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: May 19, 2016

53rd Brooks Street Surf Contest– The waiting period for the 53rd Brooks Street Surf Contest begins on Friday, June 3. The surf contest, touted as the oldest surfing classic in the world, is open to Laguna Beach residents only.  This year, the contest “window” will include Fridays in addition to the weekend to increase the likelihood the event will occur.  To download the registration form, please visit www.lagunabeachcity.net or call the Community Services Department at (949) 497-0304 for more information. 

Protest Against Monsanto:On Saturday, May 21, there will be a protest at the Main Beach cobblestone against Monsanto. This is a yearly occurrence and there have never been any issues. The police department will be monitoring the event.

Proposed Increases to Residential Solid Waste Service Rates - The City Council will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers to consider increasing residential solid waste service rates by 2.5% for each of the next three fiscal years, starting in fiscal year 2016-17. Residential service rates are for single to five-plex units. Public hearing notices were sent to property owners in early April and mailed to their mailing addresses as shown on the latest property tax roll. Questions regarding the proposed rate increases should be directed to the Public Works Department’sSenior Administrative Analyst, Liz Avila, via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (949) 497-0344. 

Successful Annual Compost Giveaway - Last Saturday, the City conducted the annual compost giveaway event in appreciation of recycling efforts by Laguna Beach residents. The City’s contract waste hauler, Waste Management, supplied 20 tons of compost made from recycled green waste.   Approximately 300 residents were there for their free compost.

Construction Work on Broadway – On May 23 and 24, one westbound lane on Broadway will be closed in front of Whole Foods market to allow construction of a sewer lateral in the roadway.    Minor traffic delays can be anticipated during the working hours, which are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

“My Laguna” Photo Contest 2016 - “My Laguna” Photo Contest 2016: To celebrate Laguna Beach, the City is sponsoring its second annual Photo Contest. Photographers are invited to submit high-resolution photographs fitting the theme “My Laguna.” Entries are due by 5:30 p.m. on June 1, 2016. We are looking for original perspectives on life in Laguna Beach and encourage images that depict the vibrancy, vitality, and livability or our City. Photographs may be entered in the categories of “Parks and Open Space,” “Built Environment,” “Community Life,” and “Beach Life.” Participants must live, work, or exhibit in Laguna Beach. All images must be taken within the city limits of Laguna Beach. Winning entries will receive $100, recognition at a City Council Meeting, be featured on the City’s social media channels, and be posted in a gallery on the City’s website. For details, complete rules, and information about how to enter, visit http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/community/photo_contest.htm.


Updates from the Laguna Beach City Manager’s office

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

Released: May 12, 2016

Police Department Hosts Bike Rodeo- The Laguna Beach Police Department is hosting its second Bike Rodeo on Sunday May 15, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Parking Lot #11 off of Laguna Canyon Road at Forest Avenue.  The Bike Rodeo is intended to promote the safe and legal operation of bicycles within our community especially for young children and teens.  Attendees can participate in an obstacle course, watch a professional BMX team stunt show, eat free hot dogs, and have a chance at winning a raffled bicycle.  This event was well attended last year so people are urged to come early and beat the crowds.   

Firefighters Conduct Live Fire Training - Laguna Beach Firefighters have begun “live fire training” with Firefighters from Anaheim and Orange.  This specialized training is being conducted in Anaheim and all Laguna Beach Firefighters will have an opportunity to participate in the four hour exercises. 

Lumber Yard Parking Lot Construction Activity - To accommodate the remaining construction for the new sewer system junction structure at the Lumberyard parking lot, a portion of the parking lot will be closed to the public (stalls nearest the lift station). The expected parking stall closures will be from Monday, May 16 to Monday May 23. 

City Manager Speaking – The City Manager will be speaking to the Laguna Beach Business Club at Hotel Laguna on Thursday, May 19th.  The meeting starts at 7:30 a.m.

