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: September 1, 2016

Olympic Welcome Home Celebration – Please join us in welcoming home our local Olympians, water polo gold medalists Aria and Makenzie Fischer, on September 11, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The festivities will take place at the Laguna Beach High School Stadium and will include food, carnival-style games, face painting, photo booth, arts and crafts, autograph signings, and much more. For questions, contact Adam Gufarotti, Recreation Supervisor, at (949) 497-0304.

Hot off the Grill – What a great way to end the summer!  Off-duty Firefighters, Lifeguards, and Police Officers will be flipping pancakes, cooking sausage, and pouring coffee at the Labor Day Exchange Club Pancake Breakfast on Monday, September 5, at Heisler Park.  Breakfast will be served from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with all proceeds benefiting the Exchange Club’s youth through education projects and the prevention of child abuse.  See you there!

Labor Day Holiday Trash Collection Schedule – Due to the observance of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 5, trash collection will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week.  All residents should place trash for collection on the day after their regular route day. The regular collection schedule resumes on Monday, September 12.

Police Citizen Academy to Start Thursday, September 8 - The Police Department’s 13 week Citizen Academy starts next week and will take place every Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Twenty-seven community members are currently signed up to take this current class.   

2016 Juried Fine Art Exhibition - The Arts Commission is currently accepting submissions to the annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition at City Hall. The competition is open to Orange County artists 18 years of age or older with two dimensional works. The juror will be Peter Zokosky, Chair of MFA in Drawing and Painting at the Laguna College of Art + Design.  The first place winner will be awarded $1,000. Applications must be made on-line with a non-refundable entry fee of $25. The deadline for submissions is September 10, 2016. www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com.

Sunset Serenades - Every Friday evening from September 9 through September 30, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. the Arts Commission will present Sunset Serenades. The free concerts are held at the Heisler Park Amphitheatre with a variety of music genres.

9/9       Denmantau - pop/rock

9/16     Anna Gliadkovskaya - classical piano

9/23     John Lester - singer/solo bassist

9/30     Alexandra Jack - singer songwriter

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

Trolley Updates:

1. Neighborhood Trolley Service Extended – The City Council has approved the extension of the Neighborhood Trolley Pilot Program servicing the Top of The World, Bluebird Canyon, and Arch Beach Heights neighborhoods till October 30, 2016.  Service hours will not change due to the extension and will continue to run Monday – Thursday, 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 a.m. – Midnight; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Midnight; Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. This service will be provided using the City’s blue trolley fleet of vehicles in lieu of the red and green leased trolleys used during the summer months. In addition, the Mainline bus service to South and North Laguna will also continue its regular service Monday – Friday from 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.  For additional information regarding the Neighborhood Service please visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/trolley or call 949-497-0746.

2. Free Off-Season Weekend Festival Trolley Service – The Summer Festivals have ended. The free Off-Season Weekend Trolley Service on Coast Highway will continue on Friday, September 2, and run Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Saturdays 11:00 a.m. -11:00 p.m. and Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Trolley frequency will be approximately every 20 minutes. 

3. Labor Day Trolley Services - Trolley service will be available for the Labor Day holiday for the Coastal (Coast Highway), Top of the World, Bluebird Canyon, and Arch Beach Heights Neighborhood Trolley Routes.  Trolley service for these routes will run 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  For information regarding the Labor Day trolley service, please contact the Transit Division at 949-497-0746.

Reminders:

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements - Work continues to progress for storm drain construction along Anita Street, Avalon Avenue, and Seaview Street, between Catalina Street and Temple Terrace.  Portions of streets will be closed and restricted to local access only during the working hours of 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Detours will be provided and minor traffic impacts can be anticipated.  After Labor Day, the project will continue along Anita Street between Catalina Street and Gaviota Drive.  The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November in advance of winter rains.  For questions, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

Southern California Edison – Laguna Canyon Road Utility Undergrounding - Phase 2 of theSouthern California Edison process to underground overhead utilities along the northerly curve of the “Big Bend” portion of Laguna Canyon Road is scheduled to begin on September 6, 2016. The construction work will require portions of the outbound lane to periodically be moved to the center lane between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, through September 24, 2016. One lane in each direction is expected to be maintained open during most of this period. This phase of the project includes the placement of SCE’s underground cables, equipment, connecting properties and removal of SCE’s overhead distribution system. To avoid construction conflicts between SCE and other communications crews, Cox, Frontier and other communications companies will schedule work after SCE has completed their work. Information and scheduling will be provided on this final phase to the project in the next 2-3 weeks.


