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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2020

The next meeting of the Laguna Beach City Council is Tuesday, November 17 via Zoom.

City Council to Hold Public Hearing on Parking Rates at November 17 Meeting

At its upcoming November 17 meeting, the Laguna Beach City Council will hold a public hearing to consider a Coastal Development Permit establishing a multi-year, multi-phase parking rate structure for all public parking meters and parking lots or structures located Citywide for summer and non-summer months.

The application may be viewed within the Agenda link above. For more information, contact Michael Litschi, Deputy Director of Public Works at (949) 497-0303 or mlitschi@lagunabeachcity.net.

City Announces New Police Chief

This week Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig announced the appointment of Robert Thompson as the next Police Chief for the City of Laguna Beach. Chief Thompson was selected from a talented pool of internal and external applicants and will start in Laguna Beach on January 18, 2021.

Chief Thompson is presently Chief of Police in Dixon, California, a city of nearly 21,000 people, and brings with him over 26 years of public safety experience.

He started his career in 1994 as a Police Officer with the St. Louis, Missouri Police Department. After serving as a police officer for eight years, he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where he was assigned to the Sacramento Division for 15 years.

“I am excited and humbled by this opportunity and committed to continuing the strong Community Oriented Policing programs in Laguna Beach. I enjoy engaging community leaders, business owners, and citizens while creating an environment of public trust in the police department, and where employees feel connected to the community they serve,” said Chief Thompson.

“Rob’s success at working collaboratively with the community, his colleagues, and the police department really set him apart from other candidates,” said Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig.

Mayor Whalen Welcomes New Police Chief & Talks Possible First Challenges

In today's podcast update, Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen discusses the new, incoming Laguna Beach Chief of Police, Robert Thompson, the selection process, and some of the first challenges he sees facing the new Chief.

He also previews next week's City Council meeting, and tells us about some of the upcoming topics to be discussed November 17.

New Fire Department HeloPod Refilling System Installed This Week on Fire Road

The Laguna Beach Fire Department installed and tested a new HeloPod Refilling System on the Fire Road this week, bolstering the City's ability to fight wildfires. HeloPod Refilling System tanks are fire helicopter water refilling tanks that hold between 5,000 and 7,000 gallons of water. Watch the video above as the OCFA helicopter readies to perform a test-draw from the tank!

Laguna Beach Fire Chief Mike Garcia says that in the event of a wildfire, the helicopter refilling tank system acts as a force multiplier by allowing each fire fighting helicopter to make more water drops per hour. It also frees up fire personnel for other duties.

Aircraft are an essential resource for wildland firefighting. Without the HeloPod dip tanks located in the City, a firefighting helicopter fighting a fire in Laguna Beach would have to drop water and then leave the area to refill, costing precious time in a fire emergency.

In October, the City Council directed staff to identify a viable location for a second Refilling System and return to the City Council if a viable location is identified.

See the New Kindness Wall and Celebrate World Kindness Day at the Promenade on Forest!

The Laguna Beach Fall Festival continues at The Promenade on Forest with a new community Thanksgiving "Kindness Wall" and celebration of World Kindness Day tomorrow, Friday, November 13!

The new Thanksgiving Kindness Wall is a chance for people to write what they are thankful for, place it on the wall and to spread kindness through our community.

This year marks the City's first Fall Festival at the Promenade as an alternate to traditional City events which had to be reimagined due to COVID-19.

The design of the Fall Festival is inspired by an old-fashioned hoedown using hay bales, oak barrels, recycled wood, old shipping pallets and flowers for decor.

See YOU at The Promenade on Forest!

Small Business Saturday is Sponsored by the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce. Click HERE to find out more!

FREE Drive-Thru Flu Shots on Friday, November 20 at the Susi Q

Available to the Public Aged 18 and Over!

The City of Laguna Beach is teaming up with the Laguna Beach Community Clinic and Laguna Beach Seniors to offer a FREE Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic from 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the Community and Susi Q Center on Friday, November 20.

You do not need an appointment, but all participants will be required to stay in their vehicles and be masked. (Note: 65+ higher dose vaccine is not available.)

The Community and Susi Q Center is located at 380 Third Street, Laguna Beach. Questions? Call (949) 715-8103.

OC Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week Nov. 15-22

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual campaign where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness in their local communities.

This year’s Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week by the Orange County United Way will take place November 15-22, 2020.

Check out the Orange County United Way's resource page to learn how you can get involved by Clicking HERE.

Upcoming 'King Tides' November 15-16 and December 13-15

This year's California King Tides will be observed on Nov. 15-16 and Dec. 13-15 along the California Coastline. King Tides are the highest high tides of the year. The tides are about a foot or two higher than average tides, which corresponds to the one to two foot rise in sea level expected during the next few decades.

The California King Tides Project helps us visualize future sea level by observing the highest high tides of today.

King Tides Photo Courtesy of West Kennerly, looking north toward the Oceanside Pier, morning of January 21, 2019.

While the term "King Tide" isn't a scientific term, it is used to describe very high tides, caused when there is alignment of the gravitational pull between sun, moon, and Earth. When King Tides occur during floods or storms, water levels can rise higher and have the potential to cause great damage to the coastline and coastal property.

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