City hosting “Open for Business” workshop April 21

The next “Open for Business” workshop will be hosted by the City of Laguna Beach on Thursday, April 21 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Community Center, 380 Third Street. 

Workshop participants will include Planning Commissioners Susan Whitin and Sue Kempf, representatives from the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, Martina Caron, Senior Planner and Anthony Viera, Assistant Planner for the City of Laguna Beach. 

“Many prospective business people want to discuss their issues before they initiate formal applications with the City,” said Planning Commissioner Anne Johnson, coordinator of these workshops. “Just discussing their concerns and issues informally seems to help.” 

“These Open for Business workshops are a great way for existing business owners as well as those that are interested in opening a new business, to get answers to questions and information about doing business in Laguna Beach” said Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce Director, Laura Henkels.

As a result of the workshops last year, several new businesses came to Laguna Beach, and others are planned for the future. 

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


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 7, 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.

Sewer Project Traffic Closures - For the week of April 11; there will be periodic daytime closures to replace sidewalk and complete other aspects of the project. Otherwise, the Third Street hill will be open.

Public Meeting on Proposed Change in Control and Governance of Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center and Hoag Memorial Hospital PresbyterianThe 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

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.

Reminders:

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.   

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.


New Assistant City Manager/ Director of Public Works named

City Manager John Pietig announced the appointment of Shohreh Dupuis as the next Assistant City Manager/Director of Public Works for the City of Laguna Beach.  Ms. Dupuis was selected from a talented pool of applicants.

Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Shohreh Dupuis

Shohreh Dupuis is presently the Deputy Director of Public Works in Irvine and brings with her over 25 years of experience in municipal government and public works in Orange County.  Prior to joining the City of Irvine in 2008, Ms. Dupuis held management level positions at the City of Anaheim, the consulting firm of Parsons Brinckerhoff, and the Orange County Transportation Authority.  

“Shohreh’s experience with regional transportation agencies and complex capital projects really set her apart from other candidates,” said City Manager John Pietig.  “I look forward to bringing Shohreh on board and working with her and the department to elevate the delivery of services and projects to the community.”

Ms. Dupuis holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Irvine.  She is also the recipient of several awards for her dedication to team work, customer service, and outstanding performance.  

Ms. Dupuis currently lives with her spouse and daughter in Anaheim Hills and intends to move to Laguna Beach. She will start her new position on May 2nd.  “I am honored and excited to have been chosen to lead the Public Works Department of my favorite city in Orange County,” said Ms. Dupuis.  “I look forward to directing the completion of the City’s major capital projects and working closely with the community to preserve and maintain the City’s beautiful beaches, parks, and infrastructure for generations to enjoy while providing outstanding customer service to Laguna Beach.”


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 31, 2016

Sewer Project Traffic Closures - The Third Street Hill will be open in both directions after 5 p.m. today. 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. Traffic control personnel will be engaged through the first week of April 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 Emergency Dead Tree Removals- On Wednesday April 13, Montage Resort is scheduled to remove and replace two dead eucalyptus trees on Coast Highway.  The tree removal and planting work will require the closure of the southbound outside travel lane of Coast Highway from the Montage Resort entrance to Wesley Drive, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  One southbound lane will be maintained for travel and northbound lanes will not be affected during this period.

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.  This work will not commence until the permanent opening of Third Street. Questions and concerns can be directed to Spencer Kissick, Project Manager with Sunwest Engineering Constructors, at (888) 588-8737 ext. 7012.

The 22nd Citizen Police Academy Graduates- Seventeen students graduate this evening, March 31, 2016, from the Citizen Academy and join the ranks of almost 430 alumni members.  The next class date will be announced this summer and is expected to start sometime in September 2016.  Interested members of the public should contact PSO Ross Fallah for details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Capt. Darin Lenyi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  / (949) 497-0375.

2016 Junior Lifeguards - Early Bird resident registration for the 2016 Junior Lifeguard program ends on Monday, April 4, at 5:00 p.m.  Residents and non-residents can register after 5:00 p.m. on April 4 at the regular price. Participants must pass the required swim test or participated in the 2015 program to be eligible to register. All swim testing will be held at the Laguna Beach High School and Community Pool, located at 670 Park Avenue. The following is a list of dates and times for the testing: Friday, April 1; Saturday, April 2; Friday, April 15; Saturday, April 16; Friday, May 6; Saturday, May 7; Friday, May 20; Saturday, May 21; Friday, June 10; Saturday, June 11; Friday, June 24; Saturday, June 25; Friday, July 8; and Saturday, July 9. All Friday testing will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All Saturday testing will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Additional information is available on the City of Laguna Beach website page at: http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/marine/lifeguards/jrguards.htm.

Reminders:

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

 

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