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, 2016

City Hall Closed - City Hall will be closed Friday, December 23 as that is the City’s every other Friday closed date. City Hall will also be closed on Monday, December 26 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Trash Collection and Tree Recycling - There will be no delays for residential and commercial trash collection during the holidays. Waste Management will collect and recycle holiday trees on the regular collection days at no charge starting on Monday, December 26, 2016, through Friday, January 13, 2017. Trees must be cut to lengths less than four feet. Decorations, tinsel, metal ornaments, and metal stands must be removed from the trees. Please visit the city’s website www.lagunabeachcity.net/recycling for more information.

Holiday Transit Service Schedule - Laguna Beach Transit will be offering extended Off-Season Weekend Coastal Trolley operating hours on New Year’s Eve until 1:00 a.m. No transit services will be available on Christmas Day, December 25 or New Year’s Day, January 1. Transit Services will operate on a modified schedule on Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2, operating from 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. For additional information please contact the Transit Department at (949) 497-0766.

Holiday Street Sweeping Schedule - On Monday, December 26, only non-residential areas will be swept. Residential street sweeping will not occur and parking restrictions will not be enforced.

Oak Street and Mountain Road Beach Access Improvement Projects - Construction began this week to start the beach accesses improvement projects at Oak Street and Mountain Road. The stairways are closed and signs have been posted to direct beachgoers to adjacent beach access locations. The project is scheduled to be completed in May 2017. For more information, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

Third Street Temporary Road Closure - On Tuesday, December 27, 2016,Third Street will be closed to through traffic from Mermaid Street to Park Avenue from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in order to trim 11 trees along this road. Residential traffic will be allowed to access and egress their property from Park Avenue to the top of the crest. For additional information, please contact Dale Schuck at 949-497-0735

Cress Street Sidewalk Improvements- On January 11, 2017, at 4:00 p.m., a neighborhood workshop will be held at the Cress Street entrance of Bluebird Park to provide information, answer questions, and obtain public input regarding proposed sidewalk improvements along the south side of Cress Street between Bluebird Park and Temple Terrace. Concept plans are available on the City’s website, at the Public Works home page, under “City Projects” and “Construction Projects List.” If you have questions or are unable to attend the meeting and would like to provide comments, please contact Alpha Santos at (949) 497-0729 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

New Code Enforcement Supervisor - After an open recruitment process, the Community Development Director is pleased to report that Lilian Irish has been promoted to the position of Code Enforcement Supervisor, the position was held by Fred Fix prior to his retirement. Lillian started her career in Code Enforcement in 2000 and has been serving as a Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Laguna Beach for the past three years.

Community and Susi Q Center Closed - The Community & Susi Q Center will be closed Saturday, December 24 through Sunday, January 8 for annual building maintenance.


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, 2016

Glenneyre Parking Structure Archway Repair - Removal of a damaged section of an archway located on the second floor in the southeast corner of the Glenneyre Parking Structure (City Lot 6) is scheduled for December 20 through December 22.  During construction, the stairwell located directly under the archway will be blocked off and two parking spaces will be coned off for construction staging. All other areas of the parking structure are unaffected and will remain open and accessible.  Working hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday. If you have any questions, please contact Christina Templeton at (949) 497-0728.

Southern California Edison (SCE) – System Upgrade - SCE is wrapping up its months-long effort to upgrade an aging 4 KVA electrical system to a more modern and efficient 12 KVA system. To accommodate the work, SCE will be intermittently losing Glenneyre Street from Ruby Street to Center Street, and Diamond Street from South Coast Highway to Catalina Street on Monday, December 19, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Affected property owners have been notified. The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of next week.

Southern California Edison (SCE) – Pole Replacement Program - SCE’s ongoing pole replacement program will require power outages at six separate locations within the City beginning next Monday, December 19, and continuing through Wednesday, December 21. Residents and businesses within affected areas have been notified. Outages will be conducted during the day except for one location that will be from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. For current planned outage status, please visit www.sce.com/reliability and enter the outage number provided on the notice. For additional information on this outage, or to address special needs that are being accommodated by using electricity, please contact Ron Hall with Henkels and McCoy at (909) 664-4665.

