. 

Job Opportunity – The Community Services Department seeks enthusiastic individuals interested in working on a seasonal part-time basis as a Summer Pool Lifeguard/Swim Instructor or Community Services Leader (Summer Pool Cashier). Applications will be accepted online until April 5. Qualified candidates for the Lifeguard/Swim Instructor position must be 15 years of age and in possession of a certification from the American Red Cross in Lifeguarding by May 27, 2019. Applicants under the age of 18 will need a valid work permit from their school upon hire.

Applications are available at www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lagunabeach

For more information, contact Tierney Doran, Aquatics Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or (949) 497-0788.


City Manager’s Updates

Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce to Host Annual State of the City Luncheon – The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will host its annual “State of the City” luncheon on Thursday, May 2, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 South Coast Hwy.

Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen and city officials will present the State of the City address. The luncheon is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and provides attendees a great opportunity to get an up-close look at city activities, recent highlights from the past 12 months, and city goals for the near future. 

To reserve tickets or for more information, call (949) 494-1018 or visit www.lagunabeachchamber.org

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Mayor Bob Whalen and City officials will present State of the City address

Public Invited to Take Community Development Department Questionnaire – If you have recently interacted with the City of Laguna Beach Community Development Department, you are invited to take a new customer service questionnaire about your experience. This questionnaire is a tool to help the city enhance customer service, streamline development approval procedures, enhance training, and target staffing to improve project turnaround times as part of the new Community Development Department action plan. 

Take the survey here. 

Job Opportunity – The Community Services Department seeks enthusiastic individuals interested in working on a seasonal part-time basis as a Summer Pool Lifeguard/Swim Instructor or Community Services Leader (Summer Pool Cashier). Applications will be accepted online until April 5. Qualified candidates for the Lifeguard/Swim Instructor position must be 15 years of age and in possession of a certification from the American Red Cross in Lifeguarding by May 27, 2019. Applicants under the age of 18 will need a valid work permit from their school upon hire.

Applications are available at www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lagunabeach

For more information, contact Tierney Doran, Aquatics Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or (949) 497-0788.

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 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. 

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


City officials to discuss fire safety at Village Laguna meeting on Monday

Village Laguna invites the community to the group’s monthly meeting on Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, to hear Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator, and City Manager John Pietig discuss how residents can be prepared for a fast-moving fire, and what innovative safety measures were learned from the experts at the Paradise disaster. All are welcome to attend.

A contingent of Laguna Beach city officials, including City Manager Pietig, Mayor Bob Whelan, and Villwock made the journey to the town of Paradise, California, to witness the destruction caused by the Camp Fire last November.

The topography of Paradise shares similarities with Laguna Beach. Our city has formed a Fire Safety Task Force to review Laguna’s emergency evacuation and response plans.

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Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock will present fire safety strategies at Monday’s Village Laguna meeting

Villwork, who worked for the Laguna Beach Police Department for the past 15 years, oversees disaster preparedness, mass notification, grant writing, public information, volunteer management, and EOC readiness. In 2018, the City of Laguna Beach received the California Emergency Service Gold Award for its Evacuation Plan and Shelter Plan and Jordan was also honored as one of the 2018 Top 100 Most Influential People in Orange County by the OC Register due to his work with emergency alerting.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach is located at 429 Cypress Dr.

For more information about Village Laguna, visit www.villagelaguna.org.


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.


City Council approves Community Development Action Plan

At its regular meeting on Tuesday, the City Council approved the Community Development Department’s Action Plan. Highlights of the plan include improvements to customer service, beginning the process to revise the Municipal Code to streamline development approval procedures, enhanced training, and targeted staff additions to improve project turnaround time.

“We’ve been working on this for a while now. We talked to residents, architects, and counter customers to develop our list of proposed service improvements. We are excited to begin implementing them,” said Greg Pfost, Director of Community Development.

The first streamlining initiative from the Action Plan went into effect last month with the formation of the City’s interdepartmental Development Management Team. Members of the team represent different City departments and now review development plans simultaneously, saving time and reducing conflicting direction.

Other components of the adopted Action Plan include improvements to counter services, revisions to the website, public workshops, and optimizing department software. The plan’s initiatives fall into five categories: customer service improvements; completing key projects that are in process; streamlining the City’s discretionary review processes; adding new staffing; and continual monitoring and performance improvement.

Community Development staff formulated the Action Plan after listening to concerns voiced at recent public meetings, on customer surveys, and in discussions with architects and design professionals. 

For the ongoing collection of customer feedback, the department has created a new, electronic Customer Service Questionnaire. It is available on the City’s website, on a kiosk in City Hall’s lobby, and will be sent to the department’s customers. A link to the questionnaire and information about it can be found at www.lagunabeachcity.net/questionnaire.