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: August 25, 2016

End of Summer Festival Trolley Service - The last day of the Summer Festival Trolley Service will be Wednesday, August 31.   The free Off-Season Weekend Trolley Service will continue on Friday, September 2 and run Fridays 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Saturdays 11:00 a.m. -11:00 p.m. and Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Trolley frequency will be approximately every 20 minutes. 

Labor Day Trolley Services – The Coastal Trolley and Top of the World, Bluebird Canyon, and Arch Beach Heights Neighborhood Trolley Routes will be available on the Labor Day holiday from 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  For information regarding the Labor Day trolley service, please contact the Transit Division at 949-497-0746.

Village Entrance Project - Two conceptual designs for the Village Entrance project have been drafted by the City’s consultant with input from the public gathered through three public workshops, an online informational tool and other public events.  On August 30, 2016 the City Council will consider the two conceptual designs and provide direction to staff prior to preparing the drawings and environmental documents necessary for the design review process. The presentation outlining the two concept designs is available on the City’s web site at http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/pw/cityprojects/village_entrance_project_.htm.

Laguna’s newest officer graduates from the Police Academy – This evening, Kseniya Orlovska will be graduating from Orange County Sheriff’s Academy Class 221.  She will be completing six months of classroom training and beginning field training with an experienced Laguna Beach Officer.  Kseniya was born and raised in Odessa, Ukraine where she received a PhD in Psychology.  In 2009, she immigrated to the United States after accepting a teaching position.  Law enforcement was always her passion and led her to apply for a position with the Laguna Beach Police Department in 2015.  She went through an extensive background process and was hired as a police academy trainee in February 2016.  Kseniya is excited to put her practical training into use and looks forward to meeting the residents and business owners in Laguna Beach.

Fire Department Badge Pinning - The Fire Department will be holding a “Badge Pinning Ceremony” for four recently promoted employees and will also be recognizing two recent Fire Captains that have retired after over 30 years to the City each.  The ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2016, at City Hall at 9:00 a.m.  A reception will follow after the ceremony at Fire Station One, which is located adjacent to City Hall.  Those being promoted include:  Crissy Teichmann and Dan Conroy to Fire Captains; Pat Cary to Fire Engineer; and Adam Fugate to Firefighter.  Retired Fire Captains Steve Rening and Pat Brennan will also be recognized for their service.  The event is open to the public.

2016 Juried Fine Art Exhibition - The Arts Commission is currently accepting submissions to the annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition at City Hall. The competition is open to Orange County artists 18 years of age or older with two dimensional works. The juror will be Peter Zokosky, Chair of MFA in Drawing and Painting at the Laguna College of Art + Design.  The first place winner will be awarded $1,000. Applications must be made on-line with a non-refundable entry fee of $25. The deadline for submissions is September 10, 2016. www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com.

Sunset Serenades - Every Friday evening from September 9 through September 30, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. The Arts Commission will present Sunset Serenades. The free concerts are held at the Heisler Park Amphitheatre with a variety of music genres.

9/9       Denmantau - pop/rock

9/16     Anna Gliadkovskaya - classical piano

9/23     John Lester - singer/ solo bassist

9/30     Alexandra Jack - singer songwriter

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

Reminders:

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program Drill - CERT is doing a neighborhood drill on Saturday, August 27 for a few hours in the morning. This drill is volunteer planned, organized, and staffed. The small drill will be as follows: CERT members are setting up approximately five (5) posts around the city. Each post is being organized and maned by newly appointed neighborhood leader. Neighborhood CERT members will come through and report damage to each post. Each post will be tasked with relaying the information back to a central post. In total the exercise will last about 2 hours.