Laguna SOCWA Wet Well Rehabilitation Project Construction of the Laguna SOCWA Wet Well Rehabilitation Project has begun and is expected to last through the end of May 2017. Construction activities impact portions of both the Lumberyard and City Employee’s Parking lots over the duration of project. The work will include bypassing the lift station, new underground sewer pipelines, emergency backup systems, rehabilitation of the wet well and a new biological odor control system that is expected to remove the odors experienced within the general proximity to the lift station.

City Hall Closed - City Hall will be closed next Friday, December 23 as that is the City’s every other Friday closed date. City Hall will also be closed on Monday, December 26 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Jordan Villwock Recognized - Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock was recognized this past week for his sheltering contributions (plans written/developed and classes taught) to the County of Orange to ensure they are better prepared to successfully respond to disasters. Jordan was recognized by the Chief of CalOES, Director of the Social Services Agency, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, and the Orange County Director of Emergency Management, Donna Boston.


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, 2016

Laguna SOCWA Wet Well Rehabilitation Project - Construction of the Laguna SOCWA Wet Well Rehabilitation Project will begin the week of December 12, 2016, and is expected to last through the end of May 2017. Construction activities will impact portions of both the Lumberyard and City Employee’s Parking lots over the duration of project. Notices will be sent to all parking lot permit holders. The work will include bypassing the lift station, new underground sewer pipelines, emergency backup systems, rehabilitation of the wet well and a new biological odor control system that is expected to remove the odors experienced within the general proximity to the lift station.

Coast Highway Bottleneck Project-South Coast Water District is tentatively scheduled to conduct potholing work (to better assess potential subsurface obstructions)from January 4 through January 16. This will be between Aliso Creek Beach to 9th Avenue, on the north bound number 1 lane. Pipeline construction is tentatively scheduled from January 31 through March 15, 2017. As a reminder, two crews will conduct pipeline constructionfrom 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Sundaythrough Thursday.   

What’s On – Laguna Beach Arts - Looking for arts events this holiday season? Visit the City of Laguna Beach and Laguna Beach Arts Alliance Cultural Arts Calendar on-line for events from December 2016, through February 2017. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/lbvcb/artscalendar_16121702/

Champion Cross Country Runners - Laguna Beach athletes, led by Coach Fred Pichay, conquered high winds and a hilly course to bring home four gold medals at the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation (SCMAF) Cross Country Championships this past Saturday. Christopher Drews, Luke Anderton, Whitney Winefordner and Isabela Reichel each claimed first place in their respective divisions.

Spark of Love Toy Drive -The Laguna Beach Fire Department is proud to again participate in the annual “Spark of Love” toy drive. This event is currently under way and goes through Saturday, December 24. All four of the City’s fire stations will be accepting new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for disadvantaged children in our County. The City’s fire stations are located at 501 Forest Avenue, 285 Agate Street, 2900 Alta Laguna Blvd., and 31646 2nd Avenue. For questions, please contact Fire Administration at (949) 497-0700.

North Coast Highway Lane Closures - The Laguna Beach County Water District is currently replacing five fire hydrants along North Coast Highway between Aster Street and Myrtle Street. Lane closures are necessary.The work is scheduled to be completed by January 6, 2017.

Oak Street and Mountain Road Beach Access Improvement Projects - Construction to replace the beach accesses at Oak Street and Mountain Road will begin on December 19. The stairways will be closed and signs will be posted to direct beachgoers to adjacent beach access stairways. The project is scheduled to be completed in May 2017. For more information, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

Reminders:

