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City Manager’s Updates

Laguna Canyon Channel Repair – On February 14, a portion of the flood control channel wall collapsed between Laguna Canyon Road and the Frontage Road south of Woodland Drive. The County of Orange has conducted temporary repairs, and the channel and adjacent improvements are now protected. 

For more information, contact City Engineer Mark Trestik at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or (949) 497-0300.

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) on Friday, March 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. The tree planting ceremony will start at 4:30 p.m. To kick off the event, 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.netfor 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.

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Laguna’s Arbor Day and Tree City USA Celebration will be held on March 8 at Main Beach

Public Workshop for Coast Highway Proposed Utility Undergrounding District – On Wednesday, Feb 27, from 6 to 7 p.m., a public workshop for a proposed utility undergrounding district on Coast Highway will be held in the Community Room at the Susi Q Community Center. The workshop will provide an introductory overview of the proposed undergrounding district that covers a portion of Coast Highway between 1740 and 2425 S Coast Hwy. This project will be funded by California Public Utilities Commission Rule 20A credits and constructed by Southern California Edison. 

For more information, contact Project Manager Pierre Sawaya at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or (949) 497-0751.

Laguna Canyon Road Lane Closure – The Laguna Beach County Water District will be working on Laguna Canyon Road near the Big Bend on February 25-27. Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., northbound/outbound traffic will be diverted to the center lane. For more information, contact Lisa Dunbar at (949) 464-3119.


City Manage’s Updates

Laguna Beach Named Tree City USA – the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized the City of Laguna Beach as a first year Tree City USA Community for 2018. The City achieved this recognition by meeting the required core standards of sound Urban Forestry Management: maintaining a tree board or department/division responsible for tree care, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. 

The Arbor Day Foundation in partnership sponsors the Tree City USA program with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

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Laguna has been recognized as a Tree City USA

Holiday Street Sweeping Schedule – On Monday, Feb 18, 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.

Holiday Transit Service – On Monday, Feb 18, the City will be providing regular neighborhood trolley services in the Top of the World, Bluebird Canyon, Arch Beach Heights, and North and South Laguna neighborhoods from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/trolley. 

City Committee Opening – The City Council is accepting applications to fill one 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, 505 Forest Ave.

Laguna Beach residents who are interested in serving on the Heritage Committee should obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office or online 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. 

Officer Mike Short is being honored – Mike Short is being honored as the 2018 Police Officer of the Year at the Mission Viejo Elks Lodge. Officer Short is a 14-year member of the department and was selected by his peers for this distinction. Mike Short started his career as a summer Beach Patrol Officer in 2005 before moving through the organization as a records specialist, police officer, field-training officer and founding member of the C.S.I. and drone teams. 

Most recently, he has assumed the responsibilities of the Police Department hiring and training office.  Mike will be acknowledged for all his hard work and dedication at the Annual Firefighters and Law Enforcement Appreciation Awards Dinner at the Mission Viejo Elks Lodge on Saturday, February 16 at 6 p.m. 

Firefighter/Paramedic Matt Rolfe is being honored – Matt Rolfe is being honored as the 2018 Firefighter of the Year at the Mission Viejo Elks Lodge. FF/PM Rolfe is a 9-year member of the Fire Department and was selected by his peers for this distinction. 

Matt Rolfe started his career as a Reserve Firefighter in 2010 before moving through the organization as a sworn Firefighter and Firefighter Paramedic. Matt is the leading IT technician for the Department’s new Electronic Patient Care Report (ePCR) program and solely provides this all-important training for the Fire Department members. 

He is an active member of the Social Media team and a specialized member of the Laguna Beach Honor Guard Pipes and Drums. Matt will be acknowledged for all his hard work and dedication at the Annual Firefighters and Law Enforcement Appreciation Awards Dinner at the Mission Viejo Elks Lodge on Saturday, February 16 at 6 p.m. 

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Firefighter Paramedic Matt Rolfe is Laguna’s 2018 Firefighter of the Year

Southern California Gas Company Concrete Repair – On Tuesday, Feb 19, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Southern California Gas Company’s contractor will be reconstructing a concrete sidewalk associated with a previous emergency gas line leak repair near 2425 S Coast Hwy.

