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 11, 2017

Vehicle Theft Recovery Officer of the Year Award - Corporal Luke Gilbertson received the award from the Auto Theft Advisory Committee and the Western States Auto Theft Investigations Association for the most stolen vehicle recoveries for the year 2016. In addition to this recognition, they will be donating $200 to the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach in his name. Congratulations Luke!

Living With Wildlife Community Workshop - On Saturday, May 13, the Police Department Animal Services Unit will be holding an educational community workshop on living with wildlife. This free community educational forum will be held at Top of the World Park from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Continue Discussion of Downtown Specific Plan Area Parking Actual Demand Study - On Wednesday, May 17, during the Planning Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (505 Forest Avenue), the Planning Commission will review the draft findings and recommendations of the Downtown Specific Plan Area Parking Actual Demand Study (prepared by IBI Group). This item was continued from their March 22 meeting. The IBI Group’s draft report, staff and IBI Group PowerPoint presentations and staff report from the prior meeting are available to review on the City’s website: www.lagunabeachcity.net. 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. .

Review Draft Report for Laguna Canyon Planning Study - The City of Laguna Beach and consultant MIG will continue their efforts on the Laguna Canyon Planning Study Project on Wednesday, May 17, during the Planning Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.  The focus of the planning study is to review zoning and development standards in Laguna Canyon.  

MIG will present the draft report that includes suggested modifications to existing planning documents, including the Laguna Canyon Annexation Area Specific Plan, Sarah Thurston Park Specific Plan and zoning for the areas outside of the specific plans. Attention has been given to establishing standards for defining key descriptive terms such as rustic, rural and small scale, and potential modifications to zoning districts and development standards.  A copy of the draft report is available to review on the City’s website:  www.lagunabeachcity.net. The Laguna Canyon Planning Study will be presented as a draft report to the Planning Commission in a series of three hearings, with a final hearing before the City Council.  For more information on the Laguna Canyon Planning Study Project 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.

Mr. Pants: Pet of the week

If you have a household that already includes a cat (or cats), Mr. Pants is the perfect choice as an addition to your family. He loves other cats. Mr. Pants is a four-year-old neutered male. He’s a domestic long-hair with a beautiful gray and white coat. 

If you’d like a companion for your cat, Mr. Pants would be happy to be comply.

The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter adoption procedures are designed to make sure that both the potential family and the animal adopted are in the very best situation possible. Due to their approach to adoption, their return rate is five percent as compared to the national return rate of fifty percent.

The LB Animal Shelter is located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Rd, (949) 497-3552, or go to the website for information on adoption procedures: www.puplagunabeach.org/our-pets.php.

Laguna Beach Republicans’ May meeting will feature John H. Cox, Republican Gubernatorial  Candidate

The Laguna Beach Republicans (LBGOP) will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 16 at The Woman’s Club, 286 St. Ann’s Dr.  Social hour at 5 p.m., meeting at 6.

Emil Monda, President of the LBGOP, invites all Republicans, Independents and Libertarians to attend this special event, which will feature John H. Cox, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate. All who are interested in meeting and hearing from the only Republican Candidate declared for Governor of California will wish to attend Mr. Cox’s talk. 

John H. Cox

Cox is not only running for governor but is also sponsoring a legislative initiative based upon the groundbreaking legislative process adopted in New Hampshire. This initiative would make state legislators more accessible and responsive  to the public while offering the potential of reducing costs and the influence of special interests.

A $25 donation to Laguna Beach Republicans is requested by all who attend.

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Owner Cora Kasperski and bodybuilder friends invite residents to celebrate Laguna Fitness’s new location

The first thing Cora Kasperski, body-building champion and owner of Laguna Fitness, tells new clients is that fitness is about consistency – establishing a program and sticking to it, relentlessly.  

This isn’t just motivational talk from Cora – she is up and cardio-walking at 4:15 every morning (except on weekends when she gives herself an extra hour of sleep) and then goes on to the gym, to continue her own training and help her clients achieve their fitness goals.  