The Community Development Department will report back to City Council this coming summer regarding progress on Action Plan implementation. 

For more information, or to view a copy of the Community Development Action Plan, contact Assistant Director of Community Development Jim Pechous at (949) 497-0320 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


City Manager’s Updates

Patriots Day Parade – This year’s Patriots Day Parade was canceled due to steady rain and safety concerns for parade participants. Unfortunately, due to the complex scheduling required for the 92 parade entries, the Parade Committee is not able to reschedule the parade and will instead focus its efforts on planning next year’s parade, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020. 

The 2019 theme “Everyday Heroes,” Honored Patriot Arnold Silverman, Chairman Ed Hanke, Grand Marshal Barbara Diamond, Citizen of the Year Sande St. John, Artist of the Year Roxanna Ward, and Athlete of the Year Jade Howson will now be honored in the 2020 parade. 

Community Development Customer Service Questionnaire – The Community Development Department has launched a questionnaire to collect customer feedback. The questionnaire is available on the City’s website and a kiosk in City Hall’s lobby. It will also be sent to customers who visit the Community Development counter as well as architects, designers, residents, and neighbors who participate in the Design Review or Planning Commission process.

Residents can fill out the questionnaire and learn more about the Community Development’s Customer Service initiative at www.lagunabeachcity.net/questionnaire

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Today’s Arbor Day Celebration will start at 3 p.m. at Main Beach 

Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, March 8 – The City’s second Arbor Day and first year Tree City USA Celebration will be held at Main Beach Park (cobblestone area) today (Friday, March 8) from 3 to 5 p.m. 

The tree planting ceremony will start at 4 p.m. To kick off the event, the City Council proclaimed March 8 as Arbor Day in Laguna Beach to coincide with the annual State of California recognition of California Arbor Week at its February 19 meeting. 

This fun event will feature activities and crafts for kids, live music, tree experts, garden clubs and organizations, and giveaways. This will be a fun educational event for the whole family. 

Visit the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net for more information or contact Liz Avila, Senior Public Works Analyst/Solid Waste Program Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (949) 497-0344. 

City Hall Restroom Renovations – Construction is wrapping up, and the newly remodeled restrooms on the first floor of City Hall are scheduled to reopen to the public on March 11.

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/recyclingor 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, visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/parkingor call (949) 497-0766.

Lane Closure at Forest Avenue and Laguna Canyon Road – On March 20, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., Laguna Beach County Water District will close the outgoing merge lane from Forest Avenue onto Laguna Canyon Road to work on a water line. Outgoing traffic will be detoured to Ocean Avenue, Beach Street, and Broadway. 

For more information, contact Lisa Dunbar at (949) 464-3119.

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Firefighters to participate in race to raise money for LLS

Laguna Firefighters Climb for Cancer – Four members of Laguna Beach Fire Department are volunteering to participate in an “on-air stair climb,” raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

Firefighters Forrestt Lazicki, Brandon Hawkins, Brent Buccola, and Engineer David Lopez will be donning full firefighting protective gear including air packs, and will climb 788 feet (1,400 steps, 69 stories) in a race that is designed to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society (LLS). The LLS Firefighter Stair climb is the world’s largest on-air stair climb competition.

Junior Lifeguards – Registration for the 2019 Junior Lifeguard program is now open to Laguna Beach residents and non-residents. Participants must pass the required swim test or have participated in the 2018 program to be eligible to register. Upcoming swim tests will be held this Friday, March 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. All swim tests take place at the Laguna Beach High School and Community Pool, located at 670 Park Ave. 

Additional information about the program, including a list of swim test dates, is available at http://bit.ly/2RAlQcl or call (949) 497-0788 for questions.

Summer Camp and Spring Recreation Activities Registration – Registration for spring 2019 recreation activities and youth summer camps is now open. 

To register and see the list of programs available, visit https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index. 


City Council accepting applications to fill one seat on Heritage Committee

The Laguna Beach City Council is now accepting applications to fill a seat on the Heritage Committee. Interviews and appointments will be conducted on Tuesday, March 19 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.

One selected applicant will serve a two-year term on the Heritage Committee with the term beginning April 1 and going through March 31, 2021. 

The Heritage Committee is currently a five-member body that acts in an advisory capacity to the Design Review Board, Planning Commission, and City Council on matters pertaining to historic preservation such as the review of modifications to a historic structure, placement of a structure on the Historic Register, and creation of a special designation plaque program. Meetings are generally held on the third Monday of the month.

Laguna Beach residents who are interested in serving on the Heritage Committee may obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office or online from the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net and file by Tuesday, March 5 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 March 5 deadline. 

The City Council Chambers is located at 505 Forest Ave.

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