The southbound lane closest to the curb on S Coast Hwy will be closed for approximately 500 feet north of the S Coast Hwy/Upland Rd intersection. 

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

Third Street Hill Tree Trimming – On Wednesday, Feb 20, the City trees on Third Street hill will be trimmed. To accommodate the work, Third Street will be closed in both directions between Mermaid Street and Park Avenue from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

For questions, call Deputy Director of Public Works Dale Schuck at (949) 497-0735.

Friday Flicks at the Forum – On March 1, Friday Flicks continues with The Gospel According to André (2017) at the Forum Theater, located at Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. The film is an emotional and intimate portrait of influential fashionista André Leon Talley and is rated PG-13. 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.

Police Explorer Graduation – On Monday, Feb 18, three Laguna Beach Police Department Explorers will be graduating from the Orange County Explorer Academy. The academy is a 5-day, intense training program, which includes drills, physical fitness, and academic training on topics such as K-9 teams, bomb squad, air support, DUI Investigation, gang enforcement, criminal law, and SWAT. 

Congratulations to Police Explorers Marianne Chehayeb, Sirene Chehayeb, and Emily Lopez for their achievement.

Free Weekend Parking and Trolley at ACT V (Lot 16) – Park for free on the weekends at ACT V (Lot 16) and take the trolley to Downtown, the beach, and the Farmers’ Market. 

There are limited stops on this route, which includes the ACT V parking lot, Beach Street and Forest Ave. Service will run every 20 minutes.  For more information, visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/parking or call (949) 497-0766.


Council fills seats on seven committees, one to go

By BARBARA DIAMOND

The City followed up its joint meeting on Tuesday with the Design Review Board with interviews and appointments to seven committees, including the Design Review Board.

Incumbent Deborah Neev, who also sits on the Laguna Beach County Water District Commission, Laguna Beach Seniors President Kristine Thalman and Leadership Laguna graduate Louis Weil were appointed to two-year terms beginning April 1. 

The unanimous selection of the trio negated the rumor around town that the selection was pre-determined, Councilman Peter Blake said on Thursday. 

“I was unaware of who applied until I saw the paperwork (applications) or how any other council members were going to vote,” said Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow. “I was stunned by the unanimous vote.”

Before interviews began, the council voted to appoint applicants for three of the committees because their number equaled the open seats.

John D. Goodkin, David Hand and incumbents Evan Pinto, Walter Bell and Anna Cathleen Greiner were appointed to the Recreation Committee.

View Restoration Committee incumbents Rebecca Carson, Ruben Flores and Ara Hovanesian were re-appointed.

Michael Morris was the lone applicant to represent the city on the County Mosquito & Vector Control District and was appointed.

Appointments to the three open seats on the Heritage Committee were complicated by two of the applicants refusing to sign Form 700, which discloses financial information. 

Applicants Mike Boone and Clark Collins had refused to sign the form, but Collins later agreed to complete the application. 

He and incumbent Linda Morgenlander were appointed. 

March 5 is the deadline to apply for the third seat. Appointment will be made at the March 19 council meeting.

The Environmental Sustainability Committee was expanded from five to seven appointments at the suggestion of Councilwoman Toni Iseman and seconded by Dicterow.

Incumbent Mike Beanan volunteered for the one-year term. Felix Desroches, Julianna Essens, Alan Flatt, Anna Marie Girtz, Judie Mancuso and Emerich Hlava were appointed, but one of them will be appointed to a one-year term, while the rest will begin two-year terms on April 1.

Carolyn Aufhammer, Byron Nelson, Hamid “Tony” Rahimian and incumbent Lawrence Esten were appointed to the Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee.

Glenn Gray will join the Measure LL Oversight Committee.


City Manager’s Updates

Free Parking and Trolley at ACT V (Lot 16) Starting this Weekend – Starting Saturday, Feb 9, park for free at ACT V (Lot 16) and take the trolley downtown, to the beach, or to the Farmers’ Market. There are limited stops on this route, which includes the ACT V parking lot, Beach Street, and Forest Avenue. Service will run every 20 minutes. 

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

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Take the trolley downtown, to the beach, or to the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays 

Junior Lifeguards – Registration for the 2019 Summer Junior Lifeguard program is now open to Laguna Beach residents at a discounted rate. Participants must pass the required swim test or have participated in the 2018 program to be eligible to register. 

