Short-Term Lodging will be discussed at April 12th City Council meeting, 6 p.m. aka vacation rentals

Laguna Beach City Council will discuss the topic of short-term lodging (also known as vacation rentals) on Tuesday, April 12 starting at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 505 Forest Avenue in Laguna Beach.

The City Council will consider the recommendations of the Planning Commission on a draft ordinance that proposes amendments to Municipal Code Chapter 25.23, Short-Term Lodging, including a prohibition on short-term-lodging in all residential zones, the addition of more commercial zones that would allow short term lodging, and inclusion of additional standard conditions and requirements for allowed short-term lodging permits. 

In addition, the City Council will consider the Planning Commission’s recommendation to grandfather existing legal short-term lodging permits and not allow home sharing, where the owner lives in the home and shares it with visitors.

City Council meetings are open to the public. They are also broadcast on the government channel, streamed on the City’s website, and archived on the City’s website for future viewing. 

To view a copy of the agenda bill for this item, please refer to the City’s website: http://www.lagunabeachcity.net It will be available by 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2016.


City to host Village Entrance Project workshop on April 13

The City of Laguna Beach is continuing with the planning phase of the Village Entrance Project with a community workshop to share two design concepts that have come out of the workshop process to date on Wednesday, April 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Center (380 Third Street).

The workshop will include a summary of previous community engagement input and provide an opportunity to give feedback on two design concepts for the Village Entrance project. A revised concept plan will be prepared based on input received during this workshop, online, and during previous outreach events. 

The Village Entrance site is located near the intersection of Broadway (State Route 133) and Forest Avenue, and is currently used primarily for surface parking, storage, City facilities, and an active sewer lift station. The primary goals of the Village Entrance Project include enhancement of site aesthetics and image, improvements to pedestrian and bicycle mobility, and maintaining existing parking. 

Outreach for the Village Entrance Project began in 2015 with a site tour and workshop, pop-up events at the Laguna Beach Farmers Market, an interactive online survey tool, and a design workshop. This will be the third project workshop that allows for the public to participate in the planning of the Village Entrance improvements. The City Council will review a draft concept plan in June 2016. 

More information is available on the City of Laguna Beach website at www.lagunabeachcity.net.


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: March 24, 2016

Sewer Project Traffic Closures - The Third Street Hill will be closed in both directions 24/7 until March 30.  This is to accommodate demolition and reconstruction of the special concrete surface that allows the hill to remain open during rain events.  During the first week of April, there will still be closures during the daytime.  The remainder of April there will be intermittent, short-term, closures of lanes on Third Street and Loma Terrace primarily during normal working hours.  The westbound lane on Mermaid, between Second Street and Glenneyre, will remain closed through the end of March.  Traffic control personnel will be engaged through the end of the project to help with traffic flow throughout the downtown area.  For questions concerning construction, please call the project hotline at (949) 464-6686 or visit the Construction Projects section of the Water Quality Department website: www.clbwq.net.

Laguna Canyon Road Utility Undergrounding - On April 4, Southern California Edison is scheduled to begin the process of undergrounding the overhead utilities along the northerly curve of the “big bend” on Laguna Canyon Road.  The construction work will require the outbound lane to be moved to the center lane between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, through June 15, 2016. One lane in each direction is expected to be maintained during most of this period. Depending on traffic impacts, the anticipated day work may be completed at night.  Work outside the roadway is targeted to begin in September, with the poles and wires being removed in mid-2017.

Village Entrance Design Workshop #3- Community members are invited to participate in a Design Workshop for the Village Entrance Project on Wednesday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Center (380 Third Street).  The public input that was received at the two previous workshops has been compiled into preliminary designs that will be discussed and refined at the workshop.   

Art That’s Small at City Hall – Artist Reception and Award Ceremony - On Thursday, March 31, 2016, at 5 p.m. the winners of the annual Art That’s Small at City Hall exhibition will be announced at an Artist Reception at Laguna Beach City Hall, 505 Forest Avenue. The exhibition can be viewed through April 21, 2016. The jurors Hedy Buzan (Artist), Kelsey Irvin (Kelsey Michaels Gallery) and Arabella Cant (Laguna Art Museum) reviewed submissions from artists from throughout Orange County. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

First Friday Flicks at the Forum - First Friday Flicks at the Forum will conclude on Friday, April 1, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the Forum Theatre located at the Festival of Arts grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. The film, “The Salt of the Earth” is about the life and work of photographer Sebastião Salgado, who has spent forty years documenting deprived societies in hidden corners of the world. This film is rated PG-13 with a running time of 110 minutes. This program has been funded through the generosity of Laguna Beach residents Steve Chadima and Mark Porterfield.

Boat Canyon and Alta Laguna Park Restroom Renovations - Interior renovations at the restroom buildings at Boat Canyon Park and Alta Laguna Park have been completed and the restrooms will be reopened on the afternoon of Thursday, March 24.  Temporary restroom facilities will be removed by this weekend.  Installation of a short fence around the Boat Canyon tot lot will be completed by the end of March.

