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: January 20, 2012

Community Assistance Grants – The application period for 2012-13 Community Assistance grants is open and forms are available on the City website. The deadline is February 24 and awards will be made with the adoption of the fiscal year 2012-13 budget. Non-profit organizations serving Laguna Beach residents are encouraged to apply.

Professional Milestone for Senior Water Quality Analyst – Will Holoman was informed by the State’s Board of Professional Engineers that he has successfully passed his examinations.  Congratulations Will!


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: January 12, 2012

2011 Firefighter and Reserve Firefighter of the Year – Captain/Paramedic Joe Maxon and Reserve Firefighter Brent Buccola have been selected as the 2011 Firefighter and Reserve Firefighter of the Year respectively.  Both will be recognized for their contributions at various public ceremonies.  The first such event is the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Annual Appreciation Awards Dinner which will take place January 28, 2012, at 5 p.m.  This event is sponsored by the Mission Viejo/Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge.

City’s Tree Trimming Contractor Passed Away – The City’s tree trimming contractor for the past 15 years, James Klinger, Sr. of Modern Tree Service, passed away on December 29. Memorial services will be held on Sunday, January 15 at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center. Vic Hillstead, the City’s Deputy Director of Public Works, will attend the service. Vic worked closely with Mr. Klinger for many years. Mr. Klinger provided outstanding services to the City. He and his crews were always willing to respond at any time of day or night to emergency situations involving trees. Mr. Klinger’s son, James Klinger, Jr., has been very involved with daily operations of the company and will continue to oversee the City’s contract services.

Circle Way Storm Drain Completed – The storm drain from Circle Way to the beach below the steps to Crescent Bay has been completed and increased the storm flow capacity to five times that of the existing 24 inch diameter pipe. The new storm system includes a CDS filtration device and a diversion of low flows to the sanitary sewer system. Along with the storm drain construction, the steps to the beach have been reconstructed. Landscaping and irrigation will be installed over the next two months, and the entire project will be completed in the middle of March.


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: January 6, 2012

Public Safety 911 Phone System Receives Facelift - Beginning on January 18, 2012, the emergency 911 system will receive a state funded $246,000 upgrade.  The extensive upgrade will likely take one month to complete.  As part of the project, the state is also funding replacement of the expensive call recording equipment, communications furniture, computers and many other items including replacement of professional headsets worn by the dispatchers.

City Hall Exhibition - The Laguna College of Art & Design has installed the exhibition “Visual Tales from Eire and England: A Study Abroad Retrospective.” in City Hall. The student exhibition features works inspired by the 2011 study abroad program that toured historic sites in Ireland and England. A reception will be held on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 5 p.m. The exhibition will be on display through March 16, 2012. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Cultural Arts Funding Applications - The Arts Commission is currently accepting applications for Cultural Arts Funding. The deadline for arts organizations to submit their application is Friday, February 3, 2012. Applications are available on line or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunset Serenades and Music in the Park - The Arts Commission is currently accepting information from professional musicians and bands who are interested in being considered for the 2012 Sunset Serenade and Music in the Park concert series. A CD and press package should be mailed to the Cultural Arts Department, 505 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 or via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Leaf Blower Reminder - The Police Department is reminding community members that leaf blowers continue to be illegal to use within the City limits.  These include the operation of electric and gas powered blowers, which are described in Laguna Beach Municipal Code 7.25.070(D).  Warnings and/or citations will be issued when Police Department Staff view someone using one of these devices.   Homeowners who receive complaints will also be sent letters educating them about the law.

Marine Protected Areas Update - The Laguna Beach State Marine Reserve and Laguna Beach “No-Take” State Marine Conservation Area was implemented on January 1, 2012, per the California Department of Fish and Game.  Over the last week the Department of Marine Safety has staffed Tide Pool Educators to provide information to the public and contact fishermen who are unaware of the new regulations.  Additionally the California Department of Fish and Game has been seen off Laguna Beach patrolling in the enforcement vessel the Thresher. The reserve extends from Abalone Point in Irvine Cove south to Goff Point off of Treasure Island.  The conservation area then extends to Seacliff Drive at Table Rock beach.  Take of all living marine resources is prohibited in both Laguna Beach MPAs.  The remainder of South Laguna is included in the Dana Point State Marine Conservation Area that allows the recreational take of finfish, lobster, and urchin, and has specific protections for the tidepools. The State of California Department of Fish and Game is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Marine Protected Areas throughout the state.