The first swim tests of this year will be held on Friday, Feb 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Feb 9, from 1 p.m. 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 with questions.

Banner Competition – The Arts Commission is accepting designs for the annual summer banner competition. The competition is open to Orange County resident’s ages 18 or older. The lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach fund this program. 

For full competition guidelines, visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/art/opportunities/default.htm

Art That’s Small at City Hall – The Laguna Beach Arts Commission invites artists to participate in its annual exhibition, “Art That’s Small at City Hall.” Entries 12” or smaller will be accepted from residents of Orange County ages 18 or older. Artwork must be delivered to City Hall, 505 Forest Ave, on Saturday, March 9, between 9 and 11 a.m.

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

SCE Pole Replacement by Helicopter – On Thursday, Feb 14, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Southern California Edison (SCE) will be replacing a pole located in the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. The pole is located approximately 2,500 feet southeast of Moulton Meadows Park. A helicopter will be used in the morning hours to remove and replace the pole. 

The landing zone and staging area for the helicopter will occur within the wilderness park approximately 2,100 feet north of Moulton Meadows Park and adjacent to the emergency fire access road. The emergency fire access road will remain unobstructed during the work. 

For questions or concerns, contact SCE Production Specialist Robert Watters at (949) 458-4417.

 Community Services Office Improvements – On Friday, Feb 15, work will begin for the conversion of temporary office space to two permanent offices at the Laguna Beach Community & Susi Q Center. Impacts to facility users will be minimized to the greatest extent possible. Three metered parking spaces on Third Street will be reserved for contractor use during construction. The work is expected to be completed by the end of March. 

For additional information, contact Tri Nguyen at (949) 497-0741 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


City Manager’s Updates

Upcoming Storms – The City of Laguna Beach is expected to be impacted by a series of storms from Thursday, Jan 31 through Monday, Feb 4, bringing intermittent periods of heavy rain and potential localized flooding. The most significant part of the storm is predicted late Friday evening and continuing through Saturday. 

Out of an abundance of caution, downtown and canyon residents and business owners are encouraged to put their floodgates into place Friday night at the close of business as a precautionary measure to protect their property and inventory. 

As a reminder, the City of Laguna Beach is providing free pre-filled sandbags to residents and business owners from two locations (Act V parking lot – 1900 Laguna Canyon Rd and Aliso Beach East parking lot – 31118 Coast Hwy). These sandbags are not for contractors.

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Heavy rain is expected to impact Laguna Beach this weekend

Public Workshop for Laguna Canyon Channel Rehabilitation – At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb 13, the Public Works Department will be hosting a public workshop to discuss proposed rehabilitation and improvements to the Laguna Canyon Channel in the downtown area that is being designed for construction in the Spring of 2020. The workshop will be held at the City Hall Council Chambers located at 505 Forest Ave. 

For more information, contact City Engineer Mark Trestik at (949) 497-0300 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parents’ Night Out (PNO) – Parents call it a break from the kids; kids call it a break from their parents. The City of Laguna Beach is hosting its quarterly Parents’ Night Out on Friday, Feb 8, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Community & Susi Q Center, 380 Third St. Children will have a blast enjoying games, movies, Valentine’s Day arts & crafts and dinner. Pre-registration is required 48 hours in advance. 

To register, call (949) 464-6645 or visit www.lagunabeachcity.net (click “recreation classes”).


Council hosts joint meeting with school district officials

By BARBARA DIAMOND

Representatives of the city and the school district met January 22 to discuss mutual interests.

The council got down off the dais to meet on the same level with district officials to jointly discuss the cooperative police involvement with students, participation of students, the expansion of adult education programs and the city’s activities to promote World Kindness.

Corporal Cornelius Ashton updated the officials on his role as the School Resource Officer, a relatively new designation. Ashton was appointed last fall to the position, which he said allows the police department to participate in the areas of student safety, education and intervention. 

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Corporal Cornelius Ashton

“I was nervous the first day of school,” Ashton admitted. “But when I walked through that door, I was embraced by parents, teachers and staff.”

He has since made 54 presentations, student mental health being one of the most important, he said. 

