Laguna Beach community Update City of Laguna Beach, California

MONDAY, MAY 18, 2020

Governor Revises Reopening Criteria for Counties

Today Governor Gavin Newsom revised the criteria that California counties must meet to reopen faster than the state:

Stable or Down Trending Hospitalizations

  • Stable hospitalizations of COVID individuals on a 7-day average of daily percent change of less than 5% OR no more than 20 COVID hospitalizations on any single day in the past 14 days

Cases Per Population Count and Test Positivity Rate

  • Less than 25 new cases per 100,000 residents in the past 14 days OR less than 8% testing positive in the past 7 days

Counties hoping to reopen faster must also meet the state's requirements for testing capacity, contact tracing, hospital surge capacity and collaboration with skilled nursing facilities.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors is expected to discuss the revised criteria at its meeting Tuesday. We will update you as soon as specific interpretations of these new guidelines for Orange County have been released.

Curbside Parking Available for Laguna Beach Businesses

To assist the businesses with reopening, the City is providing curbside parking spaces for businesses where needed.

Businesses that would like to request a curbside parking space, please click HERE.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is scheduled to close the southbound # 2 lane of S. Coast Highway on May 19 and 20 between Nyes Place and Vista del Sol overnight from approx. 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. each day for crack sealing repair.

300 Citations for Loud Exhaust have already been issued so far this month by the Laguna Beach Police Department.

Street Sweeping Parking Enforcement Suspended

The City's street sweeping parking enforcement will be suspended throughout the City until Memorial Day.

Essential Services Are Provided While Laguna Beach City Offices Remain Closed to the Public.

The City will fly the rainbow flag at City Hall on Friday, May 22 in honor of Harvey Milk Day.


Call (949) 497-3311 During Regular Business Hours.

Facemasks are still required to be worn by all customers and workers at essential businesses in the City of Laguna Beach.

Preserve Internet Bandwidth While Working and Learning from Home

We’re all trying to adapt to the new normal as we work and learn from home which means we’re using internet-connected devices even more to download files, host work meetings and virtual family gatherings, or stream video.

Here are also some easy tips that will help you maximize your home internet experience.

  • Use voice instead of video.
  • Time your upgrades right.
  • Don’t default to streaming.
  • Location is key. Your internet may be slowed down if your wifi router is near a microwave, fish tank, or mirror.
  • Adjust security camera settings. Consider lowering the resolution on your doorbell camera and other security cameras while you’re at home.
  • Turn off iPads and other devices while not in use.
  • Secure your wifi.

Report Laguna Beach Coyote Sightings to Animal Services

Like most communities located in semi-rural areas, Laguna Beach has active coyote populations. Due to the brushy canyon areas and natural “den” type rock formations, our hillsides provide an attractive environment for coyotes and other animals.

Coyotes are most active at dusk and dawn, and in urban environments they are more active at night but they can be seen at any time of day.

The only threat coyotes usually pose is to pets that are allowed to run loose. Animal Services recommends that pets not be let outside during evening hours unless the owner is next to the pet to prevent a coyote attack.

A Laguna Beach Animal Control Officer will respond to coyote calls if a coyote is seen in the daytime in areas around people, especially children, or anytime there is an attack or threatening behavior towards a person or pet.

If you have any concerns regarding wild animals, or see a coyote in a residential area, please call Laguna Beach Animal Services at (949) 497-0701. You may also report coyote sightings to coyotes@lagunabeachcity.net.

Most Laguna Beach trailheads, including Alta Laguna, are now open for hiking. Physical distancing guidelines must be observed.

Be Rattlesnake Aware During Outdoor Activity

According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, rattlesnakes are widespread in California and are found in a variety of habitat throughout the state from Coastal to desert. They may also turn up around homes and yards in brushy areas and under wood piles.

Most rattlesnake bites occur between the months of April and October when snakes and humans are most active outdoors.

Generally not aggressive, rattlesnakes will likely retreat if given room and not provoked or threatened. Most bites occur when a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally brushed against by someone walking or climbing.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife provides tips for safely living in snake country on its website, at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Keep-Me-Wild/Rattlesnakes as well as tips for keeping snakes out of your yard and what do to do (and not do) in the event of a snake bite.

This newsletter is texted out directly to residents registered for Laguna Beach’s Nixle Community Alert system.

Know someone or a senior who needs to sign up? Simply have them text 92651 to 888-777.

The City of Laguna Beach is Committed to Bringing You Community Information

This drone photo taken on May 15 shows beachgoers practicing social distancing and active recreation on the beaches. Thank you, Laguna Beach!

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