Reminders:

Free Compost Giveaway on May 14th - The annual compost giveaway event will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to noon, at the ACT V Lot #16, located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road.  Free compost will be available in appreciation of the recycling efforts by Laguna Beach residents by the City’s contract solid waste hauler, Waste Management and their green waste recycler, Tierra Verde Industries.  This is a self-service event.  Please bring gloves, shovels, and 5-gallon containers.  There will be a limit of 5 containers per household and Sand bags will be available if you don’t have any containers. Limited quantities of bagged compost for up to four bags per household will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/recycling for more information.

Traffic Congestion Town Hall Meeting on May 17th – The City of Laguna Beach will host a town hall meeting on traffic congestion on Tuesday, May 17, at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 505 Forest Avenue in Laguna Beach.  City staff will present information about the Third Street Hill project, general causes of traffic congestion, and efforts to reduce traffic congestion in the future.  The public is invited to attend this town hall meeting which will also be broadcast on the government channel 852, streamed on the City’s website, and archived on the City’s website for future viewing.


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: May 5, 2016

“My Laguna” Photo Contest 2016 - “My Laguna” Photo Contest 2016: To celebrate Laguna Beach, the City is sponsoring its second annual Photo Contest. Photographers are invited to submit high-resolution photographs fitting the theme “My Laguna.” Entries are due by 5:30 p.m. On June 1, 2016. We are looking for original perspectives on life in Laguna Beach and encourage images that depict the vibrancy, vitality, and livability or our City. Photographs may be entered in the categories of “Parks and Open Space,” “Built Environment,” “Community Life,” and “Beach Life.” Participants must live, work, or exhibit in Laguna Beach. All images must be taken within the city limits of Laguna Beach. Winning entries will receive $100, recognition at a City Council Meeting, be featured on the City’s social media channels, and be posted in a gallery on the City’s website. For details, complete rules, and information about how to enter, visit http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/community/photo_contest.htm.

Laguna Beach Represented at County Track Meet - On Sunday, May 1, fifty local youth participated in the Orange County Track and Field Championships at Laguna Hills High School.  The Laguna Beach Track Team is comprised of boys and girls ranging from 5 to 14 years of age. They competed in various running and field events. The Laguna Beach team had 16 participants that placed in the top four in their respective events and are moving on to the Southern California Championships in Downey on Sunday, June 5.

Coast Highway Utility Removal- Southern California Gas Company is scheduled to de-energize and remove a gas line on Coast Highway from May 9 through 26, Monday through Thursday, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  The utility removal work will require the closure of the southbound sidewalk, shoulder and outside travel lane of Coast Highway from Wesley Drive to Aliso Way.  One southbound lane will be maintained for travel and northbound lanes will not be affected during this period.  The contact for this project is Devon Weaklend, Southern California Gas Company Project Field Supervisor, at (951) 867-8129. 

Public Restrooms at 375 Broadway St. Closed for Sidewalk Replacement - Removal and replacement of the deteriorated sidewalks leading to the public restrooms at 375 Broadway started yesterday.  The public restrooms will be closed during the construction. Portable restrooms will be provided on the site.  The project is scheduled to be completed on Friday, May 13. 

Free Compost Giveaway on May 14th - The annual compost giveaway event will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to noon, at the ACT V Lot #16, located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road.  Free compost will be available in appreciation of the recycling efforts by Laguna Beach residents by the City’s contract solid waste hauler, Waste Management and their green waste recycler, Tierra Verde Industries.  This is a self-service event.  Please bring gloves, shovels, and 5-gallon containers.  There will be a limit of 5 containers per household and Sand bags will be available if you don’t have any containers. Limited quantities of bagged compost for up to four bags per household will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/recycling for more information.

Farmers’ Market Relocation - On Saturday, May 7, the Laguna Beach Farmers’ Market will return to the Lumberyard parking lot (Lot 12) located at 521 Forest Avenue.  The market is open from 8:00 a.m. to noon (rain or shine).

North Laguna Neighborhood Trolley Service - On Thursday, April 28, City staff held a town hall meeting with residents in North Laguna to answer questions and address concerns regarding the Neighborhood Trolley Pilot Program.  Residents shared significant concerns about the proposed pilot program, indicating that the proposed modified route could have negative impacts to their coastal community by intensifying parking needs, vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic, noise and light impacts.  As a result of the residential feedback and the close proximity of North Laguna neighborhoods to the existing summer festival coastal route, staff will recommend to the City Council on May 10 that the North Laguna neighborhood trolley route be removed from the 10-week pilot program.