Ashton spends most of his time at Laguna Beach High School, but he also visits the other city schools, dealing with a student population of 3,000.

“His genuine interest comes through all the time,” said board chair Jan Vickers.

 District Superintendent Jason Viloria reported that in addition to Ashton’s position, the district recently hired a Student Services Director, Social Emotional Support, and two specialists.

Adult Education

The school district and the city agreed in principal on a proposed joint venture to expand the Adult Education program

Assistant Supervisor Jeffrey Dixon reported that the district had received a $90,000 state grant, $30,000 of which was used to staff evening classes – mostly English as a Second Language.

Expansion could include holding weekend classes at the Susi Q and Community Center on Third Street, posited Assistant City Manager Christa Johnson. 

“We are very excited about this,” said Johnson. 

The partnership requires approvals of the consortium. 

Mayor Bob Whalen cautioned that the participation should be approved before the city got too involved. 

If the proposal comes to fruition, the city would spread the word by fliers and the quarterly brochure mailed to all residences.

Classes would be free, a major selling point with the council. 

Kindness

Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow reported on the city’s World Kindness activities, in which he encouraged the district to participate with the city.

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Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow on World Kindness Day

He supports the development of a program that would involve student liaisons to city committees. 

Vickers said the board would support Dicterow’s proposal. Board member Dee Perry suggested a leadership program for students, starting with middle school. 

Miscellaneous Comments

Whalen, who has a particular interest in the arts, asked about the shape of the school’s collection.

“The collection is insured, but it is costly to maintain,” said Viloria. “We have contacted the Laguna Art Museum to determine if it has any interest in borrowing district art.”

Whalen suggested applying for a cultural arts grant to reduce maintenance costs.

“It might be beneficial for (City Cultural Arts Manager Sian Poeschl) to talk to the district about local art and history,” said Whalen. Iseman suggested that students be urged to learn about Laguna’s “vibrant” history. Perry agreed it was important. 

Vickers said students could start interviewing locals to gather oral histories.


City Manager’s Updates

2nd Street Tree Well Improvements and Tree Health Enhancements – Beginning on Monday, Jan 28, the Public Works Department will be starting a project to enhance all of 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 alleviate any 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, Feb 8. 

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

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

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 have their work published

Friday Flicks at the Forum – On February 1, the Arts Commission will kick off the 2019 season of Friday Flicks, held at the Forum Theater located at Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. The first film, Leaning into the Wind – Andy Goldsworthy (2017), has a running time of 97 minutes and is rated PG. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the screening starts at 7 p.m. This event is free and 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.

Cultural Arts Grants – The City of Laguna Beach is currently accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations for cultural programming based in Laguna Beach. 

Applications must be submitted online by February 4 at www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com. The lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach provide funding.

LCAD MFA at City Hall – The City of Laguna Beach is proud to host the Laguna College of Art & Design Master of Fine Arts exhibition program in the first floor hallway gallery at City Hall from January 22 through March 8. City Hall is located at 505 Forest Ave and is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and every other Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed alternate Fridays). For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


City Council seeking applicants for Committee, Commission and Board positions, deadline today

The deadline to apply for open Committee, Commission and Boards positions, as appointed by Laguna Beach City Council, is today, January 22.

Five two-year terms on the Recreation Committee are open with terms beginning April 1, through March 31, 2021. The Recreation Committee is a seven-member body that directs their efforts in the area of providing for the recreation and park needs of the community. Meetings are generally held on the second Monday of the month. 

Three two-year terms on the Board of Adjustment/Design Review Board are open with terms beginning April 1, through March 31, 2021. The Board of Adjustment/Design Review Board is a five-member body appointed by the City Council for the purpose of considering requests for variances from the zoning code. The members also sit as the City’s Design Review Board. Board members serve a two-year term and are compensated in the amount of $392 per month. The Board meets bi-monthly generally on the second and fourth Thursday of the month.

A substantial time commitment of approximately 10 hours per week is necessary to be a Design Review Board member. In addition to the bi-monthly meetings, Board members are expected to visit the sites and review the plans of projects prior to the meeting. The Board acts on an average of 14 items per meeting. It is desirable to have or be able to acquire certain skills or aptitudes, such as the ability to understand and conceptualize architectural drawings, and to visualize building mass and volumes based upon on-site staking plans. Experience in the building trades, architecture, historic preservation, landscaping, planning, and/or real estate would be an asset.   

