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: Feb 17, 2011

Bicycle Safety – The Laguna Beach Police Department will be partnering with police departments from Newport Beach, Irvine, Huntington Beach, and Costa Mesa to conduct a specialized Bicycle Safety Enforcement Operation on Feb 19 and 24.  Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by bicyclists and vehicles.  Officers will be addressing traffic violations made by all vehicle operators, bicyclists, and other vehicle drivers that lead to bicycle vs. vehicle collisions, injuries and fatalities.

Alcoholic Beverage Server Training – The Police Department will be hosting another Alcoholic Beverage Server Training session in the City Council chambers Thursday, March 31, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The training will be conducted with the assistance of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Orange County Community Alliance Network and Gene Barnes with Alcohol Beverage Control.  Lunch will be provided.  Interested servers and businesses should contact Coleen Walloch at 497-0382 for more information and registration materials.

Heisler Park Art in Public Places – At its meeting on Monday, Feb 14, the Arts Commission reviewed the finalists’ proposals and presentations for art work at Heisler Park. The Arts Commission voted unanimously to recommend to the City Council that a proposal by local artists Scott and Naomi Schoenherr be installed.  The artwork will satisfy the Art in Public Places requirement for the renovation work at Heisler Park. The artists presented three components titled “Time Connected,” “Continuous Rotation” and “The Tidal Pull.” The City Council will review the recommendation at its meeting on March 1, 2011.

Artist Designed Bench Competition – The Arts Commission conducted a regional call for proposals for designs for an artist designed bench to be installed at the corner of Mountain Street and Coast Highway. At its meeting on Monday, Feb 14, the Arts Commission voted to terminate the selection process due to insufficient applications and will revisit the project at a future date.

Forecasted Rains – City staff will be monitoring the coming storms and have extra personnel on duty to address any issues that develop.


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: Feb 10, 2011

Workshop Regarding Disasters – On April 9, 2011, the City Council will host a community workshop in the Council Chambers to seek resident and business input regarding disasters.  The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a one-hour break for lunch (everyone is on their own for lunch).  Jan Perkins, a Laguna Canyon resident and retired City Manager, will facilitate the workshop.

SBA Workshop – On Saturday, Feb 12, at 10 a.m., a workshop will be held in the Council Chambers where officials from the Small Business Administration will make a presentation on how victims of the floods can seek assistance.

New SBA Declaration – A new declaration has been made that may provide limited assistance to private non-profit organizations that provide essential services of governmental nature.

Recruitment for Rookie and Seasonal Ocean Lifeguard – The Department of Marine Safety is inviting applications for Rookie and Seasonal Ocean Lifeguard tryouts.  Physical testing is on Feb 26 at 9 a.m. at Main Beach (sign in at 8 a.m.). Applications are due to the Personnel Division at City Hall by Feb 25 at noon.

Fundraiser for Animal Shelter – It has come to my attention that a fundraiser is planned to help the Animal Shelter!  It will be on Sunday, March 13 at Tivoli Too! The fundraiser is being put on by Tivoli Too and the Laguna Board of Realtors and will consist of a champagne tasting and jazz brunch.  Music will be provided by the George Gilliam Trio with guest singer Elena Gilliam. The cost is $75 per person with $25 of this going directly to the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter.  For more information, contact the Laguna Board of Realtors at 497-2474.

Police Captain Mike Hall Retiring – After 31 years with the City, Captain Mike Hall will be retiring from the Police Department.  For the past 4 years he has honorably served as the Commander of Patrol.  Lieutenant Darin Lenyi will be taking over this important position in the Police Department.

Upcoming Caltrans Project Caltrans will begin a project in mid-March on portions of North Coast Highway and Broadway/Laguna Canyon Road. The project will involve repair of sidewalk and concrete curbs. The areas of work will be North Coast Highway from Broadway to Cajon and on Laguna Canyon Road from Coast Highway to Canyon Acres. The work will be completed before the end of May.


Council establishes Flood Mitigation Task Force – asks LB residents to apply for appointment

The City Council of the City of Laguna Beach is accepting applications to serve on a Flood Mitigation Task Force. The Task Force will consist of ten members: two members from the City Council, one member of the Planning Commission and seven at-large members of the community – at least two of whom would represent canyon neighborhoods.

The purpose of the Task Force will be to evaluate ideas from residents and professionals regarding ways to protect canyon residents from floods. The Task Force will review flood events, which have occurred in the canyon with the purpose of identifying measures that can be undertaken and recommendations that can be made to the County of Orange and to Caltrans to insure that the City is better prepared for the next flood.

The Task Force is expected to make its recommendations over a six-month period.

Residents of Laguna Beach who are interested in applying are required to submit an application that is available at the City Clerk’s office (497.0705) or on-line at www.lagunabeachcity.net.  The application must be filed with the City Clerk by Wednesday, Feb23, 2011, at 5 p.m. All applicants will be interviewed by the City Council at their regular meeting of March 1, 2011, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave.


Disaster Assistance is available to residents and businesses affected by Flood 2010 from SBA

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Laguna Beach residents and business owners affected by the severe winter storms, flooding, and debris and mudflows that occurred between Dec 17, 2010 and Jan 4, 2011, U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen G. Mills announced Thursday.  SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster following the denial on Jan 27, 2011 of the state’s request for a major disaster declaration.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in the California counties of Inyo, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Monterey, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, the neighboring Arizona counties of La Paz and Mohave and the neighboring Nevada county of Clark.