Fall Quarter 2016 Registration Activities - Registration for Fall 2016 recreation activities is now available.  The quarterly recreation brochure has been mailed citywide and is available at the Community & Susi Q Center, Community Pool and Community Services Department. A wide variety of programs and classes are offered for all ages.  Register for activities online at 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.

Southern California Edison – Laguna Canyon Road Utility Undergrounding - Phase 2 of theSouthern California Edison process to underground overhead utilities along the northerly curve of the “Big Bend” portion of Laguna Canyon Road is scheduled to begin on September 6, 2016. The construction work will require portions of the outbound lane to periodically be moved to the center lane between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, through September 24, 2016. One lane in each direction is expected to be maintained open during most of this period. This phase of the project includes the placement of SCE’s underground cables, equipment, connecting properties and removal of SCE’s overhead distribution system. To avoid construction conflicts between SCE and other communications crews, Cox, Frontier and other communications companies will schedule work after SCE has completed their work. Information and scheduling will be provided on this final phase to the project in the next 2-3 weeks.


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: August 18, 2016

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program Drill - CERT is doing a neighborhood drill on Saturday, August 27 for a few hours in the morning. This drill is volunteer planned, organized, and staffed. The small drill will be as follows: CERT members are setting up approximately five (5) posts around the city. Each post is being organized and maned by newly appointed neighborhood leader. Neighborhood CERT members will come through and report damage to each post. Each post will be tasked with relaying the information back to a central post. In total the exercise will last about 2 hours.

Firefighters Respond to Assist in Fires Burning Across the State - Laguna Beach Firefighters have been busy this year responding under the State’s Master Mutual Aid System to assist in the many fires burning across the State.  Presently, Laguna Beach Firefighters are assisting at the Chimney Fire in San Luis Obispo and at the Blue Cut Fire in San Bernardino.  Already this year the Fire Department has responded to nine wildland fires in the following counties:  Monterey, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Orange counties.  Firefighters assigned to these incidents are gaining valuable experience that can be used when and if Laguna Beach experiences a wildfire.  During the October 1993 Laguna Beach Fire there were more than 300 fire engines from all over the State deployed in the City. 

Police Department Wins the California Law Enforcement Challenge (CLEC) - Police employees Sergeant Rebecca White, Corporal Matt Gregg, Natasha Hernandez, and Rowena St. Moritz, worked together the best all-around project submission for 2016, and for winning the Impaired Driving Special Award and the Rookie of the Year Award for the best traffic safety programs in California. On September 13, CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow will be traveling from Sacramento to present the award to the Laguna Beach Police Department at the City Council meeting.  

Southern California Edison – Laguna Canyon Road Utility Undergrounding - Phase 2 of theSouthern California Edison process to underground overhead utilities along the northerly curve of the “Big Bend” portion of Laguna Canyon Road is scheduled to begin on September 6, 2016. The construction work will require portions of the outbound lane to periodically be moved to the center lane between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, through September 24, 2016. One lane in each direction is expected to be maintained open during most of this period. This phase of the project includes the placement of SCE’s underground cables, equipment, connecting properties and removal of SCE’s overhead distribution system. To avoid construction conflicts between SCE and other communications crews, Cox, Frontier and other communications companies will schedule work after SCE has completed their work. Information and scheduling will be provided on this final phase to the project in the next 2-3 weeks.

Construction Work in San Clemente Area - As part of the Interstate 5 South County Improvements project sponsored by Orange County Transportation Authority in conjunction with Caltrans, the Southbound I-5 will be reduced to one lane at Avenida Pico and four adjacent ramps will be closed from tomorrow, August 19 at 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 20. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area and use alternate routes.  For questions, please contact OCTA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Construction Work in Capistrano Beach Area - The County of Orange will be performing pavement work on Coast Highway between Doheny Park Road and Palisades Drive this Saturday, August 20 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Coast highway will be reduced to one lane in each direction.  For questions, please contact the County at (714) 856-4533.