Four two-year terms on the Parking, Traffic & Circulation Committee are open with terms beginning April 1, through March 31, 2021. The Parking, Traffic & Circulation Committee is a seven-member body that acts in an advisory capacity on matters pertaining to parking, traffic, circulation, transit, the Parking Management Plan, and traffic complaints. Meetings are generally held on the fourth Thursday of the month.

Three two-year term on the Heritage Committee are open with terms beginning April 1, 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.

Four two-year terms on the Environmental Sustainability Committee are open with terms beginning April 1, through March 31, 2021. The Environmental Sustainability Committee is a seven-member advisory body to the City Council. The purpose for the Committee is researching, reviewing, and advising the Council on items related to protecting the environment and improving the community’s future sustainability. 

The Environmental Sustainability Committee receives its work assignments from the City Council. Committee members typically work in subcommittees to research issues and policies and prepare recommendations for approval by the Committee for submission to the City Council. A personal time commitment of 10-15 hours per month may be necessary to accomplish tasks. 

Regular meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Meetings may be two or more hours, and often require a great deal of preparation time.

Three two-year terms on the View Restoration Committee are open with terms beginning April 1, through March 31, 2021. Members of the View Restoration Committee adjudicate view claims submitted by property owners to restore pre-existing views that are alleged to be significantly impaired by vegetation. 

The five-member committee of local residents appointed by the City Council conducts public hearings to review claims, hear testimony, and determine significant view impairment. The Committee may approve a view restoration order and establish a maintenance schedule for the subject vegetation on the property. The View Restoration Committee generally meets on the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. 

One two-year term on the Orange County Mosquito & Vector Control District (OCMVCD) is open with a term beginning immediately through December 31, 2020. The appointed resident will serve as a Trustee on the OCMVCD Board, which generally meets on the third Thursday of every Month at 3 p.m., at the OCMVCD headquarters in Garden Grove.

One three-year term on the Measure LL Audit Oversight Committee is open with a term beginning immediately through January 31, 2022. Members of this Committee review annually the expenditures of the Measure LL Fund and provide a subsequent public report to the City Council as to whether the Measure LL funds have been expended on items of the type described in Resolution No. 16.068 or the other items described in the Measure LL ballot measure. This is a seven-member committee.

Laguna Beach residents who are interested in serving on one of these committees should obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office or online at www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/council/committees/default.htm and file by today, 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. 

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. 

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


City Manager’s Updates

Holiday Transit Service Schedule – On Monday, Jan 21, the Neighborhood and Coastal trolley services will be provided similar to the Sunday schedule, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

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

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Our free trolley is as charming as helpful

Holiday Street Sweeping Schedule – On Monday, Jan 21, street sweeping will only occur in commercial areas. For more information, contact Senior Fleet Maintenance Supervisor Austin Comp at (949) 464-6637.

Village Entrance – The City’s contractor, CS Legacy, will be starting the next phase of the construction of the Village Entrance Project on Tuesday, Jan 22. The work will require the closure of Lot 11 located at the intersection of Laguna Canyon Rd and Forest Ave. 

Lot 10 located next to the Art-A-Fair is substantially complete and will be opened to the public prior to the closure of Lot 11. This closure is expected to be in place until May. 

For more information, view the Village Entrance website and newsletter here.

Sign Up for Dog Park Closure Alerts – The Laguna Beach Dog Park will be closed Wednesday for maintenance and will be inspected on Thursday morning to see if it can be reopened. When it rains, the City often closes the Dog Park due to wet and muddy conditions. The City now sends out text alerts when the Laguna Beach Dog Park is closed and reopened.

To sign up, text LBDOGPARK to 888-777. Closures (and reopenings) are also posted at www.lagunabeachcity.net.

Prepare Your Property for Rain – Clean out your rain gutters and downspouts and keep the area clear. Work with neighbors to solve drainage problems and to avoid diverting debris onto another property. Many hillside lots have private terrace drains that convey runoff to a safe and proper point of disposal. A terrace drain is made of concrete and typically crosses several different properties before its water enters a City-maintained drainage facility.