SBA outreach center will be at Chamber of Commerce office

“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, non-profit organizations whose property was damaged or destroyed by the disaster,” said Elizabeth Echols, SBA’s Regional Administrator.  Beginning Thursday, Feb 10, customer service representatives will be on hand at a SBA Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce to issue loan applications, answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application.  The center will be open on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. from Feb 10. No appointment is necessary.

Read more: Disaster Assistance 020411


Updates from the Laguna Beach City Manager’s office

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

Released: Feb 3, 2011

SBA Disaster Assistance – The Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) office has approved assistance for Orange County, which makes low-interest loans available for homeowners, business owners and renters that meet the requirements. There will be an SBA assistance center at the Chamber of Commerce starting February 10.

10th Avenue Hedge Height Appeal – This appeal has been scheduled for March 22 to work with the property owner’s schedules. It will be a De Novo hearing. Councilmember Boyd appealed the item.

Odor Control System Status – The odor control system treating the North Coast Interceptor (the City’s primary transmission pipeline) has been offline for several months due to pump damage at Laguna

Read more: City Hall Updates 020411


Obama’s Major Disaster Declaration will aid with City repairs – jury out on households

President Obama issued a Major Disaster Declaration for California Wednesday that will make Federal Funds available for repairs and replacements of public disaster-damaged facilities. The declaration covers damages from Dec 17 through Jan 4.

The City estimates that its facilities suffered $1.3 million in related damage and replacement repairs in the 2010 Flood. City Manager John Pietig said in a prepared statement that it is unknown how much of that will be covered by FEMA under the declaration. Ten counties from Kern County south were specified by the declaration with the exception of Los Angeles County.

While the news is good for the City, assistance to individuals and households damaged remains “under review” by Washington. It is estimated that such losses in Laguna Beach are in excess of $10,000,000. A second declaration by the President will not be required – only a FEMA determination would be necessary.

City officials said Thursday that they were hopeful that FEMA will include low cost loans for individuals and households in the near future.

Pietig’s statement concluded, “This is great news for the City but we will continue to do what we can to secure assistance for our residents and businesses.  I want to thank our County, State and Federal officials who have worked with the Mayor and the City Council to represent the need for assistance in Laguna Beach.”

Updates from the Laguna Beach City Manager’s office

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

Released: Jan 21, 2011

Temporary Animal Shelter - The temporary Animal Shelter [has] opened...  The hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week.  It is located at 2093 Laguna Canyon Road.  The phone number is unchanged and remains 497-3552.

Heisler Park Art in Public Places - On Thursday, Jan 13 the Arts Commission reviewed the 42 submissions to the call for qualifications for the Heisler Park Art in Public Places. The Arts Commission has selected four finalists to develop proposals. The selected finalists are Donald Gialanella (Topanga), David Ruth and Team (Oakland), Scott and Naomi Schoenherr (Laguna Beach) and Peter Shire (Los Angeles). The finalists [met] with a sub-committee of the Arts Commission on-site on Friday Jan 21 to review the site.

Coast Highway Work Next Week - Early [this] week Caltrans will be working on the northbound side of South Coast Highway between Nyes Place and Broadway. The work will involve pothole patching with some closures of the right-hand lane and some parking restrictions. The work is expected to be completed by Tuesday.

Artist Open Studios - On Saturday, Feb 5 and March 5, 2011, artists will open their studios from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This self-guided tour is free and a rare opportunity to peer into the creative spaces of over 20 of Laguna’s artists. A free trolley service will be offered on [both Saturdays] commencing from the Laguna College of Art and Design Parking lot located at 2222 Laguna Canyon Road. The College will also be offering free parking. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Lifeguard Headquarters and North Main Beach Restrooms – Last week the Coastal Commission approved revisions to the City’s Local Coastal Program that will allow for the replacement of the Lifeguard Headquarters, north Main Beach restrooms, and sewage generator and controls with modern facilities.  Since the last approval by the City Council had some changes to the conceptual design, it is necessary to re-stake the project and have the City Council take a final action.  The staking should be in place next week and the City Council will consider the changes to the conceptual design in March.


Applications for Recreation and Parking, Traffic & Circulation committees must be submitted by Feb 9

The City Council is accepting applications for three two-year terms on the Recreation Committee and five two-year terms on the Parking, Traffic & Circulation Committee. Both terms will run through Feb 29, 2013.

Interviews will be conducted on February 15, 2011, at 6 p.m. by the City Council at their regular meeting in the City Council Chambers. All applicants will be interviewed.

The Recreation Committee directs its efforts in the area of providing for the recreation and park needs of the community. Meetings are held bi-monthly on the first Monday of the month.

The Parking/Traffic/Circulation Committee acts in an advisory capacity on matters pertaining to parking, traffic, circulation, transit, the Parking Management Plan, and traffic complaints. Meetings  are held on the fourth Thursday of the month.

Laguna Beach residents who are interested in serving on one of these committees should obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office or on-line from the City’s website and file by Tuesday, February 9 at 5 p.m. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at 497-0705.

Updates from the Laguna Beach City Manager’s office

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

Released: Jan 14, 2011

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries - On Wednesday, Jan 12 the California Coastal Commission denied the City’s request to amend its Local Coastal Implementation Plan to prohibit Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in the City of Laguna Beach. Although the Coastal Staff recommended approval of the amendment, the Commission voted 5-6 to deny the amendment.

Planning Commission approvals - On Wednesday, Jan 12, the Planning Commission approved the installation of a controversial telecommunication dish antenna at an existing site at 1100 Balboa Avenue by a 3-1 vote. The Commission also unanimously approved a new wine gallery/restaurant at the corner of Pearl and South Coast Highway.

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