Downtown Specific Plan Update – Review Draft Amendments (Section I) - The City of Laguna Beach and consultant MIG will continue their efforts on the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) Update on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, during the Planning Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (505 Forest Avenue). The focus of the presentation and discussion will be on MIG’s recommended draft amendments to Section I (Introduction) of the existing DSP document. A copy of the Section I draft amendments are available to view on the project webpage (see link below). If you have questions, or for more information, 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. t; or visit:

http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/cd/planning/mjrplanginitv/downtown_specific_plan
_amendment/default.htm
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Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibition - The Arts Commission selected 12 designs from 200 submissions for the 12th annual Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibition. On exhibit at City Hall from December 1 through December 30, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and every other Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will be works by: Grace Puffer (Aged 5), Charlotte Jameson (6), Alexander Insaurralde (7), Ella Berberian (8), Savanah Rodriguez (8), Hailey Huynh (9), Ha-Jin Attenborough (9), Isabella Reneder (10), Charlotte Sekerka (11), Gary Davidson (12), Katie Letourneau (12) and Maggie Zegawitz (13).This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Winter Quarter 2017 Registration Activities - Registration for Winter Quarter 2017 classes is now available by visiting www.lagunabeachcity.net, by mail-in or in person at the Community Center at 380 Third Street or at the Community Services Department at 515 Forest Avenue.


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 1, 2016

Downtown Specific Plan Update – Review Draft Amendments (Section I) - The City of Laguna Beach and consultant MIG will continue their efforts on the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) Update on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, during the Planning Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (505 Forest Avenue).  The focus of the presentation and discussion will be on MIG’s recommended draft amendments to Section I (Introduction) of the existing DSP document.  A copy of the Section I draft amendments are available to view on the project webpage (see link below).  If you have questions, or for more information, 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:

http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/cd/planning/mjrplanginitv/downtown_specific_plan_amendment/default.htm

City Hall Exhibition - The current exhibition at City Hall, 505 Forest Avenue, features works from the Festival of Arts Permanent Art Collection. On public view, for the first time, is the newly restored painting by William Griffith, titled “Untitled, Aliso Canyon” painted in 1933 for A.B Goff. Through a generous donation by Gary Goff, representing the Goff family, this painting has been returned to its full grandeur. The exhibition runs through January 20, 2017, and can be viewed Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every alternate Friday.

First Friday Flicks at [seven-degrees] - First Friday Flicks will start on Friday, January 6, 2017, at its new location at [seven-degrees], 891 Laguna Canyon Road.  [seven-degrees] will be offering food for purchase and a cash bar starting at 6 p.m. The film starts at 7 p.m. followed by a post-film panel discussion. The first film will be, “Banksy Does New York” about the elusive street artist who launched a self-proclaimed month long residency in New York installing one unique exhibit a day.  This film is not rated with a running time 79 minutes. This program has been funded through the generosity of Laguna Beach residents Steve Chadima and Mark Porterfield.

Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibition - The Arts Commission selected 12 designs from 200 submissions for the 12th annual Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibition. On exhibit at City Hall from December 1 through December 30, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and every other Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will be works by: Grace Puffer (Aged 5),  Charlotte Jameson (6),  Alexander Insaurralde (7), Ella Berberian (8), Savanah Rodriguez (8), Hailey Huynh (9), Ha-Jin Attenborough (9), Isabella Reneder (10), Charlotte Sekerka (11), Gary Davidson (12), Katie Letourneau (12) and Maggie Zegawitz (13).This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach. 

Winter Quarter 2017 Registration Activities - Registration for Winter Quarter 2017 classes is now available by visiting www.lagunabeachcity.net, by mail-in or in person at the Community Center at 380 Third Street or at the Community Services Department at 515 Forest Avenue.

South Coast Water District Open House - On Thursday, December 8, from 6-8 p.m., the South Coast Water District will put on an Open House to address the project to improve the two-mile tunnel located beneath the bluff in South Laguna Beach that conveys sewage from nearby homes and business.


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: November 23, 2016

Holiday Trash Collection Schedule - Residential and commercial trash collection will be delayed one day for customers normally serviced on Thursday and Friday because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving Holiday Transit Service - There will be no Laguna Beach Transit Service on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24.  On Friday, November 25, Transit services in the neighborhoods will operate on the Saturday schedule with service from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Trolley service along the Coast will operate on the normal off-season Friday schedule from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  All services will resume to their regular schedule on Saturday, November 26.  For questions or more information regarding Thanksgiving Holiday service changes, please contact the Transit office at (949) 497-0746.