Free Paint and E-Waste Drop-off Event - Laguna Beach residents and businesses are invited to participate in this free drop-off event to dispose of unwanted paint, batteries, CFL bulbs, and E-Waste in a safe and responsible way.  Free shredding service will also be available on site. The event will be held on Saturday, April 9, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the ACT V Parking  lot #16, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road.  This service is hosted by the City and Waste Management.  A detail list of acceptable E-Waste items is available from the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net/recycling.  Participants are reminded to follow the California Department of Transportation regulation limit of 15 gallons or 125 pounds when delivering items to the Act V Parking Lot.  An attendant will remove the items from the vehicle.  Parking will be available for the document shredding services.

Reminder:

Spring & Summer Camp 2016 Registration Activities - Registration for spring quarter recreation activities and summer camps is under way.  The brochure was mailed citywide and is available at the Community & Susi Q Center, Community Pool and Community Services Department, as well as online. A wide variety of programs and classes are offered for all ages.  Register for activities online at www.lagunabeachcity.net (click on Recreation Classes), or by mail-in or drop-off to the Community Services Department at 515 Forest Avenue. Spring session classes begin Monday, April 4.


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: March 17, 2016

Sewer Project Traffic Closures - Beginning Monday, March 21, the Third Street Hill will be closed in both directions 24/7 until March 30.  This is to accommodate demolition and reconstruction of the special concrete pavement used on the steep street.  The special treatment used provides the highest degree of surface traction.  The majority of work should be complete by the end of the first full week in April.  However, there will still be work on the project that will require intermittent, short-term, closures of lanes on Third Street and Loma Terrace primarily during normal working hours.  The westbound lane on Mermaid, between Second Street and Glenneyre, will remain closed through the end of March.  Traffic control personnel will be engaged through the end of the project to help with traffic flow throughout the downtown area.  For questions concerning construction, please call the project hotline at (949) 464-6686 or visit the Construction Projects section of the Water Quality Department website: www.clbwq.net.

Budget Symposium - Please join us on Wednesday, March 23, at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, when the Director of Finance and Finance Officer will be presenting a budget symposium. This symposium is open to the public and will be discussing the timeline and process for adopting the City’s budget, an overview of the City’s governmental and propriety funds, and a general discussion of the City’s major revenues and how these funds are spent. 

Disposal of Sandbags - Residents can dispose of filled sand bags at the Act V Lot, 1900 Laguna Canyon Road. Waste Management has provided a roll-off container for the disposal of filled sand bags. A recycling cart is also available to recycle clean empty sand bags. Residents can also dispose of up to 10 filled sand bags by scheduling a bulky item pickup.  Residents are provided free bulky item collection three (3) times per calendar year and up to 10 items may be collected each time. To schedule a pick-up, contact Waste Management at (949) 642-1191. Filled sand bags should not be placed in the trash or recycling carts.  Storage and re-use of the sand bags is recommended at least through the end of April.

Reminders:

Artist Open Studios - Artist Open Studios will be held on the weekend of March 19 and 20, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants can catch a free shuttle service from the Act V parking lot, located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road, and take advantage of free parking. Over 30 artists will be opening their studios, offering hands-on experiences and insights into their creative process. This is opportunity to see artists working in a variety of media from glass fusion to bronze welding. This event is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach. A brochure and map is available at:

http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=14666.

Government Social Media Golden Post Awards – The City of Laguna Beach’s #becoyotesmart campaign is one of four finalists for the Government Social Media Golden Post Awards in the category of “Social Media Crisis Communications.” The campaign — which was part of a broad effort by the Police Department and other City officials to reach out to the community — offers a series of tips about how to haze coyotes to discourage them from coming into residential areas.  #becoytoesmart is part of City’s work to improve the City of Laguna Beach’s social media presence.  Residents can read more about the campaign and vote for it as a “crowd favorite” here (scroll down to the highlighted entry).

http://conference.governmentsocialmedia.com/crowd-favorite-voting-2016-golden-post-award/#item_1580325.

Historic Preservation Ordinance and Inventory Update Workshops - The City is holding a series of workshops with the Heritage Committee that will focus on different topic areas related to historic preservation with the purpose of formulating a revised Draft Ordinance and Historic Inventory Update.  The next workshop will be held on Monday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers to discuss the existing and proposed processes to modify a historic structure or a potential historic structure.  For more information about upcoming or past meetings please visit:

http://lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/cd/preserve/historicresources.htm.

Boat Canyon and Alta Laguna Park Restroom Renovations - The restroom buildings at Boat Canyon Park and Alta Laguna Park are currently closed for renovations through the end of March. Temporary restroom facilities will be provided during the renovation process. In addition, a short fence will be installed around the tot lot at Boat Canyon Park.