Laguna’s Accomplishments in the year 2011 from the City Manager’s office

Throughout the year, the town had dozens of successes in the way of community development, public facilities planning, building and renovations, advances in public safety such as updating the city’s emergency management plan, and many other miscellaneous accomplishments happened last year such as various grants and arts donations.  For a complete list of all of the accomplishments and improvements, continue on below.

Community Development:

Opened the building, planning and zoning counter during all business hours.

Implemented a state-of-the-art computer system to integrate planning, zoning, building, and code enforcement activities while also improving coordination with other departments.

Approved ordinances to regulate medical marijuana dispensary facilities.

Approved “A Guide to Residential Development” to assist citizens through the design review process.  The Guide subsequently received an award from the Orange County Section of the California Chapter to the American Planning Association for Focused Planning Issue.

Approved an ordinance clarifying major remodel definitions.

Purchased tablet computers to assist building inspectors when working in the field.

Approved ordinance amendments regarding hedge height and residential care facilities.

Held a facilitated retreat for Design Review Board members and staff.

Approved a new signage plan for the interior and exterior of City Hall.

Received approval from the California Coastal Commission of a comprehensive update to the City’s Land Use Element. City Council action is still required on the revisions approved by the Coastal Commission.

Adopted new “sustainability” design review criteria.

Adopted additional noticing requirements for tenants within 100 feet of a development project.

Adopted ordinance amendments to improve the Temporary Use Permit process.

Authorized funding for a comprehensive parking management plan for the downtown and Laguna Canyon Road.

Amended ordinances to allow compact parking spaces and bicycle and motorcycle parking spaces to count towards parking requirements throughout the City. Offsite parking spaces may also count towards parking requirements.

Staff worked with the Insurance Services Office Inc. (ISO) to upgrade the City’s Building Code Effectiveness Grading Classification to Class 2 for residential properties. This should have a favorable effect on property insurance rates.

Public Facilities:

Replaced and relocated streetlights along Laguna Canyon Road near the Sawdust Festival.

Following the December 2010 Storms, emergency repairs were made to the Main Beach boardwalk, dog park, ACT V parking lot, shed behind City Hall, and numerous other facilities.

Worked with FEMA, CALEMA, the Federal Highway administration and insurance providers to secure $1.6 million of reimbursement for disaster related expenses and the City is still pursuing another $855,000 in reimbursements from FEMA.

Secured the entitlements to build a new Lifeguard Headquarters facility with new public restrooms and construct a new lift station at Main Beach.  Construction for the new lift station started in October 2011.

Completed a renovation of Heisler Park in time for the summer season.

Completed a substantial renovation of the animal shelter while dealing with flood damage and operating out of temporary facilities to ensure that services would continue while the permanent facility was renovated.

Obtained a grant for the design of a right turn lane on Northbound Coast Highway at Broadway.

Replaced the oxygen generator at the Bluebird SOCWA lift station having better energy efficiency and installed a sound attenuation system to address the new sound palette of the oxygen generator.

Conducted field investigation in undocumented portions of the Hidden Valley sewer pipeline system and performed sewer main improvements to ensure pipeline access.

Replaced the obsolete automated transfer switches at both the Laguna SOCWA and Bluebird SOCWA lift stations. The new switches provide better maintenance and operational capabilities.

Installed an emergency dry well pump at the Laguna SOCWA sewage lift station to prevent flooding in the pumping room to facilitate repairs in an emergency.

Replaced the windows and roof at the Lang Park Community Center.

Installed energy efficient lighting, heating and ventilation equipment in City Hall.

Replaced the windows at Fire Station Four.

Repaired 10,000 square feet of sidewalk.

Constructed a new sidewalk on Hillcrest Drive between High Drive and Dolphin Way.