No Holiday Residential Street Sweeping - There will be no residential street sweeping on Thursday and Friday. Parking restrictions for street sweeping will not be enforced on those days.

Street Resurfacing - Slurry seal has been applied to over 65 City streets as part of the current pavement maintenance effort.  Remaining work that includes re-striping, cleanup, and addressing quality control work items, will continue through December.

Cox Communications – Laguna Canyon Road Utility Undergrounding - On November 29, 2016, utility undergrounding efforts in the “Big Bend” area of Laguna Canyon Road will resume with Cox Communications beginning their portion of the work that includes placing underground cables and equipment, connecting properties, and removing the overhead distribution system. The construction work will require the outbound lane to be moved to the center lane periodically between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, through January 2017. One lane in each direction is expected to be maintained.

Phase I Sewer Tunnel Project- TheSouth Coast Water District received three construction contractor bids for the project.  The SCWD Board awarded the contract to Drill Tech Drilling & Shoring, Inc.  The estimated construction start has been pushed back to late Jan. 2017 due to SDGE power supply arrangements. A pre-construction meeting with 4th Avenue residents will be held in early January. Both District & contractor representatives will personally handle nearby homeowners’ suggestions/concerns on one-to-one basis.

City Hall Closed - Reminder that City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving Day holiday, as well as, on Friday, November 25.

World AIDS Day - On Thursday December 1, 2016, members of the Laguna Beach HIV Advisory Committee will participate in a World AIDS Day remembrance at the Main Beach cobblestone area.  The community is also invited to attend this candlelight vigil ceremony, which begins at 4:30 pm and concludes at 5:30 pm.  During the annual event, names of Laguna Beach residents who have passed away from this disease will be read in remembrance.

Restoration of Public Art - In the current calendar year, the Arts Commission has undertaken maintenance on seven City owned public art installations. At its meeting on November 14, 2016, the Commission approved the maintenance of an additional eight pieces, which will be undertaken in the next couple of months, which include: “Canyon View” (Broadway); “Deer Warrior” (Jarhaus Park); “Laguna Road Blossoms” (Ocean Avenue), “Memento” (Lang Park); “Mermaid Murals” (Mermaid Street) “Nautilus Beach” (Forest Avenue); “Rendezvous” (Heisler Park); “The Discussion” (Ocean Avenue). “Laguna Road Blossoms” (Ocean Avenue).  The maintenance of these public art pieces is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Hospitality Night 2016 - This year’s Hospitality Night will be on Friday, December 2. For a full list of events and details, please check the following link from the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce:  http://www.lagunabeachchamber.org/hospitality-night.

Field Maintenance and Closures - The fields will be closed for annual maintenance and turf renovations during the following dates: Moulton Meadows Field November 21, 2016 – January 3, 2017, Alta Laguna Field November 28, 2016 – January 3, 2017 and Riddle Field December 5, 2016 – January 30, 2017. Questions, please call (949) 497-0762.  

Reminders: 

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements - Construction of the storm drain at the intersection of Glenneyre Street and Anita Street is anticipated to continue for the next three weeks. Lane closures and minor traffic impacts can be expected from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lanes will reopen during non-working hours. For more information, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.


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: November 17, 2016

Thanksgiving Holiday Transit Service - There will be no Laguna Beach Transit Service on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24.  On Friday, November 25, Transit services in the neighborhoods will operate on the Saturday schedule with service from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Trolley service along the Coast will operate on the normal off-season Friday schedule from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  All services will resume to their regular schedule on Saturday, November 26.  For questions or more information regarding Thanksgiving Holiday service changes, please contact the Transit office at (949) 497-0746.

Free Social Security Planning Workshop - This workshop is facilitated by Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Orange County taking place on Monday, November 21, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Community & Susi Q Center, 380 Third Street. Sign-up, call (949) 464-6645.