Wildfire Awareness Week - This week is National Wildfire Awareness Week.  It is a good time to remember that the 1993 “Laguna Fire,” which occurred on October 27, is still the seventh most costliest wildfire in US history.  This fire burned over 16,000 acres of wildland and destroyed or damaged over 400 homes in Laguna Beach.  Only last week the State’s fire agency, Cal Fire, identified power lines as the cause of the deadly “Butte Fire” that burned 70,000 acres, destroyed 900 structures, and killed two people last year in Northern California. Residents and property owners are encouraged to ensure their homes are “fire-safe” today before a wildfire strikes.  Information on how to protect your property can be found on

the Fire Department webpage at: http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/fire/fire_prevention/default.htm

You can also sign up for a free Wildfire Consultation and a member of the Fire Department will come out and provide information on how you can “harden” your home against wildfire.  Finally, it is also important to know that the City is taking wildfire prevention measures to the State Capital with the introduction of SB1463 to require utility companies to ensure that their systems are safe to operate in areas of high fire hazards. 

Firefighter Quest for Burn Survivors to Visit Laguna Beach on Tuesday - A caravan of fire engines, police cars, support vehicles and burn survivors will be visiting Fire Station One next to City Hall on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at approximately 1:00 p.m.  

CERT Spots Still Available! - The Laguna Beach Police Department still has spaces left for individuals interested in taking the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Training will begin on Wednesday, May 11. Classes will then meet weekly from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., including two Saturday morning meetings. Applications must be submitted through the online recreation class sign-up https://secure.rec1.com/CA/city-of-laguna-beach/catalog.

Police Chief Speaking to Rotary Club - On Friday, May 6, the police chief will speak at the weekly Rotary club meeting at the Hotel Laguna at noon.


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: April 28, 2016

Sunset Serenades - Every Friday evening from May 6 through May 27, 2016, at 6:30 p.m., the Arts Commission will present Sunset Serenades. The free concerts are held at Heisler Park Amphitheatre with a variety of music genres.

5/6         Michelle Raitzin (Sings Bowie)

5/13       Devil’s Box String Band (Fiddle & Guitar)

5/20       Hugh Jorgan Trio (Jazz)

5/27       Featuring 4 Singer Songwriters

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

Implementation of Temporary Parklet in front of 234 Forest (Alessá Restaurant) - As part of the temporary pilot demonstration projects approved by the City Council, the restaurant Alessá, located at 234 Forest Avenue, will install a temporary parklet within two parking spaces in front of the restaurant for a 60-day trial basis.  The parklet concept involves creating more outdoor seating and dining areas in the downtown and may assist in addressing topics in the Downtown Specific Plan Update project related to parking, circulation, transit, landscaping and streetscape.  Installation of the temporary parklet will begin the morning of Monday, May 2, 2016, and it is anticipated to be complete by the end of the week. 

Neighborhood Meetings for Beach Access Replacements - The City of Laguna Beach is proposing to replace the existing beach access amenities at three locations: Agate Street, Thalia Street, and Pearl Street.  The projects will remove and replace the existing stairs, pathways, benches and landscaping at each location.  Conceptual designs have been prepared and can be reviewed at www.lagunabeachcity.neton the Public Works page.  To learn more about the projects and to provide input, please attend one of the following on-site meetings:

Agate Street Beach Access on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Thalia Street Beach Access on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Pearl Street Beach Access on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, or are unable to attend the meeting and would like to provide comments, please contact Wade Brown at (949) 497-0360 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Summer 2016 Recreation Registration - Registration for the summer quarter recreation activities begins Monday, May 2.  The summer brochure is being mailed citywide this week and will be available at the Community & Susi Q Center, Community Pool and Community Services Department, as well as online beginning Monday May 2. A wide variety of programs and classes are being 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.