Completed a revision of the flood plain maps for Canyon Acres revised to reflect drainage improvements in the area and help residents secure insurance.

Declared a surplus and closed out the Cerritos/Dunning underground utility assessment district.

Declared a surplus and closed out the Harold/Poplar/High Drive underground utility assessment district.

Formed the Allview Terrace underground utility assessment district.

Completed FEMA funded major storm damage repair of the Main Beach Boardwalk, Dog Park Storm Drain, Parking Sheds behind City Hall, and at various other incidental storm damage locations.

Public Safety:

Coordinated with the Regional Water Control Board staff to secure an Independence Day fireworks display permit.

Completed a new customer service survey form for the Police Department and placed the form on the department website.

Implemented a program to reduce false alarms by working with the top ten violators.

Worked with the Orange County Fire Authority and Newport Beach Fire Department to develop fire management plans for Newport Coast and Aliso Wood Canyon and participating in training regarding the new plans.

Repaired dirt fire roads damaged during the December floods.

Purchased tablet computers to assist paramedics and firefighters with in field reporting and eliminating the need for duplicate data entry.

Purchase new extrication equipment for two City Fire Engines.

Installed a new camera system to allow lifeguards to view more of the beach and ocean to the north of the lifeguard headquarters building.

Implemented a new online reporting system for reporting minor crimes.

Updated the City Emergency Management Plan.

Became an active member of a county-wide program to better schedule court appearances by police officers and reduce overtime costs.

Installed sharrows in north Laguna to support bicycle riding.

Miscellaneous:

Installed the “Breaching Whale” sculpture in Heisler Park before the summer season.

Installed two electric vehicle charging stations which were purchased with grant funds.

Worked with private citizens to acquire pieces of the World Trade Center for a public art project.

Approved a plan to preserve the Big Bend property and create a wildlife corridor.

Implemented a new system to monitor telephone usage in City Hall.

Implemented a system to allow some business licenses to be renewed online.

Increased alternative fuel trolleys by four vehicles, bringing the City’s fleet to a total of 18 alternative fuel vehicles.

Installed a new propane tank for trolleys to reduce refueling time.

Installed GPS tracking on Mainline buses for management and public access to bus locations.

Added Laguna Beach Transit routes and schedules to Google’s Transit Trip Planner.

Added a link to the City’s transit web page on OCTA’s web site.

Held a disaster workshop for members of the community.

Implemented a traffic alert system that works via email or text message.

An Emergency Preparedness Committee was established.

Established a Flood Mitigation Task Force, which completed its report in November.

Approved regulations regarding skateboarding.

Acquired several parcels for open space in Arch Beach Heights.

Replaced network cabling in City Hall to improve the speed of the network.

Restructured contracts to ensure ongoing operations at the Alternative Sleeping Location.

Installed new interpretive signs in Heisler Park.

Approved regulations to address outdoor lighting.

The 2011 Investment Policy received the “Certificate of Excellence” award from the Association of Public Treasurers’ of the United States and Canada.

The City received $49,000 in donations for the arts.

Completed a yearlong Arts and Economic Prosperity Study.

Distributed 14 grants to non-profit arts organizations totaling $135,166.

Held three “Artist Open Studio” events with 26 participating artists.

Facilitated art exhibits at City Hall.

Distributed $226,900 in Community Assistance Grant funds to 35 local non-profit organizations.


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 29, 2011

Holiday Tree Recycling – Waste Management will collect and recycle Holiday trees at no charge until January 13, 2012 on the regular collection day.  Trees four feet or taller must be cut in half.  Residents are reminded to remove decorations, tinsel, metal ornaments, and metal stands from trees.  Flocked trees will be collected but cannot be made into compost due to their chemical content.  After Jan 13, 2012, a tree can also be recycled by cutting it up and placing it in the green waste cart.

Friday Flicks at the Forum - On Friday, Jan 6, 2012 at 7 p.m. enjoy a free film screening at the Festival of Arts Forum Theatre. The Arts Commission will be screening the film “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” The film is about an eccentric French shopkeeper and amateur filmmaker attempts to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work. This film is rated R and has a running time of 87 minutes. Laguna Beach resident Mark Porterfield funds this program.