Free Summer Parking in North Laguna - Approximately 50 free parking spaces will once again be available for public parking from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., June 24 through August 31, at the Boat Canyon (“Pavilions”) parking lot at 600 North Coast Highway.  The parking lot will be staffed during operating hours by a City attendant and temporary signage will be installed along Coast Highway directing drivers to the free parking area.  Questions regarding this and other free parking opportunities may be directed to the Parking Management and Operations Division at (949) 497-0740.

Spring & Summer Camp 2016 Registration Activities - Registration for spring quarter recreation activities and summer camps is under way.  The brochure was mailed citywide and is available at the Community & Susi Q Center, Community Pool and Community Services Department, as well as online. A wide variety of programs and classes are offered for all ages.  Register for activities online at www.lagunabeachcity.net (click on Recreation Classes), or by mail-in or drop-off to the Community Services Department at 515 Forest Avenue.


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: March 10, 2016

Sewer Project Traffic Closures – For the week of March 14, the Third Street hill will be closed weekdays between 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After 5:00 p.m. and on weekends.  By the end of the week, we are striving to open both directions of the Third Street hill assuming there are not rain delays.  The westbound lane on Mermaid, between Second Street and Glenneyre, will remain closed through the end of March. Traffic control personnel will be engaged through March to help with traffic flow throughout the downtown area. For questions concerning construction, please call the project hotline at (949) 464-6686 or visit the Construction Projects section of the Water Quality Department website: www.clbwq.net.

Living with Wildlife Community Meeting - On Saturday, March 12, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., Laguna Beach Animal Services will conduct a community presentation on Living with Wildlife at the Susi Q Community Center in the Multi-Purpose Room. The purpose of the presentation is to provide residents with information on how to protect themselves and their pets from attacks by coyotes and other wildlife. The Susi Q Community Center is located at 380 3rd Street in downtown Laguna Beach.  For further information, please contact Civilian Services Supervisor Jim Beres at (949) 464-6669 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Registration for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Course - Please register for the upcoming CERT class. Training will begin on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Classes will then meet weekly from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., including two Saturday morning meetings. Mandatory attendance is required at all classes. To be considered for this training, you must be a resident of Laguna Beach or work within the city limits, be at least 18 years old and have no felony convictions. For questions regarding this press release contact Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or 949-497-0389. Applications must be submitted through the online recreation class sign-up:

https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-lagun... 

Artist Open Studios - Artist Open Studios will be held on the weekend of March 19 and 20, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants can catch a free shuttle service from the Act V parking lot, located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road, and take advantage of free parking. Over 30 artists will be opening their studios, offering hands-on experiences and insights into their creative process. This is opportunity to see artists working in a variety of media from glass fusion to bronze welding. This event is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach. A brochure and map is available at:

http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=14666.

Laguna Avenue Loading Zone - On February 9, 2016, the City Council approved a resolution establishing two passenger loading spaces on the south side of Laguna Avenue between South Coast Highway and Ramona Avenue to be effective from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.  City staff installed passenger loading signage this week and will report on the effectiveness of the loading zone in September 2016.

Free Summer Parking in North Laguna - Approximately 50 free parking spaces will once again be available for public parking from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., June 24 through August 31, at the Boat Canyon (“Pavilions”) parking lot at 600 North Coast Highway.  The parking lot will be staffed during operating hours by a City attendant and temporary signage will be installed along Coast Highway directing drivers to the free parking area.  Questions regarding this and other free parking opportunities may be directed to the Parking Management and Operations Division at (949) 497-0740.

Nita Carman Park Fitness Equipment - The installation of outdoor fitness equipment, consisting of a series of pull-up bars, has been completed at Nita Carman Park.  The equipment is accessible for use with some low landscape construction fencing delineating the newly sodded area to allow for turf establishment.

Daylight Savings Time Sunday, March 13 - The Fire Department wants to ensure that all residents check their smoke alarm batteries this Sunday, March 13, when they move their clock forward one hour for daylight saving time.  If you do not have a smoke alarm, batteries, or a carbon monoxide detector, the Fire Department will provide and install these devices in your home at no cost while supplies last.  Once the online form is submitted, a representative from the Fire Department will contact you and schedule an appointment to determine how many detectors are needed.  It is also a great time to check your disaster supplies and ensure you have sufficient food and water for at least three days for each person and pet in the home.   Detailed information, and a Public Service Announcement, is available on the City’s website:  http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/fire/fire_prevention/default.htm

Government Social Media Golden Post Awards – The City of Laguna Beach’s #becoyotesmart campaign is one of four finalists for the Government Social Media Golden Post Awards in the category of “Social Media Crisis Communications.” The campaign — which was part of a broad effort by the Police Department and other City officials to reach out to the community — offers a series of tips about how to haze coyotes to discourage them from coming into residential areas.  #becoytoesmart is part of City’s work to improve the City of Laguna Beach’s social media presence.  Residents can read more about the campaign and vote for it as a “crowd favorite” here (scroll down to the highlighted entry).

http://conference.governmentsocialmedia.com/crowd-favorite-voting-2016-golden-post-award/#item_1580325.

