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The Laguna Beach City Council will hold a special meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. to address upgrades and long-term solutions for improving the City’s wastewater system.

Mayor Whalen Urges Community Support of Covid-19 Relief Fund

In today's podcast update, we get the status and contribution totals, so far, for the Laguna Covid-19 Relief Fund Program.

We also talk about security at Mission Hospital, and the Mayor's confidence in coming up with a solution sooner, rather than later. We close the discussion with a song honoring the late long-time Laguna Beach journalist, Barbara Diamond.

Visit ThinkLagunaFirst.org for a list of special Laguna Beach Valentine's Day offers from local businesses!

Laguna Covid-19 Relief Fund Needs More Donations to Meet Community Need

The Laguna Covid-19 Relief Fund, administered by the Laguna Beach Community Foundation, needs more community donations to meet the need of applicants for the program.

Currently, the fund is short $40,000 to adequately fund the 1,000 applications received. Qualifying applicants who live or work in Laguna Beach and have been impacted by COVID-19 receive Emergency Assistance Mini-Grants through the program.

All donations made to the Covid-19 Relief Fund are tax deductible. The City of Laguna Beach has already donated $150,000 to the program and matched an additional $150,000 in donations.

Make your Valentines Day special in Laguna Beach! The Laguna Beach Restaurant Directory is now updated with Valentines Day Specials. Click HERE for the interactive map and updated Laguna Beach restaurant guide!
New Business Announcement! FREE PEOPLE is coming soon to the Promenade on Forest at 225 Forest Avenue. Welcome to all our new Laguna Beach businesses!

New Downtown Tree Lighting Program Brings More Sparkle to Ocean & Forest Avenues

Beginning this week, Larsen Lighting will be starting installation of lights on Forest and Ocean Avenue. This pilot program has been well received by both the public and business community.

The Downtown Tree Lighting Program will include upper and lower Ocean Avenue and upper and lower Forest Avenue, per Agenda Bill 10 which was passed at the City Council meeting on January 26, 2021.

We are looking forward to a beautifully lit up Downtown just in time for the long holiday weekend!

Pre-Register to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine

Click the Link Below for Updated Vaccine Information

New Shark Sculpture Temporary Art Installation Coming to Laguna Beach City Hall Lawn in April

In April, Laguna Beach sculptor Casey Parlette will bring four full-size shark species sculptures to the lawn at City Hall. Parlette's temporary art installation will be on display in front of City Hall for three months. Click HERE to read more about the project! (Photo courtesy Mary Hurlbut/Stu News Laguna.)

Fact Check: Updates to Landscape Management Guidelines

To improve wildfire safety for the residents of Laguna Beach, the Fire Department is recommending amendments to the Municipal Code and General Plan that would allow them to review certain species of trees and landscaping that are possible fire hazards and review new trees to be planted only when a property owner requests a permit for brand new construction or a Major Remodel.

An average of only 26 property owners pull these types of permits in Laguna Beach each year, and the statements circulating that this fire safety update will affect every tree on private property or in open space preserves within the City is false.

The Planning Commission recommended that the City Council approve the proposed fire prevention amendments at its January 20 meeting. The item will now go to the City Council for consideration February 23.

On February 16, between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Southern California Edison (SCE) will be working on the downhill side of Park Avenue between Bern Drive and Hidden Valley Canyon Road. On February 18, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., SCE will be replacing a utility pole located at Stans Lane. Minor traffic delays can be anticipated during both projects. Call SCE at (800) 655-4555 for more information.

Residents Urged to Not Use Anticoagulant Rodenticides

The Laguna Beach City Council took action on June 23, 2020, adopting resolution 20.035 which prohibits the use of anticoagulant rodenticides in municipal operations for the City of Laguna Beach.

The resolution also urges residents to refrain from using anticoagulant rodenticides on their private property, and urges business owners not to sell them.
The use of such products can have a devastating effect on our environment: most recently causing the death of an owl that ate a poisoned mouse.

Please help protect our natural environment and refrain from using anticoagulant rodenticides on your private property!

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