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Dear Laguna Beach Community,

Earlier this year, the City of Laguna Beach adopted Ordinance No. 1696 (effective April 12, 2024) which establishes new notice and reporting requirements for tenant evictions. This ordinance enhances transparency and compliance with state laws, requiring landlords to submit eviction notices to the city within three days and providing tenants with access to verify these submissions. Additionally, landlords must now provide detailed information about any planned demolitions or substantial remodels, ensuring tenants are well-informed of significant property changes.

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Courtesy of City of Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach Mayor Sue Kempf

With this ordinance, we are taking a decisive step toward greater fairness and transparency in our housing practices. Our goal is to uphold the rights of tenants while ensuring that property owners adhere to clear and consistent standards. This ordinance reflects our commitment to creating a balanced and just community for all Laguna Beach residents.

To further discuss and provide an overview of this ordinance, we invite you to join our in-person community workshop on Tuesday, June 18 at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. For further details and to access the Tenancy Termination Notice portal, please click here.

In other news, we officially christened “Wave Watch,” our new Marine Safety water rescue vessel last Friday. It was awesome to see so many of you made the trek to Marina Park in Newport Beach to help celebrate this big moment for our city.

Wave Watch is a game-changer for the city, filling a crucial seven-and-a-half-mile gap in our offshore rescue capabilities. Our Marine Safety Team has been training hard for months and is now ready to start patrolling our beaches with this fantastic vessel just in time for summer. This isn’t just a new piece of gear; it’s a symbol of our commitment to keeping everyone safe – our community, visitors and beachgoers alike.

Huge thanks to California State Parks for donating the surplus property that helped us get Wave Watch. We’re also grateful to the City of Newport Beach for allowing us to host the event at Marina Park. And a special shoutout to Laguna Beach residents Mark Porterfield and Steve Chadima for their generous support in funding the conversion and operation of Wave Watch.

Thanks again to everyone who came out to celebrate with us, enjoy some “Wave Watch” cookies (I have to admit I enjoyed more than one), cupcakes, coffee and good conversation.

We’re excited to see Wave Watch in action, helping to keep our shores safer from the water.

Enjoy a wonderful weekend!

Sue Kempf, Laguna Beach Mayor


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