Reminders: 

2016 Art That’s Small at City Hall - The Arts Commission is currently accepting pre-registration to the 14th annual “Art That’s Small at City Hall” exhibition. The competition is open to Orange County artists 18 years of age or older with two dimensional works measuring 12” or smaller (including the frame). The first place winner will be awarded $500. Artist pre-registration may still be done today, March 9, by completing the application and e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . After today, artist may register on the day of artwork delivery, Saturday, March 12, 2016 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Main doors to City Hall, 505 Forest Avenue. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. Applications are available at:

http://lagunabeach-prod.civicasoft.com/news/displaynews.htm?NewsID=1017&TargetID=20.

Short Term Lodging Ordinance - At its March 16, 2016, meeting the Planning Commission will consider a draft ordinance that proposes amendments to Municipal Code Chapter 25.23, Short-Term Lodging, including a prohibition on short-term-lodging in residential zones, additional standard conditions and requirements for short-term lodging permits in commercial zones, and grandfathering of existing short-term lodging permits. The Planning Commission will also discuss the concepts of home exchanges and home sharing in its consideration of the changes proposed to the ordinance.

Citywide Track & Field Meet - The City of Laguna Beach will host the annual Boys & Girls Track Meet on Friday, March 18, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Laguna Beach High School Track and Field.  All children born in or after the year 2001 and reside or attend school within the Laguna Beach Unified School District boundaries are invited to attend. Participants may enter a maximum of three (3) events.  The top four finishers in each age division and event are eligible to compete at the Orange County Track Meet on May 1, 2016. Please register online at https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=track or submit a completed entry form along with $17 entry fee per child ($22 at the track meet) to the Community Services Department by Thursday, March 17. If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Alexis Braun, Recreation Supervisor, at (949) 497-0762.

Historic Preservation Ordinance and Inventory Update Workshops - The City is holding a series of workshops with the Heritage Committee that will focus on different topic areas related to historic preservation with the purpose of formulating a revised Draft Ordinance and Historic Inventory Update.  The next workshop will be held on Monday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers to discuss the existing and proposed processes to modify a historic structure or a potential historic structure.  For more information about upcoming or past meetings please visit:

http://lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/cd/preserve/historicresources.htm.

Boat Canyon and Alta Laguna Park Restroom Renovations - The restroom buildings at Boat Canyon Park and Alta Laguna Park are currently closed for renovations through the end of March. Temporary restroom facilities will be provided during the renovation process. In addition, a short fence will be installed around the tot lot at Boat Canyon Park.

Spring & Summer Camp 2016 Registration Activities - Registration for spring quarter recreation activities and summer camps is under way.  The brochure was mailed citywide and is available at the Community & Susi Q Center, Community Pool and Community Services Department, as well as online. A wide variety of programs and classes are offered for all ages.  Register for activities online at www.lagunabeachcity.net (click on Recreation Classes), or by mail-in or drop-off to the Community Services Department at 515 Forest Avenue.

How to Report Low flying Aircraft and Noise - The FAA regulates the altitude, speed, direction, or location of aircraft in flight.To reportLow Flying Aircraft, contact--- the local FAA Flight Standards District Office in Long Beach at (562) 420-1755. If you have a complaint about aircraft noise, email the FAA’s Noise Ombudsman atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. orcall (202) 267-3521.  It is important to provide specifics regarding your complaint, including dates and times of the aircraft generating the complaint. Flight tracks can be checked using John Wayne Airport’s web-based aircraft flight tracking system at www.ocair.com/communityrelations/flighttracking/. Information available includes airline, aircraft type, altitude and flight track.


City Council appointed committees now accepting applications – those interested must file by April 8

The City Council is accepting applications for the following Committees, Boards and Commissions: Recreation Committee, Planning Commission, Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee, Housing and Human Services Committee, Arts Commission, the South Laguna Water/Sewer Advisory Commission, and the Environmental Sustainability Committee.

Interviews and appointments will be conducted on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at 6 p.m., by the City Council in the City Council Chambers, 505 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach. All applicants will be interviewed.  Applicants may be contacted by City Council members prior to the interviews and appointments so please be prepared to make a brief statement about your desire to serve on a committee.

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, www.lagunabeachcity.net and file by Friday, April 8, 2016, at 5 p.m. Questions may be directed to the City Clerk’s office at 497-0705. 

Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

Number of positions that will be open and details for the following Committees, Commissions and Boards: (The City Council may reduce the number of committee members at their discretion.)

 

(2) Two-year terms on the Recreation Committee with terms beginning immediately, through March 31, 2018.  The Recreation Committee is a seven-member body that directs their efforts in the area of providing for the recreation and park needs of the community. Meetings are generally held on the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m.