Artist Open Studios - On Saturday, Jan 7, 2012 enjoy the opportunity to visit the art studios of 25 of Laguna’s talented artists. The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes free parking and trolley service from the Act V parking lot, located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. Artist Open Studios is not only a fantastic opportunity to see, buy or commission beautiful art, it is also an adventure to artists’ studios to uncover new talent and rediscover established artists. This is a program of the Arts Commission and has been funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

2012 Artist Designed Bench Competition - The Arts Commission is currently accepting applications for the 2012 Artist Designed Bench Competition. The Commission is accepting qualifications from interested artist for an installation at Heisler Park near Jasmine and Cliff Drive with an honorarium of $15,000. Competition information and submission requirements are available on the City’s web site. The deadline to submit information is January 13, 2012. This program is funded by a donation by the Kaye family.

Bluebird Canyon Tree Trimming - Southern California Edison has notified the City that trimming of five trees in Bluebird Canyon will commence on Jan 3, 2012.  These are the same trees that were the subject of recent discussions at City Council meetings due to their proximity to power poles and lines.

Deputy Director of Public Works Receives the Peter W. Walsh Award for 2011 - Deputy Director of Public Works, Ken Fischer, has received the Maintenance Superintendents Association Peter W. Walsh Award for 2011. The Maintenance Superintendents Association has 11 chapters throughout California and Arizona. The Peter W. Walsh award is an award of excellence in the supervision of maintenance operations. The Award represents a distinguished career in public service, notable career accomplishments, community involvement, education, and service to the Association.

Holiday Drunk Driving Patrols - The Police Department is conducting a drunk driving saturation patrol over the upcoming New Year’s weekend.  Additional officers will be on patrol in order to identify and remove drunk drivers from the roadways.   Last weekend’s saturation patrol resulted in the arrests of ten drivers who should not have been operating their vehicles.  The funding for this program is through the California Office of Traffic Safety and intended to reduce the number of persons injured or killed in alcohol related crashes.

New Code Enforcement Supervisor - A new Code Enforcement Supervisor has been selected and will start on Wednesday, Jan 4. Fred Fix holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration/Urban Planning & Management along with more than 20 years of experience in Public Administration/Code Enforcement.  Fred is a Certified Code Enforcement Officer and has many related certifications.  He most recently was the Supervisor of the Proactive Rental Enforcement Program for the City of Santa Ana.  He also has worked for the City of Anaheim, the City of Costa Mesa and the City of La Mirada.

City Hall Closed January 2, 2012 – As a reminder, City Hall will be closed on Jan 2.


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 22, 2011

Holiday Tree Recycling – Waste Management will collect and recycle Holiday trees at no charge between December 26, 2011 and January 13, 2012 on the regular collection day.  Trees four feet or taller must be cut in half.  Residents are reminded to remove decorations, tinsel, metal ornaments, and metal stands from trees.  Flocked trees will be collected but cannot be made into compost due to their chemical content.  After January 13, 2012, a tree can also be recycled by cutting it up and placing it in the green waste cart.

Farmers Market – The Farmers Market manager has notified the City that the Farmers Market will be closed the next two weeks on Saturday, December 24 and Saturday, December 31 due to the holidays. The Farmers Market will resume on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

New Marine Protected Areas to take Effect January 1 – The Laguna Beach State Marine Reserve and Laguna Beach “No-Take” State Marine Conservation Area will be implemented on January 1, 2012, per the California Department of Fish and Game.  The reserve extends from Abalone Point in Irvine Cove south to Goff Point off of Treasure Island.  The conservation area then extends to Seacliff Drive at Table Rock beach.  Take of all living marine resources is prohibited in both Laguna Beach MPAs.  The remainder of South Laguna is included in the Dana Point State Marine Conservation Area that allows the recreational take of finfish, lobster, and urchin, and has specific protections for the tidepools. The State of California Department of Fish and Game is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Marine Protected Areas throughout the state. California Fish and Game issued a press release on December 16th, 2011. For more information, see the press release at http://cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2011/12/16/south-coast-marine-protected-areas-effective-january-1/ or visit www.dfg.ca.gov/MLPA .