Reminders:

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements - Work continues to progress for storm drain construction along Anita Street, Avalon Avenue, and Seaview Street, between Catalina Street and Temple Terrace.  Portions of streets will be closed and restricted to local access only during the working hours of 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Detours will be provided and minor traffic impacts can be anticipated.  After Labor Day, the project will continue along Anita Street between Catalina Street and Gaviota Drive.  The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November in advance of winter rains.  For questions, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

Draft Historic Preservation Ordinance - The City of Laguna Beach will hold a public workshop with the Heritage Committee on Thursday, August 25, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers (505 Forest Avenue).  The workshop will be held to discuss and receive public comment on the most recent revisions of the Historic Preservation Ordinance (Municipal Code Section 25.45).  The workshop information, a revised draft of the proposed Ordinance and other workshop information will be posted by August 18, on the City website: http://lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/cd/preserve/historicresources.htm.


City Hall notes

No council meeting until Aug. 30 - barring unforeseen necessity

By BARBARA DIAMOND

The City Council calendar was tossed topsy-turvy this August.

Usually, the council meets only once in August to provide a break from city business. However, too many pots were bubbling on the front burner this year and two additional meetings were scheduled, none on the customary first and third Tuesday of the month.

The council met Monday, Aug 8, at which it was decided on a 4-0 vote (Mayor Steve Dicterow recused) to fight the ballot measure that would allow the opening of two marijuana dispensaries in Laguna Beach with no local control. 

Tuesday’s meeting the next night was a five-hour marathon, which included the divisive issue of short term rentals. The council made a U-turn and approved the Planning Commission’s proposed ordinance, which had previously been rejected.

The commission’s version prohibits STRs in residential neighborhoods. A second version proposed by a council sub-committee was tossed, except for some wording that was incorporated into the commission’s ordinance.

Council is scheduled to meet next on Tuesday, Aug 30, with another contentious item tentatively on the agenda: the introduction of the view preservation ordinance, which was continued from the overloaded Aug 9 agenda. 

Chamber board secretary at odds with Planning Commissioner

Dave Rubel wasn’t at all pleased by comments about Laguna’s downtown made at a recent Planning Commission meeting and he made his case to the City Council.

Without naming the commissioner, Rubel took issue with the statement that “Retail is dead in the downtown.” He opined that the commission was perhaps not the right fit for someone who does not believe in the viability of Laguna’s downtown. 

“This kind of statement from someone making decisions about use in the commercial district is kind of ridiculous,” Rubel told the council. On Wednesday Rubel said he just felt the need to respond to the commissioner’s comments.

“I think everyone on the Chamber of Commerce board would agree,” said Rubel, board secretary and owner of a jewelry store on Forest Avenue.

Rubel also questioned how a commissioner with the opinion that brick-and-mortar stores downtown should give way to affordable public housing, be a fair-minded decision maker for proposals to open a business.

“I haven’t had time to look at what he said,” said Susan McLintock Whitin, the heretofore-unnamed commissioner with whom Rubel took exception. 

She said on Thursday that she would look at the tape within the next few days. 

Rubel pointed out that the city had hired expensive consultants to help improve the experience of residents and visitors in our downtown. He said change is needed, providing an opportunity for the City Council, Planning Commission, city staff, merchants and residents to take positive strides. 

“The comments by this commissioner do nothing to promote or improve the process,” Rubel told the council. “Retail is not dead. It’s just changing and we need to make changes in the Downtown Specific Plan that help retailers prosper and make the shopping and dining experience world class.”


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: August 11, 2016

2016 Registration Activities - Registration for Fall 2016 recreation activities is now available.  The quarterly recreation brochure has been mailed citywide and is available at the Community & Susi Q Center, Community Pool and Community Services Department. A wide variety of programs and classes are offered for all ages.  Register for activities online at www.lagunabeachcity.net, by mail-in or in person at the Community Services Department at 515 Forest Avenue.