 

(3) Two-year terms on the Planning Commission with terms beginning July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2018.

The Planning Commission is a five-member body appointed by the City Council for the purpose of reviewing and advising the Council on items related to the development and modification of land uses within the City limits. As such, the Commission reviews and recommends action on the development and amendment of the general plan, zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations and special projects related to land use planning. Planning Commissioners serve a two-year term and are compensated in the amount of $357.00 per month. The regular meetings of the Commission are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 6 p.m. Study sessions may be held as part of the regular meeting or at other specified times. A substantial time commitment averaging 4-6 hours a week is necessary to be a Planning Commissioner. Meetings may be four or more hours long and require a great deal of preparation time. In addition to these regular meetings, Commissioners are expected to visit sites and review project proposals prior to the meeting, as well as attend special project workshops. It is desirable to have or be able to acquire certain skills or aptitudes, such as the ability to understand zoning regulations and their effect on allowed land uses. Experience in land use planning, architecture, engineering and/or real estate would be an asset.

 

(6) Two-year terms on the Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee with terms beginning July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2018.  The Emergency Disaster Preparedness Committee is an eleven-member body appointed by the City Council whose charge would be to continually monitor and prepare for future emergencies and disasters. The Committee will make recommendations to the Council and will have staggered terms.  Meetings are generally held on the first Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m.

 

(4) Two-year terms on the Housing and Human Services Committee with terms beginning July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2018.  The Housing and Human Services Committee is currently a seven-member body appointed by the City Council whose charge would be to assess and identify housing opportunities and human needs for all segments of the community; provides input on the City’s Housing Element of the General Plan; informs and makes recommendations to the City Council and other community leaders; and increases community awareness of programs to fill these needs. Meetings are generally held on the first Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m.

 

(3) Terms on the Arts Commission with terms beginning July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2018. The Arts Commission is a seven-member commission appointed by the City Council. Four of the seven members must be actively participating in the arts. The Commissioners are compensated in the amount of $125.00 per month. The Arts Commission has the power and duty to act in an advisory capacity to the City Council in all matters pertaining to the artistic aspects of the City. Additionally, commissioners recommend to the City Council the adoption of such ordinances, rules and regulations as they may deem necessary for the administration and preservation of the fine/performing arts of the community. One of the major projects of the Commission is the City’s Art-in-Public-Places Program. Commission meetings are generally held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 5:30 p.m.  Meeting and preparation time may exceed several hours per week.

 

(3) Terms on the South Laguna Water/Sewer Advisory Committee beginning July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2020, (4-year terms). The South Coast Water District has provided water and sewer services since 1999 to the community of South Laguna – from Nyes Place to Three Arch Bay. The South Laguna Water & Sewer Advisory Committee meets quarterly to discuss water and sewer related projects, programs and topics of interest for the South Laguna area. Advisory Committee members include South Laguna residents appointed by the Laguna Beach City Council and elected officials from the City of Laguna Beach and South Coast Water District. 

 

(3) Terms on the Environmental Sustainability Committee with terms beginning immediately through March 31, 2018. The Environmental Sustainability Committee is a seven-member advisory body to the City Council.  The purpose for the Committee is researching, reviewing and advising the Council on items related to protecting the environment and improving the community’s future sustainability.  The Committee receives its work assignments from the City Council.  Committee members typically work in subcommittees to research issues and policies and prepare recommendations for approval by the Committee for submission to the City Council.  A personal time commitment of 10-15 hours per month may be necessary to accomplish tasks.  Regular meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Meetings may be two or more hours, and often require a great deal of preparation time.

For further information contact Lisette Chel-Walker CMC, Laguna Beach City Clerk, at the City Clerk’s office, or on-line at www.lagunabeachcity.net


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: March 3, 2016

Patriot’s Day Parade- This year’s Patriots Day Parade is scheduled to take place this Saturday, March 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Road closures near and along the parade route will begin downtown at 10:00 a.m. To help with traffic the City’s Weekend Trolley Service will begin at 9:00 a.m. The Farmers’ Market will be closed this week, and will return on Saturday, March 12. For more detailed information and to view the media release, please visit:

http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/civica/press/display.asp?layout=1&Entry=396.

Sewer Project Traffic Closures - For the week of March 7, the uphill side of the Third Street hill will be closed at 7:30 a.m. and reopened at 5:00 p.m. each weekday.  The uphill side of the hill will be open all day on the weekend.  Barring weather delays, the downhill side of Third Street hill will be reopened for the evenings only after the target date of March 9.  Thereafter, the downhill side of Third Street hill will be closed on the same schedule as the uphill side.  The westbound lane on Mermaid, between Second Street and Glenneyre, will remain closed through the end of March. Traffic control personnel will be engaged through March to help with traffic flow throughout the downtown area. For questions concerning construction, please call the project hotline at (949) 464-6686 or visit the Construction Projects section of the Water Quality Department website: www.clbwq.net.