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements - Construction of the storm drain line at the intersection of Glenneyre Street and Anita Street is anticipated to continue for the next four weeks. The leftmost southbound lane on Glenneyre Street will be closed 24 hours a day until Tuesday, November 22. All other lane closures and minor traffic impacts can be expected from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lanes will reopen during non-working hours. For more information, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.


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: November 10, 2016

South Laguna Civic Association Follow-up Meeting: On Monday November 14 at 7 p.m., the Police, Marine Safety, and Public Works Departments, along with representatives from OC Lifeguards, and OC Parks, will be attending the SLCA board meeting to report back plans for the addressing their issues for the next busy season, as well as on-going resources that have been dedicated to address on-going concerns.

Juried Fine Art Exhibition – Winners Announced - The Arts Commission conducted its tenth annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition this month which is currently on display at City Hall. The winners of the exhibition were announced as 1st Place Jeanette Inouye; 2nd Place Naomi Shachar; 3rd Place Andrew Ko; each were awarded $1,000, $500 and $250 respectively. Honorable mention was awarded to Therese Conte, Mutlu Ertac, Jill Cooper, Mike Tauber, and Michael Munroe.

Palette Competition - Winners Announced - The Arts Commission selected four designs by artists Leigh Bell, Marcel Mead, Austin Hart, and Al Esquerra for this year’s competition. These new palettes will be installed outside City Hall. The palettes can be seen throughout the City extending to South Laguna. Currently in its 50th year, this program is funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach. 

Children’s Holiday Palette Exhibition – Call for Artists - The Arts Commission is currently accepting designs to the annual competition. Students, age 5 to 17 years old, may submit an original design celebrating the holiday season. Up to 12 designs will be selected for display at City Hall throughout December. Designs must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2016. This program is funded by the lodging establishments and

City of Laguna Beach. The guidelines and application are available at:

http://lagunabeachcity.net/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=16948

Cultural Arts Funding – Call for Applications - The City of Laguna Beach is currently accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations for cultural programming based in Laguna Beach. The deadline to submit an application is February 6, 2017. Applications must be submitted on-line at www.lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com.

Hey, what’s your address! Have you recently painted your house?  Not trimmed your landscaping for a while?  The Fire Department would like to remind residents to ensure that the addresses for homes need to be visible from the street so we can find you when you call.  Addresses should be at least 4” in height, not covered by landscaping, be of contrasting color to the house, and hopefully illuminated at night.  If you have a mailbox ensure your address is posted on both sides of the box; not just one.  Firefighters, police offices and ambulances may respond from both directions!

Reminders:

Summit Drive Utility Undergrounding - Construction is underway to accommodate the undergrounding of overhead utilities along the 700 Block of Summit Drive. The road is being reduced to one lane for both directions between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Construction for the public underground infrastructure is scheduled to be completed in December 2016 with overhead wires and poles being removed by December 2017. 

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements - Construction of the storm drain line at the intersection of Glenneyre Street and Anita Street is anticipated to continue for the next three weeks. The leftmost southbound lane on Glenneyre Street will be closed 24 hours a day for approximately one week.  All other lane closures and minor traffic impacts can be expected from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will be open during non-working hours. For more information, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

Top of the World Park Renovation - A neighborhood workshop will be held at Top of the World Park at 4:00 p.m. on November 15, 2016 to provide information, answer questions, and obtain public input regarding the park proposed renovations. Concept plans for the project can be viewed on City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net on the Public Works page under City Projects, Construction Projects List.  Public input on the project will be accepted until November 22, 2016.  For more information or to provide input, please contact Tri Nguyen at (949) 497-0300.

Disaster Preparedness Community Workshop - On November 16, at 6 p.m. at the Susi Q Center, Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse, Marine Safety Chief Kevin Snow, Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock, Public Works Project Manager Wade Brown, and Meteorologist Alex Tardy will be sharing weather and disaster preparedness information to community members.