Citizen’s Academy – After over three years without a class, the Police Department announced this week that the City will sponsor a Citizen Academy class starting February 9, 2012.  A waiting list has almost already filled the twenty-five open seats for this free program.  The Citizen Academy is a one night a week event for twelve weeks designed to provide community members with a better understanding of the Laguna Beach Police Department. The class also serves as a training program for newly hired civilian police employees. This will be the department’s seventeenth class with 328 graduates.

Parking Spaces on Bluebird Canyon Drive – On January 26, 2012 the Parking, Traffic and Transportation Committee will consider a request from City staff to establish ten parking spaces on the 1300, 1400 and 1500 blocks of Bluebird Canyon Drive.  Public notices were mailed yesterday inviting residents to attend the meeting and comment on the proposal.  This issue arose from two requests from residents to impose parking restrictions on Bluebird Canyon Drive to provide for adequate access for public and emergency vehicles.  No parking – tow away restrictions had been established by the City Council in 1992 on both sides of Bluebird Canyon Drive from Rancho Laguna Road to 1595 Bluebird Canyon Drive.   However, many of the signs had been missing or removed for several years.  In August, City staff re-installed the signs after notifying residents.  In response to several requests for preservation of parking, Public Works identified ten parking spaces that could be restored and still provide at least a 16 foot wide travel lane and seven feet of parking width.  The Fire Department would prefer to continue with the existing parking restrictions to provide 20’ of lane width to facilitate the movement of emergency response vehicles in the neighborhood.

City Hall Closed on December 26, 2011 and January 2, 2012 – As a reminder, City Hall will be closed on these dates.


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 15, 2011

New Permitting Computer System The City of Laguna Beach implemented an enhanced permitting system on Monday, December 12, 2011.  Some delays may occur in processing submittals, including payments, while adjusting to the new system.  Thank you in advance for your patience.

Free Reusable Bags – This Saturday, December 17, 2011, local volunteers from Transition Laguna Beach will be handing out free reusable bags at local markets as part of the City Council’s proclaimed “Day Without A Bag.”  A limited supply of free reusable bags will be available from the Cashier Counter at City Hall.

Office of Administrative Law Approves South Coast Marine Protected Area Regulations On December 8, 2011, the California Office of Administrative Law approved the package of regulations for the South Coast region, including the Laguna Beach State Marine Reserve and Laguna Beach “No Take” State Marine Conservation Area.  The designations are slated to go into effect on January 1, 2012. To see the Office of Administrative Law document, please go to:

http://www.oal.ca.gov/res/docs/pdf/Web_Daily_Reports/Recent_Actions_By_OAL.pdf

1280 Bluebird Canyon Drive Slope Stabilization Project The work to stabilize the slope and protect the public sewer line in the easement is underway. The construction is expected to be complete by mid-February 2012.

Dorn Court Slope Stabilization Project Work at the south end of Dorn Court is progressing.  The construction effort will provide slope stabilization and protect a public sewer line. The retaining wall construction has been completed. The contractor will install the storm drainpipes next week.  The work is expected to be completed by end of December.

New Propane Storage Tank at the City’s Corporation Yard – Next week, a third 1,150 gallon propane storage tank will be installed at the City’s Corporation Yard on Laguna Canyon Road. Ridership on our fleet of propane Festival Trolleys has increased 55% since the Corporation Yard was designed over five years ago, and propane usage has increased accordingly. Last summer, tanker truck deliveries of propane were needed on a daily basis. The new tank will fit in between the two existing tanks so that the footprint of the fueling station will not be changed and no parking spaces will be lost. The new tank is provided at no charge by the City’s current propane supplier.


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, 2011

Local Coastal Program Amendment for Updated Land Use Element – On Wednesday morning, the California Coastal Commission unanimously approved the City’s updated Land Use Element with some modifications that are generally in line with the City-approved document.  The City Council must approve the modifications before they take effect.  The Land Use Element was originally adopted in 1983.  The current major update required hundreds of staff hours and 37 public meetings over a five year period.  The City Council, Planning Commission and staff worked very hard to accomplish this update.  Special mention goes to Norm Grossman and Linda Dietrich who were a subcommittee of the Planning Commission and worked very hard on the update over the last five years.

