Updates from the Laguna Beach City Manager’s office

The City Manager’s office prepares a memo for Councilmembers weekly with notes covering many subjects.

Released: December 8, 2016

Laguna SOCWA Wet Well Rehabilitation Project - Construction of the Laguna SOCWA Wet Well Rehabilitation Project will begin the week of December 12, 2016, and is expected to last through the end of May 2017. Construction activities will impact portions of both the Lumberyard and City Employee’s Parking lots over the duration of project. Notices will be sent to all parking lot permit holders. The work will include bypassing the lift station, new underground sewer pipelines, emergency backup systems, rehabilitation of the wet well and a new biological odor control system that is expected to remove the odors experienced within the general proximity to the lift station.

Coast Highway Bottleneck Project-South Coast Water District is tentatively scheduled to conduct potholing work (to better assess potential subsurface obstructions)from January 4 through January 16. This will be between Aliso Creek Beach to 9th Avenue, on the north bound number 1 lane. Pipeline construction is tentatively scheduled from January 31 through March 15, 2017. As a reminder, two crews will conduct pipeline constructionfrom 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Sundaythrough Thursday.   

What’s On – Laguna Beach Arts - Looking for arts events this holiday season? Visit the City of Laguna Beach and Laguna Beach Arts Alliance Cultural Arts Calendar on-line for events from December 2016, through February 2017. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/lbvcb/artscalendar_16121702/

Champion Cross Country Runners - Laguna Beach athletes, led by Coach Fred Pichay, conquered high winds and a hilly course to bring home four gold medals at the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation (SCMAF) Cross Country Championships this past Saturday. Christopher Drews, Luke Anderton, Whitney Winefordner and Isabela Reichel each claimed first place in their respective divisions.

Spark of Love Toy Drive -The Laguna Beach Fire Department is proud to again participate in the annual “Spark of Love” toy drive. This event is currently under way and goes through Saturday, December 24. All four of the City’s fire stations will be accepting new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for disadvantaged children in our County. The City’s fire stations are located at 501 Forest Avenue, 285 Agate Street, 2900 Alta Laguna Blvd., and 31646 2nd Avenue. For questions, please contact Fire Administration at (949) 497-0700.

North Coast Highway Lane Closures - The Laguna Beach County Water District is currently replacing five fire hydrants along North Coast Highway between Aster Street and Myrtle Street. Lane closures are necessary.The work is scheduled to be completed by January 6, 2017.

Oak Street and Mountain Road Beach Access Improvement Projects - Construction to replace the beach accesses at Oak Street and Mountain Road will begin on December 19. The stairways will be closed and signs will be posted to direct beachgoers to adjacent beach access stairways. The project is scheduled to be completed in May 2017. For more information, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.


Downtown Specific Plan Update – Review Draft Amendments (Section I) - The City of Laguna Beach and consultant MIG will continue their efforts on the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) Update on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, during the Planning Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (505 Forest Avenue). The focus of the presentation and discussion will be on MIG’s recommended draft amendments to Section I (Introduction) of the existing DSP document. A copy of the Section I draft amendments are available to view on the project webpage (see link below). If you have questions, or for more information, please contact: Wendy Jung, Senior Planner, at (949) 497-0321; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. t; or visit:


Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibition - The Arts Commission selected 12 designs from 200 submissions for the 12th annual Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibition. On exhibit at City Hall from December 1 through December 30, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and every other Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will be works by: Grace Puffer (Aged 5), Charlotte Jameson (6), Alexander Insaurralde (7), Ella Berberian (8), Savanah Rodriguez (8), Hailey Huynh (9), Ha-Jin Attenborough (9), Isabella Reneder (10), Charlotte Sekerka (11), Gary Davidson (12), Katie Letourneau (12) and Maggie Zegawitz (13).This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Winter Quarter 2017 Registration Activities - Registration for Winter Quarter 2017 classes is now available by visiting www.lagunabeachcity.net, by mail-in or in person at the Community Center at 380 Third Street or at the Community Services Department at 515 Forest Avenue.

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