Coast Highway Roadwork in South Laguna - Re-striping the roadway will be the final phase of the Gas Company’s gas main replacement project on Coast Highway between Vista Del Sol and the southerly City limits.  On Tuesday, March 8, one southbound travel lane will be closed from 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., to accommodate the striping work. Advisory signage of the upcoming closure was placed on Coast Highway on February 29.

OCTA Bus Service Plan Approved - On Monday, February 22, 2016, the OCTA Board of Directors approved the 2016 Bus Service Plan. The approved recommendations can be found on page 80 of the Board’s staff report available on the OCTA website at the following link: http://www.octa.net/Bus/Final-2016-Service-Change/. The changes will not affect transit service in Laguna Beach. Questions about the Plan may be directed to Andrea West in OCTA’s Government Relations Division.  Andrea can be reached at (714) 560-5611 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Police Department Manager to be Honored - Support Services Supervisor Kristen Berry has been selected as the 2015 Supervisor of the Year by the California Public Safety Radio Association (CPSRA)!  Kristen was selected from an elite group of professionals who serve several law enforcement organizations across Southern California. She currently supervises a team of twenty people, which include; dispatchers, records specialists, the fleet manager and computer operator. 

Building Official - Congratulations to Laguna Beach Building Official, Dennis Bogle, who was recently elected the 2016 President of The International Code Council, Orange Empire Chapter.  The last time a building official from Laguna Beach represented this organization was 1965 when Clyde Spring presided.

Artist Open Studios - Artist Open Studios will be held on the weekend of March 19 and 20, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants can catch a free shuttle service from the Act V parking lot, located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road, and take advantage of free parking. Over 30 artists will be opening their studios, offering hands-on experiences and insights into their creative process. This is an opportunity to see artists working in a variety of media from glass fusion to bronze welding. This event is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach. A brochure and map is available at:

http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=14666

Parents’ Night Out - The NEW Community Service Department event, “Parents’ Night Out” was held last Friday evening at the Community and Susi Q Center.  A total of 13 children were in attendance.  The evening started off with children painting handmade porcelain vases with local Sawdust Artist Patty Slowsky. Then the attendees ate a pizza dinner together and continued the night with more arts and crafts, puzzles, games, popcorn, and a movie. The parents were able to enjoy an evening out and were directed to the Chamber of Commerce for tips on where to dine, and things to do in town.  The next Parents’ Night Out program will be on held on Friday, April 29, 2016, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at the same location. To register visit the City of Laguna Beach website at https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog. For more information call Patty Quilter (949) 464-9535.

Short Term Lodging Ordinance - At its March 16, 2016, meeting the Planning Commission will consider a draft ordinance that proposes amendments to Municipal Code Chapter 25.23, Short-Term Lodging, including a prohibition on short-term-lodging in residential zones, additional standard conditions and requirements for short-term lodging permits in commercial zones, and grandfathering of existing short-term lodging permits. The Planning Commission will also discuss the concepts of home exchanges and home sharing in its consideration of the changes proposed to the ordinance.

Historic Preservation Ordinance and Inventory Update Workshops - The City is holding a series of workshops with the Heritage Committee that will focus on different topic areas related to historic preservation with the purpose of formulating a revised Draft Ordinance and Historic Inventory Update.  The next workshop will be held on Monday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers to discuss the existing and proposed processes to modify a historic structure or a potential historic structure.  For more information about upcoming or past meetings please visit:

http://lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/cd/preserve/historicresources.htm.

Reminders:

Boat Canyon and Alta Laguna Park Restroom Renovations - The restroom buildings at Boat Canyon Park and Alta Laguna Park are currently closed for renovations through the end of March. Temporary restroom facilities will be provided during the renovation process. In addition, a short fence will be installed around the tot lot at Boat Canyon Park.

2016 Banner Competition- The Arts Commission is currently accepting banner designs for the annual competition. The banners are displayed on lampposts through the City and are a celebration of the community. The competition is open to Orange County artists 18 years of age or older. Artists may submit one proposal to the scale of 4” x 16”. Winning artists will be awarded $2,200 to paint their design on a provided banner which measures 4’ by 16’. The deadline for proposals is Friday, March 11, 2016. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. Applications and information is available at:

http://lagunabeach-prod.civicasoft.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=15082 

2016 Art That’s Small at City Hall - The Arts Commission is currently accepting pre-registration to the 14th annual “Art That’s Small at City Hall” exhibition. The competition is open to Orange County artists 18 years of age or older with two dimensional works measuring 12” or smaller (including the frame). The first place winner will be awarded $500. Artist may pre-register through March 9, 2016 by completing the application and e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Artist may also register on the day of artwork delivery, Saturday, March 12, 2016 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Main doors to City Hall, 505 Forest Avenue. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. Applications are available at http://lagunabeach-prod.civicasoft.com/news/displaynews.htm?NewsID=1017&TargetID=20.