Annual Free Bulky Item And Hazardous Waste Pickups Residents have three weeks left to use up their free bulky items and hazardous waste pick-ups this year.  Each residential customer receiving curbside service is entitled to two free bulky items pickups and one door-to-door household hazardous waste pick up per year. Waste Management will pick up bulky items too large to fit into the trash cart such as furniture, appliances, electronic and universal waste or up to 20 plastic bags of refuse or bundles of yard waste (less than 50 pounds each) for each request.  A complete list of acceptable items is available on the City’s website.   A partnership with Waste Management and the Goodwill ensures that all reusable goods are diverted from the landfills and delivered directly to the Goodwill.  All other items are taken to a transfer station for sorting and recycling.  Contact Waste Management at (949) 642-1191 to schedule a pickup.  Hazardous waste collection can be arranged through WM Curbside, Inc. by calling 1-800-449-7587. Waste Management Residents have scheduled a total of 1,177 bulky item pickups and 183 pickups of E-waste to date.

City Parking Lots On-line – The City has registered the city owned public parking lots with “Streetline”, a smart parking system.  Anyone who has the Streetline “parker” application on their smart phone will see where the lots are located, the hours when payment is charged, the total time someone may park and the methods of payment at each location. The free application can be found through the Streetline web site at www.Streetline.com.

Some Goats To Leave Laguna – The additional goats that were brought into the City to augment the herd that lives here year-round will be leaving next week.  Approximately 300 goats and one herder will relocate to their home base in Perris.  The additional herd was brought into the City earlier this spring to help keep the City’s fuel break maintenance on pace for completion prior to the extreme fall fire weather.

Broadway Median Trimming – The landscape median on Broadway between Forest Avenue and the traffic signal at the Festival grounds has shrubs that block visibility for vehicles approaching the left turn pocket at Forest Avenue. City crews trimmed these shrubs on Thursday.


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 2, 2011

1280 Bluebird Canyon Drive Slope Stabilization Project The work to stabilize the slope and protect the public sewer line in the easement is underway. The contractor has installed a temporary water line to the site, provided temporary sewer services to the homes above the slope, and is clearing and preparing the slope for import soil.  The construction is expected to be completed by mid- January 2012.

Dorn Court Slope Stabilization Project Work at the south end of Dorn Court is progressing.  The construction effort will provide slope stabilization and protect a public sewer line. This week, the caissons are being positioned and set to form the retaining wall. The work is expected to be completed by end of December.

Insurance Agents Attend Flood Seminar - On November 30 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the City hosted a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) seminar for Orange County Insurance agents. This was so the attendees could become familiar with the processing of insurance policies in flood hazard areas, the workings of the elevation certificates and many other flood/NFIP insurance issues.  More than 30 insurance agents attended the workshop that was held at the City’s Community Center for a half-day class and received credit and recognition as certified NFIP insurance providing agents.

Monarch Healthcare - For those City employees who participate in the Blue Shield health plan, the City has been advised that Blue Shield will terminate its contract with Monarch Healthcare on May 1, 2012.  Employees can continue to utilize their current doctors until at least May 1 and the current open enrollment process is not affected.  The City Manager has requested the Personnel Division to work with the City’s insurance broker and the Healthcare Task Force made up of association representatives to explore the options available to ensure quality healthcare for employees after May 1.  If you experience any difficulties in getting an appointment with your doctor, or have any questions about receiving covered care from Monarch Healthcare, please contact Blue Shield’s member services representatives at 1-800-424-6521.

Red Flag Patrols – This week Southern California has been experiencing high wind and low humidity conditions throughout the region.  The Greater Laguna Coast Fire Safe Council has coordinated Red Flag Patrols utilizing local volunteers.  The volunteers are trained to recognize suspicious activity and serve as a deterrent to would be arsonists.  Citizens interested in volunteering should contact the David Horne of Greater Laguna Coast Fire Safe Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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