The maintenance, cleanup, and repair of these private drains are required to be conducted by property owners. In some cases, drains may cross multiple properties and maintenance may be difficult to coordinate between the respective owners. As a result, drains may not receive adequate attention and poor performance during high demand events becomes likely. Residents are encouraged to look for vegetation, debris, cracks, and missing sections that can improve performance when fixed. All efforts to fix poor performing locations will help to mitigate hillside instability, erosion, and flooding that can occur during large storm events.

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All the rain lately has been a good reminder to prepare your properties and businesses

Place Your Sandbags Like A Pro – According to the Army Corps of Engineers, sandbags work best when they are filled two-thirds full and folded at the top. The best way to place a sandbag is to first remove any debris from the areas where bags are to be placed, then place the bags lengthwise and parallel to the direction of water flow. 

Fill the low spots first before placing bags the full length of the area to be raised. Fold the open end of the bag under the filled portion. Place succeeding bags with the bottom of the bag tightly and partially overlapping the previous bag. To eliminate voids and form a tight seal, compact and shape each bag by walking on it. This flattens the top of the bag and prevents slippage between succeeding layers. Continue the process as each layer is placed.

Erosion Control – As there are many building sites currently under construction in the City, it is important for these building sites to install and maintain all required erosion control devices to ensure that during any rain event, erosion and water runoff are managed effectively to avoid damage to the subject property as well as neighboring properties.

Laguna Food Pantry Helping Unpaid Federal Employees – The Laguna Food Pantry has issued a priority alert to Federal employees and their families facing financial hardship during the government shutdown. The Laguna Food Pantry is located on Laguna Canyon Rd and is open Monday - Friday from 8 - 10:30 a.m. Their facility serves about 500 families each week and collects and gives away about 4,000 lbs. of food every weekday. For more information, visit www.lagunafoodpantry.org.

Southern California Edison Pole Replacement – Southern California Edison (SCE) will be replacing a utility pole at 668 Ramona Ave. The work will occur on Monday, Jan 28 during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. A crane will be used for the pole replacement and will be staged at the adjacent Holiday Inn parking lot. Residential and emergency access will be maintained to the end of Ramona Ave during the work. 

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

Moulton Meadows Park Restroom Floor Coating – Due to inclement weather, the project to rehabilitate the public restroom floors at Moulton Meadows Park will be postponed until Monday, Jan 21. The restrooms will be closed for four days to apply the floor coating and to allow it to dry. During the work, two portable restrooms and a handwash station will be provided for public use. 

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

City Hall Restroom Renovations – On Wednesday, Jan 23, construction work to rehabilitate City Hall’s first floor main restrooms and convert the former City Clerk’s office to Community Development office space will begin. Three parking spaces will be periodically restricted in front of and behind City Hall to support the rehabilitation effort. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of March 2019.

For any questions, contact Project Manager Tri Nguyen at (949) 497-0741 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Address Visibility & Identification to Assist First Responders – All residents and businesses should make sure their address is visible from the front of their property. Having a clearly visible address helps first responders locate your property during an emergency. Address visibility is a State Fire Code, which the City of Laguna Beach has adopted below:

505.1 Address identification. New and existing buildings shall be provided with approved address identification. The address identification shall be legible and placed in a position that is visible from the street or road fronting the property. Address identification characters shall contrast with their background. Address numbers shall be Arabic numbers or alphabetical letters. Numbers shall not be spelled out. Each character shall be not less than 4 inches (102 mm) high with a minimum stroke width of 1/2 inch (12.7 mm). Where required by the fire code official, address identification shall be provided in additional approved locations to facilitate emergency response. Where access is by means of a private road and the building cannot be viewed from the public way, a monument, pole or other sign or means shall be used to identify the structure. Address identification shall be maintained.

Friday Flicks at the Forum – On February 1, the Arts Commission will present the 10th season of Friday Flicks, held at the Forum Theater at Festival of Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd. 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. This event is free and is funded by Laguna Beach residents Mark Porterfield and Steve Chadima. 

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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.

Emergency Kit Backpacks Available for Purchase – A Laguna Beach specific Emergency Kit Backpack is now available for purchase. The kit includes the following: AM/FM hand crank radio with flashlight and cell phone charger, 4-in-1 gas and water utility shut off tool, glow sticks, bio-hazard bags, nitrile gloves, N95 mask, 54-piece first aid kit, duct tape, emergency poncho, solar blanket, and a personal hygiene kit.