Citywide Track & Field Meet - The City of Laguna Beach will host the annual Boys & Girls Track Meet on Friday, March 18, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Laguna Beach High School Track and Field.  All children born in or after the year 2001 and reside or attend school within the Laguna Beach Unified School District boundaries are invited to attend. Participants may enter a maximum of three (3) events.  The top four finishers in each age division and event are eligible to compete at the Orange County Track Meet on May 1, 2016. Please register online at https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=track or submit a completed entry form along with $17 entry fee per child ($22 at the track meet) to the Community Services Department by Thursday, March 17. If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Alexis Braun, Recreation Supervisor, at (949) 497-0762.

How to Report Low flying Aircraft and Noise - The FAA regulates the altitude, speed, direction, or location of aircraft in flight.To reportLow Flying Aircraft, contact--- the local FAA Flight Standards District Office in Long Beach at (562) 420-1755. If you have a complaint about aircraft noise, email the FAA’s Noise Ombudsman atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. orcall (202) 267-3521.  It is important to provide specifics regarding your complaint, including dates and times of the aircraft generating the complaint. Flight tracks can be checked using John Wayne Airport’s web-based aircraft flight tracking system at www.ocair.com/communityrelations/flighttracking/.  Information available includes airline, aircraft type, altitude and flight track.

Spring & Summer Camp 2016 Registration Activities - Registration for spring quarter recreation activities and summer camps is under way.  The brochure was mailed citywide and is available at the Community & Susi Q Center, Community Pool and Community Services Department, as well as online. A wide variety of programs and classes are offered for all ages.  Register for activities online at www.lagunabeachcity.net (click on Recreation Classes), or by mail-in or drop-off to the Community Services Department at 515 Forest Ave.


March 16 Planning Commission meeting will discuss homeowner “short-term lodging” aka vacation rentals

The Laguna Beach Planning Commission will discuss the topic of short-term lodging (also known as vacation rentals) at its next meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, March 16 starting at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 505 Forest Avenue.

The Planning Commission will consider a draft ordinance that proposes amendments to Municipal Code Chapter 25.23, Short-Term Lodging, including a prohibition on short-term-lodging in residential zones, additional standard conditions and requirements for short-term lodging permits in commercial zones, and grandfathering of existing short-term lodging permits. The Planning Commission will also discuss the concepts of home exchanges and home sharing in its consideration of the changes proposed to the ordinance.

Planning Commission meetings are open to the public.  They are also broadcast on the government channel, streamed on the City’s website, and archived on the City’s website for future viewing. To view a copy of the staff report for this item, please refer to the City’s website: www.lagunabeachcity.net  It will be available by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 11.


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: February 25, 2016

Strong Weekend Trolley Ridership - The popularity of the City’s off-season weekend trolley service continues to grow.  Total ridership for the past Presidents’ Day weekend was 10,291 passengers compared to 7,185 passengers transported in March 2015.  Some likely explanations for the service’s recent growth include summer-like weather conditions, holiday break, and a growing familiarity with the service.  Also, the City’s transit team has improved its management of the operations based on lessons learned during last spring’s rollout of the off-season program.

How to Report Low flying Aircraft and Noise - The FAA regulates the altitude, speed, direction, or location of aircraft in flight.To reportLow Flying Aircraft, contact--- the local FAA Flight Standards District Office in Long Beach at (562) 420-1755. If you have a complaint about aircraft noise, email the FAA’s Noise Ombudsman atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. orcall (202) 267-3521.  It is important to provide specifics regarding your complaint, including dates and times of the aircraft generating the complaint. Flight tracks can be checked using John Wayne Airport’s web-based aircraft flight tracking system at www.ocair.com/communityrelations/flighttracking/.  Information available includes airline, aircraft type, altitude and flight track.

City Approved to Purchase Three Vacant Parcels - The County of Orange provides cities with limited opportunities to purchase tax defaulted properties within their jurisdictions. In June 2015, the City Council approved the purchase of three vacant parcels in Arch Beach Heights for a total of $6,000 and the County Board of Supervisors recently approved the purchase.  On February 9, 2016, the City Council adopted a resolution indicating their interest in acquiring another vacant parcel in Arch Beach Heights should it become available in the County’s auction process.  If the property becomes available, the City Council will consider approving its acquisition at a regularly scheduled City Council meeting.

Boat Canyon and Alta Laguna Park Restroom Renovations - The restroom buildings at Boat Canyon Park and Alta Laguna Park will be closed for renovations from February 29 through the end of March. Temporary restroom facilities will be provided during the renovation process. In addition, a short fence will be installed around the tot lot at Boat Canyon Park.

Nita Carman Park Fitness Equipment - New outdoor fitness equipment, consisting of a series of pull up bars, is currently being installed at Nita Carman Park.  The park will remain open during construction, and the fitness equipment is scheduled to be available for use by March 4.

