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Laguna Beach

 Volume 12, Issue 55  |  July 10, 2020

City Manager’s Updates

Veterans Day Transit Service – Laguna Beach Transit will be modifying service on Monday, Nov 11 in observation of Veteran’s Day. Only the Coastal Services will be running from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day with no neighborhood services.

This will affect Top of the World, Bluebird Canyon, Arch Beach Heights, North, and South Laguna neighborhoods. Regular service will resume on Tuesday, Nov 12. For more information, visit

Holiday Street Sweeping Schedule – On Monday, Nov 11, only non-residential areas will be swept. Residential street sweeping will not occur, and parking restrictions will not be enforced.

Laguna Canyon Channel Repairs – Between November 12 and November 22, the Orange County Flood Control District (OCFCD) will be making temporary repairs by installing a brace to Laguna Canyon Channel next to Forest Avenue. 

The majority of the work will be done within the channel and in the adjacent City parking lot (Lot 12). A portion of the parking lot will need to be closed to accommodate the work. Minor traffic impacts to Forest Avenue may occur intermittently. 

For questions, contact Project Director Thomas Perez at (949) 464-6688.

E-Waste and Paper Shredding Event on November 16 – Residents and businesses are invited to celebrate America Recycles Day by participating in the annual free E-Waste drop-off and Paper Shredding event on Saturday, Nov 16, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The event will be held at the City Maintenance Facilities, 1900 Laguna Canyon Rod.

For more information, including a detailed list of acceptable E-Waste items, visit the City’s website at or contact Senior Public Works Analyst/Solid Waste Program Coordinator Liz Avila at (949) 497-0344 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SCE Pole Replacement – On Tuesday, Nov 12, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Southern California Edison (SCE) will be replacing a utility pole located at 1233 Gaviota Drive. A portion of Gaviota Drive will be closed between Brooks Street and Cress Street. Residents and commercial customers are advised to remove their vehicles from the affected portion of the street during the work hours. 

For questions or concerns, contact SCE’s Customer Service number at (800) 655-4555.

Southern California Gas Company Concrete Repairs on Coast Highway – Southern California Gas Company (SCG) will be working in two areas of town next week. 

For questions or concerns, contact SCG’s project coordinator Jorge Hernandez at (714) 989-5147.

--31831 Coast Hwy – On Wednesday, Nov 13, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., the southbound lane closest to the curb on Coast Highway will be closed between Seacliff Drive and Circle Drive. SCG’s contractor will be performing asphalt repairs associated with previous gas line work.

--2425 South Coast Hwy- On Thursday, Nov 14, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., the southbound lane closest to the curb on South Coast Highway will be closed between Moss Street and Rockledge Road. SCG’s contractor will be performing asphalt repairs associated with previous gas line work.

Evacuation Time Survey and Outreach Event – In July, the Laguna Beach City Council unanimously approved a Fire Mitigation and Safety Subcommittee Report and approved moving forward with its recommended action items.

One of these recommendations was to conduct a comprehensive evacuation time estimate study. The City awarded the contract to KLD Engineering, a firm that specializes in evacuation time estimates including those communities with wildfire risk. 

The City invites the public to take an online survey created by KLD Engineering that will help capture specific information from our community needed for the study. 

The survey can be found at Additionally, KLD will be at various locations around town through November 16 if you would like to take the survey in-person. The public is also invited to attend the City’s next Evacuation Outreach event on Sunday, Nov 10, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Fire Station 4, located at 31646 2nd Avenue. 

Download your neighborhood specific evacuation map at For more information on where you can take the evacuation time survey in person, contact Jordan Villwock, Emergency Operations Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (949) 497-0389.

Emergency Kit Backpacks Available for Purchase A Laguna Beach-specific Emergency Kit Backpack is now available to residents and business owners for purchase. Each red backpack features an official City of Laguna Beach Seal, light sticks, a 4-in-1 gas and water shut off tool, bio-hazard bags, nitrile gloves, N95 mask, 54-piece first aid kit, duct tape, emergency poncho, solar blanket, AM/FM radio with flashlight and cell phone charger, and a personal hygiene kit. 

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Emergency Kit Backpacks are available for purchase 

Additionally, it contains emergency plan guides and disaster-specific information. You can now purchase a Laguna Beach-specific Emergency Kit Backpack for $50 on the City’s website at No profits are being made from the sale of this backpack.

12th Annual National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month

During the month of November, this event brings awareness to the Laguna Beach community about people who are hungry and homeless in our community, our county, and our nation. 

The purpose of Laguna Beach’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month is to enhance community awareness of the issue in our society, our own hungry and homeless in Laguna Beach, and the community organizations that assist with these concerns in Laguna Beach and Orange County. 

To learn more about Laguna Beach’s Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Month and ways to get involved, the community is encouraged to visit

LBPD Holiday Food Basket Program – Last year the Laguna Beach Police Department, Laguna Beach Unified School District, and the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach teamed up to collect food donations to help families in need during the holidays. With the help of the community the teams collectively were able to donate 38 meals to Laguna Beach families during the holiday season. Thank you to everyone who participated. 

For the Thanksgiving holiday, the teams will again be accepting donations from November 5 - November 21. Non-perishable food items, canned goods, apple cider juice, and grocery store gift cards are accepted at the Laguna Beach Police Department. 

For questions about the program, or how you can contribute, contact Community Services Officer Natasha Hernandez at (949) 497-0382 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Laguna Beach Police Department Awarded Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant – The Laguna Beach Police Department received a $104,975 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long enforcement and education program. The money will fund various activities intended to reduce deaths and injuries on California roads. 

The funding from the OTS will be used for numerous programs, including but not limited to DUI/driver’s license checkpoints, patrols specifically looking for suspected alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers, creating “Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders, and officer training to identify suspected impaired drivers and conduct sobriety tests. Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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