Urban Water Diversion Units Placed Online - The Water Quality Department has placed the City’s urban water diversion units back online for the summer season.  The city maintains 25 urban water diversion units primarily along the coastline.  These diversion units serve to redirect over irrigation and other non-storm water, collected in the storm drain, to the sewer system.  These structures function to divert pollutants such as brake dust, oil, hydrocarbons from tires, fertilizers from landscaping, pesticides, and other debris to the sewer system.  Over the course of a year, an average of about 8 tons of debris and pollutants are pulled out of the diversion structures and hauled away for disposal.

Pipeline Construction on Victoria Place - An existing sewer pipeline will be replaced; located on Victoria Place, in between Solana Way and South Coast Highway.  Construction will begin May 2, 2016 and will be completed no later than May 13, 2013.  Victoria Place (in front of Dizz’s As Is) will be closed to through traffic from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  There will be no impacts to Coast Highway traffic.  The work area around Dizz’s As Is will be opened for parking each evening during the project.

Reminder:

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-laguna-beach/catalog.


Historic Inventory Resource update and Draft Ordinance workshop will be held at city hall on June 16

The City of Laguna Beach will hold a public workshop with the Heritage Committee on Thursday, June 16, at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the City Council Chambers (505 Forest Avenue). The workshop will be held to review a revised draft of the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance. Please note that the previously scheduled workshop on April 18 will not be held.

The City of Laguna Beach is in the process of updating its current Historic Preservation Ordinance as it relates to an updated field survey that was recently conducted by Ostashay and Associates Consulting, a historic preservation firm. Public workshops were held on March 18, 2013, March 15, 2014, December 8, 2014, April 28, 2015 and September 15, 2015 to discuss the current field survey and other historic preservation topics as they relate to the Historic Preservation Ordinance.

At the workshop held on September 15, 2015, it was determined that the City would host a series of workshops with the Heritage Committee to focus on several topics to be considered in the draft Historic Preservation Ordinance update. On October 19, 2015, November 16, 2015 and January 25, March 1, and March 21, workshops were held to discuss the topics listed within the historic preservation ordinance. The discussion at each of these workshops will be referenced to revise the draft Ordinance.

The next workshop (as mentioned above) will be held to review a revised draft of the Historic Preservation Ordinance with the Heritage Committee and the public. The draft ordinance is scheduled to be published on the City website (address below) by Friday June 3. It is anticipated that additional workshops/meetings may be required to further review the draft ordinance prior to the future Planning Commission and City Council review of the ordinance. These additional dates will be discussed at the upcoming workshop.

A copy of the previously reviewed draft ordinance (dated 4/20/15), the draft inventory and information about the upcoming workshops and past workshops relating to the Historic Inventory Update can be found at: http://lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/cd/preserve/historicresources.htm

For additional information or questions, please contact Martina Caron, Senior Planner at (949) 464-6629 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Mayor & City Manager to speak at “State of the City” May 12

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will host its annual “State of the City” luncheon on Thursday, May 12, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 Coast Highway.

The luncheon is a great opportunity to get an up-close look at city activities. Laguna Beach Mayor Steve Dicterow and City Manager John Pietig will present a state of the city address. Chamber President Larry Nokes will provide a brief overview of the Chamber’s recent highlights of the past 12 months and goals for the near future. 

This annual tradition brings out members across the community including non-profits, arts and cultural organizations, business and hospitality industry reps and other civic-minded individuals. The event is open to the public.

As host of the event, the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce promotes, represents, and supports local businesses in Laguna, and advocates on their behalf. Now in its 99th year of operation, the Chamber also serves as the business resource center for the community. On an ongoing basis, the Chamber hosts educational seminars, luncheons, and networking events for local businesses and citizens. 

Admission is $65 per person; please register through the Chamber’s website, at LagunaBeachChamber.org, “events” tab; or by contacting the Chamber at (949) 494-1018. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available.


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: April 21, 2016

Kristen Berry Honored as the Dispatch Center Supervisor of the Year - Police Department Support Services Supervisor Kristen Berry was awarded “Supervisor of the Year” by the California Public Safety Dispatchers Association at their annual Awards Banquet held on Thursday, April 14 at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel.  Kristen was selected from an esteemed group of dispatch center supervisors from across Southern California.  Her accomplishments, and ability to manage the dispatch center during stressful times, led to her becoming the immediate choice of the group.  The Laguna Beach Police and Fire Chief added both of their congratulations to this well deserving public safety supervisor.   