Additionally, the kit contains emergency plan templates and disaster-specific information. Each red backpack features an official City of Laguna Beach Seal. You can purchase the Laguna Beach-specific Emergency Kit Backpack for $50 on the City’s website via https://bit.ly/2DlnFGyor in person at the Community and Susi Q Center, 380 Third St, during normal business hours. No profits are being made from the sale of this backpack. Let’s get prepared!


City Council seeking applicants for open seats, deadline is Jan 22

City Council is seeking applicants for open appointed Committees, Commissions, and Boards.

Five two-year terms on the Recreation Committee are open with terms beginning April 1, through March 31, 2021. The Recreation Committee is a seven-member body that directs their efforts in the area of providing for the recreation and park needs of the community. Meetings are generally held on the second Monday of the month. 

Three two-year terms on the Board of Adjustment/Design Review Board are open with terms beginning April 1, through March 31, 2021. The Board of Adjustment/Design Review Board is a five-member body appointed by the City Council for the purpose of considering requests for variances from the zoning code. The members also sit as the City’s Design Review Board. Board members serve a two-year term and are compensated in the amount of $392 per month. The Board meets bi-monthly generally on the second and fourth Thursday of the month.

A substantial time commitment of approximately 10 hours per week is necessary to be a Design Review Board member. In addition to the bi-monthly meetings, Board members are expected to visit the sites and review the plans of projects prior to the meeting. The Board acts on an average of 14 items per meeting. It is desirable to have or be able to acquire certain skills or aptitudes, such as the ability to understand and conceptualize architectural drawings, and to visualize building mass and volumes based upon on-site staking plans. Experience in the building trades, architecture, historic preservation, landscaping, planning, and/or real estate would be an asset.   

Four two-year terms on the Parking, Traffic & Circulation Committee are open with terms beginning April 1, through March 31, 2021. The Parking, Traffic & Circulation Committee is a seven-member body that acts in an advisory capacity on matters pertaining to parking, traffic, circulation, transit, the Parking Management Plan, and traffic complaints. Meetings are generally held on the fourth Thursday of the month.

Three two-year term on the Heritage Committee are open with terms beginning April 1, 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.

Four two-year terms on the Environmental Sustainability Committee are open with terms beginning April 1, through March 31, 2021. The Environmental Sustainability Committee is a seven-member advisory body to the City Council. The purpose for the Committee is researching, reviewing, and advising the Council on items related to protecting the environment and improving the community’s future sustainability. 

The Environmental Sustainability Committee receives its work assignments from the City Council. Committee members typically work in subcommittees to research issues and policies and prepare recommendations for approval by the Committee for submission to the City Council. A personal time commitment of 10-15 hours per month may be necessary to accomplish tasks. 

Regular meetings are generally held on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Meetings may be two or more hours, and often require a great deal of preparation time.

Three two-year terms on the View Restoration Committee are open with terms beginning April 1, through March 31, 2021. Members of the View Restoration Committee adjudicate view claims submitted by property owners to restore pre-existing views that are alleged to be significantly impaired by vegetation. 

The five-member committee of local residents appointed by the City Council conducts public hearings to review claims, hear testimony, and determine significant view impairment. The Committee may approve a view restoration order and establish a maintenance schedule for the subject vegetation on the property. The View Restoration Committee generally meets on the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. 

One two-year term on the Orange County Mosquito & Vector Control District (OCMVCD) is open with a term beginning immediately through December 31, 2020. The appointed resident will serve as a Trustee on the OCMVCD Board, which generally meets on the third Thursday of every Month at 3 p.m., at the OCMVCD headquarters in Garden Grove.

One three-year term on the Measure LL Audit Oversight Committee is open with a term beginning immediately through January 31, 2022. Members of this Committee review annually the expenditures of the Measure LL Fund and provide a subsequent public report to the City Council as to whether the Measure LL funds have been expended on items of the type described in Resolution No. 16.068 or the other items described in the Measure LL ballot measure. This is a seven-member committee.

Laguna Beach residents who are interested in serving on one of these committees should obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office or online 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. 

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. 

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

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