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements - Work continues to progress for storm drain construction along Anita Street, Avalon Avenue, and Seaview Street, between Catalina Street and Temple Terrace.  Portions of streets will be closed and restricted to local access only during the working hours of 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Detours will be provided and minor traffic impacts can be anticipated.  After Labor Day, the project will continue along Anita Street between Catalina Street and Gaviota Drive.  The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November in advance of winter rains.  For questions, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

Reminders:

Emergency Access Improvement Program Community Presentation - The City will hold a community presentation on a proposed Emergency Access Improvement Program designed for the streets off of Alta Vista Way, commonly called the alphabet streets.  The presentation will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the Susi Q Community Center at 380 Third Street.  The focus of the presentation will identify the need for improved access for emergency vehicles and will identified areas where new parking restrictions could be imposed.  The public is invited to attend. 

Draft Historic Preservation Ordinance - The City of Laguna Beach will hold a public workshop with the Heritage Committee on Thursday, August 25, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers (505 Forest Avenue).  The workshop will be held to discuss and receive public comment on the most recent revisions of the Historic Preservation Ordinance (Municipal Code Section 25.45).  The workshop information, a revised draft of the proposed Ordinance and other workshop information will be posted by August 18, on the City website: http://lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/cd/preserve/historicresources.htm.


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: August 4, 2016

Coast Royal Utility Undergrounding Improvements - On August 8, construction of underground utility improvements will begin in the Coast Royal neighborhood along Monterey Street, Brooks Street, Pedro Street, Holly Street, Ceanothus Drive, Alta Loma Drive, and Ocean View Street.  Portions of streets will be closed and may have restricted access during the working hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Detours will be provided and traffic impacts should be anticipated. Affected residents have been notified by mail.  Construction is scheduled to be complete by February 2017.  Utility companies would then install underground facilities and remove overhead wires and poles by May 2018.

Draft Historic Preservation Ordinance - The City of Laguna Beach will hold a public workshop with the Heritage Committee on Thursday, August 25, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers (505 Forest Avenue).  The workshop will be held to discuss and receive public comment on the most recent revisions of the Historic Preservation Ordinance (Municipal Code Section 25.45).  The workshop information, a revised draft of the proposed Ordinance and other workshop information will be posted by August 18, on the City website: http://lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/cd/preserve/historicresources.htm.

National Night Out Event - The Police Department hosted a community event at the Laguna Terrace Park in recognition of National Night Out.  Each year, on the first Tuesday in August, communities across the nation host National Night Out events in order to build greater Police and Community partnerships to prevent crime.  For the past three years, the Police Department has been working with residents at Laguna Terrace Park to host these National Night Out events.  This years’ outing included a visit by members of the Laguna Beach Fire Department who gave tours of their fire engine and handed out fire prevention materials.   

New Paramedic - Firefighter Tyler Swets, who has been with the City for the last eight years, will graduate from the Saddleback College Paramedic School on Friday, August 5.  Tyler will be assigned to the paramedic engine company downtown at Fire Station One upon completing his licensing requirements with the State.  Congratulations Tyler! 

Communication Equipment Maintenance - T-Mobile is scheduled to perform node site maintenance work at seven locations throughout the City from Monday through Thursday, August 8 to 11.  The seven work sites include four on Coast Highway, and others on Grandview Street, Lower Cliff Drive, and Ramona Avenue.  The work on Coast Highway is scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., and the City street work is scheduled to occur between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  The work will not require any travel lane closures, and will be limited to the shoulder.  The duration of work per site will be 2-3 hours.

Reminders:

Summer Breeze Bus Service - The City of Laguna Beach in partnership with the Orange County Transportation Authority is offering a new FREE bus service from a peripheral parking lot at the corner of Limestone and Laguna Canyon Rd, near the SR133/I-405 interchange in Irvine to Laguna Beach summer destinations.  The “Summer Breeze Bus Service” runs every Saturday and Sunday, thru August 28, 2016 from 11 a.m. to midnight.  The service is offered every 30 minutes and runs along Laguna Canyon Road stopping at the Sawdust Art Festival, Laguna Art-A-Fair, Festival of the Arts, Pageant of the Masters, the Laguna Playhouse and the Laguna Beach Bus Station where riders can also connect with the free Laguna Beach Trolley.  For more information visit www.lagunabeachcity.net.