Coast Highway Utility Connection - Southern California Gas Company is scheduled to perform gas service connection on Coast Highway from May 2 through 5, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  The utility connection work will require the closure of the southbound outside travel lane of Coast Highway from Hinkle Place to Montage Resort Drive.  One southbound lane will be maintained for travel and northbound lanes will not be affected during this period.

Paint and E-Waste Drop-off Event a Success - The City and Waste Management’s third annual waste collection event held on April 9 was a huge success. Over 900 vehicles drove through the Act V Lot and dropped off approximately 20 tons of waste. Participation from residents and businesses tripled compared to last year’s 270 vehicles and doubled the amount of waste collected.  In addition, 6 tons of paper were shredded and recycled.  The most popular items collected were approximately 13 tons of paint and over 6 tons of E-waste that included televisions, laptops, and computers.  Depending on the type of material collected, some items were processed and recycled in California while other items were sent out of State to be recycled. Thank you to all the residents and businesses that participated in this annual event.  Residents who were unable to attend the event can still recycle these items on an on-going basis. Visit the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net/recycling for more information.

Reminders:

Verizon Building Underground Storage Tank Removal - On April 18, Verizon began removing an underground diesel storage tank on Beach Street at Broadway. To accommodate the removal operation, lanes have been shifted to the center of Beach Street between Broadway and Ocean Avenue with one lane in each direction still available for traffic. This traffic pattern will be in place 24-hours per day for the three week project duration.  Questions and concerns can be directed to Spencer Kissick, Project Manager with Sunwest Engineering Constructors, at (888) 588-8737 ext. 7012.

Utility Repairs on Park Avenue near Bern Drive - On April 25, Southern California Edison will begin replacing an electric vault under the sidewalk on Park Avenue adjacent to Bern Drive. Construction hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. No traffic impacts are expected, and the work is scheduled to take four weeks to complete.

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

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Replacements - The two electric car charging stations were removed from the Forest/Laguna parking lot for replacement on Monday, April 11.  The stations will be replaced and back in service by May 6.  The link provided below can be used to locate the next nearest ChargePoint station while the current stations are down for replacement.  https://na.chargepoint.com/charge_point.

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-laguna-beach/catalog.

Heritage Month - Celebrate Heritage Month this May and enjoy the many scheduled activities and events.  Activities and tours are scheduled throughout the entire month of May.  A calendar of all the events will be posted on the City website at: 

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


Updates from the Laguna Beach City Manager’s office

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

Released: April 14, 2016

Leadership Laguna: A Citizens’ Academy - Laguna Beach Community Foundation and the City will be hosting a free, five-week citizen awareness program for residents to learn about city operations and how to participate in civic affairs.  Sessions take place on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. beginning on May 5, 2016.  Each session will cover aspects of local government, featuring presentations from department leaders.  Leadership Laguna will answer your questions about City government and offer an insider look to encourage your involvement in our community. Space is limited! To apply, please visit:

http://www.lagunabeachcf.org/leadership-laguna.html

Art That’s Small at City Hall - On Thursday, March 31, 2016 Mayor Steve Dicterow announced the winners of the current exhibition “Art That’s Small at City Hall.”   The exhibition was juried by Hedy Buzan (Artist); Kelsey Irvin (Kelsey Michaels Gallery); and Arabella Cant (Laguna Art Museum.) Winners are: 1st Alan Espinosa; 2nd Elizabeth McGhee; 3rd Bingshan Wong; City Hall Choice Stefan Cummings; Honorable Mention Becky Black, Daryle Lynn Cornelison, Stefan Cummings and Bill Denham. The exhibition runs through April 21, 2016.  This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Artist Designed Bike Rack - Last week, Laguna Beach artist Liz Avalon installed the City’s first artist designed bike rack, titled “Bicycle Garden.” The public art piece has been donated to the City of Laguna Beach by the Sawdust Art Festival and will be located near their entrance at 935 Laguna Canyon Road. The public is invited to a public art dedication on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a reception.

