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.
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.
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.
We are looking forward to a beautifully lit up Downtown just in time for the long holiday weekend!
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.
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.
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.
Please help protect our natural environment and refrain from using anticoagulant rodenticides on your private property!