Emergency Access Improvement Program Community Presentation - The City will hold a community presentation on a proposed Emergency Access Improvement Program designed for the streets off of Alta Vista Way, commonly called the alphabet streets.  The presentation will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the Susi Q Community Center at 380 Third Street.  The focus of the presentation will identify the need for improved access for emergency vehicles and will identified areas where new parking restrictions could be imposed.  The public is invited to attend.


DeWitt Property Habitat Restoration Project’s $500K grant

The DeWitt property, located between Anneliese School and Phillips Road, was purchased by the city in 1991 when Laguna Canyon was annexed. Not many Laguna residents had heard of the hilltop parcel (which had been a burn dump decades before) until the December 2010 flooding of Laguna Canyon Creek.

Debris that had been compacted at the dumpsite broke loose when runoff from the rainfall broke down the hillside. Old broken glass, rusted cans, medical containers and sundry other stuff spewed down into people’s yards on Phillips Road. The city cleaned up the mess.

Click on photo for a larger image

Photo by Leslie LeBon

Runoff from DeWitt property in Dec 2010

The city completed a stabilization that will prevent a recurrence of the runoff. 

Last week, the city included the following in the City Manager’s update memo:

The City is happy to announce that the DeWitt Property Habitat Restoration Project has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the California Natural Resources Agency in accordance with the California River Parkways Act of 2004.  

Preparing the grant application was a collaborative effort between the City of Laguna Beach, Laguna Canyon Foundation, and Laguna Greenbelt Inc. Laguna Canyon Creek is one of two remaining soft-bottomed creeks in the region.  

The project will include removal of invasive species, creek area repair and planting native plant and tree species. The project will also include interpretive trail signs to educate visitors on the riparian habitat along the creek.  

A nature trail connecting the creek to a wildflower meadow and a formalized connection to access Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park is also planned. The grant, combined with $125,000 from the City, and $5,000 in private donations, will make for a comprehensive restoration effort of the DeWitt property.


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: July 28, 2016

$500,000 California River Parkways Grant - The City is happy to announce that the DeWitt Property Habitat Restoration Project has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the California Natural Resources Agency in accordance with the California River Parkways Act of 2004.  Preparing the grant application was a collaborative effort between the City of Laguna Beach, Laguna Canyon Foundation, and Laguna Greenbelt Inc.  Laguna Canyon Creek is one of two remaining soft-bottomed creeks in the region.  The project will include removal of invasive species, creek area repair and planting native plant and tree species.  The project will also include interpretive trail signs to educate visitors on the riparian habitat along the creek.  A nature trail connecting the creek to a wildflower meadow and a formalized connection to access Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park is also planned.  The grant, combined with $125,000 from the City, and $5,000 in private donations, will make for a comprehensive restoration effort of the DeWitt property.

Anita – Seaview Storm Drain Improvements- Work has begun on construction of the storm drain along Anita Street, Avalon Avenue, and Seaview Street, between Catalina Street and Temple Terrace.  Portions of streets will be closed and restricted to local access only during the working hours of 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Detours will be provided and minor traffic impacts can be anticipated.  After Labor Day, the second phase of the project will continue construction of the storm drain along Anita Street between Catalina Street and Gaviota Drive.  The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November.  For questions, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

Emergency Access Improvement Program Community Presentation - The City will hold a community presentation on a proposed Emergency Access Improvement Program designed for the streets off of Alta Vista Way, commonly called the alphabet streets.  The presentation will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the Susi Q Community Center at 380 Third Street.  The focus of the presentation will identify the need for improved access for emergency vehicles and will identified areas where new parking restrictions could be imposed.  The public is invited to attend. 