Sewer Project Traffic Closures – For the week of February 29, the uphill side of the Third Street hill will be closed at 8:30 a.m. and reopened at 5:30 p.m. each weekday.  The uphill side of the Third Street hill will be open all day on the weekends.  The downhill side of Third Street hill and the westbound lane on Mermaid, between Second Street and Glenneyre, will remain closed through the end of March. Traffic control personnel will be engaged through March to help with traffic flow throughout the downtown area. For questions concerning construction, please call the project hotline at (949) 464-6686 or visit the Construction Projects section of the Water Quality Department website: www.clbwq.net.

Spring & Summer Camp 2016 Registration Activities - Registration for spring quarter recreation activities and summer camps begins Monday, February 29.  The brochure has been mailed citywide and is now available at the Community & Susi Q Center, Community Pool and Community Services Department, as well as online. A wide variety of programs and classes are offered for all ages.  Register for activities online at www.lagunabeachcity.net (click on Recreation Classes), or by mail-in or drop-off to the Community Services Department at 515 Forest Avenue.

First Friday Flicks at the Forum - First Friday Flicks at the Forum will be held on Friday, March 4, 2016 at the Forum Theatre located at the Festival of Arts grounds at 650 Laguna Canyon Road screening the film “Amy”. The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, features unseen archival footage and unheard tracks. This film is rated R with a running time of 128 minutes. This program has been funded through the generosity of Laguna Beach residents Steve Chadima and Mark Porterfield.

2016 Banner Competition- The Arts Commission is currently accepting banner designs for the annual competition. The banners are displayed on lampposts through the City and are a celebration of the community. The competition is open to Orange County artists 18 years of age or older. Artists may submit one proposal to the scale of 4” x 16”. Winning artists will be awarded $2,200 to paint their design on a provided banner which measures 4’ by 16’. The deadline for proposals is Friday, March 11, 2015. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. Applications and information is available at:

http://lagunabeach-prod.civicasoft.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=15082

2016 Art That’s Small at City Hall - The Arts Commission is currently accepting pre-registration to the 14th annual “Art That’s Small at City Hall” exhibition. The competition is open to Orange County artists 18 years of age or older with two dimensional works measuring 12” or smaller (including the frame). The first place winner will be awarded $500. Artist may pre-register through March 9, 2016 by completing the application and e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Artist may also register on the day of artwork delivery, Saturday, March 12, 2016 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Main doors to City Hall, 505 Forest Avenue. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. Applications are available at http://lagunabeach-prod.civicasoft.com/news/displaynews.htm?NewsID=1017&TargetID=20.

Arts Marketing Workshop - The City of Laguna Beach is collaborating with the National Arts Marketing Project, a program of Americans for the Arts and will be offering a free arts marketing workshop for artists on March 3, 2016. Due to overwhelming demand the workshop limit of 60 was filled on the day of the announcement. If you are interested in participating in future workshops contact Sian Poeschl, Cultural Arts Manager will be at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach.

Reminders:

Community Assistance Grants - The City of Laguna Beach is now accepting applications for 2016-2017 Community Assistance Grants. The Community Assistance Grant program is available to non-profit and/or public organizations that provide special services to residents of Laguna Beach. The objective of this program is to assist local organizations in funding new projects and/or expanded services within our community. Organizations applying for Fiscal Year 2016-17 Community Assistance Grant funds will find additional information and may download the application from the City’s website: http://lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/community/grants/.  To be considered for a grant, applications must be received by tomorrow, February 26, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

Training On How To Use The New City Website - City staff will be hosting an educational training sessions on the new City website.  Residents will learn about the site’s new features and how to easily navigate through the menus and pages to find information about City meetings, departments, news and events.  The session will be held on Monday, February 29, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. For those who cannot attend, the training session will be videotaped and made available on the City website.

Heritage Committee Workshops - The City is in the process of holding a series of workshops with the Heritage Committee that will focus on different topic areas related to historic preservation with the purpose of formulating a revised Draft Ordinance and Historic Inventory Update.  The next workshop will be held on Tuesday, March 1, at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers to discuss the “C- Contributive” property rating and the option to include a Structure of Merit Program in the draft update to the Historic Preservation Ordinance.  For more information or information about past meetings please visit:

http://lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/cd/preserve/historicresources.htm.

Citywide Track & Field Meet - The City of Laguna Beach will host the annual Boys & Girls Track Meet on Friday, March 18, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Laguna Beach High School Track and Field.  All children born in or after the year 2001 and reside or attend school within the Laguna Beach Unified School District boundaries are invited to attend. Participants may enter a maximum of three (3) events.  The top four finishers in each age division and event are eligible to compete at the Orange County Track Meet on May 1, 2016. Please register online at https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog/index?search=track or submit a completed entry form along with $17 entry fee per child ($22 at the track meet) to the Community Services Department by Thursday, March 17. If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Alexis Braun, Recreation Supervisor, at (949) 497-0762.

 

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