Sewer Project Traffic Closures - For the week of April 18; there will be periodic daytime closures at Loma Terrace and behind City hall to abandon the existing trunk sewer. There will be no closures for Third Street. 

Bluebird Park Fence and Shade Structure Project Neighborhood Meeting - The City of Laguna Beach is proposing to replace the existing fencing and install new shade structures at Bluebird Park.  The project will replace the existing chain link fence along Cress Street and Bluebird Canyon Drive with a wood and metal fence.  Three shade structures, similar to large umbrellas, are proposed for the playground area on the easterly side of the park.  To learn more about the project and to provide input, the public is invited to attend a neighborhood meeting at Bluebird Park, located at the intersection of Cress Street and Bluebird Canyon Drive, on April 22, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

Utility Repairs on Park Avenue near Bern Drive – On April 25, Southern California Edison will begin replacing an electric vault under the sidewalk on Park Avenue adjacent to Bern Drive. Construction hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. No traffic impacts are expected, and the work is scheduled to take four weeks to complete.

Open for Business - The next “Open for Business” workshop will be hosted by the City of Laguna Beach on Thursday, April 21, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Laguna Beach Community Center, 380 Third Street.  Workshop participants will include Planning Commissioners, representatives from the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce and City staff.  For more information contact Martina Caron at (949) 464-6629 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Replacements at Forest/Laguna Lot #11 - The two charging stations were removed for replacement on Monday, April 11, 2016, and will be replaced and put back into service by May 6, 2016.  The link provided below can be used to locate the next nearest ChargePoint station while the Lot 11 stations are down for replacement https://na.chargepoint.com/charge_point

Heritage Month - Celebrate Heritage Month this May and enjoy the many scheduled activities and events.  Activities and tours are scheduled throughout the entire month of May.  A calendar of all the events will be posted on the City website at: 

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

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

Reminders:

Verizon Building Underground Storage Tank Removal - On April 18, Verizon will begin removing an underground diesel storage tank on Beach Street at Broadway. To accommodate the removal operation, lanes will be shifted to the center of Beach Street between Broadway and Ocean Avenue with one lane in each direction still available for traffic. The new traffic pattern will be in place 24-hours per day for the three week project duration.  Questions and concerns can be directed to Spencer Kissick, Project Manager with Sunwest Engineering Constructors, at (888) 588-8737 ext. 7012.

Public Meeting on Proposed Change in Control and Governance of Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian - The California Attorney General will conduct a public meeting concerning Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center (Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach campuses), and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian on April 20, 2016, beginning at 9:00 a.m., at Mission Viejo City Hall, Council Chamber, 100 Civic Center, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. The purpose of the meeting is to receive comments regarding the proposed change in control and governance of each facility and to consider the Health Care Impact Statement prepared by consultants engaged by the California Attorney General in connection with the California Attorney General’s review of this proposed transaction, as required by Corporations Code section 5920 et seq. Prior to the public meeting, the Health Care Impact Statement will be available on the California Attorney General’s website at:

http://www.oag.ca.gov/charities/nonprofithosp. For more information please see attachment.

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, jThis 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-laguna-beach/catalog.


Laguna Canyon Planning Study – on April 20th there will be a Planning commission workshop, 6 p.m.

The City of Laguna Beach and MIG consulting team will continue their efforts on the Laguna Canyon Planning Study Project with a Planning Commission Workshop on Wednesday, April 20, during the Planning Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6:00 p.m. (or soon thereafter) in the Council Chambers at City Hall (505 Forest Avenue).  The focus of the planning study is to review zoning and development standards in Laguna Canyon.

The purpose of the workshop is to verify MIG’s findings and review of relevant materials, and provide an overview of the project scope and objectives.  This workshop and future meetings play an essential role for MIG to obtain direction from the Planning Commission and input from the community, and to identify the City’s priorities for the future of the Laguna Canyon area.

For more information on the Laguna Canyon Planning Study please contact:

Wendy Jung, Senior Planner at (949) 497-0321; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or visit: 

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