Laguna Beach County Water District Pipe Replacement Projects- Laguna Beach County Water District (LBCWD) will be conducting a pipe replacement project of existing waterlines in various locations: Osgood Court, Ruby Street, and Nido Way.  The project includes the replacement of both the water main pipelines, and private service laterals.  The project began on July 25, 2016, and is expected to be completed in September.  Any questions can be directed to David Youngblood at LBCWD at (949) 494-1041.

Firefighters on the Move - Fire Captain Patrick Brennan will retire from the Fire Department on August 1, 2016.  Patrick began working for the City in 1987 and was promoted to Fire Captain in 2005.  During his career Patrick responded to many of the major incidents, not just in the City, but also throughout the State of California.  Patrick worked for several other fire agencies before his employment with the City and will retire with over 40 years of service to the community.  We wish him well in his retirement.  In addition, the Department will be promoting Firefighter Pat Cary to the position of Fire Engineer effective August 15, 2016.  Pat is a Paramedic and has served the City since being hired in 2011.  Pat’s new assignment will be on Engine 4 serving South Laguna.  Congratulations Pat!

Reminders:

Summer Breeze Bus Service - The City of Laguna Beach in partnership with the Orange County Transportation Authority is offering a new FREE bus service from a peripheral parking lot at the corner of Limestone and Laguna Canyon Rd, near the SR133/I-405 interchange in Irvine to Laguna Beach summer destinations.  The “Summer Breeze Bus Service” runs every Saturday and Sunday, thru August 28, 2016 from 11 a.m. to midnight.  The service is offered every 30 minutes and runs along Laguna Canyon Road stopping at the Sawdust Art Festival, Laguna Art-A-Fair, Festival of the Arts, Pageant of the Masters, the Laguna Playhouse and the Laguna Beach Bus Station where riders can also connect with the free Laguna Beach Trolley.  For more information visit www.lagunabeachcity.net.

Laguna Beach Neighborhood Trolley Hours - The Neighborhood Trolley Program continues to operate its expanded hours on Friday - Sunday.  The Top of The World, Bluebird Canyon, and Arch Beach Heights neighborhood trolleys is operating Monday – Thursday from 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Friday from 6:30 a.m. – midnight, Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – midnight, and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Mainline service is continuing as normal in North Laguna and South Laguna. The Neighborhood Program operates on a 30 minute frequency with fixed stops, as well as offering a flag down service anywhere along the route.  For real-time trolley scheduling information the Neighborhood Trolleys are now viewable on the Trolley Tracker via the Visit Laguna Beach app.  For more information regarding the Neighborhood Trolley Pilot Program or to view the schedules visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/trolley or call 949-497-0746.


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: July 25, 2016

Laguna Canyon Planning Study – Community Workshop #2 - The City of Laguna Beach and MIG consulting team will continue their efforts on the Laguna Canyon Planning Study Project.  Community members are invited to participate in a Community Workshop on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Center (380 3rd Street).  The purpose of the workshop is to review MIG’s draft report of initial recommendations for modifications to existing planning documents, including the Laguna Canyon Annexation Area Specific Plan, Sarah Thurston Park Specific Plan and zoning for the areas outside of the specific plans.  The focus will be on establishing standards for defining key descriptive terms such as rustic, rural and small scale, and potential modifications to zoning districts and development standards.

New Fire Captains - The Fire Department is proud to announce the promotions of Fire Engineer Crissy Teichmann and Fire Engineer Dan Conroy to Fire Captain.  Crissy has been with the City since December 2000 and has been an Engineer since 2006.  Prior to working for the City, Crissy worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a Firefighter and the City of Garden Grove as a Fire Prevention Inspector.  Dan began his career with Laguna Beach as a Reserve Firefighter in 2003 and was hired full-time in September 2007.  Both Crissy and Dan are state licensed Paramedics. Congratulations Crissy and Dan! 