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Cora Kasperski, owner of Laguna Fitness

For Cora, this tenacity has resulted in three Best-in-Class Championships in the Figure category – the first at 28 and the most recent won as she turned 50. For more than 100 Laguna residents who have sought Cora’s personalized, one-on-one training, it has meant physical transformation and enhanced self-esteem and confidence.  

Now Cora has moved her signature fitness approach to a new, larger location – 1999 South Coast Highway (near the corner of Diamond). To celebrate 15 years of success in Laguna Beach and show off the new gym, Laguna Fitness is throwing an open house on Saturday, May 13 from 2 – 6 p.m. 

Residents who are either committed or just curious are invited to meet Cora and her friends – including legendary special guests from the bodybuilding world, Shawn Ray, Franco Columbo, Terry Hairston, Lauren Powers and Tom Platz – at her unique world of fun fitness.  

Stop by anytime Saturday afternoon to have some food, enjoy the music, and see what’s possible with a little hard work! And at Laguna Fitness, there is always as much laughter as there is sweat.

Festivals kick off 9th season with passport to fun and value: 2017 Passport to the Arts

The Passport to the Arts team of Laguna Beach, comprised of Festival of Arts, Laguna Art-A-Fair and Sawdust Art Festival, in collaboration with Visit Laguna Beach and the City of Laguna Beach, offers the 2017 Passport to the Arts for only $24 (normally $60+).

This triple-value, unique season pass provides unlimited entry to the three premier art festivals in Laguna Beach throughout the summer festival season, which runs from June 30 to September 3. Anyone purchasing before May 31 will be entered to win an inclusive Laguna Beach Package consisting of attractions, tickets and complimentary meals.

 The giveaway includes: two tickets to The Laguna Playhouse, two tickets to the Laguna Art Museum, Whale Watching for two with Dana Wharf Sport fishing & Whale Watching, a $50 gift certificate to Tommy Bahama Laguna Beach and a $100 gift certificate to Royal Hawaiian. Special discounts from selected retailers, merchants, hotels, attractions and restaurants throughout Laguna Beach are also available to Passport holders, as well as one-time free parking at Lot #16 (Act V) located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road.

The 2017 Passport may be purchased online at www.LagunaBeachPassport.com. Free shuttle service to the festival from various points in Laguna Beach and from the Lot #16 parking lot will be available throughout the summer. The Passport does not include admission to the Pageant of the Masters.

For more information about the 51st Sawdust Art Festival, visit www.sawdustartfestival.org.

Shine at the 3rd Annual Night Under the Stars Gala benefiting the Boys & Girls Club in Lake Forest on June 3

The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach have announced their 3rd Annual Night Under the Stars Gala, benefiting the Boys & Girls Club’ Program in Lake Forest. On Sat, June 3, from 6 –10 p.m. at the Hyundai Capital Building, 3161 Michelson Dr, in Irvine, guests will enjoy the sunset view from the Rooftop Sky Garden overlooking Orange County, enjoy fine food and drinks, and have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of silent auction items. 

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(l-r) Holden Brown, Cole Brown and Lucca Swinson give thumbs up to donations

At last year’s gala, more than 100 guests attended and showed their support by participating and donating through the events Wish Boards, Shining Stars, and a variety of silent auction items. More than $20,000 was raised with proceeds supporting the funding and facilitating of a building for the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Forest. Although last year’s gala was a success, The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach’s fundraising battle is never over, and they continue to raise funds to secure a Club for Lake Forest. 

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Guests enjoy Rooftop Sky Garden during last year’s gala

Proceeds of the event supports building the dream of funding a building for the Boys & Girls Club of Lake Forest. Admission and sponsorship opportunities are available at the Club’s site www.bgclagunabeach.org

For more information, contact the Lake Forest Gala’s Event Chair, Dave Carter (949) 939-6550 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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