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: November 3, 2016

Art and Nature Event at Main Beach - On Wednesday, November 2, the Laguna Art Museum began installation of the temporary sculpture “1/4 Mile Arc” at Main Beach. The installation of 200 mirrored stainless steel poles will take two days to complete and will be on exhibition Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with removal on Monday, November 7, 2016.

Disaster Preparedness Community Workshop - On November 16, at 6 p.m. at the Susi Q Center, Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse, Marine Safety Chief Kevin Snow, Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock, Public Works Project Manager Wade Brown, and Meteorologist Alex Tardy will be sharing weather and disaster preparedness information to community members.

Top of the World Park Renovation - A neighborhood workshop will be held at Top of the World Park at 4:00 p.m. on November 15, 2016 to provide information, answer questions, and obtain public input regarding the park proposed renovations. Concept plans for the project can be viewed on City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net on the Public Works page under City Projects, Construction Projects List.  Public input on the project will be accepted until November 22, 2016.  For more information or to provide input, please contact Tri Nguyen at (949) 497-0300.

Officer Receives Honor - Officer Brian Clasby was honored by the Orange County Trauma Intervention Program at its annual Heroes with a Heart Gala on Wednesday evening at the Anaheim Hilton. The nominations come from the citizens who were impacted by the services of the specific officer.

Daylight Saving Time - The Fire Department would like to remind all residents that this Sunday ends Daylight Saving Time. As you move your clocks back this weekend remember to also change the batteries in your smoke detectors and ensure that they are functioning properly. More information regarding smoke detector testing is available on the City’s website at http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/fire/fire_prevention/default.htm.

Reminders:

Anita/Seaview Street Storm Drain Improvements - Anita Street at South Coast Highway will continue to be closed 24 hours a day for approximately one more week.  For more information, please contact Tom Sandefur at (949) 497-0792.

Draft Historic Preservation Ordinance Presentation - On Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers (505 Forest Avenue), staff will provide an introductory presentation to the Design Review Board regarding the “Draft,” and will be present to answer any questions from the Board.  The Board review of the “Draft” will be continued to a future meeting where the Board will provide its comments for future City Council consideration about the Draft Historic Preservation Ordinance Presentation.


The City of Laguna Beach Community Development Department welcomes new management staff members

After an extensive search to replace Assistant Director Ann Larson upon her retirement last July, Greg Pfost, Community Development Director for the City of Laguna Beach, reports that Jim Pechous will be starting as the Community Development Department’s new Assistant Director. Jim comes to the City with over 30 years of public sector planning experience, all of which he gained while working for the City of San Clemente. 

His most current position was that of City Planner, responsible for the activities and programs within San Clemente’s Planning Division, while also working closely with San Clemente’s Building and Code Enforcement Divisions. Jim is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, holding a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Studies and Geography. Jim’s first day at the City will be on Nov 28.

Additionally, after another extensive search, Pfost announced the promotion of Laguna Beach’s existing Principal Planner, Scott Drapkin, to the position of Planning Manager. Scott has served in the Planning Division for the City of Laguna Beach over the past 19 years, working on a variety of current and advanced planning projects. Scott holds a Bachelors Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Grand Canyon University. Scott will assume the role of Planning Manager immediately.

This is an exciting time for the City and the Community Development Department as there are many significant planning initiatives currently underway in addition to all Department Divisions (Planning, Zoning, Building, and Code Enforcement) experiencing very high activity levels. Working closely with Director Pfost, new Assistant Director Pechous will assist in the development and implementation of key department projects, initiatives and goals while also playing a key leadership role in building and maintaining a cohesive team dedicated to providing excellent customer service to the community.

Under the direction of Mr. Pfost, Mr. Pechous will be working closely with the City’s Zoning Administrator, Nancy Csira, and Building Official, Dennis Bogle, on efforts to continue improving upon efficiency in service to the public and to the City’s Design Review Board. Further, in his new role, Mr. Drapkin will be working with Director Pfost in serving as the staff liaison to the Planning Commission in addition to managing the day to day operations of the Department’s Planning Division.

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