Passing of Former Fire Chief - James (Jim) Reed, who served as the City’s fourteenth Fire Chief from 1999 – 2002, passed away on July 12, 2016.  Chief Reed was well known in the California Fire Services as he also served as Fire Chief for the cities of Newport Beach, Pismo Beach, Upland, Covina, Arcadia, Alameda and finally Fullerton, where he retired in 2006.  Services for Chief Reed will be held on Friday, July 22, at 12:00 p.m. Fairhaven Waverly Chapel in Santa Ana. 

Photography Contest Winners - The winners of the City of Laguna Beach’s “My Laguna” 2016 Photo Contest are: In the Beach Life category: Charlie Dickerson and Dave Munday; in the Built Environment Category: Rob Blayden and Adam Casper; in the Community Life category: Walter Hill and Dan Skaggs; and in the Parks and Open Space category: Nicholas Hoffs and Tom Swimm. Each will be awarded $100. The winning photographs are on display at: http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/community/photo_contest_2016_winners.htm. The photographs have been promoted on the City’s social media channels, and will be presented at an upcoming City Council meeting. The contest ran through June 1, 2016. The juror, Laguna Beach photographer Rob Gage, reviewed 94 submissions from 38 photographers who live, work, or exhibit in Laguna Beach. Rob Gage was an advertising photographer for more than 40 years and is currently exhibiting at the Festival of Arts.

Reminders:

Summer Breeze Bus Service - The City of Laguna Beach in partnership with the Orange County Transportation Authority is offering a new FREE bus service from a peripheral parking lot at the corner of Limestone and Laguna Canyon Rd, near the SR133/I-405 interchange in Irvine to Laguna Beach summer destinations.  The “Summer Breeze Bus Service” runs every Saturday and Sunday, thru August 28, 2016 from 11 a.m. to midnight.  The service is offered every 30 minutes and runs along Laguna Canyon Road stopping at the Sawdust Art Festival, Laguna Art-A-Fair, Festival of the Arts, Pageant of the Masters, the Laguna Playhouse and the Laguna Beach Bus Station where riders can also connect with the free Laguna Beach Trolley.  For more information visit www.lagunabeachcity.net.

 

Laguna Beach Neighborhood Trolley Hours - The Neighborhood Trolley Program continue to operate its expanded hours on Friday - Sunday.  The Top of The World, Bluebird Canyon, and Arch Beach Heights neighborhood trolleys is operating Monday – Thursday from 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Friday from 6:30 a.m. – midnight, Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – midnight, and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Mainline service is continuing as normal in North Laguna and South Laguna. The Neighborhood Program operates on a 30 minute frequency with fixed stops, as well as offering a flag down service anywhere along the route.  For real-time trolley scheduling information the Neighborhood Trolleys are now viewable on the Trolley Tracker via the Visit Laguna Beach app.  For more information regarding the Neighborhood Trolley Pilot Program or to view the schedules please visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/trolley or call 949-497-0746.

New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in the Glenneyre Parking Structure - Two new Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are now operational in the Glenneyre Parking Structure.  Rates for the stations are $3/hour during summer months and $2/hour during winter months (4 hour limit).  Station locations and information can be found at https://na.chargepoint.com/charge_point

Parents’ Night Out - On Friday, July 29, 2016, the Laguna Beach Community Services Department will be hosting its summer Carnival themed Parents’ Night Out.  This event will give parents the opportunity to enjoy some adult time to see a movie, have a nice dinner out on the town, or catch up with friends while their children enjoy “kid time” in a safe, fun-filled environment. The cost is $20 for Laguna Beach residents and $25 for non-residents with sibling discounts available.  Registration is required for this event by visiting: https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=parents. The registration deadline is Wednesday, July 27, 5:30 p.m. If you have questions regarding Parents’ Night Out, contact Program Coordinator, Patty Quilter, at (949) 464-9535.

Red Phone Booth Temporary Art Installation - The Arts Commission is currently accepting proposals for a temporary art installation. The booth is located on Forest Avenue and the Commission is seeking imaginative, whimsical and colorful proposals. The winning design will be on exhibit for 24 months and will receive an honorarium of $3,500. The deadline for proposals is Monday, August 15, 2016. Complete guidelines and application is available at www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com. This project is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

 

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